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Five Classic Color Combinations That Work Anywhere in Your Home

Color experts share their favorite paint palettes, plus how to bring them into your home.

Photography by: Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

From peanut butter and jelly to floral prints and dresses, there are some combinations in life that will always be a no-brainer. The same can be said of picking a color palette for your home—there are classic pairings that will always look stylish and timeless when put together. To help you find the best hues for your next design upgrade, we’ve asked paint and color experts for their favorite color combinations, why designers have loved them for so long, and how to bring the style schemes into any space. (Spoiler alert: If you’re a veteran gray lover, know that your number one neutral is here to stay!)

Of course, that’s not to say that these are the only color combinations you can bring into your home for a look that lasts. In fact, according to Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr, no matter what palette you pick, you can ensure it’s a winning one by keeping a few designer tips in mind. “The most important first step is to consider the way you want your space to look and feel. Energizing and eclectic? Soothing and serene? Laid-back and casual? This can help you hone in on the types of colors to consider,” she says.

After selecting a base color, Woelfel recommends selecting colors that have the same tone (either cool or warm) for an instantly seamless look. “This could mean using a modern, monochrome approach with varying shades of the same color, or selecting complementary colors—the choice is yours!” Ready to get inspired? Keep reading to see what color combinations our paint and color experts love, what has made them classic go-tos, plus some of their favorite ways to bring these hues into your home.

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