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3 color combos to bring into your living room....
16 Nov 2016

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One of the things that we get asked about a lot is how to bring color into your home. Often, people are afraid of color because they think it means they need a red couch or purple walls and need to commit to something for a long time. But one of the easiest ways to slowly work color into your home is through decorative accents that you can change out every year—like pillows.

Here's a very neutral living room that was given a blast of color in three ways simply by the tones of the pillows added...

3 Color Combinations for Your Living Room

1. Blues and greens. This is probably the easiest color palette for most people to start with because blue and green are calming colors that don't feel overly feminine. For this palette, we stuck to five colors—pale blue, mint green, lime/neon green, medium blue, and navy blue. The navy blue helps to ground with its neutral and classic shade while the others bring a mix of bright and pale colors to offer variety to the eyes all within the same color palette.

Items shown here: Target bookshelf, Target canister, Target giraffe figurine, Target elephant figurine, Target geo burst, Aelfie rug, Anthropologie pillow, Arro Home pillow, Leif pillow, Arro Home pillow, Ikea pillow, Eric Trine stand.

3 Color Combinations for Your Living Room

2. Jewel tones. For the fall or holidays (or for those who like bolder colors), jewel tones feel just right. This usually includes darker (but still vibrant) colors. For this palette, we started with vibrant magenta and cobalt blue accented by pale blue and neutrals—gold and black. This looks feels a bit more evening and lively with the mix of colors and patterns.

Items shown here: Target bookshelf, Target canister, Target giraffe figurine, Target elephant figurine, Target geo burst, Aelfie rug, Arro Home pillow, Oh Joy! for Target painted constellation pillow, Oh Joy! for Target swan pillow, Oh Joy! for Target moon pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket.

3 Color Combinations for Your Living Room

3. Pastels with pop. For a sweeter, yet fun look—go for pastels with a punch of bright accents. For this palette, we started with a base layer of pillows in pastel shades of pink, peach, pale blue, and mint green. To add some pop (so it doesn't get too Easter egg looking), we added pieces that had doses of bright coral and magenta to top it off.

Items shown here: Target bookshelf, Target canister, Target giraffe figurine, Target elephant figurine, Target geo burst, Aelfie rug, Anthropologie pillowArro Home pillow, Brahms Mount throw blanket, Arro Home pillow, Virginia Johnson pillow, Anthropologie pillow.

What do you guys think? Any other colors you would want to mix into your home?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

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