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I’ve spoken with far too many friends who have had a rough start in 2015. I say anyone who needs it should get a do-over and begin anew and make it better. One way to ease your way...
I’ve spoken with far too many friends who have had a rough start in 2015. I say anyone who needs it should get a do-over and begin anew and make it better. One way to ease your way...
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them
You might love color; you might hate it. Beige could be the most used color in your apartment, or a stack of gray paint chips could make you cringe. No matter how you feel about color, there are endless ways to use it to make over a space, create a mood...
How to Add Just the Right Amount of Dramatic Black
Black is a somewhat divisive color when it comes to interiors: some adore it; some abhor it. Personally, I love black — it instantly adds atmosphere — but it can be overwhelming if not handled carefully. From mixing in jewel brights to restricting...
How to Give Neutral Paint Colors a Subtle Jolt
I have to admit: As much as I love big, bold color, I like it best when it is used with restraint — and used strategically. After all, a little bold color goes a long way, and it’s all too easy to go from “wow!” to “ouch.” For the color-shy...
Speed-Dial Color Selection to Get the Best Result
Color selections are best made quickly. Landscape painters know this because they learn that long deliberations only make colors appear the same. Science tells us that our visual receptors, rods and cones respond immediately to light waves reflected...
Why You Should Bring Turquoise Into the Bath
A recent trip to Mexico had me wondering how to bring the beautiful sparkling colors of the Gulf of Mexico into my home. The bathroom is just the spot to add shades of turquoise. While I’m not quite ready to embrace a 1950s-style bright aqua toilet,...
Color of the Week: Easter Lily
After featuring bold kelly green in the previous installment of this series, I figured I’d dial it down a bit this week with one of my favorite off-whites, Easter...
10 Pair-Ups for Black in the Kitchen
It can be cool and modern, elegant and traditional, or something in between — black in the kitchen may be having a moment, but this classic color isn’t going anywhere. As in other rooms, remember...
10 Reasons to Use Sky Blue
It hints at the seaside, picnics under a clear sky and springtime gardens — what’s not to love about sky blue? From a home’s exterior to ceilings, bedrooms, kitchens and more, sky blue can bring...
Color of the Week: Kelly Green
With spring slowly moving in (painfully slowly for many of you) and Saint Patrick’s Day here, I thought I’d push us all to consider a hue that isn’t often used in homes. Kelly green is an intense pure green color that purportedly got its name from...
Why Blue and Yellow Can Be Perfect Bedfellows
You’ll find the wonderful color combination of blue and yellow everywhere in nature — waves lapping against the sand, the sun setting over an ocean and, of course, Wordsworth’s beautiful description of daffodils fluttering and dancing in the breeze....
How to Pick the Perfect Accent Color
Choosing a favorite color is easy. Choosing a two-tone color scheme for your home? Not so much. Mistakes come easily, and the frustration might leave you reaching for a bucket of white paint. But don’t wipe the slate clean just yet. Here are my suggestions...
How to Layer Tones of Gray for Depth and Harmony
Gray continues to enjoy its moment as the stylish, go-to shade du jour, but a new trend is emerging in the use of this versatile color. Rather than sticking to one shade and risking a rather flat outcome, combining grays of different tones is a beautiful...
21 Reasons to Decorate With Purple
Helen Mirren caused a stir in the media recently when she had the chutzpah to ride the New York subway, sitting next to — shock, horror — a real person. But what also got people going was that she was wearing — wait for it — purple gloves. If...
Why White Is the Ultimate Pop of Color
Many people think of an accent color as being a bright, bold shade that they wouldn’t dare use in a larger amount. But in my opinion, one of the most effective colors to use for contrast isn’t even a true hue but a combination of all of them: pure,...
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