Colorize it! Bringing new life to your old home
Oct 19, 2012, 8:52 a.m.
If you want to liven up your life, consider colorizing your home. You can bring new life to your old home quickly and simply by adding touches of color or with a complete make-over. Work on one room for starters, and you may like it so well you will soon plan colorful changes to improve every room! There are plenty of magazines filled with home decor ideas you can use. In brief, they will contain many home decorating tips like these:
Start with a plan. Draw up a miniature room and use paint color chips to determine which parts of the color wheel you like best and which ones would look nice together in a particular room.
Study the color wheel a little before you begin. Colors that are adjacent to one another will usually look very nice together. An opposite color can be used on accent pieces in small doses.
Color has an emotional content; cool colors are more relaxing, such as blues, greens and purples. Hot colors like reds, yellows and orange colors encourage activity. Coordinate colors with the purpose of each room you decorate. Use hot colors for family rooms, cool colors for bedroom.
Painting a room is the easiest and cheapest way to make a huge change. A gallon or two of paint can totally change the atmosphere in a room. Wallpaper is a bit more of a challenge but offers beautiful design options.
Include furnishings, window treatments and accessories in your color plans. Use accent colors on small items, complementary colors for larger items.
Clear out clutter and replace with a few select decorative specialties like floral arrangements, rugs, baskets and wall hangings or pictures. Don't overdo!
With a few simple additions and color changes, the emotional impact and feel of your room can become lively and uplifting. Colorize your home and enjoy your "new" space!
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