When you are looking to get a charming and unique look for your home, one of the first things that you need to consider is color. The colors that you choose set the tone for the room, and of course you want to make the right choice. Color combinations go in and out, but if you want a home that is on the trendy side, there are some combinations that you need to avoid. These color combinations are just tired at this point, so skip them and try something new.
Pink and Brown
For a while, we were seeing pink and brown everywhere. This is a nice enough color if you are decorating a child’s bedroom, but you will find that it gets really cloying, really fast if you have it in your living room. Before you know it, you will start to wonder if you are living in a cake box. This style was cute for a while, but it really was too cute to ever become a classic. Most of us now associate it with affected design, so give it a pass.
Brown and Blue
There is something lovely about blue and brown together, but thanks to the seventies revival that occurred just a little while, most people are now heartily sick of it. The contrast between a deep rich brown and a sky blue is very striking, but if you see it three or four times every time you open a design magazine, you are going to get sick of it.
Red and Black
Red and black can absolutely be used to impressive effect, especially if you are looking at accents, but the truth of the matter is that people get a little reckless with them. These are bold colors, and a little bit goes a long way. For a long time, they were not used at all, and that is likely where the overdose came in when people started using them. Sometimes, you can get away with going so far overboard that you end up with a deliberately gothic aesthetic, but otherwise, it’s best to let the red and black go.
Dark Gray and Pale Gray
What was once an interestingly subtle aesthetic has now been overused to the point where it is now just dull. Gray is a fantastic neutral, but pairing it with another gray has always had institutional tones. Some people can spice things up by matching warm grays or cool grays, but across the board, this look has been done to death. Do something interesting with your grays, and pair them with more vivid colors instead.
Gray and Yellow
For a brief moment, gray and yellow were the pairing to beat when it came to trendy colors, but like so many trendy color combinations (harvest gold and avocado come to mind), it crashed about as quickly as it rose. Gray and yellow is quite dull together, though perhaps something could be done with a much sunnier yellow. Not only is this color pairing overexposed, it is quickly going to look dated, so give it a break and move on to something new.
When you are looking for a fantastic color combination for your home, think outside the box. Start with your favorite color or simply start mixing and matching colors that catch your eye!
Derek is currently blogging for K & S Contruction, a New Jersey contracting company that specializes in residential and commercial construction. When Derek is not blogging or working, he enjoys doing weekend projects around the house with his wife.