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Classic Color Combinations for a Timelessly Stylish Living Room

Classic Color Combinations for a Timelessly Stylish Living Room

From monochrome to dusty rose

Written by – Team
on September 10th 2018
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New living room color trends come around every year, but of course, few of us have the budget or time to redecorate annually. It’s a good job then that the trick to creating a timelessly stylish living room goes beyond trend-led color fads. Instead, we believe that this task calls for the use of classic color combinations. From dusty rose and cool gray to minimalist monochrome, here are a few of our favorite color pairing combos.

Classic Color Combinations

Black and White

You can’t ever go wrong with monochrome. Stylish and simple, this classic color pairing is perfect for getting that ever popular Scandinavian cool aesthetic on lock. It can be tempting to add in color to create warmth in a black and white room, but this completely takes away from the overall look. Instead create warmth by adding in a range of materials and textures, such as wood and metals.

Classic Color Combinations: Monochrome living room with wood and copper accents |
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Style Tip

A few lush green house plants will go a long way in finishing off this classic color pairing, adding life and vibrancy to break up the stark contrast of the black and white.

Cerulean and Marigold

Bright, bold and oh-so eye catching, the cerulean blue and marigold yellow combo is luxe and stylish. Perfect for those who yearn for an opulent feel to their living room, this pairing isn’t for the color shy. That being said, the combination is easier than you might think to integrate into your aesthetic, especially if you opt for soft furnishings rather than paint!

Classic Color Combinations: Loft living room with cerulean blue sofa and marigold yellow accents |
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Style Tip

For a living room that feels as tranquil as it does bold and brilliant, keep the walls neutral and opt for a tufted cerulean sofa dressed with patterned cushions and throws. For the final touch, add in some warm marigold accents to bring some sunshine into the space.

Dusty Rose and Gray

Although dusty rose and gray are very of the moment, their neutral tones mean this color pairing is here to stay. A pretty dusky rose is just the thing to add a touch of femininity to the cool-toned gray, lifting its darker tones and adding life to an otherwise monotonous palette.

Classic Color Combinations: Contemporary Scandinavian-inspired pink and gray living room with patterned cushions and cozy throw |
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Style Tip

Flip the trend; instead of painting walls gray and accessorizing with pink, try painting walls dusky rose and introducing deep charcoal accessories.

Navy and White

As classic color combinations go, smart navy and crisp white are a match made in color pairing heaven. The calming royal blue hue is perfect for highlighting the clean simplicity of white. What’s more, whether you’re after a breezy nautical theme or dabbling in the luxe elegance of chinoiserie, we love how versatile this color combination is!

Classic Color Combinations: Navy blue and white contemporary living room with abstract art and rug |
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Style Tip

For a cooler take on the navy and white color pairing, consider adding raw industrial textures to the space. Metallic steel and terrazzo, for instance, are ideal for taking the edge off this classic duo.


What are your favorite classic color combinations?


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