June 24, 2014
5 Chic Colour Combinations for a High-Impact Home
If the change of season (hello summer!) has you itching for an interior makeover, consider one of these fresh, modern colour combos to inject serious style into your space. The contrasts between light and dark, cool and warm, fresh and moody have us swooning over these pigment pairs and trios. Read on for our favourite palettes and ways to get the look. The unexpected combination of rust and dark, moody turquoise -- a modern spin on a traditional pairing of red and blue -- creates a classic look in these spaces, both from Nate Berkus Associates. Rust tones in worn leather, rich upholstery, and wood furniture compliment the jewel tone of the turquoise hues enabling each to be highlighted. Consider a saddle leather sofa in a turquoise painted room or mix in vintage turquoise glazed ceramics into a space with deep, brown-red walls for striking contrast.
We love the visual contrast of warm and cool tones that this combination provides. When mixed in with neutrals -- here, leopard print makes an appearance in both of these spaces -- these colours work wonderfully together and give more traditional spaces a fresh, updated feeling.
Utilising this classic combination will create a serene environment with organic undertones. Incorporating shades of grays and creams warms up the stark contrast of black and white, while plants, green-focused artwork, and curated organic accessories feel right at home in these nature-inspired spaces.
Throw dated design rules out the window and embrace black and navy as a pair. Their deep saturation and subtle differences create depth and visual intrigue. Layer in brass and gilded finishes through lighting, accent furniture, and accessories for a modern, stylish balance.
No, this isn't a time warp to the 1970s, we really are digging this fresh combination of warm blush tones and heavy, nature-inspired brown shades. Warm woods are complemented by faint pink walls while the juxtaposition of a feminine colour with more masculine shades keep these rooms from feeling too sweet. A splash of black through lamp shades, art, or pattern keeps things 21st century.
For more colourful inspiration, check out our Tasty Colour Palettes Board on Pinterest.
Photographs: 1. 2. Nate Berkus Associates 3. Aerin Lauder photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor 4. Miles Redd 5. Waldo Fernandez photographed by Peter Vitale for Veranda 6. Tom Delavan (designer and source) 7. Jackie Astier photographed by Eric Piasecki for Elle Decor 8. Lee Kleinhelter photographed by Sarah Dorio for Lonny 9. Photograph by Mel Yates for Living Etc. 10. Daniel Romualdez photographed by Joshua McHugh for Architectural Digest
|Pair of Turquoise Ceramic Lamps, $1850, 1st Dibs||Acacia Leather Chair, price upon request, Cisco||Braided Velvet Curtain, from $148, Anthropologie|
|Andre Lapis Mirror, $3264, Melody Interior Design||Kaleidoscope Pillow, $46, Sky Iris||"Persimmon" #PAINT-PRS, from $36, Serena and Lily|
|Bovine Rug, $349, ABC Carpet and Home||Apple Green Velvet Pillow, from $87, Arianna Belle||Canopy Stripe Headboard, $299, ATGStores.com|
|Kenan Ottoman, $336, Wayfair||Palais Brass Bowls, from $68, Jayson Home||"Railings" #31, from $33, Farrow & Ball|
|"Middleton Pink" #245, from $33, Farrow & Ball||Faceted Woodblock Side Table, $298, Urban Outfitters||Textured Stripe Rug, from $649, RH Baby and Child|