How to Make Unexpected Design Combos Work In Your Home

These cool combos from HGTV Magazine break the decorating rules ... and the results are awesome.

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March 18, 2019

Pink + Red

Pink and red gallery wall

Pink and red gallery wall

This color combo from HGTV Magazine may have a rep for clashing, but a blend of several shades calls for heart eyes.

Photo by: Alison Gootee

Alison Gootee

The colors may have a rep for clashing, but a blend of several shades calls for heart eyes. Hits of moody crimson and dramatic tomato red balance out playful blush pink and fuchsia, grounded by a black sofa. A multihued rug ties it all together. (Wall paint: Arcade White by Behr)

Chrome + Brass

Chrome and brass decorating combination

Chrome and brass decorating combination

It's time to mix metals! Layering different finishes and sheens, like in this vignette from HGTV Magazine, rev's up a room's personality.

Photo by: Alison Gootee

Alison Gootee

Forget what you’ve heard—mix metals! Layering different finishes and sheens (polished, matte, distressed) revs up a room’s personality. (Wall paint: Stone Blue by Farrow & Ball)

Rustic + Modern

This dining room looks pairs rustic and modern accessories

This dining room looks pairs rustic and modern accessories

Here's stunning proof from HGTV Magazine that you can pair a farmhouse-style table with mod tulip chairs and a futuristic urchin light.

Photo by: Alison Gootee

Alison Gootee

Here’s stunning proof that you can pair a farmhouse-style table with mod tulip chairs and a futuristic urchin light. Wallpaper that looks like concrete (so cool!) adds texture and an industrial vibe that bridges the styles.

Floral + Leather

A bedroom that mixes floral and leather

A bedroom that mixes floral and leather

Flowers don't have to be super sweet--combining them with leather elements, like in this bedroom from HGTV Magazine, gives them a little edge.

Photo by: Alison Gootee

Alison Gootee

Flowers don’t have to be supersweet—combining them with leather elements gives them a little edge. Think one big piece, like this faux-leather headboard, and some accessories, such as the tray and pillow. There’s even leather detailing on the sconce. (Wall paint: Loyal Blue by Sherwin-Williams)

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