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Choosing colors for walls and something fresh at windows.

Choosing Colors for Your New Home walls and windows.

Pop, sizzle and calm are this year’s secrets to choosing colors for décor.

In this pictured living space, vibrant turquoise on the walls is juxtaposed with a calming hue called Palm from Alustra Vignette Modern Roman Shades by Hunter Douglas.

As a newlywed you may be moving into your first place together. Or you might want to change the look of a room.

The quickest way is to do something fresh at the windows, or paint the walls a new color. Then to accent it with complementary hues in different ways throughout the room.

These inviting ideas may take more guidance that it sounds. The only trouble is that with dozens of variations of white alone and thousands of every other color under the sun, it can be a daunting task to find the right ones. To help solve the choosing colors mystery, there are four ways to conduct the search.

Pop, sizzle and calm are this year’s secrets to choosing colors for décor.

Four Color-Right Methods for choosing colors.

1. Look at your wardrobe. Mostly blue, green or pink? Great, that is your go-to color. If you wear a dazzling variety of hues, there is probably one that stands out. Maybe a jewel tone, primary bright or pastel. If black, beige or white is more prominent, consider your shoes, hats, jewelry and scarves to find the shades you lean toward. Any of them, or lighter or darker versions, are good possibilities for the walls. Or as accents to a white-and-black decorating scheme or one composed of neutrals.

2. Look at nature. Do the soft tones of a beach in the summer – sand, sea foam green, blue sky and whitecaps – capture your fancy? Or perhaps autumn’s rusts, browns, oranges and golds. Maybe it’s winter’s icy blues, silver, stark white and slate gray skies. Or spring with its blossoming of green, pink and buttery yellows. One of these could dominate your décor. Its opposite could play a supporting role along with two others.

Remember that when you are choosing colors they can be changed at anytime you wish.

3. Look at a favorite rug, fabric, dish or a painting. Be they contemporary or antique, note the colors that sing to you. That drew you to them in the first place. Ask yourself if it is light overall or dark. Which colors stand out and which recede. Pick one of them for the walls. Remember that all colors appear more intense as the area of coverage becomes larger. And contrasting or complementary hues as accents. A color wheel can be useful here.

4. Find photos of rooms you love in a magazine or online. This is excellent for those who simply can’t figure out what they like in a room setting, but wouldn’t dream of wearing them. What counts is that they make us feel good. Be sure to note the combination of colours used to determine the secondary hues that will work best.

Don’t do this when your choosing colors.

• Do not be scared. The larger the room, the more depth the wall color needs. So, give it a go before you say “no.”
• And do not assume it is mandatory to paint baseboards and trim white. The newest style is no baseboards or a smooth swath of one color from ceiling to floor. This is not only on- trend, but it makes the ceiling feel higher.
• Do not forget the ceilings. A soft rendition above you of the wall colors can dramatically change the entire room.
• And do not choose colors for walls that are too pale. When selecting the primary color for an open-style home, choose a slightly darker one than you would for a small room.

• Do not forget the window treatments when choosing colors.

With windows being such a prominent feature in any room, it is important to figure out the best way to dress them. They can either match the walls, which creates a calm, uninterrupted flow of color that keeps the eye moving around the room. Or contrast with the walls which brings attention to them, and can make the room feel more intimate and cozy.
No matter whether it is for window treatments, walls or furnishings, choose colors that truly reflect you. Your home will be a haven of peace and harmony, the place you love to be.

Source: Sally Morse, director of creative services for Hunter Douglas.

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