Nature-Inspired Color Palettes

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Bring the great outdoors inside! Take your hue cues from Mother Nature and build decorating themes and color schemes that are sure to please through every season.

Garden Fresh

Inspired by trips through flowerbeds, vegetable plots, and produce aisles, this yellow-tinted green palette makes every day feel like spring. Granny Smith apple green takes on the starring role; supporting players include peapod, celery, lemon, and kiwi. Bright whites, seen here as tulip petals, round out the fresh-picked palette.

Green Living

White walls, woodwork, and a slipcovered sofa allow green to take center stage. Strategically introduced as a pair of lattice-pattern chairs, a solid tufted ottoman, and flowery accent pillows, yellow-tone greens work with orange, brown, and gilded accessories to take the chill off the room's bright-white perimeter.

Gorgeous Green Color Schemes

Water Music

The soothing shades of ocean waves shift from green to blue depending on weather conditions and changing light. Similar color variations arise in this green-tinted palette of blues that combines turquoise, aqua, teal, azure, and baby blue.

More Blue Color Palettes

Blend Mastery

Sea and sky colors beautifully meld in this space that doubles as a nursery and sitting room. A grass-cloth wallcovering that weaves together rich navy, soft cornflower, and turquoise establishes the palette. The baby blue sofa and like-color chevrons on an area rug introduce upbeat rhythms; ocean artwork rendered in deep-sea hues supplies some drama. White woodwork, frames, and accessories keep the look buoyant and breezy.

Ideas for Decorating in Blue

Blue is a decorating stand-by. Ensure this classic, never-out-of-style color looks fresh and fun in your rooms with these tricks.

Best Ways to Incorporate Blue

Blue is a decorating standby. Ensure this classic, never-out-of-style color looks fresh and fun in your rooms with these chic decor tricks.

Coffee Plantation

Exotic locales produce distinctive color schemes, including this palette that features coffee-bean brown. Putty gray and creamy white supply cooler counterpoints to the warm brown, while yellow, citron, and leafy green evoke images of sunbeams, tropical blooms, and verdant growth.

Rich Application

Nothing turns up the temperature better than brown walls. The warm tone envelops this study in coziness. Golden wood finishes, a throw splashed with copper, and a bronze side table blend forest-harvested hues and textures. White woodwork, an upholstered chair, and a cowhide rug pop against the room's dark surfaces; yellowish-green foliage and flowers give the room a refreshing lift.

Decorate with Brown

Orange Crush

Sea critters, tropical fruits, and breaking waves inspire this pumped-up palette. Pale, midtone, and saturated oranges -- including shades of shrimp, papaya, tangerine, coral, and blood orange -- combine with complementary blues to fashion high-impact designs.

Orange, Pink, and Coral Paint Palettes


Traditional Translation

The citrusy scheme takes a formal turn in this elegantly appointed living room. Blood orange drapery and upholstery fabrics set a classic tone, while papaya pops as a throw on the neutral sofa and a pattern on lamp bases. Lighter orange shades and deep blues appear on the area rug.

Discover What Pairs with Orange

Environmental Influences

Greens found in forests, orchards, and terrariums play well together in designs ranging from contemporary to cottage. This palette, which includes olive, turquoise, aloe, clover, and citron, combines warm yellowish greens with cooler greens sporting blue and dusty undertones.

More Green Paint Palettes

Posh Digs

Sun-drenched olive walls supply a luxurious background for a chic mix of motifs, fabric patterns, and touchable patinas. Bright citron green and turquoise pop on flocked chair fabric and partner with blue coral wall prints to give this chic dining room a strikingly coordinated point of view.

Earthen Delights

Terra-cotta, putty, khaki, taupe, and amber colors evoke images of rocky landscapes, prehistoric finds, and sandy deserts. Ranging from light to dark, the tones nicely play off one another to quietly add dimension to rooms meant for relaxing.

Neutral Paint Palettes

Spice Route Vibes

Saturated amber tones practically glow in this neutrally decorated space. Thanks to khaki walls and taupe sofa fabric, the warm tone impresses as drapery panels and throw pillows. Khaki repeats as a pair of leather-upholstered seats and a parchment-shaded lamp. Taupe tones darken and pop as brown embellishments on the chairs.

Stone Tones

Although this stony-tone palette's charcoal and ash grays read as cool, reddish undertones heat up the cocoa brown, cream, and khaki hues to create a perfectly balanced mix of warm and cold temperatures. Try this palette in rooms outfitted with naturally warm-stained cabinets, flooring, and furniture.

Neutrals Refined

Brown-stained furniture finishes and a woven khaki area rug provide warm counterpoints to this dining room's ash gray walls. Charcoal gray fabrics on the armchairs take on a bluish cast that subtly reflects the color of nearby draperies. Shimmering mirrors contribute yet another shade of gray to the fine-tuned medley.

Decorate with Neutrals

Purple Passion

Composed of red-tinted and blue-shaded purples, this scheme combines a flower's most vivid hues with its softest tones. Use the perennially pleasing palette, which includes fuchsia, orchid, hibiscus, mauve, and magenta, to cultivate distinctive designs.

Pretty Purple Paint Palettes

Tonal Qualities

This neutral bedroom presents dusty and crisp purples in multiple ways. Deep orchid makes a splash as patterned and solid pillow shams; paler purple appears as a downy comforter. A magenta throw and mauve accessories keep the eye moving throughout the space.

How to Decorate with Purple

Sunshine Chromes

Yellow shades of straw, cream, egg yolk, banana, and butter emit sunny vibes, making this a popular palette for brightening kitchens and work spaces. The lively hues create bedrooms and bathrooms that issue cheery wake-up calls.

Top Yellow Paint Colors

Golden Glow

Straw yellow, which appears as painted walls, wallpaper, and drapery fabric, provides a fine foundation for more vivacious yellows that amplify this bedroom's appeal. A banana yellow comforter and pillow shams step back to let brown-and-orange throw pillows and a marigold blanket shine. Check out the area rug: It pulls together the varying shades of yellow with high impact.

How to Decorate with Yellow

Going Greige

This palette revolves around the popular neutral greige, pictured at top. Depending on light and color companions, greige can read as gray or beige, making it a versatile hue that works with both stone and wood tones. Here, it partners with pearl gray, khaki, putty, and steely gray to fashion a light-and-shadow palette ideally suited to creating peaceful retreats in a range of decorating styles.

Understated Shades

White wainscoting and trim highlight this room's going-greige walls and window shades. Steely grays stand out as a woven basket and a solid-color lampshade, while lighter gray linens soften the bed and a putty-hue cowhide rug warms the floor. Note how well the greige backdrop works with ebony floors and wood furniture's stained finishes.

Gray Color Schemes to Try

Herbal Harmonies

When tossed together, spearmint, putty, aloe, true mint, and white generate well-rounded green scenes. Tinted with blue, the refreshing green shades read as cool, bright, and fashionable.

Simply Stunning

Minty greens, whether light or dark in tone, are flexible hues that act as neutrals yet demand attention. Here, mint walls handily showcase white elements, a fetching fireplace, and silver, glass, and gold accessories. A navy throw and turquoise pieces on the mantel pick up on the wall color's blue undertones.

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