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September 15, 2014

Unexpected Color Pairings that Will Make Your Room Pop

by Maureen


Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades

I find that clients who are looking to redecorate are often nervous to use color pairings that are outside of the norm because they see it as an all-or-nothing commitment.  It’s not!  Like with any color palette, your design should balance bases and accents; a harmony of neutrals and pops of color.  The key is to use these bolder hues in tasteful moderation.  If you’re ready to step out of the box of pre-determined color schemes and into the world of unexpected color pairings, these ideas should help get you started.

Pink and Lime

I know these are vibrant colors, but they can be tamed into stylish hues when balanced with calming neutrals.  The depth of a charcoal grey with accents of lime and pink, for instance, creates a creative chromatic blend.  This is a great way to add light and life to a sophisticated, modern color palette.

Gold and Peach

I just love this juxtaposition of the luxury gold emanates with the pastel prettiness of a peach.  Gold is often paired with richer blues, purples, and reds, but add in a touch of pastel and gold gets new dimension.  Gold is even bigger in home décor this year than it was last, and adding a touch of peach gives you a fresh take on traditionally “royal” colors like purple and red.

Orange and Yellow

These two powerhouse colors for energy and excitement are great for playrooms, sunrooms, and any space with a lot of natural light.  They, like the sun, radiate brightness.  For bedrooms and other calm spaces, I’d recommend using these two colors sparingly – perhaps a couple of throw pillows.  You can avoid going overboard by incorporating plenty of neutrals – bright white, charcoal, and wood tones help to balance out the bold colors.

Turquoise & Emerald


These colors are close in the color wheel and far from complimentary, but the hits of greens and blues in both turquoise and emerald make these two an unusually perfect pair.  I love the look of contrast, so pairing a deep, rich emerald and a lighter turquoise adds an almost tropical, aquatic richness.  Any pairing of jewel tones is sure to add an air of opulence to your home.

Maroon and Plum


If you’re seeking a switch from the fresh, bright colors of summer to warmer, comforting colors of cooler weather, these might be the colors for you.  These colors can lend an air of sophistication to a space. They are calming, without being dull.  They work great in living rooms and bedrooms.

As with any look, the key is really put your personality into the décor.  Don’t be afraid to get creative and blend multiple textures to add depth.  For example, choose one color for hard, rough surfaces (tables, shelving units, frames), while adding an unusual accent in more plush, “softer,” materials (throw pillows, area rugs, window treatments).  Toss in a calming, compatible neutral in the middle and you’ve got a brand new design that is sure to impress, without feeling harsh or overwhelming.





Maureen is a Las Vegas area certified window treatments designer with over 7 years of experience and additional Advanced Window Covering Certification.

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