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 Friday, July 20th, 2018

January 10, 2009

Decorating with Bold Colors

Let me give you a few tips on how to choose the right bold color and where it can be used.

There is a bright side to the downturn in the hosing market…you can stop decorating to resell and start living in the house of your techno-color dreams.

Neutral colors like creams and taupes are timeless choices and often best for reselling but they can be too blah. For the last ten years, while house were selling like hotcakes, it was hard to tell one bland house from another, .The current trend, however, is toward the use of bold colors like fuchsia, turquoise and tangerine. Intrigued but a little color-shy?

Bold, bright colors will look more sophisticated and often more palatable when used with a deep neutral. Think slate grey, chocolate brown, deep olive, rich burgundy. Try tangerine with brown, bright pink with dark grey, shocking lavender with olive green. The dark colors serve as a calming neutralizer making the bold color feel almost necessary.

Also, when going bold, you might be better off with just one show off in the room. After choosing that canary yellow put down the bright color swatches and pick up the neutrals. One bold color per room!

And remember you don’t have to paint the whole room that bold color. Consider a Chair rail with the bold color on the just the top or bottom. Or perhaps the drapes and pillows get the lime green while the walls stay neutral.

Repeat the color in small amounts, such as with in a painting or border on the floor.

And while color is often associated with contemporary designs, it also works well in traditional designs.

So while your waiting for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Pick a color from it and let it surround you. It will surely brighten your day.

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