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01/30/2014 10:16 am ET Updated Jan 30, 2014

10 Color Combos You Never Thought Would Work

Houzz / Tobi Fairley Interior Design

As a budding aesthete, I had the great misfortune of attending a high school whose team colors were blue and orange. It was bad enough seeing this rancid combination on the cheerleaders’ uniforms. But when some color-blind booster decided to paint the hallways blue and orange, it was the worst attack on education since the Scopes Trial.

Some color combinations just seem like they couldn’t possibly work. Blue and orange. Pink and blue. Pink and green. (Hell — pink and anything.) And yet … they can. As you’ll see in the photos that follow, it’s not so much the colors themselves, but the shades you use and how you combine them that make the difference. Even blue and orange can work together if you do it right. It turns out there are no bad color combinations. Just color combinations done badly.

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