These colors lift our moods or remind us of pleasant memories. A sunny yellow recalls family times in the kitchen; a cool green, our grandmothers favorite vase. Thats the joy of color. We can create our own environments based on the colors that make us happy. Express Yourself With Color 5 In Chapter One, we start at the beginninghow to create a color palette from your real-life possessions. If you arent sure what works for you, take the Discovering Your Inner Hue quiz, page 21. Or, if you arent certain how the orientation, location, siting, and features of your home affect choices, see the Whose Hue to Use? checklist on page 40. Whatever your color passions turn out to be, youll find examples throughout the seven chapters. Remember, the best thing about color is this: Colors that inspire and comfort dont cost any more than dull ones. Surround yourself and fill your home with the colors you love. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DINING QUEBEC CITY If youve lived with neutral colors for a long time or are just starting the adventure of decorating your home, work into color at your own comfortable pace. As you study the photographs throughout this book, youll find easy ways to introduce color. If deep blues or reds seem like too much, turn to the warming power of yellow.