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Decorating with Color

Here are some simple creative ideas that will give you a new perspective on what you can accomplish with paint color:

Sweet Orange - From sun-kissed terracotta to spicy curry and pumpkin hues, orange is a fabulous, flexible color in the home. In its palest peach tints, orange is also wonderfully flattering to skin tones, making it invaluable in the bedroom or bathroom.

The Golden Touch - Add a touch of opulence to a dining room or guest bath by applying the “golden” rule: splashes of golden, amber, and platinum hues add instant elegance.

Painting Rough Textures - When painting a rough-textured wall such as stucco or textured plaster, remember this rule of thumb: Go one shade lighter when choosing colors. Smooth surfaces reflect light, making colors look lighter. The same colors will look darker on a textured surface.

Paneling Makeover - There is almost no makeover so simple—yet so effective—as painting over dated wood paneling. A tired rec room can be transformed into a fresh, stylish space in a matter of hours with little more than a coat of clean, glossy white paint.

Being Green - Green as an exterior color has been steadily increasing in popularity over the past decade. If you are leaning toward green, remember this tip: grayed, blackened, and low-intensity greens are your best bet when covering a large area.

When Past Is Present - In this age of "McMansions," when houses grow ever higher and bigger, there has emerged a trend toward visual downsizing. You can accomplish this by having a dark roof and horizontal divisions of color throughout the exterior walls of your home.

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