Tips for Decorating with Color

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Decorating with Color

When it comes to color and decor there are basically two kinds of people, those who do and those who don’t. Color can be a vibrant source of energy in a room’s design or it can be a dizzying distraction and that’s why so many people fear it in their homes. But you don’t have to be afraid of color and you don’t have to dive in to enjoy it in your home. We’ve got a few simple tips and tricks to delving into color for the faint of heart. Try a few. Before you know it, you’re home’s design will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Thicken Up Your Accent: Color accents are a great way to dabble in bold color when you’re not too comfortable with color an want to break out of your comfort zone. Use muted tones or tone on tone schemes for the large surfaces, and save a complimentary pop of color for the entry door or trim or maybe even an accent wall.

Adding accents can spice up a boring color scheme, heighten architectural details (like soffits) and warm up and otherwise cold design. Some people like to use a nice bold accent color on a single wall at the end of a long room, drawing the eye down the scope of the entire space accentuating the depth of your room. If you think it’s just too much for your taste, try hanging art on the accent wall or adding shelving to mute the effect ever so slightly.

Control The Temperature: Perhaps you think you don’t like big splashes of color and the truth is you just don’t enjoy a certain mood set by specific color families. Colors have a great impact on moods. Use color as a way of setting just the right tone for your space and you may find you’re a huge fan of color.

Perhaps you have hard wood floors, for instance, and minimalist, modern decor. That sets a cool tone for the room. Try warming things up with reds or ambers and ground them with muted tones like beige or taupe. Or maybe the opposite is true of your space and carpeting and plush furnishings warm your space a little too generously. Then try some cooler accent colors like blue or mint. The eye tends to look for balance in good design. Color is a great way to provide that.

Accessorize: So you’re just not ready to take the plunge an splash a nice crimson accent on your walls. Then try accessorizing with color. Using accessories in your space is a great way to experiment with color because it means less of a commitment than paint.  Pillows, vases, throws and art are all great ways to dash color across the room. And because they’re accessories, you can move them around so as to achieve the balance the eye is so fond of. So now you’re armed with the tools you need. Get out there and color your space. You’ll be glad you did.

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