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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!

Hot Colors for Spring

By: Elisabeth Paulson

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Spring is the perfect season for bright and bold color combinations – fire hot corals and oranges that contrast with tried and true jade greens and almost-black blues. The end result is a classic, edgy, and fresh look that elevates the style of any room.

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LAVA: With this red-orange hue, the bolder the better. From lips to bags to bedsheets, we say bring it on. Not for the timid, this Louis Nui bedding from Trina Turk should add a little fire to your night.

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JADE: Tonal subtleties ranging from army to olive green make jade a timeless foundation to play off of. We’re fans of the Rhys Chair from Anthropologie for a big impact, or you can keep it simple with the Hiddenite Glass Sculpture from our good friends Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

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CITRUS: Lemon yellow adds zing to any room. A fresh, fun color, it’s perfect for making an accent piece really pop. Shown above is the Upbeat Table Lamp from Currey & Company.

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INK: We are loving the almost-black gradient these days. This green-blue-black tone looks rich in luscious velvets and slick lacquer. Above, this color is featured as a full-panel wallpaper, Aurora Peat, by Calico Wallpaper.

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HOT CORAL: While technically in the lava family, this pink has a purpose. Pair it with any neutral to go from bland to bold. In this woven cotton Gypsy Rug from Dash & Albert, hot coral plays the leading role.