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20 Unexpected Color Palettes That Work

Take your home to a bold new level by trying out one of these unexpected, but surprisingly perfect, color palettes. Did you know that you could mix red, white and blue with black-and-white stripes? Find out how.

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Photo: Camilla Molders Design

Teal + Red

Teal and red create one of those unexpected color combinations that instantly evokes a feeling of familiarity. The deep red-brown hue of the stools mixed with copper accents and contrasting shades of blue are reminiscent of cool fall days and falling leaves. Photo courtesy of Camilla Molders

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Photo: Mary Costa. From: Caitlin Murray.

Copper Red + Black and White

This ultra-chic living room features contemporary decor with an extra helping of glam. Designer Caitlin Murray grounds the space with a gorgeous copper red rug, which first draws your eyes down. Then she brings your eyes back up and around the room with the use of a bold blue sofa, metallic accents and a moody black ceiling. Together, these colors look sophisticated, glitzy and a bit retro.

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Photo: Travis J Photography. From: Mollie Openshaw.

Coral + Emerald Green

Although often seen as a softer, more pastel shade of pink, coral is actually a pretty vocal and vibrant color. This sea-inspired hue stands out with both darker and more subdued colors like pale peach, seafoam green and white. In this girl’s bedroom, designer Mollie Openshaw mixes this punchy shade with both emerald green and stark white for an especially eye-catching effect. She uses a bold coral nightstand to grab your attention and a pretty floral accent wall to pull the look together.

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Orange + Shades of Blue

When designing a room, a jolting shade of tangerine and various shades of blue may not be the first color combination that comes to mind. However, the two pair very well together when used correctly (and won't make you feel like you're cheering for a sports team). In this room, think of the subdued and grayed shades of blue as neutrals. The tangerine chair, crib mattress and changing table are now beautiful, vibrant accents among soft blue surroundings. Designer Sarah Richardson adds just the perfect amount of orange accessories to create that shot of color.

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