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Unexpected Color Pairings You’ve Never Thought of Before

Unexpected Color Pairings You’ve Never Thought of Before

Expect the unexpected

Written by –
Jess Ng
on May 13th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

In a world where white on white interiors are king, an obvious way to stand out from the crowd is to play with color. But here’s the thing, I’m not just talking about adding a simple pop of blue against a neutral backdrop. No, to really take your home to the next level I want you to consider playing with color in ways you’ve never thought of before. To do just that, take a cue from these unexpected color pairings that are guaranteed to make your abode the center of attention – in the best possible way.


Powder Pink + Scarlet Red

Typically reserved for Valentine’s Day or dental posters, the pink and red combo is in fact perfect for those looking to introduce a little Wes Anderson whimsy to their home.

Unexpected Color Pairings: A powder pink dining room with scarlet red vinyl accents | NONAGON.style
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The key to making this pairing work is balance. Start with using powder pink as your all over ‘neutral’. Then experiment with adding in scarlet as an accent shade. A final touch of white will ensure a modern finish to the overall look.

Chartreuse + Tangerine Orange

A half and half mix of yellow and green, chartreuse is not the easiest of colors to work with. That’s probably why those brave souls who choose to use it often pair the hue with everyone’s favorite neutral, white.

Unexpected Color Pairings: Home office with chartreuse wall and tangerine orange accents | NONAGON.style
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Although a chartreuse and white pairing is a good start, I find that using these two cool-toned colors alone can make a space look overly clinical. That’s why I’m a huge fan of layering a warming tangerine orange into the mix. There’s just something so uplifting and fun about this combination. And on a design level, the vivid undertones of orange do so much to bring out the vibrancy of bold chartreuse.

Violet + French Blue

Take a cue from Pantone’s color of the year and vie for violet in your next interior overhaul.

Unexpected Color Pairings: Classic dining room with French blue floral wallpaper and vibrant violet carpet | NONAGON.style
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Despite being so close together on the color wheel, violet and deep French blue make a handsome pairing. The effervescent purple tones inject a dose of fun and vivacity to the regal blue, whilst rich mahogany wood adds visual depth to the final look.

Mustard + Bubblegum Pink

A mustard and bubblegum pairing might not be so good on the tastebuds, but there’s no denying that they’re pretty easy on the eye.

Unexpected Color Pairings: Retro dining room with bubblegum pink walls and mustard yellow design details | NONAGON.style
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What I love most about this pairing of saccharine pink and muted yellow is its timeless vintage appeal. It gives me serious retro vibes! To update the look, try working in sleeker design details. Here, a glossy black lacquer table and a modernized sputnik chandelier add a contemporary twist to the overall kitschy 50s aesthetic.

Cerulean + Marigold

It’s not often we see a bold marigold yellow take pride of place in a home, but when the world sees how well it goes with a beautiful cerulean blue, I guarantee that this hot pairing will be the next big thing.

Unexpected Color Pairings: Dining room with marigold yellow wallpaper and cerulean blue seating breakfast booth | NONAGON.style
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The sunshine glow of marigold is perfect for bringing out cerulean’s jewel tones. Add in a graphic print and some luxe gold details and you have the recipe for joy personified.

Plum + Candy Apple Red

Are you craving for a color combination befitting of an opulent boudoir? Well look no further, for the full bodied plum and sumptuous candy apple red have got you covered.

Unexpected Color Pairings: Glamorous dressing room with deep plum paneled walls and candy apple red drapes | NONAGON.style
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There’s just something so lavish and ostentatious about this unexpected pairing. Both hues are rich and sensuous in nature, making them ideal for introducing a little glamour to your space.

What’s your favorite unexpected color pairing? Let us know in the comments!


For more color inspiration check out our round up of colorful kitchens. We also have a whole series dedicated to a range of rainbow hues – click through for pastel blue, greenery and sunshine yellow design tips galore.


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