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Interior design experts agree: color is the most effective way to inexpensively personalize and revitalize your home's interior.
When you want to make a big change with little investment:
A creative use of color can completely transform a home and bring warmth, light, and welcome focus to even the smallest of spaces. Perfect for do-it-yourself decorators, this informative guide explains the principles of color theory and details classic color combinations for homes. A range of inspirational color schemes are also addressed in detail—among them all-white neutrals to jewel-bright shades of turquoise—and hints on ways to introduce color via wall, floors, fabrics, and furnishings#xA0;are provided. Practical and chock-full of innovative ideas, this is the ultimate resource for adding life and style to any room.
It's true that people have emotional responses to color. Red is an action color that may stimulate some and make others irritable. While small doses of primary blue are homey and comforting, large swaths may seem overly formal. Green is a universal color of rejuvenation but the shade makes a difference. Yellow-greens are stimulating while blue-greens are calming.
How do we choose colors that will be pleasing in our homes? Experts recommend choosing colors to match the activities of rooms. If you respond to warm energizing colors use them in active areas such as entryways and playrooms. Enliven any neutral rooms with red or yellow accent colors.
"All that anyone needs to become a good decorator is a sense of beauty, a sense of fun, and some common sense."
If you like soothing cool colors use them in bedrooms and living rooms, places for relaxation and rest. Add neutrals and to work effectively with these colors in areas that connect.
How do we combine colors so that harmony reigns throughout? Start with a favorite color and add a harmonizing neutral and an accent color. That basic color scheme will work on any number of areas in a home.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff