Unexpected color pairings, such as turquoise and orange-red with cream or blush, have been dominating TikTok as of late. This marks a refreshing departure from the neutral, almost sterile interiors that rose to prominence in recent years. Don’t get me wrong; I still adore the occasional monochromatic cream room, but these unorthodox combinations offer food for thought, serving as a wonderful source of inspiration for your home design journey.
Even if you aren’t necessarily ready for large color changes, you might be pleasantly surprised by the impact of smaller ones, says interior designer Charlotte Eustace. Charlotte is a color theory expert, is all across the most dynamic color trends for 2024 and has shared her unique shade combinations in a series of now-viral TikToks.
Charlotte founded her interior design company, CE Interiors, during the pandemic with the goal of “understanding how design choices uplift mood and mental well-being” – a pursuit she began in light of the ubiquitous mental health decline we experienced from lockdown restrictions. Color quickly became central to her work.
For Charlotte, “colors are powerful conveyors of emotion.” She’s always on the look-out for unexpected color pairings and innovative ways of integrating them to suit her clients’ unique tastes, and the following are some of her favorites. Scroll along for tips on how to seamlessly blend distinctive color pairings into your own home, along with some chic shopping suggestions from the best home decor stores.
3 Designer-endorsed color pairings for 2024
Teal and Terracotta
Contrasting colors are a timeless trick that interior designers constantly refer back to. In this case, rich, warm-toned terracotta is a beautiful juxtaposition to the tranquil, calm feeling of teal. Since the two shades are so different, they make maximum visual impact, but avoid clashing.
“I like to consider more than just the color in isolation,” Charlotte says. Incorporating unexpected elements creates the most compelling color moments. “Imagine the intrigue of a commonly used hue reinvented in an unexpected way, perhaps through sculptural shapes and distinctive materials. Or a unique color introduced through a more traditional piece.”
Fortessa Sole Cabernet Glass Six Piece Set
You don’t see terracotta stemware everyday. Pair with a teal-accented tablecloth or plates for a chic dining setting.
Kähler Hammershøi Miniature Vessels, Set of 3
These teal pots of various shades may be small, but offer significant dimension.
Pairing a stoneware material with a curvy design makes this sculptural vase an object of intrigue.
Ruched Faux Fur Throw Blanket
The teal color of this plush throw feels playful, while its mink appearance lends a sophisticated touch.
Dark Terracotta Organic Cotton Velvet Window Curtain Panel
For those willing to embrace a greater amount of color, these luxe velvet curtains are fantastic entry point. Their rich material helps to reduce sound and darken your space, making them ideal for a bedroom.
AMOYSTONE Teal Agate Bookends
Bookends are a favorite decorative accent among interior designers. These ones, made of solid agate, add a touch of natural beauty.
Clay and sage
Pairing earth tones with other earth tones is a match made in heaven. Though, one of the more popular naturalistic pairings is clay and sage – for good reason. Sage green is so subtle that it is often considered a neutral, allowing it to enhance the comparatively richer tone of clay.
“I personally love muted colors, anything that looks like it could be pulled from the earth, or evoke a nostalgic 70s aesthetic,” says Eustace. She recommends integrating unexpected colors with different textures and materials.
Orcino Green Marble Fruit Bowl
Green marble makes for a naturalistic, but highly elevated, accent.
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Nathen Handmade Wool Red Rug
This clay red rug brings forth a mid-century flair with its three dimensional texture.
Price: $2.24 per square foot
Featuring bird and floral nature motifs, this sage green wallpaper is absolutely stunning. It would look particularly lovely in a bathroom, perhaps complimented by clay colored towels.
This sconce is a perfect pop of color for any modern room. Made of clay, organic minerals, and plaster, it feels uncontrived and chic.
Arch Dot and Dash Resin Decorative Wall Mirror
Arched mirrors serve as wonderful accents. This one’s dot-and-dash frame lends a compelling texture without overpowering the space.
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Bloomhouse Palermo Sun Stoneware (16 Pieces)
Unique variations in this modern ceramic stoneware exude artisanal charm. Boasting eight plates and bowls for $120, this is one of the best deals we’ve come across in some time.
Periwinkle and bright red
Periwinkle with bright red is one of those pairings that’s so out-there, it actually works. The brightness of bright red amplifies the soft, sweet appeal of periwinkle, creating a uniquely bold statement. It’s a tastefully modern twist on Americana sensibilities.
Of course, Eustace’s clients embrace color to varying degrees. “some clients love a lot of color, so we bring it in through paint or bigger pieces, while others prefer subtle flashes. If you’re dipping your toes into home color experiments, start small with easily changeable items like pillows and throws.”
Monaco Avenue Modern Leather Table Lamp
With its leather body and sleek, elongated silhouette, this lamp feels effortlessly chic.
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Bring on the drama with this modern end table from Wayfair. Pair with a sculptural vase for heightened interest.
UpWest Softest Throw Blanket
Gradually integrate pops of color with items that don’t require much long-term comittment, like this eye-catching throw blanket.
This pillow cover is rated one of H&M Home’s best pieces for its plush texture and outstanding quality. Being a pillow cover, this is a great option for those who favor frequent décor changes.
Set of 12 Slim Pillar Candles and Cylinder Vases
Featuring twelve pillar candles and cylinders of various sizes, this periwinkle set is a one-way ticket to your dream candlescape.
Hibiscus Glass Red Small Fluted Vase
With its classic silhouette and unique fluted mouth, this vase is a piece of art. Although it’s intended for flowers, this would also look lovely sitting atop a bookshelf or mantle.
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