Decorating with Leslie

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Take COLOR for test drive in your home after the holidays!

Beige is not a color! Whether it be "new construction" beige, "neutral my home is for sale" beige or "I'm terrified of color" beige... they're all still beige! If your home is beige, here are some ways to step out of your boring beige box.
Four weeks a year people are not afraid of color and throw it around their homes quite freely with the excuse that it's for the holidays so it is perfectly ok. If you're one of those individuals who would like to experiment with color through out the year, but have no idea where to start, then listen up!
Use the holiday season to test drive color in your own home! If, by the end of the season, you love it, then it was a success and you can make the color change more permanent. (i.e. paint, window treatments, furniture, etc.) If you hate it, then it was just temporary and you have an excuse to get rid of it with no regrets! Color through the holidays does NOT have to be RED AND GREEN! You can decorate your home for the holidays with any color palette you would like to test drive for you home's new look.

Remember that warm colors advance (give you a big hug) and cool colors recede (give you your space).
Cool colors are much easier to use when beginning to introduce color. They are much less intense and make your room feel bigger and airier. (i.e. blue, green, purple)
How to introduce cool colors into your home after the holidays...
Bold: Accessories like throw pillows, vases, lamps, artificial flowers and dishes.
Bolder: Larger pieces like rugs, custom draperies and artwork.
Boldest: Big commitments like furniture, paint color and carpet.

Warm colors can be a little more intense, but make your home the most loving and cozy. They reach out and give you a big hug. Smaller spaces are much more difficult to introduce warmth into, because it can make the room feel too small. (i.e. red, yellow, orange)
How to introduce warm colors into your home after the holidays...
Bold: Accessories like throw pillows, vases, lamps, artificial flowers and dishes.
Bolder: Larger pieces like rugs, custom draperies and artwork.
Boldest: Big commitments like furniture, paint color and carpet.

Be BOLD! Step out of your beige box. Remind yourself that it is just a test-drive. Make your wildest dreams come true. Pinterest is an awesome resource for ideas, so check out HDD's Pinterest boards @designdemocracy and the website www.designisademocracy.com
 

Courtesy: Leslie Hart-Davisdon

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