A high-contrast color scheme doesn't have to be garish. When you use the right two colors in your palette, the result is interesting, a bit exciting and quite sophisticated. For proof, check out the ten bedrooms featured here.
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Gray and Turquoise
Silvery gray is sophisticated and understated, but match it with bright turquoise and suddenly the bedroom's style takes on a bit of an edge. Notice how easy it is to liven up a neutral bedroom with color—all it took was two turquoise throw pillows and a blanket to add excitement to this room.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Pink and Brown
Pink is often thought of as a little girl's color, but pair it with chocolate brown and the vibe goes from innocent to stylish. There's nothing overly sweet or childish about this bedroom, especially with the touches of chrome in the metal nightstands. The trick is to select a shade of pink that isn't pastel and isn't too bright—mid-tone is just right.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Purple and Blue
Cool, serene and just a bit moody—this palette is peaceful, but not at all boring. With a blend of lilac, amethyst, pale blue, and cobalt blue, the bedroom has a lot of interest without being overly stimulating or bright. The effect is heightened by sticking with mostly solid colors, accented by a few small, unobtrusive prints.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Orange and Green
This cheerful bedroom looks almost tropical, thanks to the yellow base of both the orange and green used here. When you decorate with two secondary colors, you get a lot of excitement, but choosing slightly muted shades, as in this bedroom, keeps the look from overwhelming the space.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Aqua and Black
There's an almost retro flair to the palette in this bedroom—black, aqua and just a touch of gold. But the simple, elegant lines of the black furniture and the contemporary print on the bedding keep the style firmly set in the present day, not out of fashion at all. Notice how matching the wall color to the bedding makes this tiny bedroom look larger, as well.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Mustard and Wine
There's a definite Mediterranean vibe to this bedroom, and that's thanks to the Old World palette of mustard yellow and wine-tinged red. Although this color combo is not loud or bright, it is certainly not timid or unobtrusive, either. While the palette is especially appropriate for a Tuscan-themed bedroom, it also works well with any traditional, somewhat formal decorating style.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Pink and Orange
It's the perfect combination for a girl's bedroom, true, but pink and orange are also lovely in a feminine, grownup bedroom when the shades chosen are medium in intensity, and the orange is a pure shade, not yellow-orange or red-orange. Notice how this bedroom makes excellent use of pattern—there are several different designs on the bed, but all are similar in scale and confined to just three colors—white, orange, and pink.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Purple and Brown
Elegant, sophisticated, contemporary—this bedroom would be a simple study in neutrals, but the shots of dazzling amethyst purple on the shams and bedspread transform the room from so-so to wow. Keeping the bright color limited to just a few accents keeps the style elegant, not garish.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Black and Green
Here's a bedroom that proves you don't need a bright color to create a bold look in the bedroom. The green used here has a yellow, mossy undertone that would be equally at home in a country or Mediterranean bedroom, but combined with the black, contemporary styling of the furniture and the updated paisley-patterned bedspread, the look is modern, strong and yet still restful.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Orange and Blue
Orange and blue are complementary colors, meaning they are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Anytime you mix highly contrasting colors, the result is dramatic and exciting. To keep the look from being overly stimulating in the bedroom, use the color as an accent against a backdrop of white, soft gray, tan or sandy beige. This bedroom would be bland, but the high-impact pops of color add a much-needed wow factor.