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How To Decorate Your Home With Color Pairs

Color schemes of two colors are considered to be modern and bold, especially if they’re pairs of inverted colors such as red and green, yellow and purple or orange -blue. Such a color scheme needs to be planned carefully and is meant to be enjoyed over a longer period of time. Many design lovers would gladly decorate their homes with vivid colors if they knew the right way.

Light blue couch with a bold contrasting green plant in the living room
Black curtains and red wall stripes for a perfect modern match

by Blount Architectual and Interior Design

If you’re insecure about the right color to choose, chromatic preferences can be revealed through a color psychology test.  However, the known effects of certain colors on the nervous system also provide a few valuable guidelines, in addition to personal preference.

Grey couch and green-yellow carpet and chair

by Amy Lau Design

One of the best ways to bring color to your home is by painting walls or wall accents, whole areas or maybe color accents in abstract shapes. If you’re afraid that the result may be a sheer tone, remember to make color probes – from a good paint manufacturer – on the wall on small spots, or on a canvas held to the wall. It is best to have a can of white to mix with for color brightening (because you should take our advice — it’s fun to mix it yourself).

The key to successfully pairing 2 colors is to make one of them – the dominant – a very light pastel and introduce the other in intense, but small accents.

Usually, it is indicated to pair a warm and a cold color. Some rooms, like the bathroom or bedroom, which are relaxation areas, are best to be designed in cooler hues which stimulate the vagothrope nervous system. Even so, it is good to pair a dominant cool color with an accent of warm color for stimulation and in order to give our eyes an alternative.

Living room with light turquoise and brown accents

by Cornerstone Architects / Photography by Bryant Hill

A modern combination growing in popularity is a gentle turquoise paired with brown, maybe dark brown wood. It is both elegant and youthful and can make for a very enjoyable bedroom.

Cool bedroom colors – turquoise and chocolate brown

by Georgette Westerman Interiors

For the living or dining room, colors that stimulate conversation and a welcoming atmosphere are most suited. Orange is known to be a communicative color. A pastel apricot tone for one central wall or for the floor, with accents of powerful violet will result in a trendy and joyous atmosphere.

Purple wall and orange accents for a trendy living room

by Bruce Palmer Interior Design

Bright purple chairs for some living room contrast

by Last Detail Interior Design

Contemporary living room with purple and orange hues

project by Miguel Fernandez / Photo by Craig Denis

Colorful living room with purple and bold orange colors


I personally love going with green and red. Both are fundamental colors and have strong personalities, so it’s a little complicated to make them get along. However, a very gentle light green and an intense darker red toward burgundy make a fantastic combination.

Modern living room with red walls and green couches
Red stripes with lime green walls in the bathroom

Black can be added to a color layout for a stylish touch, but indeed just a smaller touch, you don’t want it to get depressing. Black and yellow/orange can add up to a really trendy, web-design-style color scheme, while black and pink – but not a sheer girlish pink! – have a stylish and fascinating effect. It s better not to mix black and violet, since violet is known to be a color tone inspiring introspection and even depression. Alternate violet touches with a mint green or a light yellow.

Yellow and black bedroom

by Tara Seawright

Living room with black couch in contrast with a yellow rug

by Treoma Design / courtesy of Kate Hillier Photography.

Kitchen decor with black walls, white island and pink cabinets
Black and pink living room

by Nichole Loiacono Design

Black and yellow living room decor with red boufs

by A Good Chick To Know

Yellow and black living room decor

by Product Bureau

Yellow lounge and black L-shaped couch

by Pure Bliss Creative Design/ Photo Credit: Meghan Liddle Photography

Don’t forget about natural materials – they have their own colors and textures, and there’s many rich ones to go with, like wood, rammed earth, marble and cultured stone.


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Jeanne Paula

I write for decoist.

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