expert tips on choosing color

Expert Tips on Choosing Color

Written on January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

The latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens is all about color!  What perfect timing, since we’re all feeling the chill of winter and longing for spring to come again.  The pages of the February issue are filled with inspiring palettes including citrus shades, ocean colors, and several other fresh combinations to inspire your own refresh at home. 

One of my favorite features was on a single page – 23 expert tips for choosing color on page 66!  Today I’m highlighting a few great quotes, together with some images from the galleries to illustrate the point.  Enjoy!

expert color tips

 

“Colors close together on the color wheel are analogous and will make a calm room. Colors that are farther apart are complementary and add drama.” ~ David Bromstad

orange wall blue cabinetry bhg

 

“Give yourself permission to use bold color. You don’t have to love it everywhere – one throw or pillow might be just enough.”  ~ Nate Berkus

white brick green throw bhg

   

“When you shop for paint, take along an existing pillow, a piece of drapery fabric, or a photo of your space.  You’ll make informed color decisions.”  ~ Alejandra Bernardez

taupe cabinetry orange accents bhg

       

“Play with intensity.  I love monochromatic rooms that use a single hue in a variety of ways.”  ~ Sarah Richardson

monochromatic dining room bhg

    

“What’s more livable than the colors found right outside your back door?  Look to earthy natural colors, blues, greens, beige, and taupe – when choosing color for your room.   ~ Sehra Han

branches and agate bhg

   

“When rooms open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, or the space will look choppy and small.”  ~ Courtney Price

open foyer with light colors bhg

  

Your home is made up of more than walls – ceilings, floors, stairs, and doors, are also great places to have fun with paint.” ~ Bob and Cortney Novogratz

painted dutch door bhg

 

Are you bringing more more color into your home this year?  Will it be paint, fabrics,  accessories, or all of the above?

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