Blue and red (and white)
A classic combination that can easily steer into cliche - too nautical, too patriotic, too primary school - but that has too much to offer to cast aside. You can pull off the red and blue look with a little planning and careful editing. Proportion is key - pick your focus. Above, the designer went for a large blue piece with highlights of red (that chevron ottoman!) To the right, red dominates with a healthy portion of blue in the rug. Both are assisted by enough white and natural wood tones to balance out the room.
Peach and Aqua
Looking for something a little more low key? The softened hues of the primary colours red and blue, peach and aqua are a perfect match to bring serenity to any room. With these pastels, it is important to keep the feeling updated, unless you are purposefully designing a child's room (if so, see our favourite children's room colour combo below.) Otherwise, add luxe details and natural materials (potted plants or a rustic wood table) with plenty of neutrals. This combination works especially well with geometric patterns that add a bit of edge.
Pink and Green
This colour combo is great at keeping a little girl's room from being too girly-girly. Chose a surprising colour combination that will grow as your daughter ages. These two rooms show two different approaches. One pairs a lime green with varying shades of pink with a bold bedding statement. The other uses a dark patterned green wallpaper and hot pink balanced with plenty of white space to allow the eye to rest.
Yellow and Grey
Yellow and grey combine to make a modern but warm room. When other colours are layered in, like the living room above on the right, the combination is especially cosy and organic feeling. When yellow and grey are the only colours present, like the two images on the left, the pairing is sophisticated. Yellow is best as an accent, such as cushions or art . Stay away from too large of a yellow statement, however, and be sure that any larger pieces, like an an area rug, are a toned down shade.
Black and White
Okay, so neither black nor white is *really* a colour but we cannot get enough of this combo. There are so many ways to combine black and white but does it get better than black and white bedding, abstract artwork, sleek bedside tables, and plenty of gold accents? We'd argue no.