Follow this simple how-to to help you choose a color scheme for
your home. Learn to mix colors and fabrics and how to repeat color throughout
the room. Read some of the principles of decorating and learn how to use
coordinating fabrics and dressmaker details.
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1.First, choose a style (formal or casual) and a theme for your room
(such as American country, English garden, techno modern).
2.With the style and theme in mind, decide on an 'anchor' fabric
that has 3 or more colors.
3.Use the background color from the fabric as a wall color.
4.Pick a mid-toned color from the fabric for flooring and large
furniture pieces, which could be a solid or patterned design. Upholstery can
also be done in your anchor fabric or coordinating fabric.
5.Use the brightest colors from the fabric for accessories and
accents like welting, picture mats, and decorative pillows.
6.Place your anchor fabric in at least three places in the room
(upholstery, pillows, curtains, etc).
7.Use coordinating fabrics in other scales (larger or smaller) as
accent fabrics on chairs, pillows, cording, and tablecloths.
8.For example, to use an 'anchor' fabric with an American flag
design: use white (the background color) for walls, navy (a mid-toned color) on
floor, blue and white ticking on the sofa, and red (the brightest color) for
accessories and accents.
9.To continue this example, the coordinated prints could be the blue
and white ticking stripe, a navy star print fabric, and a red and white
mini-check used on chairs, curtains, and pillows.
1.Repeat colors evenly throughout the room, and in at least 3
2.Adding dressmaker details in cording and trims is one way to
disperse color and add interest.
3.Divide color use to approximately 60% of the room in the
background (lightest) color, 30% in the mid-tone color, and 10% in the
brightest, accent colors.
Article source : http://interiordec.about.com.
Wouldn’t it be great to preview color combinations on your house, before spending a lot of money on paint?
You can, with a virtual painting program called Color Style Studio. Just point and click to see rooms,
furnishings, and house exteriors in so many different colors. Use this program to explore possibilities,
then test spot your chosen paints in a small area. Visit the home page of this software for more information.