12 Paint Color Combinations Here to Inspire a Refresh

by Domino .
Mar 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
A living room with bright, blue walls
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We've done our fair share of reporting on paint trends and the colors you should be decorating with, and for those who find themselves inclined to revamp their space, the process usually begins with the selection of a single hue. Decoratively speaking, it's relatively easy to go from there, especially if you're working with a minimalist or traditional scheme. But, for those feeling up to the challenge of embracing a medley of new colors, we're here with some sage advice.

When it comes to pairing colors with one another, there are a handful of ways to go about it. You have the classic combos (pink and blue), high-contrast (black and white) and the unexpected (yellow and purple). So how, exactly, does one make it work? That's where we come in. We set out to unearth the duos (and trios) that will instill a major refresh within your home. From the bold and the avant-garde to the classic-yet-statementworthy neutrals, take a peek at the hues we'll be bringing home this year.


Originally published on Domino.

1 /12: Blue + Blue

Blue + Blue contrasting colors
Image: Stephen Kent Johnson

1/12 :Blue + Blue

Settling on one particular shade of blue can be a challenge in itself, but finding two tonal variations of it is a different story. Lately, we've seen a number of spaces that have been pairing two seemingly similar shades of blue together, which offer up the ever-so-slightest element of contrast, much like that of the entry of this Parisian apartment

Paint

Cook’s Blue, Farrow & Ball

Lulworth Blue, Farrow & Ball

Parma Gray, Farrow & Ball

2 /12: White + Terra-Cotta

White + Terra-Cotta contrasting colors
Image: Brittany Ambridge

2/12 :White + Terra-Cotta

The key to making an almost exclusively whitewashed space feel fresh and exciting? Designating a contrasting color detail in an unexpected way: think floors, ceilings or even a bold color block. We're taking a page from Georgia O'Keefe's New Mexico hacienda, where the bare white walls are beautifully complemented by the rich, earthy tone of the mud-plaster flooring.

Paint

White Wool, Behr

Western Pink, Valspar

3 /12: Blue + Cream

Blue + Cream  contrasting colors
Image: Joe Fletcher

3/12 :Blue + Cream

Consider this the new way to do neutrals: Pale, creamy walls uplifted by a dynamic blue ceiling. Take cues from this Brooklyn apartment, where the ceilings are clad in a deeply saturated blue, complementing the modern-meets-industrialized aesthetic and inviting a welcome pop of personality.

Paint

Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

Ammonite, Farrow & Ball

More: The Best Uses of Pantone's COY From the Last Decade

4 /12: Green + White

Green geometric pattern on bathroom wall
Image: Michael Wiltbank

4/12 :Green + White

Aside from being one of the most Instagrammable bathrooms in NYC, Verde's geometrically charged paint job proves there is no such thing as too many shades of green. Take a tonal approach to your space — implementing this in the powder room or laundry is highly encouraged — by opting for a curated palette of greens (think three to four variations) and balance the mix with a high-contrast hue.

Paint

Hunter Green, Benjamin Moore

Garden Green, Benjamin Moore

Meadowlands Green, Benjamin Moore

Surf Green, Benjamin Moore

Blanched Pine, Valspar

5 /12: Black + Yellow + White

Black walls with yellow + white striped ceiling
Image: Melanie Acevedo

5/12 :Black + Yellow + White

Going beyond the bumblebee effect, offset the power couple that is black and yellow with a high-contrast neutral or striking white. Far less expected than the typical pairings, this trio is adaptable to a range of styles and is totally gender-neutral should you decide to designate it for the little one's room.

Paint

Pitch Black, Farrow & Ball

Golden Yellow, Valspar

Whisper White, Behr

6 /12: Pink + Pink

pink striped walls
Image: Louise Desrosiers

6/12 :Pink + Pink

We love this one for the powder room, especially if you'll be pairing the combo with retro pink tiles. Haven't you heard? They're making a comeback. Take note from this Parisian shop, where an influx of the hues in varying tones establish an atmospheric finish that's both inspired and on-trend.

Paint

Harmonious Rose, Valspar

Pink Cadillac, Benjamin Moore

More: 9 Cool Ways to Decorate With Pantone’s Color of the Year

7 /12: Earthy Tones

Earth tone paint scheme
Image: Courtesy Of Pierre Hermé & L'Occitane/Architect: Laura Gonzalez/Mural Frescoes: Atelier Roma

7/12 :Earthy Tones

Dubbed some of the trending colors of the year, earthy tones have been making their mark in the world of design. While the spectrum of hues that is incorporated into this trend is rather broad, there are a handful of clear and underlying details that remain constant throughout: an element of contrast as well as a combination of colors that inspire a visually broad aesthetic. 

Paint

Card Room Green, Farrow & Ball

Raucous Orange, Sherwin-Williams

Setting Plaster, Farrow & Ball

8 /12: Blue + Yellow

Yellow Dutch door with light blue wall
Image: Brittany Ambridge

8/12 :Blue + Yellow

We're all for channeling a sun-drenched locale with this invigorating combo. Fresh, bright and incomparably enlivening, pair soothing blues with a vibrant yellow to really make your space stand out. Bonus points for bringing in an added hint of warmth by way of a blush accent or saturated pink.

9 /12: Pink + Purple + Orange

Orange and Purple Color Block Paint Scheme
Image: Jeremy Liebman

9/12 :Pink + Purple + Orange

One would be hard-pressed to pair these saturated hues together, and we'll be the first to admit it: It can be pretty intimidating. That said, we can't deny the stunning finish that results from utilizing the hues in a vibrant color block with a geometrically inspired design, as seen in this lively bedroom.

Paint

Middleton Pink, Farrow & Ball

Cerise, Sherwin-Williams

Electric Orange, Benjamin Moore

10 /12: Red + White + Blue(ish)

Blue and white wall with red accent piece
Image: Anna Kocharian

10/12 :Red + White + Blue(ish)

This fresh combo vibrates with energy thanks to the invigorating depth of the red. Softened by the blue-lilac tint and balanced out with a sliver of white, the key to bringing this classic trio home is going beyond the standard tonal variations of each shade. 

Paint

Salsa, Benjamin Moore

High Reflective White, Sherwin-Williams

Surrender, Valspar

11 /12: Yellow + Purple

Yellow walls with purple baseboard and carpet
Image: Photography By Philppe Servant/Courtesy Of Dimore Studio

11/12 :Yellow + Purple

A naturally complementary pairing, one would be hard-pressed to bring this untraditional duo into their home — by way of wall paints, of course. That said, we're seriously into this chic color block where an even split between the two dynamic hues establishes a bold yet comforting detail in the space. 

Paint

Gold Sand, Dunn Edwards

Gentle Violet, Benjamin Moore

12 /12: Pink + Blue

Bedroom With Pink Walls With Blue Ceiling
Image: Nikole Ramsay

12/12 :Pink + Blue

There's a reason this power combo was selected as Pantone's 2016 Colors of the Year. Often earmarked for the nursery, we're all for rethinking this quintessential tonal pairing for the bedroom with a slightly untraditional take: designating one of the hues for the walls while letting the other steal the show via the ceilings.

Paint

Ribbon Pink, Benjamin Moore

Ballroom Blue, Behr

More: This Is Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year