How to Mix Colors and Bring Your Room to Life


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While all white rooms are currently in high demand, many people prefer to add a bit more color into their room designs. But how can you get the bold and colorful look you love without going overboard?


Here are a few tips for how to combine colors and bring the entire room together for that perfect look that fits your style and personality.


Try the Tone-on-Tone Look

Surprisingly to some, vibrant hues can still be easy to mix with other colors. Vibrant colors work well when opting for tone-on-tone color palettes. This helps to give the allusion of a lot of color, even when those colors are all part of the same color family.

You can choose colors like dark, forest green with blue-greens or mossy greens if you want a subtle variation while maintaining the tone-on-tone aesthetic. For some extra spice, include a few fun, contrasting accessories, light bright pink flowers, yellow accent chairs, or an oversized red bowl.

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Combine Some Semineutral Tones

More recently, people are rediscovering semineutrals, colors that aren’t exactly categorized as true neutrals but are very easy to mix and blend while still looking cohesive in a room. Think of greens and blues…colors that are found everywhere in nature. These colors can typically work well when combined with other midtone shades, colors that are neither dark nor light, such as the grey family.


When combing these colors, for example a navy blue with a light grey, your result is a beautiful, bold look that is not too excessive.

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Mix Patterns with Solids for a Bold Look

When going for this look, it’s important to pair chunky solids with a mix of small-scale patterns. Be sure that each element has many different colors or just one solid color.


Sticking to this general rule of thumb will make it a bit easier if you’re not one hundred percent confident yet about mixing colors. The colorful elements work well because no single color will stand out, which means they won’t be clashing with any of the other elements’ colors.


Be Sure to Break Up Your Colors

Give yourself a bit of breathing room with your colors. If you have a dark green wall, break it up with some neutral or all-white artwork. Or, add a large family photo with white matting and a thick white frame. You can also choose to add a large gallery wall. You can add as much white (or neutrals) as necessary until you feel good about the balance achieved in your space.

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