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I would like to chat about color today,
I am asked over and over again from frustrated clients about "color"?  How to use it, where to stop and start it, dispelling old myths about how dark ceilings will "bring them down", or that white ceilings are how to "raise it up"! In fact, color in itself has become our most plentiful and inexpensive decorating tool! What, for  example, can give a room the immediate lift of a budget coat of paint?
A few sofa pillows, new lamp shades, well placed arrangements - any of these  if chosen as part of a pre-planned color scheme can provide an immediate and refreshing change of pace! Where towels, tablecloths and bed linen were once white, they are now found in the most exotic shades- plain, striped, or patterned. Custom furniture as well as drapery weight fabrics are found in binder after binder of colorful fabrics from which to choose, one more colorfully appealing than the next, while at the paint counter you can leaf through stacks of color chips. This only emphasizes the fact that we live in a bewilderingly colorful world!

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Perhaps this is why so many people approach the "color" decision with fear and trepidation as it has become so important in our lives. Everyone feels the need to belong to this world of color and because the range of choice is so wide, the amateur decorator is understandably confused and uncertain. A color scheme will underlie all future decorating planning. Much of the investment in upholstered furniture, floorcoverings, custom window treatments or curtains, wallcoverings and such will impinge on color, and therefore, it is realized that a serious mistake in color can be costly! On top of that, everyone knows that colors stimulate emotional reactions, that living indefinitely with the wrong color or combination of colors can be disastrous!

Confused-Woman.jpgbrunetteThe  responsibility of filling your home with beauty to serve not only as a comfort to your family but also as a symbol to your neighbors, friend and business associates should be entrusted to a professional interior designer or interior decorator. To many women, typically, I have consulted with, this is an awesome responsibility which causes considerable trepidation which makes decorating or redecorating a room a chore with much peril rather than the stimulating adventure it can be!

Check Back for a new post on Taking the Fear OUT of COLOR! 

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