TIP: Never Say Never: If you're not fond of a certain color, check out the latest shades and combinations before you abandon the idea completely - you may like them! TIP: Versatile Neutral: Taupe is one of those grays that is comfortable dressing up or down. In an upscale room with design furnishings, it has an air of sophistication. In an informal room that already has a jangle of colors, it creates order and separation without spoiling the fun.
TIP: Climate Control: In a mainly black and white room, accents act like a thermostat to determine the "color temperature." In winter, you can visually turn up the heat with accents from the warm side of the color wheel, or in summer, cool it down with blue-green, blue, or purple.
TIP: A Family Resemblance: While drawing inspiration from a fabric, paint and accessories are free to depart from the exact shades, as long as they are the same basic hue. TIP: For Maximum Emphasis: Use contrasting colors to draw attention to furnishings. Display dark against light or bright or conversely, light or bright against dark.
TIP: Simple Adjustments: Even if you decide to stick with the color scheme you have, you can vary the shades and proportions. Slight changes can rebalance a color scheme to produce a different effect.
TIP: Dual Functions: Choose a piece of art because something in you responds to it, but don't overlook the effect that its subject and colors have on the room. It is far wiser to use art you love as the inspiration for a great room than to choose a bland or even boring piece just because it "goes."
TIP: Heighten The Effect: When a favorite accessory, such as patterned rug, has numerous different shades, pull out one or two and use them liberally throughout the room.
TIP: Opposites Attract: Even if one is light and one is dark, complementary colors enhance each other. Bring in at least on touch of a color's complement to make your room seem more alive.
TIP: Pale But Strong: If your color scheme is composed of such light tints that it seems to lack energy, add one or two slightly stronger elements of pattern or color. This works especially well when you add the complementary color of the tint.