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Color Your Life

Color. What a great five-letter word. Color has long been associated with a person's mood. It can make you hungry. Cheer you up. Make you blue. Energize you. Make you relaxed or transport your thoughts to another place.

There are three different types of colors: warm, cool and neutral.

Let's start with warm colors. Orange and red are generally chosen by restaurants because they are known to stimulate the appetite. Yellow is known as the "happy" color because it is the color of sunshine. In homes, these colors are commonly used in dining rooms and kitchens.

Cool colors -- green, blue and purple -- are considered to be "relaxing" colors and are great for bedrooms and living rooms.

If neutral colors are your favorite -- such as white, cream, grey, brown and black --you're in luck because they are very popular in decorating right now.

In selecting the colors for your home, it is a safe bet to pick the colors you really like because whatever you choose, you'll have to live with for awhile unless you're the energizer bunny or are independently wealthy!

Here's some advice: Instead of choosing the wall color first in the living room, family room or bedroom, I suggest to my clients that they FIRST choose the color of their largest piece of furniture -- such as the sofa, loveseat, bedspread or comforter.

After that selection, you can choose the color for the walls and, if possible, the floors. Remember the walls and floors consume the most visual space so be careful in choosing colors that will coordinate with the fabrics on your furniture. Another option for the wall color is to select a neutral, such as a creamy white or pastel grey.

If you're unsure about your color choices, call your favorite decorator for an expert opinion. Happy Decorating!

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