Color Schemes With Kick

From red to black, discover 12 enticing color palettes that put beige to shame.

  • Burnt orange possesses a warm, glowing hue that appears to change shades based on how much light is in the room.
  • Horizontal red and orange stripes in the living room take on a Caribbean flair when paired with sea-grass furniture and sand dollar-shaped vases.
  • If the thought of red walls scares you, introduce crimson or scarlet accessories and furniture to make an otherwise neutral space come alive. Design by Angelo Surmelis of 24 Hour Design.
  • Play up earthy tans and chocolates with black window treatments and green accessories.
  • Copper tones pour out sophistication in the bathroom, especially when paired with brushed-bronze fixtures and a muted sunset wall color.
  • Two colors are better than one, especially when you choose contrasting colors in similar values.
  • Greens uplift and their happy hues look perfect with brown and orange.
  • Mix it up with an eclectic, fresh color scheme that takes you by surprise.
  • Neopolitanlike chocolate hues really pop against sky blue walls.
  • Muted purple tones blend elegantly with gold-hued maple shelves, a throwback to 1970s Parsons style.
  • Pale violet exudes a hypnotic effect, according to color expert and designer Mark McCauley, ASID.
  • Make large spaces feel cozy and dramatic with black and brown.
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