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Color 619 Stories

You never know when you might need to pump up your vocabulary. With the holidays fast approaching, you might soon find yourself in a friendly game of Scrabble or having cocktail conversation at some swanky party. Why not impress your friends and random strangers with extensive color knowledge? In my work week,...
Color Feast: 6 Deliciously Uncommon Dining Room Color Combos
Previously in this series about dining room color, we discussed dining room color in terms of one dominant hue in the space. Let's step it up, color-wise, for the finale, and focus on...
12 Tried and True Paint Colors for Your Walls
Some people know what general paint color they want but struggle with envisioning the exact shade. Others are just scared to commit to color because they're not sure what works best with their furniture. One of the points about paint I like to make with...
The Case for In-Between Colors
Quick — what color are your walls? If you answered with a single word — say, "blue" or "yellow" — perhaps your walls could use a little chromatic intervention. I've always been a fan of in-between colors — those indescribable...
All the Ways Color Invades Us
Jude Stewart is a journalist and author, specializing in design, color and visual culture. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, and her first book, ROY...
17 Things Color Consultants Want You to Know
“A typical color consultation client is someone who has already taken 10 trips to the paint store, has stacks of paint swatches, has samples painted on the walls and can't make up their minds what to do," says Mary Nolte of Kaleidoscope...
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...
Pick-a-Paint Help: 11 Ways to Mine Your World for Colors
Where do you find the colors you love? And just because you love a hue, does that mean it's right for your walls? Let's take a closer look at color inspiration. Here you'll find tips for how to get your creative juices flowing and zero in on the color...
Pick-a-Paint Help: How to Quit Procrastinating on Color Choice
If you have ever found yourself staring at a wall marked up with dozens of sample colors, yet still no closer to finding the right shade, you have come to the right place. In this three-part series, we will be discussing ways to get over your paint-color...
No Neutral Ground? Why the Color Camps Are So Opinionated
We Houzzers are very opinionated. And it seems like no other topic brings our opinions to the surface as much as color. Photos on both ends of the spectrum — with a lot of neutrals or a lot...
Color Guide: How to Work With Beige
Oh, beige. So overused, so undervalued. Beige is like the plain, dutiful city clerk. She keeps the town running smoothly, but no one throws her a parade. But boring old beige doesn't have to be boring. It's just that it is too often used as a default,...
Paint Color Ideas: 7 Bright Ways With Yellow and Orange
Yellow and orange are, hands down, the happiest hues of all. They remind us of glowing sunshine, pretty spring flowers and refreshing citrus fruits. They’re attention-grabbing hues best reserved for elements in a room that you want to stand out. If...
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...
8 Great Color Palettes: Surprising Bedroom Neutrals
A design instructor of mine once claimed that commercial interiors are so often painted beige because it is the color that best masks grimy smudges from people's hands. Yuck! I think I've been antibeige since that very moment. But I do realize that not...
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