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8 Color Combos That Always Look Chic Together

By: Olivia Bae

September 15, 2017

Image via Rue Magazine


Colors — vibrant, neutral, stormy, or muted — are capable of transforming a home from the inside out. With just the flick of a paintbrush (no magic wands or spells here!) a once drab apartment can turn into a luxurious suite. Add a jewel-toned sofa to a neutral room and suddenly you’ve got a visual feast of design goodness. But the truth is, choosing the right hues for your space is an art. So to save you from future design dilemmas, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite color schemes. From an elegant crème and gray-blue blend to an unexpected tangerine and navy mix, fall in love with the chicest color combos on the block.


Crème + Gray-Blue

When you pair two soft shades, what do you get? An even softer (and seriously attractive) mix. Crème, the velvety and muted version of white, meets trendy gray-blue and exudes an upgraded level of elegance and composure in these refined dining areas.

Pale Lavender + Charcoal

If the sharp, charcoal-gray walls here remind us of cold nighttime winds, the plump sofa and chaise lounge in pale lavender remind us of beautiful African lilies.

Black + White 
On the left, a pair of gray armchairs and a shabby low pile rug adorn the crisp black-and-white home office. On the right, a chic pendant lighting, throw pillows, wall art, and coffee table complement the white couch and area rug.

Image via Robson Rak // Stadshem

This classic color duo is irreplaceable. A black-and-white palette executed with purpose, minimal accents, and dim lighting upholds its reputation as the quintessence of chic design to this day.

Blush + Beige

Even the most overused shade can look fresh when paired with a great complementary color. Since its rise to fame in 2016, blush pink has undeniably made a mark on the design world. And while the height of this flirty hue’s craze may have passed, the beige-and-blush color combo is still as pretty as ever.

Salmon Pink + Forest Green
Velvety salmon pink benches and forest green chairs add color and richness to this contemporary restaurant.

Image via Yatzer

Want to make a major statement? Pair hues from opposite ends of the color spectrum. Velvety salmon pink and forest green add richness to this contemporary dining set-up.

Brown + Sand
On the left, coffered oak-brown walls seamlessly blend with sand-colored channel tufts. On the right, an exposed timber ceiling and a rustic accent wall play against the room’s organic modern style.

Image via Yellowtrace // 32mq

Natural elements always find their way back to each other. On the left, oak-brown walls seamlessly blend with sand-colored channel tufts. On the right, an exposed timber ceiling and a rustic accent wall play against the room’s organic modern style.

Yellow + Teal

An especially grand space needs a few pops of color. In this well-layered room, a canary yellow armchair and a teal velvet sofa balance each other’s vibrancy.

Orange + Blue

This mix is simultaneously warm and cool. On the right, orange-tinted leather sofas bring weight and a sunny glow to the room while the sweeping blue rug tones down the heat. On the left, velvety azure curtains mounted on orange-brown walls complement the tangerine and navy mosaic patterns. And voila! Even the most contrasting shades can work harmoniously to create a cohesive look.

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