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Dawn's Sky: Designer Tips

"Well-designed rooms always have a mix of woods and some painted furniture," designer Elaine Griffin says. Use furniture painted in a color from your palette to incorporate a varied finish.

Elaine recommends having a contrast between what's above the floor and the floor itself. In a colorful room, consider a soft neutral textured or patterned rug that's lighter-color than floor beneath it.

"Have objects that are personal," Griffin says. "It keeps the room from looking like a hotel room." Griffin encourages using accessories that look like you.

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