I always feel like I need a disclaimer when I talk about things that aren’t necessarily celebrated in the design world. Celebrated meaning you don’t see it often. And I’m automatically drawn to anything we don’t see often usually in a good way and sometimes in a bad way. Back to that disclaimer. When I say “primary colors”, I don’t mean a kids lego bed because I know that might come to mind. It’s always interesting when I’m researching these color combos or design trends because in addition to crazy good inspiration, I always come across the concept used in a terrible, terrible way.
BUT, below is that crazy good inspiration I found.
Primary Color Inspiration:
There’s no doubt that primary colors feel very retro.
And really, that’s the beauty of these colors. One of the challenges of using primary colors in modern design is creating a space that stays true to the colors by feeling retro but doesn’t feel stale because the space hasn’t been touched in decades.
Paired With Traditional Elements:
This is my personal favorite way to see this color scheme done. I love the juxtaposition of the primary colors and traditional elements. So unexpected but it just works.
Paired With a Bold, Black and White Stripe:
Pairing primary colors with a bold, black and white stripe is another way to pull it off. This look can potentially look a bit cheeky, but I think that’s the point here. You’ll see that the last couple of images are done through a kids’ play room, and those spaces look especially playful, but the bold stripe adds some needed sophistication.
Paired with Unexpected and Overly Modern Elements:
Pairing primary colors with unexpected and modern (and sometimes random) elements brings the most interest for sure. You might find yourself pausing a bit longer with these spaces to take it all in. There’s a lot going on, but every single element looks intentional and needless to say, it works.
Well, thoughts? Are you into it?