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Permanent elements like floors and space influence color selections

August 13, 2013

Homeowners should have a color scheme in mind before they ever take a paint brush in hand. Part of the plan should consider the furniture already in the home and permanent elements that will complement the new colors like hickory hardwood flooring in Anderson's Hickory Forge collection.

Rejuvenating a room design can be done in a variety of ways and the color plan should remain flexible to allow changes to be introduced along the way, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. While decorating may be done along the lines of a particular style, homeowners' may want to go with a more eclectic look to accommodate different pieces of furniture they've accumulated through the years.

Atmosphere and space
Rooms may be "resized" with color. Light colors give spaces an expansive look that makes them appear larger while darker hues create a cozy atmosphere for rooms that would look cold and uninviting with lighter shades.

Another way to add architectural interest is to use stripes in an otherwise neutral room. A stripe of painted color can break up a large, undistinguished space by mimicking the look of molding. For a less formal style, painting vertical stripes on a secondary wall or room divider adds a whimsical touch.

Highlighting furniture
Unless a piece of furniture is a true antique and difficult to replace, virtually any hard surface furnishings can be refreshed with a coat of paint and set the tone for a whole new look, according to HomesGardenDesign.com.

Built-ins can be treated the same way, particularly by contrasting the interior of shelving or the inside of a cabinet with a shade that contrasts with the exterior color. To create a backdrop for light-colored collectibles, the back of a cabinet should be in a darker color than the shelves. For open shelves and the wall behind them, a bolder, eye-catching color works best to showcase books and accessories.

The unexpected
To give a home design an unexpected twist, homeowners can juxtapose old and new furnishings or paint a utilitarian item such as pegboard in a bold color to create a focal point. Creating one colorful feature against neutral tones on the walls is one way to draw attention to a single area. One example is a red island that warms up a kitchen with wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances or a breakfast bar painted bright green to offset neutral hues.