5 Unexpected Color Combinations That Actually Work
Whether you’re looking to redecorate a few rooms or just refresh your home’s current palette, we’ve got all the fresh and modern color combinations you need to inspire you. On paper, mixing hues like green, gray and brown, or raspberry and mint may seem blah (or just plain odd), but once you see the stylish rooms below, you’ll think otherwise. Keep scrolling for five surprisingly stunning color combos to copy.
This masculine-meets-glamorous combination is the perfect choice for libraries and other rooms where drama is desired. Rust-colored velvet looks particularly inviting on sofas, chairs, and throw pillows, and when high-gloss black pieces are accented with brass or gold detailing, the resulting combination is luxurious and sophisticated.
A potentially somber color like pea green gets a pretty pick-me-up when paired with a happy sky blue. We love the contrast in the undertones of these colors when used side-by-side. If a muted shade of green scares you, opt to start with small pea-green accessories in a blue-hued room until you’re convinced.
The combination of these three hues may make you think of muddy, drab spaces, but when used in a variety of shades and in controlled doses, the trio can actually feel fresh and inspired. We love a saturated, jungle green paired with a crisp gray and a classic brown. Still wary? Try adding a bright green plant into an otherwise neutral room for a commitment-free way to test it out.
Pairing two bold primary colors may be thought of as a no-no, but as these bright spaces prove, when used in their most vivid forms, yellow and blue are actually a perfect match. We love the colors used on luxurious textures like velvet doors and high-gloss paint. Mix textiles and lacquered surfaces in these hues for a similarly high-impact combination.
A modern take on red and green—that’s anything but Christmas-y—this combination is soft and feminine, without being frilly. A warm, vivid raspberry contrasts with a fresh minty green for a bright and airy match that works well in any room where you’d like to project an energetic vibe, like a kitchen or dining room.