color scheme Posts

5 Uncommon and Unexpected Color Pairings

By: The Balance Design Team

Feeling uninspired by the color schemes you’ve seen over and over again? Us too. We stepped out of our comfort zones to create bold, fresh color palettes that challenged us and even changed our minds about a few hot-button colors.

Blush & Persimmon

If you think pink and orange is a juvenile combination, think again! Combining similar hues of blush and persimmon evokes feelings of old world spices and soft floral dyes, with the muted blush acting almost as a neutral. This palette feels like a soft yet energetic beginning of a new day.

Green & Black

We love the combination of deep green and black — it’s modern and current, yet grounded. Picture a gleaming grand piano with an emerald green bench. Choose a slick lacquer black to really set this pairing up for success!

Ochre & Plum

Deep purples and golden yellows create a luxurious but playful color palette, and the contrast of light and dark keeps this pairing rich, but not heavy. Utilize velvets and leathers for an ultra sumptuous experience.

Neon Yellow & Slate Blue

We know neon isn’t for everyone, and in fact there are some strong feelings about it amongst our team! But paired with a grounding, chalky navy blue, it gives the right amount of POP to an otherwise standard neutral. By embracing a difficult color, a beautiful palette was brought to our attention — and honestly, we quite like it!

Sea Green & Coral

This is the more saturated, modern version of the aqua and peach of the 80’s. When paired together with a warmer neutral, like a bronze or caramel, a once dated color scheme is revitalized. Plus, balancing brighter colors with neutral metals and textures is a great way to create harmony.

When you’re feeling burned out or uninspired by your “usuals” and “go-to’s,” try taking a second look at something you thought you didn’t like. Challenge yourself to look at it from a different point of view or in a different context — you might find a new favorite!

Color Palette: Moroccan Door

By: Danielle Clockel

We’ve still got a ways to go before any sort of warm weather, but we’re already getting inspired by the lively colors of Morocco, Mexico, and Spain. Expect bold, saturated, sophisticated color combos this spring and summer!

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

From top to bottom:
1. Sherwin Williams Jasper 6216
2. Benjamin Moore Rocky Mountain Sky 2066-40
3. Benjamin Moore Lemon 2021-20
4. Sherwin Williams Spicy Hue 6342
5. Sherwin Williams Jitterbug Jade 6987
6. Sherwin Williams Honorable Blue 6811

Color Palette: Take Me Away (Immediately)

By: Elisabeth Paulson

Take pause on this dreary Friday and immerse yourself in this tropical paradise. Can you feel the salt on your sunburned nose? We can. Here are some beach color celebrations from our favorite paint people.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson. Puerto Rico.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson.  Culebra, Puerto Rico.

From left to right:
Farrow & Ball: Joa’s White No. 226
Pratt & Lambert: Green Ravine 17-16
Benjamin Moore: Cool Aqua 2056-40
Ralph Lauren: Cadet Blue RL 1972
Sherwin Williams: Flyway SW 6794

Fly away.