Subtle Color Scheme
Warm Gray + Orange + Neutrals
Picking up on colors from the natural stone fireplace surround, warm gray walls envelop this living room with welcoming energy. Neutral furnishings, such as the sectional and nearby armchair, get a jolt of personality from the geometric patterned ottoman. The punchy orange color on the ottoman also reflects the warm undertones of the fireplace surround.
Glamorous Color Scheme
Gray + Yellow + White
Floor-to-ceiling gray tiles create a stunning style statement in this bathroom. An ornate mirror frame adds another layer of drama. The sunny yellow window shade adds a splash of color to the neutral space.
Eclectic Color Scheme
Weathered Gray + Jute + Fuchsia
Rustic, weathered neutrals mix with fuchsia and other electric hues to create a country-meets-city look in this office. The grays used in the room have brown undertones and pair well with the rope and wood accents in the space. This muted palette helps curb the energy created by the multicolor rug to maintain a sophisticated balance in the space.
Soft Color Scheme
Mink Gray + Mint + Pink
In this bedroom, sleek gray walls lend a modern backdrop for a collection of vintage furnishings. The weathered, mint-color armoire and pastel pink accents add a dash of color to the neutral canvas. A faux-zebra area rug provides another layer of contemporary style.
Contrasting Color Scheme
Blue-Gray + Burnt Orange
Cool blue-gray cabinets help tone down the spicy orange walls in this kitchen. The hue of the cabinets subtly reflects light streaming in from the windows, helping the small space feel larger.
Feminine Color Scheme
Pewter + Ebony + Powder Pink
A sea of grays and whites in this sunroom is dotted with whisper-soft pink accessories. While a gray-plus-pop-of-color scheme can stray into trite territory, using refined neutrals can help bridge the disonnence. Here, slightly aged white does the trick and adds a layer of sophistication.
Rustic Color Scheme
Slate + Khaki
An alternative to neutrals like beige and white, the color gray gives off modern energy. Sleek blue-gray walls lend a contemporary touch to the rustic furnishings throughout this living room. A statement-making wooden chandelier in the center of the room echoes the wall color.
Simple Color Scheme
Gray + White
Unassuming shades of gray create a sublime retreat in this bedroom. An upholstered bed frame outfitted with cozy gray linen pairs expertly with patterned cream-and-white bedding. A curtain made from the same fabric as the bed linens hangs behind the headboard and adds character to the white-painted walls.
Trendy Color Scheme
Warm Gray + Yellow
The gray walls in this kitchen look anything but ordinary when dressed up using a trendy quatrefoil stencil. The tone-on-tone pattern adds interest but doesn't overwhelm the space. A handful of cheerful yellow accents provides doses of color.
Dynamic Color Scheme
Light Gray + Rust + Teal
A mix of warm, rusty reds mingles expertly with cool teal and soft gray in this living room. The barely-there gray wall color is a delightful alternative to plain white and lends a neutral backdrop for the bolder accent colors. Gray-and-white lattice-pattern wallpaper on the back of the built-in shelving unit adds playful pattern.
Dramatic Color Scheme
Slate + Saffron
Pops of saffron yellow stand out against the dark slate gray walls in this master bedroom. Shimmering accessories, such as the shapely wall hanging above the bed, provide subtle sparkle. The various patterns work well together because of their similar scales and palettes.
Relaxing Color Scheme
Cool Gray + Crisp White
Contrast is the name of the game in this bathroom, where cool gray walls mingle with crisp white trim and furnishings. The rich wall color creates a luxurious environment that's perfect for relaxing after a long day. Shimmering chrome fixtures echo the wall color.
Inviting Color Scheme
Charcoal + Apple
Bright colors work well when used sparingly and consistently against a neutral base. The gray, black, white, and tan background of this inviting breakfast nook is a calm foundation. Soft gray covers the walls and banquette cushions; charcoal gray appears in the banquette cabinets and pendant fixture. Tan tile flooring brings warmth along with the dark wood chairs. An abstract geometric gray rug provides soft texture underfoot. Dabs of apple green and chile-pepper red show up in pillows and accents.
Luxurious Color Scheme
Dove + Diamond
Create a glamorous aesthetic with neutral colors, such as this diamond white and dove gray combination, accented with touches of black. Color is replaced by pattern, which is limited to the handsome period trim and the leading on the ornate fanlight and cabinet doors. The neutral walls complement an array of textures provided by the black linen-wrapped pier tables, a gray-banded sisal rug, and striated fabric-covered dining chairs.
Museum-Quality Color Scheme
Gray + Black + White + Gold
Neutral grays, whites, and blacks come alive with a gold accent in this sitting area. When working with neutrals, textures play a significant role in creating visual interest. Here, a faux zebra skin, gleaming silver ceramic garden stool, and sleek white leather chair offer textural contrasts. The small-scale and neutral furnishings allow the artwork to take prominence against gallery-gray walls.
Easygoing Color Scheme
Pewter + Mink + Orange + Yellow
Pewter gray walls envelop this casual and comfy living room. When you use large planes of solid color, such as the walls and deep brown sofa, you have more freedom to use splashes of pattern throughout the room. The mix of patterns on the sofa pillows is less jarring since all the yellows in the patterns are the same or similar. The largest and most energetic of the patterns is found on the brown-and-orange geometric rug.
Soothing Color Scheme
Steely Gray + Honey
This master bedroom uses a soothing blend of cool grays and warm golden-honey hues. The harmony of these tones is perfect for relaxation. Gray walls and an upholstered headboard set the stage for the space, while the golden notes are struck on metallic pieces such as the light fixture, bench frame, and bedside lamp. The hues combine in the silk draperies and bed skirt. Additional texture and color is offered by the nubby decorative pillow and rose-embellished throw.
Clever Color Scheme
Gunmetal + Olive
Gunmetal gray walls put the focus of this living room squarely on the furnishings, which seamlessly blend traditional with contemporary. Large green club chairs covered in a tone-on-tone jungle print give the space a touch of the exotic. A traditional Moroccan pouf gets a glam look in silver leather. Overhead, a Fortuny light fixture stares down the textural flokati rug.
Casual Color Scheme
Rich Gray + Off-White + Red
High-contrast color schemes are the most interesting visually, and they're as easy to achieve as a dark color against white. In this comfy family room, a rich gray sectional provides the foil to the white built-in shelving, walls, and architectural features. To add a jolt of pure color, tomato-red pillows are dotted around the room. A silver side table injects an unexpected bit of glimmer to the room.
Vintage Color Scheme
Warm Gray + Orange
In this bedroom, a contemporary paint palette of warm gray on the walls and an orange painted nightstand make the flea market furnishings shine. An old white metal bed is dressed in new vintage-look linens layered with an antique quilt made in a multicolor Dresden plate pattern. The cocooning color scheme wraps up style and function in a pretty package.
No-Fail Color Scheme
Chinchilla + Brown + Green
Walls the color of chinchilla fur create a restful ambience in this small bedroom. The harvest-brown and white linens on the bed are a no-fail pairing; the high contrast will look brilliant every time. Cheery green accents, along with golden notes in the coverlet and shams, add liveliness to the more sedate neutrals.
Rich Color Scheme
Charcoal + Champagne
This dining room palette began with a sumptuous silver-leaf ceiling and branched out to a beautiful blend of grays and champagne. Charcoal silk velvet on the dining chairs adds to the rich neutral palette articulated by the whispery gray walls, silver-leaf ceiling, damask curtains, and geometric rug. Treasured antiques -- a Murano mirror, chandelier, and buffet table -- take pride of place in this jewel box of a room.