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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!

Our Favorite Spaces: Shelby’s Daring Dining Room

By: Shelby Adamson

I live in a 1968 ranch home and have changed my dining room a few times. I started with a white table, navy chairs, stenciled wall, and capiz chandelier (a la beachy shabby chic) but I really wanted to embrace the era of my home and give it some high contrast pop. Inspired by Jonathan Adler’s colorful, happy spaces, I have come to treat my house less like a model home, and more like an authentic space that makes myself and my husband happy.

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Because my dining room acts as a passage to the patio, I needed a round table that allowed movement. With most of the room being neutrals I wanted a pop, and being obsessed with deep pinks and fuchsias led me to Benjamin Moore’s Gypsy Pink. The large mirror on the wall reflects the window and brings in more light. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue for the wall—a chalky navy that doesn’t absorb too much light. Mimicking the look of large molding with white paint, I painted the top and bottom of the wall. 

I’m a big fan of midcentury wishbone chairs, and these were a DIY project I’m pretty proud of. The seats were awful, so I dyed some white cotton to look like Shibori and recovered them. The finishing touch? A sputnik inspired light that really brings a fun modern flair to the room.  

Overall I am thrilled with the space and how it feels finished. As a designer, it can be a real challenge to complete your own home!