Classic Colour Combinations

Trends come and go, but these 8 tried and true colour palettes have stood the test of time and will bring you from one era to the next.

Black and White

The most classic colour scheme of all — black and white — is inherently sleek and sophisticated. What we love most is the backdrop the two colors provide for unexpected punches of colour like hot pink, electric blue or lime green. We suggest white Benjamin Moore’s Super White or PARA’ Chrysler Hall White because these whites don’t change tone with other colours and they remain a true white.

Black & White

Orange and Blue

Like all of the classic combinations shown here, varying shades of these colours work well together. Here, orangey coral is an equally bright counterpoint to teal blue. ‘A neutral, like black, paired with a colour allows the colour to shine without overwhelming the viewer.

Orange & Teal

Red and Gold

Often found to be paired with deep green, these colours were used in many Victorian, Tudor and Renaissance-era homes. Red was a favourite for dining rooms in particular, giving dinner guests a warm feel in the days before central heating. Today, the combination evokes a rustic, Italian vibe.

Red & Gold

Robin’s Egg Blue, Yellow and Cream

Although it dates back to the French courts of Louis XI and Louis XIV, this airy palette could easily be expanded to include baby soft pinks, lavenders and hues of celery greens. These trio of colours are a staple for romantic French country and shabby chic interiors.

Robin's Egg Blue & Yellow

Green and Yellow

We often find that as in most classic colour combo’s these colour are borrowed from nature.  Case in point: yellow and green, reminiscent of sun and plants. If nature is pairing colours together then we know that they’ll work… blue and brown from a creek and naturally the green & yellow we’re looking at now.  Since there isn’t just one yellow and one green, the combination can create many different effects. Use the two as a base, and then add a third and a fourth colour to the mix.

Green & Yellow

Pink and Green

Bright colours were briefly popular during the mid-1800s, but it was mid-20th-century homemakers who really made them famous. Modern Baroque style and the bold use of colours like hot pink, apple green and turquoise were exemplar of the era.  Definitely spot on to the trends we’re seeing this year. But something that if done right can take you through the next few years.

Benjamin Moore 550 ~ Hot Pink

Green and Blue

Blue and green combos can go one of two ways; traditional or very modern.A traditional version could include, accenting an apple green sofa with a light blue throw and matching trim on the custom window cornices. The blue and green could work well together because they are analogous colours of similar intensity.  For a more modern feel, deepen the intensity to kelly green and navy. (Who doesn’t love a great navy!)

Green & Blue

Earth Tones

As the name implies, these colours are derived from earthy elements like rock, water and sky. Stick to this palette for a more neutral colour scheme or add ‘natural’ accents in brilliant floral or plant shades for a punch of colour. Earth tones although popular are a go to comfort for many home owners.  It’s a safe palette that also settles many colour arguments.

Earth Tones

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