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.”

Davis suggests:
* 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
http://www.furniture.com/color.
* 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
next.
* 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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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.”

Davis suggests:
* 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
http://www.furniture.com/color.
* 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
next.
* 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!”

About Furniture.com

Furniture.com (http://www.furniture.com) offers consumers the best of Internet shopping by merging the convenience, accessibility and ease of online shopping with the proven infrastructure of the nation’s largest retail furniture chains.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click
appropriate link.
Davis Remignanti
http://profnet.prnewswire.com/ud_public.jsp?userid=505330

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BY FRANCES INGRAHAM HEINS
Albany Times Union

Do-it-yourself decorators were once models of stamina. They’d trek from store to store choosing paint and sit for hours thumbing through thick binders of wallpaper and fabric. They measured walls, assembled furniture-sized pieces of paper to move around the room and hauled samples to and from stores.

Although the best way to get a sense of how a room will look after a re-do is to see the actual color and feel the different textures, the Internet has made it much easier to narrow the field of choices from unfathomable to just a few.

Here’s a list of Web sites we found to be particularly helpful for people trying their hand at decorating. Some offer advice while others offer online services such as room planning. In addition to these, check Web sites for fabric, wallpaper, paint and furniture manufacturers.

• All Your Rooms is an online magazine produced by Georgia-Pacific, makers of such paper goods as Brawny towels, Angel Soft bathroom tissue and Dixie cups. Between the smattering of ads and coupons for G-P products, the site is loaded with decorating tips, divided by room. www.allyourrooms. com

• Do It Yourself.com offers advice on when and how to hire a designer, how-to projects, moderated forums, Q&As, tips and tricks, annual design trends and an online home center store where you’ll find everything from air filters to washing machine parts. Time magazine has named this site as "One of the Top 50 Sites in the World," plus it is repeatedly honored among the Best on the Web independent home improvement/home repair sites. www.doityourself .com.

• Home & Family Network.com has decorating ideas, projects, lessons, a glossary, bookstore, and information based on the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Gallery. www.homeand familynetwork.com.

• Interiordec.about.com is, according to Nielsen NetRatings, a top 10 Web property guide, used by one out of every five people on the Internet. About.com is owned by The New York Times Company and covers more than 500 interior decorating areas. www. interiordec.about.com.

• Rental Decorating Digest: Rental Living with Style is full of interior decorating ideas for your apartment, home, studio or dorm room, including organizing a room, tips, columns, budget decorating, style guides, wall decorating ideas, window treatments and gardening for renters. www.rental decorating.com.

• Decorating Studio answers just about any question you may have on decorating and trends with lots of how to advice and sources. www. decoratingstudio.com.

• Plan3D is online home design software where you can plan your landscape, remodel a room or decorate one room at a time and furnish it. You can also plan your whole house from cellar to attic in a three-dimensional schematic with shadows, textures of materials and blueprints complete with dimensions. The cost is $2.95 a month when you purchase a full-year subscription or $14.95 for one month. www.Plan3d.com.

• Feng Shui Crazy provides basics about the discipline, tips, advice from feng shui experts and authors. It’s an interesting site to view if you don’t go blind from the annoying flashing giveaway ad in the right hand rail. www.fengshuicrazy .com/interior-design- tips.php.

• Home Dec In-A-Sec provides a way to order window treatments (they’ll make the curtains for you) and sewing patterns from the McCall (Butterick and Vogue) Pattern Company, for people with little or no sewing ability and sewing tips. Swatches, patterns, trims and fabrics can be found at www.homedecinasec.com and www.McCall.com.

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