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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


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


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


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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.

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

Pale pastels and gray


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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.

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!

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

Muted mixed tones


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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.

READ: A 60sqm Condo Unit That’s Easy on the Eyes

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