Colour in the home can be a daunting thought for many and what complicates it further is the prospect of adding additional colours into the mix! These interiors below are an encouraging example of how combining more than one colour can go really right. From mellow to dramatic use of colour, we hope there’s something in here to inspire most tastes and suit a range of homes. As this is being written in the glorious month of May, it only seems fair to run with green as the common colour. Before any cynics disappear, hold on! We’re going to run through spaces which marry a stunning blend of hues from berry pink to cobalt blue and dove grey, looking at what the designer has done and why it is that the combination works so well.
Green is undoubtedly a wonderful colour to let loose in your home and we could wax lyrical for a long time about the merits of this hallowed hue. We suspect however that you’ve already heard all about its calming, peaceful qualities, so… how about inviting some other colours to the party? Let’s get started.
- Green and mustard yellow
This glorious combination of green and mustard has huge potential to look really stunning in almost any interior. In this stylish bedroom, the muted mid century tones – mustard and teal – are emboldened by a glowing drop of rich grass green in the form of a statement armchair. In such a space, it might be tempting to stick solely with mid century colours and natural materials, labouring under the fear that any colour too rich might disrupt the equilibrium of the room. The striking emerald hue of the chair, however, does nothing of the sort. It provides a note of timeless luxe whilst also bequeathing a more contemporary air to this vintage bedroom.
Takeaway: Have fun experimenting with different variations in depth of colour. Drop bolder tones into an otherwise muted space to see it come alive, without taking away from the sophistication of the space.
2. Green and purple
Shock, horror – would anyone actually do this? Green and purple might seem like two very unusual, even garish, hues to bring together. The Catholic church aside, purple has certainly not rung in with the most popular of home decor colours for quite some time. Don’t forget though that purple comes in a variety of shades, from brighter tones of lilac and amethyst to deeper, more sophisticated hues such as mauve and heather. This elegant drawing room has brought depth and warmth to the rich pear-coloured surrounds by adding a plum purple rug. A daring move to some, but these delicious autumnal colours complement each other perfectly.
Take away: Don’t be afraid to try more unusual colour combinations. The ratio doesn’t need to be 50/50; start by finding a colour you love and then explore ways to support it through a less familiar accent colour. You never know what might come together!
3. Green and naturals
Green is such a calming colour that it seems only natural to pair it with, well, natural tones! This soothing living space brings together all of the colours you might see in a cool Spring English country landscape, a haven of dove grey, sage green and cream. The deep but muted green walls provide a compelling backdrop against which to highlight more mellow neutral furniture which might otherwise fade into the background. The stripped wooden floorboards add a welcome touch of natural texture whilst the faded floral upholstery lends the room a vintage air.
Take away: This room is a great example of how to effectively draw colour into your home without having to do anything too bold or ‘over the top’ if dramatic colour is not your thang.
4. Green and blue
Blue and green are a sleek duo in the home. Cousins of the same pelagic family, they create a rather aquatic hybrid when used together. Depending on depth and hue, the balance of blue and green can create an interior which might evoke any vibe from contemporary and cosmopolitan to cheerful and Mediterranean. Note how the designer of this space below has opted for a deep cobalt-navy blue as the dominant colour, which is then supported by accent notes of buoyant aqua green. This prevents the room from becoming too dark and austere, instead creating a space which abounds in playful yet sophisticated colour.
Take away: Consider what sort of vibe you would like to evoke and then decide how to channel the colour balance to achieve that feel. A dominant bright colour will be upbeat and lively whereas opting for something darker will lend the interior a more refined feel.
6. Green and coral…
…are a match made in heaven! There’s not much to condemn about this delightful union of colours. Both coral and green are celebrated for their life-giving qualities. Whilst green is seen as calming, coral is a quietly energising hue. More discreet than its humdinger pink relatives, it is equally vibrant and the perfect companion to cooler green. The coral runner in this kitchen brings a welcome lively note to the otherwise serene vibe generated by the forest green cabinets.
Take away: If you’re after a green space which feels joyful and uplifting, coral is the perfect complementary colour. This is a colour combination which works in both soft and bold tones… so don’t hold back.
So… which one would you choose?!