WALTHAM, Mass., March 29 /PRNewswire/ — Want to give your home a splash of color but afraid it will be too brash? Davis Remignanti, lead Design Consultant at http://www.Furniture.com offers some step-by-step advice on making good color choices.
“Start with the walls,” Davis advises. “Unless you live in an apartment and can’t paint, avoid white walls.”
Incorporating color into your home doesn’t have to be intimidating — if you put it into perspective.
“Reflect on your own fashion tastes when choosing colors for your home. Many people know what colors look good on them. Those same colors can be incorporated into your personal space, because they are familiar, flattering and comforting.”
* First Things First: Identify any major room features that you can’t (or
don’t want to) change — the color of woodwork, the brick in the hearth
— then decorate with and around them.
* Work Your Way Up: If starting with an empty room, select a rug or floor
covering first. You’re more likely to match walls and furniture to the
rug than vice versa. The colors in your rug will provide good choices
for wall and accent colors.
* Create Your Color Palette: Good room design should incorporate a palette
of at least five colors: two main colors, one supporting color and two
accent colors. For hints on combining colors, see
* Create a Flow: For rooms connected by an open archway or large doorway,
choose harmonious color palettes. You’ll create a color link between
the two spaces and avoid a jarring transition from one room to the
* Use Patterns Sparingly: For beginners, it’s better to use only a single
pattern per room. If the rug carries a pattern, avoid “competition” by
keeping window treatments, upholstery and accents simple.
* Don’t Over-Indulge: Too much of the same color in a room can be a
mistake. Even if it’s your favorite color, maintain a good balance of
main colors and accent colors around your room.
* Light It Up: Generate an elegant room-wide glow by using gold or peach
hued light bulbs in table lamps. Bright enough for daily tasks, they
can add a beautiful warm tone to a room.
* Embrace Change: Be brave with your accent colors, because they can be
changed easily. Candles can be burned, picture frames re-painted,
pillows recovered. Go with your instincts, but don’t be discouraged if
you’re not happy with your choice — it’s all part of the process of
getting comfortable with color.
“Whatever the decorating challenge, it’s important to remember, no rules are written in stone. Still not confident about making color choices? Many manufacturers now offer paint samples and fabric swatches — take advantage and test your color combining skills on a small scale first.”
“In the end,” Davis advises, “take your time and enjoy the experience. Your color confidence will grow with each project. And before long, you’ll have created a stylish, inviting home, and your friends will start asking you for color advice!”
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