Hot Pink and Turquoise
”Lately, I’m loving an energetic combination of hot pink, turquoise, and chartreuse,” says designer/author Valorie Hart, offering her own New Orleans office as vivid proof. When these hues are used with a neutral like greige (grey-beige) or white, "a room can support huge swathes of this strong color and still look sophisticated,” Hart says.
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House Proud by Valorie Hart
Grayed and Golden
“I have a big fetish for gray and yellow,” says Asheville, North Carolina, retailer/stylist Susan Chancey, who often brings these colors together by mixing raw wood furnishings with industrial metals and a smoky mirror. For spark, Chancey adds pops of red or blue, like the antique rug in shades of burnt red and indigo that anchors her dining room.
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Echoing the natural compatibility of fire and wood, interior designer/author Gary McBournie likes to warm spaces with luscious chocolate and persimmon. Dark brown lends chicness but not severity, and orange, he says, “always gets a good response."
Living Color by Gary McBournie and William Richards
White and Gray
Bold and Beautiful
“I love how large spaces become blocks of color when using only two colors,” says Doug Meyer, designer of just about anything, whose bold interiors reap ample variation from gradients of color. Meyer believes that the key to a beautiful space is sticking to two colors—save for the artwork and accents.
Aqua, Gray, and White
Designer Laura Wilmerding enjoys the multiple benefits of an aqua, gray, and white palette. “It’s fresh and clean, the colors don’t jump out at you, and you can mix strong patterns without getting a headache,” says Wilmerding, who used the color scheme throughout her own house. To bring drama to this innately peaceful combination, she adds black and sparkle.
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Lauren Russell, creative director of the furniture company Maine Cottage, gets a comforting feeling from the nostalgic combination of sprout, mango, and yellow. The palette is subdued, warm, and easy to live with. Russell notes that these colors "just play well in a room and fill it with energy and happiness, plus there is the added bonus of bringing the outdoors in.”
Celadon and Silver
Kerry Fidler constantly looks to nature for color guidance. He particularly likes the way that the muted shades of the sea and shore at dawn and dusk blanket a home in effortless, elegant calm. Celadon reminds him of beach glass, and silvery surfaces sparkle like dew. To round out the palette and provide contrast, Fidler introduces darker neutrals and rustic accents.
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Black and White and…
“Black and white is a classic, timeless color combination that grounds any interior space,” say admirers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of Fiddlehead Design Group in Minneapolis. While this versatile, high-contrast foundation can take on any accent color, Ziemer and Dixon favor intense and highly saturated pops of color, such as gender-neutral apple green.
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