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Summer Fresh Color Combos for Home


The deep berry of the Graydon chair by Sam Moore is regal with gold, elegant with silver and exciting with olive.

There’s still a bit of summer left, but you’ve done all the outdoor things and are beginning to look ahead. Now, while it’s warm enough to keep the windows open, why not freshen up a couple of rooms with new paint?  And while you’re at it, add a few splashes of your fresh color scheme with accent pieces or upholstered chairs?

 If you’re like most of us and dread making a mistake when choosing from thousands of paint samples, ensure the long-term appeal of your decision: Just pick a cool-but-classic combination from the color scheme possibilities we offer here. These color combos stand the test of time in a teen’s bedroom, a family room, any room, because they balance cool and warm, light and dark, bright and subtle.

Take this mixture of deep purple with yellow/gold, for instance.


The classic, warm gold sofa balances the bold orchid purple walls nicely. Photo credit: Gaita Interiors on apartmenttherapy.com

The orchid-purple could well be over-the-top, but its complement, the gold sofa, balances it. Other neutrals and metallics, including gold and golden-brown, also calm the room setting by Gaita Interiors,without sacrificing the statement-making drama that only purple can bring.

 These recommended color combos prove you don’t have to stick with beige to avoid mistakes, but any of these duos work well with beige, gray, taupe, and the other neutrals you already own.  And don’t forget, most prints include more than two colors, and your room will be filled with books, toys, flowers, mementos and other things in a wide range of colors.

 So don’t worry you’ll make the scheme too matchy-matchy. You’ll just be making it coherent and chic!

Chic Color Combinations

Royal Blue/Navy and Lime Green

lime, navy comforter

This lime and navy comforter set from Macy’s shows how lime updates navy for a fresh twist. Photo credit: macys.com

This fresh twist on the classic blue-green color combination is perfect for a guest bedroom or youth room. Imagine just about any third color to bring in his or her fave hue, and it’s a winner. Change the third accent and you have a whole new look.

Orange, Gray and White


Tangerine, a recent Pantone Color of the Year, is paired masterfully with white and gray in this geometric cover on Sam Moore’s Darya swivel chair.

Coral, Yellow, Deep Blue and Dark Green


Coral, salmon and soft yellow, with a pop of dark blue, create a classic and romantic combination that’s gender-neutral. Photo & arrangement by Mary Wynn Ryan.

 I created this silk arrangement for our local Senior Center lobby. To keep the menfolk happy, I skipped my fave pink and went for coral, salmon and yellow with a touch of deep blue against dark green.

Coral and Navy

Blending today's "it" color--coral--with a classic like navy is a stroke of genius. Photo Credit: Lavender Linens of Nazareth, Pa. via Etsy.

Blending today’s “it” color-coral-with a classic like navy is a stroke of genius. Photo Credit: Lavender Linens of Nazareth, Pa. via Etsy.

The nice thing about balanced duos like these is, you can add one of the suggested alternates and make it a three-color scheme. Remember that all tints and shades of the colors you use can also work, so if you’re thinking coral, you can also do light peach and mysterious cinnabar red-orange. And if you can’t imagine deep purple walls, switch dark for light: switch purple for lavender/orchid, one of the lightest tints on that purple paint chip.  Then, use rich gold instead of yellow, coral instead of salmon and olive instead of lime. Play around with some paint sample cards and you’ll see. Safe choices aren’t just beige!

CalypsoHibiscuschair in Danish Linen

Pale pink looks edgy in this angular print, especially anchored by handsome wood tones.

 Imagine this Hooker Furniture accent chair chair and other pink and taupe accents against a dramatic forest green wall.  Not your mother’s scheme, that’s for sure!

Renee ottoman

Olive green functions almost as a neutral, but it’s more interesting and alive.

 This generously sized (41” round) olive green round leather ottoman/cocktail bench from  Sam Moore Furniture is on casters for easy moving. It would add quiet drama to a pale blue room.


Vivid aqua brings the serene hues of sea and sky into any room on the wings of a modern wing chair.

Vivid aqua brings the joyful hues of sea and sky into any room on the wings of this modern chair by Sam Moore.  Against rich chocolate or deep forest green walls, it’s a natural, forever!

And the chair sets just the right tone for relaxing or socializing, don’t you think?


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