The new hues of the home: try these surprising color combinations today

Bold color combinations are one of the season's most addictive trends. Bright, strong colors paired with soft pastels look irresistibly attractive and add a delightfully retro touch – especially when incorporated with a minimalist Scandinavian mood. If you're craving a more colorful interior, take a look at our tips and get inspired!

An image of Marimekko's Berry tray and Pikku Koppa serving dish in electric blue, as part of a table setting.
Marimekko's pre-fall collection unites electric blue and soft shades of red for an effortless but energetic mood. The Pikku Koppa serving dish is designed by Sami Ruotsalainen and the Berry tray is adorned with Antti Kekki's vibrant print.

Electric blue + pink

Fresh electric blue has been on the trend radar of color enthusiasts during the season – and for a good reason. The energizing shade looks wonderful when combined with earthy browns and beiges, but also forms a particularly irresistible color pair with powdery pink or blush.

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An image of applicata's Blossom candleholders in a light pink and a coral red hue, as part of the living room decor.
Details have a sizeable impact on the decor and they also provide a safe space for experimenting. The wide variety of shades in applicata's Blossom collection makes it easy to pick the perfect pair of colors.

Pale pink + coral

Don't leave cotton candy hues at the candy store – they are quite the credible option for home decor as well. The soft look of pink can be enhanced and contrasted by an eye-catching, orange-tinged coral tone, which also works perfectly as a partner for lavender and turquoise. Choose a lighter hue for a happy, warm summer mood, or opt for a bolder pair by combining pink with a deeper shade of coral.

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An image of HAY's Rey coffee table in a light blue color, as part of the living room decor.
Juicy orange is a bold tone but blended with powdery light blue hues it will knock your socks off. HAY's Rey coffee table in a slate blue hue draws inspiration from an iconic 1970s design by Bruno Rey.

Orange + light blue

There is something delightfully retro about the combination of cheerful orange and lovely light blue. Add chocolatey brown tones to the mix and freshen up with a touch of bright white for a cozy and surprisingly soothing color palette that invites you to relax. Try light blue also paired with bright lime green, you might be surprised!

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A product image of Anglepoise's Type 75 Mini, Paul Smith Edition 1 table lamp.
A skillful mix of neon shades, pastel hues, and bright primary colors, Anglepoise's Type 75 Mini, Paul Smith Edition 1 table lamp was created by fashion designer Paul Smith.

Neon + pastels

Attention-grabbing neon colors may not be to everyone's liking at first glance, but in small doses and softened with pastel shades, they can bring attitude and energy to even a more minimalist interior. A sumptuous combination can also be created by pairing muted tones with neon colors: try, for example, a combo of neon orange and caramel brown.

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An image of ferm LIVING's Hale kitchen towel in red and lilac, on a table, as part of the kitchen decor.
Ferm LIVING's Hale kitchen textiles introduce inspirational color combinations.

Red + lavender

Lavish lavender looks wonderful next to sandy tones and gray, but a bold decorator opts for pure red to pair with the soft purple hue. Take the refreshing combination for a test run with ferm LIVING's charming Hale kitchen towel or place a lush bouquet of red poppies in Muuto's lilac Kink vase. Do also try to combine lavender with dark or bright green, you won't regret it!

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An image of Muuto's Connect sofa in yellow, against a purple wall, as part of the living room decor.
Muuto always has a keen eye for color trends. Their Connect sofa, dressed in a delightfully warm yellow upholstery, looks stunning against the purple wall.

Purple + yellow

Once you get a taste of purple, you might soon find yourself looking for a second helping. Whether it's a pale pastel lilac or a deep amethyst shade that appeals to you, cheerful yellow is a perfect match. Pair an almost orange ochre hue together with muted purple for a serene and bohemian atmosphere, or go for a mood-boosting lemon sorbet yellow to create freshness and fun.

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Get inspired by colors

HAY
Rey stool
Fasetti
Easy sofa module
Finarte
Atrium rug
Marset
Zenc pendant
Hem
Palo single seater
Design House Stockholm
Knot cushion
HAY
Korpus wall shelf
Raawii
Omar carafe
Warm Nordic
Fried Egg lounge chair
Normann Copenhagen
Bit stool
Finarte
Akaatti rug
Louis Poulsen
PH 5 pendant

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