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8 Unusual Color Palettes To Try at Home

Tired of the usual white and beige? Here are some new color combinations that are vibrant and unexpected.

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Photography: Erwin T. Lim & Dairy Darilag

If white, beige, and brown are your go-to colors when redecorating a space, then you might want to jazz things up a bit. Have you tried turquoise and yellow, gray and pink, or seafoam and cinnamon? An unexpected color palette can immediately update a space, add drama, and uplift your spirits. Take some baby steps and try these color combos:  

Seafoam green and orange


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Leave it to interior designer Wilmer Lopez to pair sophisticated seafoam green walls with cinnamon-orange velvet chairs and other accessories. The soft tint of the walls also makes the vibrant colors of the artwork pop out.

READ: Art Takes Center Stage in This 60sqm Condo

Lime and rust


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Interior designer Hannah Lim created a serene space in this Cebu model unit’s bedroom by painting the walls a crisp lime green, and adding accents of gold and rust by way of bed linen, pillows, and accessories. 

READ: Achieve A Hotel-Like One-Bedroom Condo Unit

Primary red and dark gray


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Designers Pai Edles and Misty Floro of Morfosis transformed a bare studio unit into the ultimate bachelor pad with a raised platform bed, defined living and working areas, and a striking color palette of dark gray, black, and primary red as bold accent.

Yellow and blue


Not brave enough to mix two primaries in one space? You can, if you use a neutral backdrop to balance the whole look. This is exactly what design consultant EJ Catayong did in this condo unit—the turquoise blue three-seater sofa and bright yellow pillows pop in the space, but these are tempered by the pale wood walls.

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READ: A 40sqm Unit Transformed into a One-Bedroom Home

Cobalt and brights


Orange, yellow, red, and other bright hues might seem overwhelming when combined with cobalt blue, but these all work when played against a backdrop of an airy, double-volume ceiling and tropical neutrals.

READ: Industrial and Tropical Elements Complete This Three-Storey Home

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Pale pastels and gray


Stylist Julienne Cruz went for a soothing but playful palette of blush and lemon mixed with heather gray for this 60sqm condo. “Her Pinterest board has a mix of Scandinavian and Boho elements…It was a choice between gray, blush, and pale yellow; or a combination of gray, blush, and pale green. She chose the one with yellow,” Julienne says of her client’s choices.

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READ: Blush and Boho Details Complete this One-Bedroom Condo in Makati

Teal and pastels


Want to break away from the usual pink-for-girls and blue-for-boys themes in children’s rooms? Try using a simple backdrop of white and add a hit of deep teal green accented with sweet pastels. It’s a gender-neutral palette that will grow old with your kids!

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READ: Decorating Ideas We Can Get From a Modern-Industrial Condo Unit in Quezon City

Muted mixed tones


Can you have several colors in one home; yet still maintain a high level of sophistication? Yes you can, as seen in this condo unit designed by Eric Paras. Light gray and muted teal walls provide the perfect backdrop for a dusty pink sofa and matte gold accessories.

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