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Debunking Color Myths

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

A lot of people think they need to use a specific color palette when starting a design, but that's not always the case. In this post, I'm going to debunk the myths you may have heard.

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In this post, I'm going to talk about color palettes and the myths behind them. There are a lot of myths out there about what colors work well together and which ones don't, but I'm here to set the record straight. So keep reading and I'll show you how it's done.

pink and orange

Myth #1 | Certain Color Combinations are Taboo (Like Pink and Orange or Pink and Red)

Truth | Pink and orange are two of some of the most dynamic colors you can use in your home. It’s all about how you use them. Think bohemian-inspired design. These vibrant hues will liven up any space with their energy-driven vibes, but they need balance to work properly! Using one as primary color or accent while grounding it out with another neutral tone or even a softer tint of one of the colors may be perfect match.

The key here is providing proper balance between these bright energies by applying them together creatively so there isn't too much going on at once; just enough to keep things interesting without being overwhelming.

Myth #2 | Neutrals Come Only in Beige, Gray and Cream

Truth | We all know that neutral colors can be anything from beige to gray, but what many people don't realize is how versatile earth tones really are. Creams and greys may not seem like they have much going on with them at first glance - afterall this type of color scheme was created so we would stop seeing endless rows upon rows of plain white walls! However, when paired together in various combinations through hues of soft greens or grayed out blues, you can make up some very inspiring backdrops for your home design projects both big or small. Whether you want something soft yet sophisticated or classy but understated, lean on earth tones to provide the respite you may be looking for.

jewel toned room

Myth #3 | White Rooms are Boring

Truth | White rooms don't have to be boring! To give a white room some life, create contrast with layers of texture, varied white tones or a few dark or bright elements. I love a good white room, but you can give it some warmth by including blonde or rich wood tones. Brighten it with a pop of color. It is truly the most versatile and pairs with multiple design aesthetics. It's why I love to start with a blank canvas in my designs... There are so many whites from which to choose.

orange sofa

Now that you know the truth about color palettes, it’s time to start thinking outside the box (or should we say “outside the beige?”). There are no taboo combinations, so feel free to get creative with your color choices. And don’t forget that a white room can be just as exciting as any other space – it all comes down to how you use your colors. So what are you waiting for? Comment below if you're heard of these color myths and if you've had a change of heart. We love to hear from our readers. Then start experimenting and see what amazing new color combinations you can come up with!

About the Blogger: Hi, My name is Veronica Sanders. I'm the CEO and Principal Interior Designer of my namesake firm, Design with Veronica Sanders. I help busy professionals and trailblazing entrepreneurs create bespoke retreats for everyday living by combining personalized design with sophistication and joy.


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