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Tips on using color in interior design

By John Kirchner June 9, 2010

Planning a color scheme for your home can be a daunting task. The cost of paint and supplies, not to mention furniture and maybe carpet. The time it takes to do it all right. The commitment — after all, this isn’t the kind of thing you want to do once each season.

Well, for starters, if you’re commitment-phobic, here are the tips you’ll need: At, the designers from Niche Interiors share their thoughts on “Color Without Commitment.” The primary focus: Use accessories, artwork or plants to add color instead of paint on the walls or new furniture. It’s easier and less expensive, and the addition of these household staples can liven up the room more than a fresh coat of paint.

The CalFinder blog shares some great tips on “remodeling in color,” sharing some of the basic concepts about complementary colors, which colors create certain moods, and more. With plenty of photos to illustrate, this should provide some helpful ideas.

This post introduces readers to the basics of using colors to create a specific mood.

And for advice on making a more subtle statement, check out our earlier post on using understated natural colors in interior design.