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In Part 1, we talked about the color wheel and color selection. Here are some more suggestions to make color work well in your home.
Neutral does not equal beige: Yes, beige is a neutral, but there are many other colors that can play as a neutral in your home. Take a look at a soft shade of lavender or a mushroom-toned off-white. Neutrals balance warm and cool tones and fall into the color background of a room. For example, the blue used in this living room works as a neutral in the space.
Don’t overload your color palette: While a mixture of colors can be beautiful, too many or the wrong shades together can be disastrous. You might want to start by finding a fabric that offers a good selection of two or three colors and use it as the basis for the color design of your space.
Avoid over-trendy choices for substantive pieces: You may love the newest bright light purple, but use it as an accent wall color or in throw pillows. Wall colors and accessories can be easily switched out, but when purchasing furniture, choose shades that will stand the test of time.
Understand that lighting changes the look of colors: Something that seems too bright under fluorescent lights will shift in strength and hue under natural or incandescent lighting. Be sure to select and match colors under natural lighting first and see how each color will look in the room during different times of the day.
Finally, for a good idea of colors that you can live with, take a look in your closet. Chances are if you love a shade enough to buy it to wear, you will enjoy it in your home also. With just a little thought, you can take the leap into color and help make your home reflect your style and personality.
Upholstered headboards are a big trend in design right now. A variation on the upholstered headboard is the wall-mounted headboard as seen here. The wall-mounted headboard can make a big design statement as well as save space in a bedroom.
This wall-mounted headboard is upholstered and tufted with buttons. The headboard has a clean modern look with its neutral color and clean lines. If you are using wood on a wall-mounted headboard, you may want to coordinate it with other wood furniture and the wood on the floor. Having a dark, ebonized wood headboard with light wood floors would not look as polished as having both woods be in the same tone.
Wall-mounted headboards can be done in a number of upholstery types and sizes. If you don’t want the permanence of a wall-mounted headboard but you like the look, you can hang fabric from a rod behind the bed. Another less permanent option would be to stretch fabric on a canvas stretcher and hang that above the bed for a similar effect.
When choosing an upholstery and finish for a wall-mounted headboard or any upholstered headboard, select a fabric that you can live with for a number of years. Solid colors may stand the test of time more than the latest pattern. Choose classic colors and neutrals and update your bed linens to follow the trends to make the most of your investment.
The beautiful wood floor and simple furniture provides a nice beginning to decorating this room. What do the homeowners need to add to finish the décor? Let’s take a look at the options.
From a furnishings standpoint, the sofa is a good choice for seating needs, but an oversized chair or loveseat would be a great addition for more seating options. A coffee table and side table or two will provide places for drinks and snacks and give the room a more polished look. The choices are varied. They could choose black to help the other furniture pop, a darker wood to create a more cohesive look, or even glass and metal to show off that beautiful floor. The feel of the space leans toward modern, so simple lines would work best.
The next issue is color. The green pillows and throw point the room in a specific direction. Neutral colors such as blues and even a sprinkle of yellow could be added to stay with the white-based color palette. More green along with black would provide a daring approach to color in this room. A brightly colored area rug and some art will help define and enhance the color approach.
Finally, a sprinkling of accessories allows them to make the room totally their own. Whether the choices come from some favorite pieces inherited from a grandmother, a few hand-crafted items collected on various trips, or just an appealing vase from the shop down the street, accessories help define their taste and portray their style preferences to friends and other visitors.
The most important step, however, is to take time decorating. Find the elements that suit their sense of style and let each purchase help point them in the direction of the next. That’s the best way to create a room that works for them!