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Trendy or Tacky: Bold Color Combos

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There are those people who think some colors can never be mixed, and then there are others who don’t believe in limits – and today we’re looking for inspiration from the fearless few who follow their hearts with kaleidoscopic abandon.

The difficulty with some color combos is that our prior experiences make us think of unrelated things when we see them, and those things can turn us off to how cool those combos can be. Let’s consider a few examples: 

Yellow + Green

Good: Nothing says spring like yellow and green. Yellows capture the suppleness and sizzle of the sun, while greens add the fresh feel of new life. Add plenty of unfiltered sunlight and you’ve got the cheeriest style on the block.

Bad: Two shades in the wrong direction and things can start to look downright bilious. Just keep it light (think lemons and limes!) and you should be fine.

Black + White

Good: Paired well, black and white is a monochromatic dream that can look great in almost any room. It’s got a classic feel that has graced many a foyer in checked tile and even more mod lofts in black leather on white carpet.

Bad: Panda bears, penguins, convicts – take your pick. Plus, monochrome can be a tricky sell if the rest of the home can’t match such a stylish look.

Blue + Brown

Good: At once rich, deep and earthy, this color combo can bring great balance to décor. It speaks to endless horizons and the elements of wood and water, which can add a lot of depth to a room.

Bad: Leather and turquoise have a distinct Southwest feel, and if that’s not the look you want you have to be mindful not to back into it accidentally by playing fast and loose with this pair of pigments.

Any Color + You

Good or bad, it’s important to remember it’s a personal thing. On color, ATGStores.com spokesperson and interior design expert Alexa Hampton says this: “I always encourage people to feel confident using what they like best and not be talked out of it by others – the colors people live with should make them happy.”  

Black and white pop with punch in this cowhide swivel chair by Fine Mod Imports.

Blue and brown get a night on the town in the Uttermost “Chahna,” with an aqua-blue finish on distressed mango wood and dark chocolate splashed on white velvet.

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