Here, the rusty red in a collection of pillows, sewn from kilim rug fragments, inspired the wall color for a guest room. The red gives a mellow background for the roughly textured kilim patterns. To avoid overwhelming a bedroom with such saturated color, pair it with white blinds and woodwork and a pale duvet, shown here. Top right: Only an accent in this oversize pillow, cobalt blue energizes dated paneling in a small family room. (For more on painting paneling, see page III. ) right: Trying to unify a number of elements into one decorating scheme? Employ the unifying power of color.
Here a deep, burgundy-hued red repeats accents in the floral pillows as well as the richer tones of the small oil painting. The color also helps to frame the small painting, which is hung at eye level for enjoyment. COLOROPTIONSU Like dark, dramatic colors but want more choices? Instead of cobalt blue, look at a rich, clear shade of green for saturated, dramatic color.
Or if the reds here dont work for you, explore purple, deep lavender, and brick shades for room-creating backdrops that instantly give style and mood to your setting. Consider how and when you use a room before you select your palette and specific colors. DINING CHAIR FOR 3 YEAR OLD If you use a dining room primarily at night with chandelier light or candlelight, think about a darker or more intense shade of your color choice.
Look at test swatches at night with artificial light to make sure you are happy with your choices. ABOVE: Before repainting, the open rooms appeared stark and uninviting and cold during the winter months.