Clas­sic Col­ors


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Blue and White. Any color com­bi­na­tion you find to­gether in na­ture will be a clas­sic one that’s aes­thet­i­cally pleasing. “Blue and white is part of all hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence—blue sky, blue ocean, white clouds, blue jeans, white shirts—it’s a de­fault set­ting,” Yeoward writes. “Blue and white to­gether are a nat­u­ral mar­riage.”

Red and Or­ange. This com­bi­na­tion of warm col­ors is bright and inviting. “Red is a pas­sion­ate color,” Yeoward writes. “Or­ange is red’s near neigh­bor—it’s the color of sun­shine: hot, or­ganic and warm.” Where blue and white are cool and calm­ing, red and or­ange are all about fire and zest. “Reds and or­anges are mostly a feast of clash­ing gor­geous­ness, na­ture at its siz­zling best,” he writes.

Ochre and Green. This com­bi­na­tion is more earthy, and comes straight from na­ture. “Ochre is the color of iron ox­ide in the earth, and its nat­u­ral pig­ment has been used as a form of dec­o­ra­tion from time im­memo­rial,” Yeoward writes. “For the mod­ern dec­o­ra­tor, yel­low ochre speaks of warmth, com­fort, sun­shine and an or­ganic con­nec­tion to na­ture. It strikes up a nat­u­ral friend­ship with whites, creams and browns, and of course, green.”

Pink and Gray. This is a softer color com­bi­na­tion that is still clas­sic and time­less. “Pink paired with gray makes a com­fort­ing pal­ette,” Yeoward writes. “Two mag­i­cal pig­ments, both of which dis­play el­e­ments of soft­ness and strength, a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the de­signer to create some­thing far greater than the sum of the parts.”

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