Color Palettes by Designers

Start your decorating with a color palette created by a pro designer. Browse these ideas from some of our favorite designers to discover fresh, new color palettes. Find a look that suits your decorating style, and get tips on how to incorporate the full color palette and ways to customize the scheme to suit your decor and tastes.


Color Palette: blue + yellow + pink + green
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The colors of a perfect sunrise come together in this color palette. The flourishes of yellow and pink against blue bring life to a room.

Designer: Elaine Griffin

Featured in numerous publications and national TV segments, Elaine Griffin's design work is all about the client. She aims to take a client's vision and turn it into a beautiful space aligned to that vision. Griffin is a contributing design editor for Better Homes and Gardens.

Color Palette: Cream + Brown + Red
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Create a calming retreat with wools, velvets, and grass cloth and warm, rich reds and browns.

Designer: Sara Gilbane Sullivan

Sara Gilbane Sullivan of Sara Gilbane Interiors has her finger on the pulse of classic-meets-modern design. Her interiors reflect warmth and comfort, and her work can be seen in homes from Manhattan, New York, to Palm Beach, Florida. She is one of TradHome's Top 20 New Traditional Designers and House Beautiful's Top 20 Next Wave of Designers.

Color Palette: Melon + Blue + Green
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Bring an exotic, global look to your home with colors inspired by vibrant Marrakech.

Designer: Madcap Cottage

Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke are the design minds behind the whimsical, colorful Madcap Cottage. Their designs respect tradition and glamour but never shy away from the unexpected.

Color Palette: White + Gold + Brown
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White is anything but boring when it is a canvas for rich brown and gold, slate blue and soft pink.

Designer: Khristian A. Howell

Color and pattern expert Khristian A. Howell uses her passion for living an inspired life to create beautiful artwork for licensed products including fabrics, stationery, wallcoverings, and beyond. Her client list includes Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Tiny Prints, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Uncommon, DENY Designs, Anthology Fabrics, Shutterfly,, and more.

Color Palette: Blue + Pink + Orange + White
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A dull room is much like the doldrums of winter. Both need a little vibrancy. Add life to a room with a palette of sky blue and bright pink and orange.

Designer: Lauren McGrath

Lauren McGrath worked as a fashion features assistant at Teen Vogue before joining her mother at Suzanne McGrath Design as an interior designer. In May 2012, the mother-daughter design duo debuted their first book Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces to Carry You Through a Lifetime (available here).

Color Palette: Gray + Blues + Pink
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Cool grays and blue alongside soft pink and white play out in a mix of materials that offer a forward-thinking, yet oh-so-livable design scheme.

Designer: Amanda Malson

Amanda Malson of A.Malson Interior Design has worked for a high-end residential design firm in San Francisco and for high-profile design firm KWID, based in Los Angeles, where she worked on boutique hotel, resort and condo design.

Color Palette: Lavender + Citron + Raspberry
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Contrasting colors set a dynamic tone in this palette. Soft mauve and silver temper juicy citron and raspberry for a look that's fun and feminine.

Designer: Janet Lee

Designer Janet Lee has a knack for working good design into small spaces. Her color-splashed designs know no space limitations and can be seen in her debut book, Living In Nutshell.

Color Palette: Ivory + Blue + Gray
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Elegant textures in soft ivories, blues and grays comprise a timeless palette that exudes beauty.

Designer: Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard's mantra "keep it pretty" weaves through her portfolio of interiors, retail stores, books and product lines. With an affinity for timeless design, Phoebe's signature is giving a traditional look a fresh perspective.

Color Palette: Blend of Blues
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Beautiful shades of blue and gray unite to form a soothing palette that is livable and relaxed.

Designer: Jessica Brende

Creating inspired interiors has been Jessica Brende's passion from a young age, when she would decorate doll houses and work alongside her mother, interior designer Susan Taylor. Before founding Brende Home in 2009, Jessica worked for Bonesteel Trout Hall, a high end residential design firm based in Pacific Palisades, California.


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