Life & Home By Design: Color

As a designer the most asked question I have received over the years revolves around color; from color trends, color hues/values, complimentary colors, what will go with the color of my…., to where do I start with color in order to end up with the feel and flow that I desire from room to room. Color is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your home (which can halt or stall your project for years) and yet it is the easiest design mistake (although a little costly) to correct. So take a deep breath and consider following these guidelines as you consider a color plan that will work wonders for your home:

* Don’t overlook existing upholstered furniture or treatments that must relate to the color scheme; this also applies to hard surfaces such as countertops, flooring, fireplaces, etc, that must be included in the decision process
* Warm colors (reds, orange, yellow) make a space feel cozy and pleasant
* Cool colors (greens, blue, violet) make a space feel restful and may suggest formality and reserve
* If you prefer mixing it up a little by using complimentary colors keep in mind that opposites attract, reds/greens, orange/blue, yellows/purple
* Neutral color schemes work well if you love a monotone look by using a single color in one value
* Monochromatic color schemes use a single color in a wider range of values
* Small spaces tend to handle a dramatic, intense color better than a large space
* Color flow is maintained by using the same value or color hue from room to room (this is a very common mistake)
* Don’t forget about your own favorite color in developing your color scheme, your home should be a reflection of you and your family!

If you still find yourself struggling with color, send me a note or check out my Decorating Dilemma column at, someone may have already asked your question!


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Interior Designer, Blogger, Editor-, Speaker, Author, business owner-Loretta's Interior Design, Aspires to motivate others toward pursuing a life that compliments their passion for home, family and career. A dedicated leader with a strong commitment to excellence in all design projects, she is devoted to helping others transform their lives and homes into environments that support fulfilling their purpose. She is also great at solving decorating dilemma's and offering design trends that relate to home and family. Check out our current projects on

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