Black and mauve. Red, white and black. Black and gold.

Sound familiar? These were some of the hottest color combinations from the 1980s. And now the retro combos have made a comeback.

In the ’80s, some of the popular decor trends included a heavy use of mirrors from walls to ceilings. Brass was the luxury finish. And few color combinations were more popular than black and mauve.

As trends and tastes changed, these colors became outdated. Fast forward to today, and they are now being viewed as modern and fresh.

Accessories in black and mauve help to create an interesting and modern feel. (Design Recipes via TNS)
Accessories in black and mauve help to create an interesting and modern feel. (Design Recipes via TNS)

Black and mauve

Whether black and mauve, black and blush or black and powder pink, the pairing of black and pink is hot once again. From living rooms to bedrooms, the contrast of black and a soft pastel gives the feeling of elegance and luxury. Looking for ways to incorporate the colors into your space? Consider starting with a neutral foundation such as white or taupe, then add black and pink through accents and accessories such as artwork, pillows, throws and accent pieces.

Bright pops of black and red and add interest to this white kitchen. (Design Recipes via TNS)
Bright pops of black and red and add interest to this white kitchen. (Design Recipes via TNS)

Black, white and red

This color combination is strong and bold, with a strong hint of classic elements. Black, white and red has not only been a popular color combination in home decor, but also in fashion. What makes it work? For starters, black and white are superb foundational colors — they blend well with nearly every color of the rainbow and therefore stand the test of time. When red is added, the colorful pop provides vibrancy and interest, as well as a sense of whimsy.

A combination of black and gold add elegance to this living area. (Design Recipes via TNS)
A combination of black and gold add elegance to this living area. (Design Recipes via TNS)

Black and gold

Black and gold may be a color combination that never quite went out of vogue. Modern, classic, elegant and timeless, when paired together the colors can be dressed up or dressed down. When looking for interesting ways to use the colors, consider elements such as finishes, artwork, accessories and even architectural details such as hardware, handles and trims.

 

Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host, interior designer and home-staging expert. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com.