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Publication Date: 2015-02-17

Inspiration

5 Color Combo Ideas for the Truly Bold

You mastered blue-and-white long ago and are ready for the next crop of bold, fabulous, and truly inspiring color pairings. How many of these are you brave enough to try?

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1. Ruby Red & Turquoise. Nick Olsen designed a Moorish arched headboard in shiny red leather with lavender piping to contrast with the bedroom’s matte walls in Fine Paints of Europe Eurolux Interior Matte in Navy Blue. A Directoire-style desk doubles as a night table. Vintage chair covered in suede from Global Leathers. Bed linens, Frette.

2. Orange & Pink. “It would have been a sad little attic-like space if we didn’t make an effort to turn it into a super-groovy teenage girl’s room,” designer Katie Maine says of the space in a Newport Beach, California, house. She and designer Jason Maine swathed the room in Brunschwig’s Bombay wallpaper, custom-printed on Mylar. Bed and canopy by Maine Design. Vintage suzani bedcovering from Yurdan. Morovian start light, Visual Comfort.

3. Teal & Copper. In a kitchen designed by Philip Gorrivan, iridescent mosaic tiles and a ceiling lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s Oceanic Teal pick up a color from the wallpaper in the hallway. Thonet barstools by York Street Studio. Roman shades in Homer wool in Verdigris by Gorrivan by Highland Court.

4. Bright Red & Bright Yellow. “The dining chairs and kitchen stools are a typical bamboo Chippendale style, but in high-gloss lacquer they’re surprising,” designer Jesse Carrier says. “It’s like they’re candy-coated.” The yellow glass for the walls was inspired by the backsplash tile by Popham Design. The kitchen cabinets are original, but the countertops were updated with Caesarstone quartz. The warm patina of Circa Lighting’s Goodman Hanging Lamps in antique brass adds contrast to all the bright colors.

5. Pink & Kelly Green. Designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe brought a punch of color to the kitchen by painting the island a rich green—Benjamin Moore’s Jade Green.

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