These 5 Fall Color Combinations Look Good Every Time, Says a Paint Pro

Without an expert eye, the seemingly simple task of choosing paint colors can be challenging. "In any given room, you have to consider a number of surfaces, which provides a lot of opportunities to play with color," says Benjamin Moore color specialist Nivara Xaykao. "Even if a homeowner is opting for all-white, there is usually some variation in tone and finish between surfaces, so it is key to think about the scheme holistically."

If you're at a loss about how to pair colors, the brand's 2018 Color Handbook acts as a handy cheat sheet, spotlighting a number of paint trios that work every time. "Three colors isn't a hard-and-fast rule, but it's a common idea in the design vocabulary and a good way to illustrate the golden ratio of 60/30/10," she explains. "We provide a main color for the space and offer two corresponding accent colors, which can be considered for a trim, door, piece of furniture, or even color inspiration for your accessories."

Prefer to go rogue and choose your own? Don't worry, there's no right or wrong way to pair paint colors, but Xaykao recommends referencing the color wheel to get started. "Think about how colors relate to one another and what kind of mood you want to convey," she recommends. "For example, since there’s less friction between analogous colors, people often find these combinations more soothing. On the other hand, colors that fall on opposite sides of the wheel (complementary) have a natural tension, so this kind of scheme can often produce a more energetic look."

To make the decision easier, we asked Xaykao to spotlight the failsafe color combinations that look great together. These are the ones she particularly loves for fall. 

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