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SAY IT WITH COLOR: Decorating Your Home

Color can make a big impact on the appearance of any room and at the same time is one of the easiest things to correct if you are not totally satisfied. From walls to wood furniture almost any surface in your home can be painted. So don't be afraid to play with colors when redecorating your interior or exterior.

Colors are very important part of our daily life and they have power to affect our moods, how we feel, our perceptions and emotions.

For example:

Red color with anger and
to send the heart-rate up, raises a room's energy level
Dark purple color with
mourning, rich and dramatic
Light purple (like lavender or lilac) will provide restful feeling and creativity
Green color with comfort, togetherness, peaceful, calming and relaxing
Yellow color in small amount with happiness; in large amount fear, frustration, anger

Warm orange will enhance appetite, comfort and security
Blue to calm and soothe also
associated with feeling of purity and cleanliness,
Peach with comfort and security,

For these reasons, colors are also the decorator's most powerful tool. No other design element has the quick impact or dramatic effect of color.

Things You Should Know Before Getting Started

You know what you like but will it look good on your walls? Here are a few tips to pick a perfect color:

Before getting started
, consider what you want to achieve. The colors you choose will set the tone or mood of the room. Small rooms will look larger with a neutral or light color palette. Cool colors like lighter shades of greens and blues seem to push back the walls of a room and make small rooms appear bigger. They also create a cooling and calming affect. Dark, warm colors can turn a cold, large room into something much more inviting.

You can use color to create focal point in any room. Not everything in your home has to be matchy but make sure there is a nice complimentary flow of color between spaces or from one room to another. You can also use color on furnishings to add brightness and drama. Pastel furnishings look smaller in a room, while deep, bright furnishings look bigger.

Colors in interior decoration move in and out of fashion, just as colors in clothing so make sure your interior decoration is close to popular color scheme if you plan to sell your house. Keep in mind that regardless of fashion, neutral classics will always appeal to prospective buyers and remain popular. Neutral shades also make a room more flexible for any type of furniture.

Whether it's a quick, relatively inexpensive paint job, new window coverings, wall or flour borders, new carpets, floors or any other interior/exterior home improvements, color can transform any space or item into something new. So if you want to add appeal and value to your home, there is no faster and often cheaper way than by using color.

The color on light in a store will look different than in your room. Use color samples and test color on different lights in your interior to make sure you like it. A red color may appear cold under a fluorescent light, but much warmer in a room with lots of natural light. A deep blue may look bright and intense in a well-lit area, but cold and gloomy in a dark room. Colors also look different in combination with other colors. Beige color may seem dull and boring, but if you add a little yellow, green or orange it will come alive in nice way. Since paint samples are inexpensive way to test colors, it is always a good idea to put a sample color on the wall and wait for couple days before painting to make sure you are totally satisfied with the color you plan to use.


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