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With an almost infinite roster of color options, it can be a challenge to winnow down a palette to the right hues. Learn how to develop your eye for color and pick out the best colors for your decorating with these designer tips.
Start with a color you love. Even if it’s not a trend at the moment, it will always be on trend in a space that resonates with you.
-- Khristian A. Howell, textile designer and color expert
Blend in strong colors. A bold color on the wall will feel jarring unless you consider the trim and ceiling color in your plans.
-- Patrice Cowan Bevans, designer
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 rooms.
-- Sehra Han, designer
When choosing wall colors, find versions of your favorite colors that are muted with gray.
-- Erica Lugbill, designer
Choose the best paint you can afford. Good paint has better pigments and a more livable finish.
-- Courtney Price, designer
If you find a color that you love but you’re afraid it might be too dark, ask the person mixing the paint to do a 50 percent tint of the color.
-- Gail Wright, designer
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 Nernardez, designer
Warm colors like red, yellow, and orange have an energizing effect. Blue, green, and gray are calming.
-- David Bromstad, designer and HGTV star
Save strong wall colors for statement rooms that are smaller and visited less -- a library, guest room, or a powder room.
-- Lulu Dekwiatkowski, textile designer
You can take just about anything to the paint store and ask the associate to mix a paint that’s a perfect match using the store’s color reader.
-- Danny Seo, lifestyle expert
Choose colors based on the use of a room. Morning rooms can be brighter; rooms used at night can go dark.
-- Beth Kushnick, set decorator
Give yourself permission to use a bold color. You don’t have to love it everywhere -- one throw or pillow might be just enough.
-- Nate Berkus, designer
Play with intensity. I love monochromatic rooms that use a single hue in a variety of ways.
-- Sarah Richardson, designer
When rooms open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, or the space will look choppy and small.
-- Courtney Price
Choose your favorite color, but watch that it’s not too bright.
-- Maria Killam, color expert
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, designers