Hi SI family, happy Tuesday to you! As per last weeks comments, today’s post is all about WINNING Color Combo’s for your painted furniture!
I get a TON of questions asking what colors go together, so today I’m sharing 10 of my favorites combos’ that I’ve used — and a few others that I’ve seen used, and absolutely love!
To backtrack, when I started painting furniture I only used SAFE neutrals – creams and whites mostly. If this is where you’re at, don’t fret. Solid neutrals are ALWAYS a classic. And if you sell your pieces, they sell extremely well too.
But if you’re getting the itch to experiment and branch out… I know choosing colors that pair well together can feel INTIMIDATING, right?!!!
I know because I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. And truth be told, I’ve had to repaint my fair share of pieces due to ugly combos… but YOU don’t have to! If you’re curious to see my color mishaps, I’ve linked to a few of them at the bottom of today’s post under “Related Posts”.
Here are 10 of my all-time favorite WINNING color combinations. I hope you love them as much as I do…
1. French Linen + Sawmill Gravy
I’ll start with last weeks headboard makeover as this is the piece that you guys left the comments on. These 2 colors are BRAND SPANK’N NEW to the Dixie Belle Paint line and won’t be available until mid-August… definitely worth the wait! I’m so excited because this is such a gorgeous greige neutral. French Linen and Sawmill Gravy are definitely going to be a staple in my paint arsenal!
2. White + Tilton + Barcelona Orange + Emperors Silk
Looking for a yummy sorbet kind of finish?! Check out what Ildiko from Restored4U created with this winning combo of Annie Sloan Colors. It reminds me of a gorgeous sunrise!
3. Fluff + Sand Bar
Another amazing soft and neutral combo is Fluff and Sand Bar. If you’re looking to create a classic dreamy piece, these colors work perfectly together. You can check out the full dresser and blending tutorial [including video] here.
4. Blueberry + Bunkerhill Blue
Love blue? These two blues blend beautifully together! This French Provincial High Boy was transformed by using a base coat of Blueberry and then blending in Bunkerhill Blue. Tip~ blending two colors can be as dramatic or as subtle as you like just by the amount of blending you do!
5. Old Ochre + Tea Rose
Tip~ you can always mix paint brands so long as the base formula is the same ie water-based with water-based. Years ago, this flip-top desk was originally painted in Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre. The flat paint job wasn’t doing a whole lot for me so I put it to the side. Then a few years later, I had the urge to give this desk some character, so I added a blend of Dixie Belle’s Tea Rose and some floral transfers. This is a great duo if you’re looking for a warm neutral with a soft pink added in.
6. MMS Flow Blue + Grain Sack + Eulalie’s Sky + Artissimo
Color combos aren’t just for Chalk and Mineral paints. Check out what Jeanne from Blush Vintage Design did with milk paint! Painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Flow Blue, a custom blend (Flow Blue, Grain Sack, Eulalie’s Sky and Artissimo), and finished with a watered-down wash of Schloss, this piece is heavenly.
7. Rebel Yellow + Terracotta + Collard Greens
This is one of my all-time favorite curb-shopped makeovers. The color combo on this piece was inspired by YOU, all of you who chimed in on Facebook. This is a great warm autumn look, don’t you think? This winning combo was created using Rebel Yellow, Terracotta and AS Olive… but you can get the equivalent and substitute with DB Collard Greens.
8. Drop Cloth + Sand Bar
The brown wax which creates texture on this piece may trick your eye away from this paint duo, but believe me, if you’re looking for winning subtle beige duo, Drop Cloth and Sand Bar are a winning combo! They look great layered or blended or even individually painted side by side. You can check out all the details on this DIY Weathered Wood dresser here.
9. Amethyst + Blueberry
One of my all-time favorite purple pieces is this gorgeous tallboy dresser restyled by my friend Do at Do Dodson Designs. She used Amethyst and Blueberry to create this dramatic effect. You can check out all the details on this makeover here.
10. Dried Sage + Tea Rose
This Restore Buffet Before and After was blended in Dried Sage and Tea Rose and I’m in love. It’s an easy combo which creates a soft combination of beige/green with hints of soft rose. Tip~ if you want any of your colors and/or details to stand out, even more, try adding a light touch of gilding wax in a coordinating color.
Bonus ~ Spanish Moss + Terracotta + Stormy Seas
If you’re a fan of green, this color combo is earthy and rich. I used Spanish Moss, Terracotta and Stormy Seas which compliment each other beautifully. You can check out how I layered all three colors here.
Color creates a mood. When picking your colors, go with what you love and what makes you happy. Referring to a color wheel can be helpful, but I also like to keep in mind that mother nature has NO color wheel. Everything seems to go with everything and look absolutely perfect… so follow your heart. xo
I HOPE THESE COLOR COMBO’S HAVE INSPIRED YOU! IF YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE COLOR COMBO’S YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE … I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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