Color Combinations

As I’ve mentioned, I am currently working with Interiors by Sarah on a few model homes for the 2012 Parade of Homes.  One down, 2 to go.  Currently we are narrowing colors down to a palette for each home.  Though Tuscan Old World style has it’s beauty, warmth, and charm – it’s something we’re steering clear of.  There are plenty of models already in existence showcasing that decor in our area.  Time to brighten things up.  Different and unexpected maintained within boundaries of appealing to mainstream society.  Here are 4 color combinations we are currently contemplating:

Yellow & Grey

 This reminds me of ‘happy rain.’  You know, when it’s raining yet the sun’s still shining.   There is a sophisticated playfulness about it.  Grey is such a serene color, but the random pops of yellow nearly beckon you to play.


  1. Fresh Homes Interior
  2. Traditionally Modern Designs
  4. Little Green Notebook via Apartment Therapy

Yellow and Navy

 Ah, navy.  Such an under appreciated and under utilized color living in the shadows of it’s older sibling black.  Navy exudes an aura of class and tradition.  Often paired with red with hints of yellow, a nautical presence is felt.  When paired with yellow, it can appear to be a twist on an old classic.  There is something very fresh feeling when yellow and navy interact – subliminal association with sunshine and water?


  1.  Houzz
  2. Inspired Design
  3. Babble
  4. Oksana Lanis
  5. Apartment Therapy

Grey and Tangerine

Paired together, grey and tangerine provide a sense of comfort and warmth.  This can be formal or casual depending on types of fabrics, materials, and other elements utilized in the space.


  2. Luxury Idea
  3. Habitually Chic
  4. Apartment Therapy

Navy and Tangerine

Something about navy and tangerine is really unexpected.  Both colors tend to get overlooked, and using them together provides a refreshing break from the norm.   A simple pallet background combined with navy and classic patterns allow the tangerine color to pop, adding a hint of whimsy.


  1. Pages of Style
  2. Flor
  3. Horchow
  4. Jenny Castle Design
  5. Anthropology

Which combination{s} do you like?

What color combination would you prefer to see in a model home:

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I’m headed over to these fabulous places for help in the descision making process:

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime , Not Baaad Sundays @ Lamb Around, Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things, Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming, M.M.M. @ C.R.A.F.T., Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou, Craft-O-Maniac Monday, DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff, MTW Cuter Mondays, Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do, Mad Skills Party @ Mad in Crafts, Motivated Monday @ Be Colorful

Sew Cute Tuesday @ The Creative Itch, Take a Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm, Anti Procrastination Tuesdays @ New Nostalgia, Tutorial Tuesdays @ Hope Studios, Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I’m Topsy Turvy, Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Talent Tuesday @ Wintage Wanna Bee, Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just a Housewife,

Tip Me Tuesday @ The Tip Junkie, Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework, Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss, Inspiration Board @ Carolyns Homework, Creative Boggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime, Tuesday To Do Party @ The Blackberry Vine,

Commercial Break Thursday @ Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom, Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies and Jellybeans, Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple, Hookin Up with HOH, A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday and Katie’s Nesting Spot, Making it With Allie,  Creative Juice @ Momnivore’s Dilemma, Thrifty Thursday @ Saved by Love Creations, Doggone Dirty Craftin with Rhinestone Beagle, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Catch a Glimpse Thursday @ A Glimpse Inside, Get Your Brag On @ Gluesticks, It’s A Party @ Creative Princess

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring, I’m Lovin It Fridays @ Tudy Mom, Frugal Fridays @ The Shabby Nest, Look at Me @ Fun to Craft, Simply Link @ Simply Designing, Everything But The Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack, Free for All Friday @ Sassy Sites,  Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home, Tickled Pink @ 504 Main,  It’s a Hodgepodge Friday @ It’s a Hodgepodge Life, Free for All Friday @ Young and Crafty,  

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