The possibilities for wall color combinations are endless. From traditional schemes and classic combos to the wackiest, your walls are there to make your mark and your home is a place where you can be inventive and think creatively.
“We usually think of walls as a blank canvas – you have to do something with it and sometimes a blank wall isn’t always the answer,” says Frederick Tang of the Brooklyn-based architecture and design studio.
Color also fuels the mood of a room and the proud and playful use of color can enhance the feeling a room evokes. Emma Bestley, creative director at Yes Colors, noted cheerful bold hues in the paint color ideas and attributed it to the Wes Anderson effect. “Consumers are using peaches and pinks alongside olive greens, verdant aquas and plum pinks. Contrasts and expressive combinations lend themselves to rooms of pure delight.’
If you want your space to have a sense of tranquility, choose less intimidating color groupings from the same family. “Pair warmer cream neutrals with yellows and pinks for a nurturing and uplifting palette, or switch to cooler greens and grays, creating a soothing and cocooning palette.” Whatever mood you’re looking to create with your color palette, here is the color combination that will help you achieve it.
Wall color combinations to experiment with at home
Also consider how to implement these colors in your scheme. Feature walls can work well for a bold and punchy look, ceilings are an interesting place to add color or go monochromatic. “Color blocking is still the coolest way to paint a wall,” says Annie Sloan, founder of the Annie Sloan paint brand.
“Limit yourself to one color group and work with three or four closely related shades from that group. Use them together in well-defined geometric shapes; repeat squares or circles and do not mix colors. For me it works best with spicy undertones. However you want to experiment, here are the color combinations to try.
1. White and green
For a vibrant yet soothing effect, white is the perfect color to pair with green. Natalie Paper of interior design company, Home EC (opens in a new tab) made this choice in his own home, choosing to paint the ceiling in color and keeping the walls uncluttered. “I’m a color lover, but to keep the open flow of our home from becoming too overwhelming, I chose to incorporate bright colors on the downstairs ceilings.
“This helps keep the walls cool and white in the main public areas. Keeping the walls white throughout, the painted ceilings add a dramatic and fun element to the formal architecture.
“This space in our house is used as a living room. Sometimes we turn on our records, have a drink and relax and other times we enjoy our morning coffee in front of the fire. The white walls help keep the room cool and calm as a space to relax, but the addition of the bold green ceiling evokes powerful energy to recharge and inspire creativity.
When using white to bring out the secondary color, be careful not to use pure white. “I never pair bright white with other colors,” says Francesca Wezel, Founder of Francesca’s Paints (opens in a new tab). I find it too hard and cold. If I use white, I always add a subtle addition of my favorite pigments like raw, burnt umber or yellow ocher to achieve warmth and depth and ultimately to add more visual interest.
2. Blue and pink
If you’re looking to choose a cool color combination for your home, a simple, soothing pink and blue scheme works when the colors are in their muted forms. In this case, by interior designer and designer Tone Kroken (opens in a new tab)a pale blue wall and door give way to the dark pink sanctuary bedroom.
The color combination creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere for the bedroom and the pink in the next room invites the bed into the center of the space. These pastel tones are Polar Blue and Skin Powder, both from Pure&Original (opens in a new tab).
3. Orange and pink
For an energetic look, pink is an unexpected color that goes with orange and can do wonders for adding interest to your scheme. Use a vibrant yet earthy warm orange as the main focal point in a scheme and embrace the energy of the hue. “Splash with other spicy hues for a color fiesta,” encourages Annie Sloan (opens in a new tab).
“I love pairing Barcelona Orange with my rich burgundy burgundy and earthy Scandinavian pink for a delicious, salacious and appetizing pop of color,” she adds.
4. Purple and beige
In this room painted in shades of Notes of Color (opens in a new tab) – Scandinavian paint brand – Berry Moment shade is painted on the door, highlighting the architectural features.
See You Cigar used on the walls, and has a sandy tone that really brings out the dark purple of the door.
‘Berry Moment and See You Cigar work perfectly together to create a warm and intimate room. Darker colors are the perfect choice in large rooms, as they give the shade room to play, which will create a playful and delicate color combination at any time of the day, says Stefani Arsovi from Notes of Colour. .
5. Black and white
For a classic monochromatic look, try black and white together on your walls, creating the ultimate contrast. Adopting a monochromatic scheme is a fantastic way to create a chic, minimalist base in a room that can serve as a versatile base for eclectic and colorful accessories and furniture.
“A monochromatic scheme can be used to create an impactful style,” says Helen Shaw of Benjamin Moore (opens in a new tab). “Black and white used in tandem is the simplest and most eye-catching effect. Black paint used in excess can overshadow a small space, but it’s a fantastic choice for tying together a large open space and creating a cozy look.
In this black and white living room, the trim has been painted to give a dramatic accent to the walls. “If you’re working in a small room, adopt a clean white color palette to open up the space, then use accents of black on panels, baseboards or as a linear room divider to make a real statement.”
6. Yellow and white
A bright yellow and white scheme makes for an uplifting and cheerful combination in this example from designer Suzy Hoodless (opens in a new tab). The idea was to bring some excitement with a flash of color dividing the area in a house with a low level of natural light. “It’s uplifting and uncompromising, but also neutral. I think the spaces need to be pushed — to have a rhythm and rhythm to them — and that’s what it’s all about,” says Suzy.
Suzy’s eclectic, yet simply curated living room also includes a 20th-century Chinese rug purchased from the Talisman Showroom, sitting alongside modern geometric patterns from La Maison Pierre Frey (opens in a new tab) fabric on the chairs. Bringing it all together is the bold yellow architrave in trumpet yellow by Little Greene (opens in a new tab) – a playful door leading you into the room.
7. Red and blue
A deep blue and a bright red are two colors that go well together. In this example, designed by Kingston Laffery Design (opens in a new tab), an award-winning interior design house based in Dublin, the briefing was that the dining room really creates a wow factor and the designer delivered this vibrant fireplace idea. “The client loves to entertain and wanted to have a dynamic, energetic space and really feel like they’re walking into something special.”
‘The primary colors deliberately contrast the red fireplace set against the blue mantel and storage. These bold colors are founded on the rich wood tone of the floor and the green marble hearth with the color of the artwork and the patterned wallpapered ceiling giving that extra injection of color.
8. Pink and green
Pink and green is a much loved combination that has been popular for quite some time. Here, paint and paper library (opens in a new tab) painted two contrasting walls in shades named Rouge II and The Botanist. “By introducing a different color to one wall in your space, you can create a sophisticated, balanced focal point that will expand the color palette of your room,” says Andy Greenall, design manager at Paint & Paper Library.
‘ Bring more depth to your project and make it easier to coordinate fabrics and furniture. Although it’s on opposite ends of the color spectrum, a soft, warm pink like this works beautifully with green – an elegant, natural shade with a hint of red that makes it a quiet partner for warm neutrals. , soft pinks and rich browns.
How to Use Paint on Your Walls Boldly
There’s a big tendency to use paint and color in more unusual combinations, so be smart with your scheme and create combinations in fun and interesting ways. “The tiles used on floors and walls are very popular, especially the red and white combinations. Strong colors will be used on the lower halves of the walls with white above to open up the spaces and give an old school feel,” says Joa Studholme of Farrow & Ball. (opens in a new tab).
“Lots of color will be used on the woodwork along the white walls to create charming and very homely rooms. For instant impact, use bright yellow Babouche on windows and their reflections so that the light reflected in the room has a sunny hue! The doors to the outside work beautifully when painted in the cheerful green of the breakfast room, a botanical hue that simply invites you into the garden before you even get there. And of course the color will be applied to the ceiling to create truly cohesive schemes and mimic the modest homes of yesteryear.
You can also paint baseboards and doors a different color than the wall to create definition. ‘For example, where there is a dado line, I like to put a strong color at the top and a neutral tone at the bottom, to balance it out. It makes the space feel softer and can often increase the illusion of height in a room,” says Francesca Wezel of Francesca’s Paints.