After speaking about Eclecticism here which is the art of mixing different styles harmoniously, I always get asked about what colors shouldn’t I mix. The answer is simple. There is no right and wrong, it’s how you use those colors in the space. Another important note to take is choosing the right shade. As Interior Designers, the first thing we learnt was the color wheel. I remember going home after class and having to draw the entire color wheel and colour it in just to memorize it. It was laughable to say the least, all grown up and having to color in your assignment. If you want to brush up on the basics, this post is a great place to start.
Here are a few examples,
Orange and Pink: German designer Peter Fehrentz, knows how to do this best. Note the shade of orange and pink he chooses, the light hues are a great way to start. Once an absolute no-no, orange and pink is becoming the new combination to try. Inspired by the fashion industry by designers such as Monique Lhuillier, this trend has been around for the last couple of years and looks like it is here to stay.
Clashing patterns: Another way to incorporate the art of mix and match is by introducing them through patterns. This picture from Architectural Digest shows a beautiful example of how two seemingly clashing patterns can be mixed together nicely.
Keep everything else monochromatic: This image shows how when you keep everything else in the room relatively simple, monochromatic and play it up with colors of the accessories or individual furniture, you can certainly bring any color you wish into the scheme without over exaggerating the space.
Take a risk: Contradicting my previous advice, sometimes the only way to achieve something out of the ordinary is to do just that. Interior Design is always about personal taste and personality through your surroundings. If you take a risk and mix as you wish, you might just come up with something extraordinary.
Speaking of taking risks, what do you think of that last image? Honestly.