October 18, 2012
Colors can be difficult, stubborn and plain old pains. Even the best interior designer is bound to spend plenty of time trying to get tough color combos and hues to bend to his or her will. So when it comes to putting together a home with a mix of the most unusual and obstinate colors, how do you get them to work without pulling your hair out? Consider these two examples and the best pairings and quick fixes for them.
The first thing you'll want to do before embarking on a difficult color scheme is find the right flooring to match it. Anderson Floors has boards and styles to fit any interior design and color combo. Consider the Urban Pioneer collection, which features micro-beveled engineered hickory boards in a range of nutty and red-touched hues that are sure to bring out the best in your room. But more than their earthy tones, these boards are notable for their rolling textures of wood grain, where each individual plank is packed with sophisticated character - and extreme durability. The Urban Pioneer collection is an outstanding value on all fronts. Best of all, it's sure to work with any of these notoriously tough colors! Chartreuse
There's no second-guessing it, chartreuse is an extremely difficult color to pull off in any home. With the right complementing hues it can become a chromatic miracle - original, bright and cozy all at once. Set up alongside the wrong colors, chartreuse is a disaster. So how do you mitigate the area between puke-green and striking chartreuse? Houzz.com recommends that, because chartreuse is earthy and electic at once, it pairs wonderfully with reds, oranges and blues - particularly in the turquoise or cobalt ranges. The source also comments that bright chartreuse with a dose of electric lime provides the ideal contrasting complement to charcoal grey. Fuchsia
Just when you thought it was safe to dip your brush in the paint can, fuchsia came along to make things difficult. While this vibrant hue is beautiful in small doses and far more ubiquitous than chartreuse, it's a color that can quickly overwhelm when painted on in swathes. For this reason, use fuchsia to accent, like a neon variation on gold leaf. It pairs surprisingly well with purples and violets, provided you have an earthier color like evergreen or peridot to bring out the best in it. Try incorporating fuschia into your throw pillows for a little colorful fun!