In the Mood for Color

When you walk into your home, do you want to feel calm? Uplifted? Confident? Color—more than any other factor—establishes the mood of a room. Expert advice helps you use color to give every space in your home that just-right feel.

One-Light Contemporary Pendant with White Lampshade photo

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Maxim Cocoon Pendant Light

Airiness is refreshing. Look for paper-thin lampshades in colors that almost blend with the ceiling.

Price: $198

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Lightweight Curtain Swatches in Blue, White, and Gray photo

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Shadow Curtains

Lightweight linen curtains soften window frame edges.

Price: $169+ each

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White Armchair with Removable Cover from Ikea photo

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Färlöv Armchair

Casual slipcovers encourage lounging.

Price: $399

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Light gray paint with light blue undertones photo

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Farrow & Ball No. 27 Parma Gray 27

Cool colors softened with gray undertones are the most restful.

Price: Price varies.

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Light blue paint with light gray undertones photo

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Benjamin Moore 2136-70 Whispering Spring

Use soft, chalky hues that are close in value so none vie for attention.

Price: Price varies.

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Benjamin Moore off-white paint photo

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Benjamin Moore OC-26 Silver Satin

Whitewashed colors feel tranquil.

Price: Price varies.

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Sherwin-Williams Off-White paint with a hint of gray photo

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Sherwin-Williams SW 7647 Crushed Ice

An off-white shade is a great choice for walls and trims.

Price: Price varies.

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Surya Konya Multicolor Patterned Area Rug photo

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Surya Konya KON10-11 Area Rug

Set the palette with a multicolor anchor piece.

Price: $30.60–$250.20

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Fuchsia Bench with Birch Wood Legs photo

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Milo Bench in Fuchsia

Pull vibrant hues from the palette onto furniture in solid colors.

Price: $175

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Wooden Side Table in Washed White Finish photo

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Sawyer Side Table

Tame riotous color with natural wood.

Price: $299

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Dunn-Edwards Violet Paint Chip photo

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Dunn-Edwards DE5012 Vivid Violet

Bright colors jibe when they have the same value (amount of white or black).

Price: Price varies.

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Olympic Fuschia Paint Chip photo

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Olympic OL602.6 Heart's Desire

Liven up your space with a vibrant pink accent wall.

Price: Price varies.

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Sherwin-Williams Deep Teal Paint Chip photo

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Sherwin-Williams SW 6762 Poseidon

A deep teal wall energizes a room.

Price: Price varies.

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Farrow & Ball Sky Blue Paint Chip photo

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Farrow & Ball No. 280 St. Giles Blue

Repeat bright, cheery colors until they harmonize.

Price: Price varies.

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Orange Greek Key Embroidered Throw Pillow photo

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Greek Key Embroidered Pillow in Melon

Pillows in shiny fabric look opulent.

Price: $79

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Gold and White Tables, Set of 2 photo

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Murano Tables, Set of 2

Shimmery acrylic and gold exude indulgence.

Price: $299

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Navy Velvet Armchair with Brass Legs from Target photo

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Opalhouse Armchair

Tufted velvet gets even swankier with brass legs.

Price: $270

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Farrow & Ball Deep Purple Paint Chip photo

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Farrow & Ball No. 254 Pelt

Like precious stones, deeply saturated hues radiate intensity.

Price: Price varies.

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Pratt & Lambert Deep Red Paint Chip photo

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Pratt & Lambert 3-17 Velvet Red

Rich colors next to touchable fabric create an enveloping experience.

Price: Price varies.

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PPG Paints Deep Blue Paint Chip photo

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PPG Paints 1159-6 Animation

Deep blue walls and drapes have a sultry cocooning effect.

Price: Price varies.

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Behr Emerald Green Paint Chip photo

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Behr P420-6 Exquisite Emerald

Stick with sapphire and emerald hues for maximum saturation.

Price: Price varies.

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Benjamin Moore Dark Green Paint Chip photo

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Benjamin Moore PM-10 Chrome Green

Pair a deep green with gold accents.

Price: Price varies.

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Three Pattern Tiles in White, Blue, and Coral photo

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Pattern Tiles

Copy: Incorporate a sense of timelessness even in contemporary decor.

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Benjamin Moore Light Blue with White Undertones Paint Chip photo

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Benjamin Moore 1646 Lookout Point

Soft blues are welcome in small spaces because they create a light, open feeling.

Price: Price varies.

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Benjamin Moore Bright Brown Paint Chip photo

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Benjamin Moore 2159-10 Dash of Curry

Perfect any time of day, this color feels invigorating in the morning and cozy in the evening.

Price: Price varies.

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Teal Floral Wallpaper with Medallion Print photo

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Piccadilly Wallpaper in Teal by Cole & Son

"One of the easiest ways to evoke a particular mood or create impact in a space is with a powerful wallcovering," says designer Corey Damen Jenkins.

Price: $127/double roll

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