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Tried & True Two-Tone Paint Colors

You know what they say—two is better than one! Find inspiration for a harmonious paint color pairing with these two toned room schemes.
“When we bought this house, I knew I wanted to paint the walls white and the trim in color. The house was built in 1815 and that was a popular look during that time period.  We chose two Benjamin Moore colors: Wythe Blue for the shelving/ trim and Simply White for the walls. It’s an oddly shaped room, in that it is long and rectangular, so I didn’t really know what to do with it at first but I wanted to use colors that would help the space to feel really clean and bright. I love that this white lends a touch of warmth without feeling yellow. As for the Wythe Blue, it is just the best color. Understated and classic, yet still really fun. When we first moved in, I was so intimidated by the two walls of floor to ceiling shelving in this room but painting them Wythe Blue had an immediate grounding effect on the entire space.”
Gray Benko

“The island is Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious and the perimeter cabinets are a custom white, similar to Benjamin Moore’s Super White. This combination of a deep blue with bright white is such a popular Northeastern style. An accent island feels both safe and bold at the same time and it offers a perfect contrast, whether it’s a soft black, a blue, or even a gray, it’s always nice to have a subtle contrast.”
Stonington Cabinetry & Design, @the_brothers_stonington
“We chose Clare Paint Deep Dive for the walls and Goodnight Moon for our wardrobe because they’re soothing yet vibrant—I always love a blue hue for bedrooms. We wanted to create a space that resembled the colors of the ocean for a calming space to escape to throughout the day.” 
— Megan Zietz, TFdiaries.com
“The starting point in our playroom was the striped Dash & Albert Rug. Then, Jill White and I layered in the chairs with my 125-2 Navy Chartreuse Fabric. We wanted this playroom to be fun yet moody, and give off the vibe of a non-playroom playroom. We selected a deep moody purple for the walls (which I mixed myself in my backyard, it was a concoction of so many different purples) to tie the chairs and the rug together. The Farrow and Ball Hague Blue trim gives dimension to the room by calling attention to the high ceilings, moldings and mantle. The Benjamin Moore Light Pewter on the ceiling lifts the room and allows the saturated colors to command your attention. The paint colors we selected are not an exact match to the colors in the rug in the chair, but in the spectrum of the same hue, which adds even more depth and dimension to the space.”
— Lindsay Cowels, Lindsay Cowels LLC
“The pink paint color is Coral Island by Sherwin Williams, and the white is Sherwin Williams Creamy. We refer to this project as “The Barbie Dreamhouse” because there are pops of fun color all throughout the home! We knew we wanted to incorporate the Annie Selke Kenly Linen Decorative Pillow in our bedding scheme and chose this bright, punchy coral wall color to tie in the pillow and pop against the white headboard.”  
— Jackie O’Rourke of Joyeux Home Decor
“This client is a young family who was very open to designing a fun, energetic kitchen. Benjamin Moore’s Lafayette Green is my go-to green paint color. It’s bold and rich, and can feel as formal or casual as its surroundings. When we paired this green with crisp White Dove cabinets, it tones it all down a bit. Bringing in natural wood, exposed brick, and some glimmers of antique mirror backsplash brings the design together for a really interesting, but classic mix.” – Laura Tribbett, Outline Interiors

“The deep color below, Farrow & Ball Railings, grounds the room and allows the graphic nature of the other elements at play to really pop. The white we chose—Sherwin Williams High Reflective White—is crisp, modern, and feels just right among such modern elements.”
— Kate Hayes Design
“We decided to go CRAZY with it with a color blocked pattern based on a trip to Mexico City. The room was pretty standard: beige and carpeted so we knew we needed to add some PIZZAZZ. We wanted each color to stand out but also be cohesive so we decided to go with one of our favorite palettes of the moment: forest green, marsala, coral pink, and mustard yellow.”
— Brittany Watson Jepsen, The House that Lars Built
“Our clients wanted a calming retreat for their primary bedroom. We think blue is such a calming color and we use it all the time as a neutral. Because they wanted their space to feel light and bright, we opted to go with a warm white on the rest of the walls, but then add a punch with the Needlepoint Navy color. The accent wall adds dimension, color and interest. And it compliments their bedding, art and other furniture just beautifully!”
— Molly & Kristen of MK Redesign
“People forget that they don’t have to commit to using only one paint color! Choosing two hues in the same color family can help turn a small space into something that feels playful and dynamic, just like this beautiful entryway.”
— Hannah Lavine, Marketing Writer
“We chose Behr Equilibrium and Behr White Metal for the bedroom accent wall. My clients wanted color and I love a good, moody wall in a bedroom which helps to set the tone. They weren’t afraid to go darker because the rest of our design selections were going to be neutral and airy to give them a real feeling of a master retreat. Their home is a newer apartment building and the units don’t have a ton of character. We wanted to add some element in their bedroom that was unique, so I proposed installing molding (in Benjamin Moore Simply White) at a height that would help to frame the bottom two thirds of the wall. It’s similar to a traditional chair rail, but elevated. It’s a bit unexpected and cool, but ultimately the result is a really custom, polished look that gives symmetry and character.”
— Brandon of Avening Court Designs & Events
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