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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!

Be Inspired! 4 Mood Boards to Spark Your Creativity

By: The Balance Design Team

Anyone who has been to our studio has seen our inspiration boards. Each member of the team has a lovingly curated board above their workspace that serves as a source of inspiration for them as they work, and gives a glimpse into who they are. Come explore!

Jennifer’s Board

Not only do I love incorporating a mix of textures, patterns, and pops of color into all of my designs, I love being surrounded by these elements on a daily basis. My board encompasses images that make me happy, especially during these cold, dreary days we’ve had in Atlanta over the past few months. I tend to pin materials and images that have some natural element, whether it be a metallic wallpaper swatch that resembles the bark of a tree, or an image of an awesome piece of architecture surrounded by an even more inspiring landscape. My board is my window to look out of from my work area and an escape from my computer every now and then.

Shelby’s Board

If my board was a haiku, it would probably go like this:

textures draw me in
coastal nod to Florida
rough feel, soft colors

Being able to look up from my work and see a combination of deep teal (my spirit color), vintage rugs and textiles, and masculine components constantly inspires me. It’s a mix of my south Florida roots, love of well-made furnishings, and sensible-yet-sophisticated style.

Melody’s Board

My board is my essence: whimsical, feminine, and global with a nod to modern. Except for a brief two years as a child, pink has always been my favorite color. I am constantly inspired by its versatility and love to find new and unexpected ways to use it. I am also drawn to fluidity — as texture, spatial orientation, or otherwise. Of course, my Turkish heritage is a powerful source of inspiration to me, and Istanbul is the city where old meets new. I try to incorporate that harmony into all of my designs.

Danielle’s Board

“Doom, gloom, and floral print” is pretty much my entire brand. Skulls, flower arrangements, and a more than a few references to my love of all things dark and dreary populate my board. (But also: eyeglasses and donuts!) I like to think of my style as Victorian meets industrial: a mix of curves and delicate details with dark metals and warehouse windows. Think of a tea party with The Sex Pistols — it’s about like that.

It’s inspiring to look up from our work and see a collection of clippings, textiles, and tiles that we love and feel connected to. You know what’s even more fun? Moseying over to a coworker’s desk to get a different perspective and see what they’re inspired by — sometimes we find just the thing we need to break that creative block!

How To Mix Patterns Like a Pro!

By: The Balance Design Team

Our upcoming spring/summer collection is chock full of color and pattern, which is a fun way to mix and match some real statement makers. But where do you start when you want multiple patterns in one space? The possibilities are practically endless, but here are a few of our favorite combos.

Stripe and fret fabrics courtesy of Schumacher. Rug courtesy of Loloi.

Play with scale. Pair a large, bold pattern (like this super funky Manuel Canovas leaf print) with a couple of smaller, tighter patterns. Ground it all with thick, white-based stripes and you’ve got a mix that’s just wild enough.

Fabrics courtesy of Norwalk, Celerie Kemble, and Schumacher. Rug courtesy of Crate and Barrel.

Limiting your color palette to a few earthy tones gives you more freedom to play with pattern and texture, and can be more approachable to those of us who prefer sepia to Day Glo. Want a smart tweed with a sparkly fabric? Heck yes you can do that!

Black and white fabrics courtesy of Schuamcher and Kravet. Lilac and bouquet fabrics courtesy of Schumacher.

There’s something about stripes and florals that complement each other perfectly. Bold, graphic, black and white lines against delicate, illustrative tendrils gives you edge with a touch of softness. It’s the visual equivalent of “I’m cute, but also don’t mess with me.”

How do you take mixing masculine and feminine patterns to the next level? Involve color! Try a hard zig zag in a lovely gem tone (Schumacher sure knows how), or a delicate hand embroidery in a tough black and blue. (Pair with a luxe berry velvet for extra va-va-voom!)

When it comes to mixing patterns, we say don’t hold back! While these are some good ideas to get you started, the rules truly were made to be broken. Be as adventurous or reserved in your pattern play as you wish — in the end, it’s all about whatever makes your space authentically yours.