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A variety of color tips

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"Always sample paint colors. Paint a sample board so you can move it around a room."-Diana Hathaway Timmons

"Layer bold color with midtones and neutrals to balance color in a room".-Khristian A. Howell, textile designer and color expert

"Colors close together on the color wheel are analogous and will make a calm room. Colors that are farther apart are complementary and add drama." and "Warm colors like red, yellow, and orange have an energizing effect. Blue, green, and gray are calming".-David Bromstad, designer and HGTV star

"You can take just about anything to the paint store and ask the associate to mix a paint that's a perfect match using the store's color reader."-Danny Seo, lifestyle expert

"When rooms open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, or the space will look choppy and small.“ and "Choose the best paint you can afford. Good paint has better pigments and a more livable finish."-Courtney Price, designer

"If you find a color that you love but you're afraid it might be too dark, ask the person mixing the paint to do a 50 percent tint of the color."-Gail Wright, designer

According to designer Patrice Bevans, paint names can sway you to choose a wrong color or steer you away from a good one. “They’re just labels,” Bevans says. “I never initially tell clients the paint name, because they get wrapped up in the mental image the name conveys.”

Every palette, no matter how bold, needs to be paired with a neutral, says designer Cortney Singleton. If the starting point is color is heavy or muted, the neutral should be, too. “They need to balance one another” she says.
Singleton also suggests finding a fabric that has all the colors you like: “You need one anchor piece that everything is tied to. A patterned fabric is so easy-it hands you a palette.”

Sources: “23 expert tips for choosing and using livable colors” by Kathy Barnes-Better Homes and Gardens, Feb. 2013 and “Palette Smarts” by Jody Garlock-Better Homes and Gardens, Feb. 2011

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