We all want color in our life. Or do we? Sometimes a
little bit goes far. Color sets the tone for a room, it can excite, calm or
warm. Depending on the feeling you want to achieve, color is the easiest way to
“Follow the rule of three: When you pick
a color, use it at least three times in a room. Here, yellow appears
in the pillows, on the blanket on the bed, and as an accent color on the nightstand, as well as on the
“Subtle Changes: Don't sweat slight color variations between fabrics and walls. ‘The best rooms
are slightly off -- stronger, lighter, softer, just not a spot-on match to a
swatch,’ says Sasha Emerson, a Los Angeles designer.”
I like to use similar shades of a color
to create a room that’s organized but not too formal feeling.
Color Proportion: “When you're spreading
color around a room, think about proportion. If you're using three colors, try a 70/20/10 distribution: Use the lightest color for 70
percent of the room's decor, the second lightest for 20 percent, and the boldest for 10
percent. For two colors, go with 70/30.”
For example, for a fresh bright look,
the walls and ceilings could be the light color, fabrics for furniture or
windows the second lightest and throw pillows and accessories for the boldest
color. For a dramatic effect, switch the proportion upside down with 70 percent
the darkest color!
“Wood Tones: Failing to think of wood as
a color can ruin an otherwise thought-out scheme. Oaks and
rusty oranges can look too similar, and mahogany can make a dark room even
But as with all design rules and
suggestions, the rules are meant to be bent and even broken. Rely on your taste.
If you consistently choose things and colors you love, chances are really good
that everything will look great together.
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