Buying your first home was likely one of the most difficult, rewarding experiences of your life. You probably spent months pouring through books, magazines, newspapers and blogs—looking for help anywhere you could find it. You probably also logged some long hours scrutinizing your personal finances, crunching numbers and questioning your decisions.
But you took the plunge anyway! You fell in love with a home, you decided to buy it, and you moved in as soon as you could. You were happy with your new home, and you wanted to make it your own immediately!
Unfortunately, you may have found the prospect of decorating your new home just as daunting as buying it. But don’t worry—that’s where we come in! In our regular feature, Decorating De-mystified, we’ll help you turn that house of yours into a real home!
This week we’ll be focusing on decorating with color…
Designer Mark McCauley encourages home owners to follow these two simple tips when working with color:
Tip 1. Choose a color scheme from the largest pattern in the space.
If you’ve got patterned upholstery, an Oriental rug or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.
Tip 1. Start with the formal areas of the house.
Specifically, the living room, dining room and entry way. Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme. For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.