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Consider existing decor, including floors, when introducing new colors

May 17, 2013

Rejuvenating a room with color can be done in a variety of ways. Choosing hues that will complement the existing decor, including beautiful wood floors such as Anderson's Eagle Lodge collection, is a good place to start.

Rejuvenating a room with color can be done in a variety of ways. Choosing hues that will complement the existing decor, including beautiful wood floors such as Anderson's Eagle Lodge collection, is a good place to start.

According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, homeowners should have a color scheme in mind before they ever take a paint brush in hand. But it shouldn't be a rigid plan. Keeping things flexible allows changes to be introduced along the way. A home design can be created along the lines of a particular style, but as homeowners's tastes change, they may want to go with a more eclectic look to accommodate different pieces of furniture they've accumulated through the years.

Painting 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 different from 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 illusion of space
A room design can be "resized" with color. Light colors give a space 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.

A focal point
To give a room 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 a colorful feature against neutral tones on the walls is one way to draw attention to a specific area. An 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.