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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Color, Baby!

Ah, Texas.  I love your temperate mid-60 degree winter weather.

I say this now, because after being in the freezing (Literally.  Freezing.) temps of the Rocky Mountains, I am really appreciating the sunny, mild, and (today) bright skies of Fort Worth.

It’s making me pine for springtime.  

I admit it – I’ve never been one for cold weather anyway (California girl through and through…).  I say this with a small voice of authority because I did live in said Rocky Mountain area (Utah and Colorado) for a total of almost 10 years.  I miss the mountains.  I don’t miss the snow.

Okay, I’m getting off topic…

Snow is beautiful.  I’ll give you that.  It’s serene…it’s peaceful…it’s cold… (Oops, sorry)  It has great texture and form, and I love how it seems to soften the edges of the world around me.  But seeing the blankets of white, day after day, started me thinking.

I miss color!  (Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean and crisp palette as much as the next designer, but sometimes…)

So for today’s tip and trick I’m giving you some of my favorite color combos for spring!

Add a little or add a lot.  Either way, these combinations will have a huge impact on your space and maybe even help out with the winter blues (as in, “it’s only February and we still have four -six more weeks of this cold, dreary weather”.  Sigh.).

Navy and Turquoise

A surprisingly chic combination.  They balance each other perfectly.

Diane Bergeron Interiors

Diane Bergeron Interiors

Navy and Emerald

How can you NOT love this analogous pairing?!

The green just feels like a breath of fresh air and is SO on trend for the year.

(I really love the idea of pairing it with plum, grey, or turquoise too!)

Lauren Nelson Design

Lauren Nelson Design

Hannah Blackmore Photography via Decor Pad

Hannah Blackmore Photography via Decor Pad

Turquoise and Red (or Pink!)

So unexpected!  This one is fun – and just a bit daring.

(See last weeks Look for Less for one of my favorite bedrooms using this combo!)

 I love how the neutral accents ground the bold colors.

Lisa Sherry Interieurs

Lisa Sherry Interieurs

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

via Lonny

via Lonny

Eggplant and Mustard

I use these terms (instead of, say, purple and yellow) to avoid a pastel overload.

I would caution to use this combo sparingly, and opt for deeper (or even greyer) tones.

The combination can be really beautiful.

Charleston Home

Charleston Home

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

Emerald and Red

A personal favorite (see below).

Erica Brechtel

Erica Brechtel

…and a little present that came today which will help ME add some color to my bedroom…


…can’t wait to show you the final product…


What are some of your favorite color combinations?


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I feel like I’ll need to come back to this post when I’m deciding on my color combos in the new house. Thank you. 🙂

    February 1, 2013
  2. I love the eggplant and mustard, jewel tones are my favorites!

    February 2, 2013

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