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The Colors

Red stars in this color palette. Try it on a wall or your largest piece of furniture. “When you do a strong move on the wall, you’ve thrown down the gauntlet,” designer Molly Luetkemeyer says. “The other pieces need to have the same intensity.” Enter bold yellow. As the supporting color in this scheme, a solid yellow fabric is great on accent chairs or ottomans, or try a yellow-and-white print on curtains.

Deep blue-green is Luetkemeyer’s top choice for accenting an orangey hue. She prefers the two colors side by side, such as blue-green draperies against orange walls. With this color scheme, use it in small doses as an accent. Look for a fabric that contains earthy green, tomato red, and yellow to use on throw pillows or bench upholstery. Also consider this color as a paint finish for wood furniture.

Balance these strong hues with wood tones that contrast. For a traditional look, try dark woods, and for a modern look, go with cerused (limed) woods that have gray undertones. Include an end table or coffee table with grayed wood finished to temper the tomato reds and yellows.

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