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Color Scheme: It doesn't have to be beige

Coming up with a color scheme, for some, could be deemed the most intimidating task out there. But color doesn’t have to be scary and it doesn’t have to be beige! If you are struggling to come up with a color scheme for your space you could find the answer you are looking for is closer than you think. Look no further than the treasures you are drawn to everyday. You might not realize that you are drawn to a certain color, tone or scheme. You can find beautiful color schemes in nature, art, decorative pillows or draperies. You can even find hints of your favorite colors and tones in your wardrobe.

When choosing colors, especially for paint, one must always consider the lighting the color will be viewed in. A certain color may be stunning at the paint shop but awful in your home. So be sure to view samples of the colors in your space first. Another important thing to consider is the depth or darkness of a color. We’ve all heard the ‘rule’ about dark colors making your room seem smaller, but this is not always the case. You can counteract dark walls by incorporating mirrors, light colored accessories, trims and flooring in to the space or taking advantage of lighting.

When deciding on a paint color I always suggest cutting out a few samples and taping them to the wall for a few days. The best location is near a door way or light switch so that you notice them every time you walk by. Every time you walk past the samples, take note. If you instinctively don’t like a color, take it down immediately and throw it away! Don’t second guess your instincts. Make sure you view the colors in the morning, afternoon and at night as the lighting will change how the color looks in the room throughout the day.

By far the most important rule when choosing a color scheme is proportion! Choose an odd number of colors to use in the space; Threes are usually the best. There is an easy rule to abide by that helps to ensure you get the proportions correct. The rule is called the 60-30-10 rule; it is very important but very easy to do. Essentially the rule requires you to divide your color scheme into three groups. The color that makes up for 60% generally accounts for the wall color, 30% is usually furniture and the final 10% should be dedicated for accessories like pillows, rugs, draperies, art and other décor.

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When planning a renovation or to purchase new furniture it is best to choose the most expensive items first. This could be cabinetry, flooring, countertops or furniture. These items cost more and there are typically less options available. There is no limit to the options available for paint and it is such an inexpensive way to tie the whole space together once you have all your favorite investments picked out.

When it comes to color, trust your instinct.  Don’t be scared, you can do it!