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|View colors by family, learn what moods they help create.|
|Most people find it difficult to choose colors for decorating projects. Weve organized these tips to help you create spaces youll be proud to call home.|
|Consider what youll use the space for.|
If youve decorated a home office space, consider energetic colors to keep you motivated. Soothing colors work best in bedrooms and den areas designed for relaxation.
|Think of who will use the space most.|
For example, seek input from your kids if youre designing a playroom.
|Look at the clock.|
During what time of day will your space get the most use? Soft, energizing colors work great for areas where youll start the day; gentle colors will relax you at the end of the day.
|Check natural lighting.|
The amount of natural light in your space impacts the way colors appear. Whether that light is direct or indirect also affects your scheme.
|Consider furniture and architectural details.|
Look at the colors on large pieces of furniture that will go in your space. Also consider large architectural features such as curved entrances. Primary elements in your space will change the appearance of colors you choose.
|Aim for variety.|
Look at the colors in nearby spaces, including adjacent rooms and patios. Use color to give each space a unique feel.
|Convey the feelings and moods you want.|
Color can be a powerful harbinger of emotion. If you want to feel excited and creative in a room, choose bright accents or themes, such as orange.
|Once youve considered these things, use the Color Basics and Color Schemes pages and the Color Families box to the upper left to choose the colors you want.|