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Colors that POP

January 11, 2018
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Minimalist decor is on the rise these days. Let’s face it, it is no longer practical to paint a room a bright color like red or yellow. Why do that when you can just add a pop of color?

Do you have a room in your home that is just missing that something? If you are like most people, you’ve opted for muted hues. That something missing may just be a pop of color! A bright pop of color is perfect for the summertime whereas a warm hue is perfect for the fall. Not sure how to decorate a space in terms of color? We’ve got you covered! It’s as easy as 60-30-10. Take a look at any room in decorating magazines or in Southern Living. How this works – the overall theme is 60% that unifies the coloration, 30% provides visual interest, and the remaining 10% adds the “sparkle”. That 10% is your accent color.

Let’s translate this into a room setting. Say we’re observing the image to the left and setting the rule into action. 60% is the teal colors on the wall. 30% is the khaki and white upholstery on the curtains and comforter. 10% is the coral and navy accent pillows and pictures on the walls.

There are so many different ways that you can incorporate color into your rooms. You can choose complementary colors, such as red and green or blue and yellow, that provide a clear separation in the room. When these colors are used together they should be shown in a formal room like the living or dining room. You can also use an analogous color scheme, like red and orange or blue and violet. These days, many people know these as “ombre,” a theme that goes from dark to light.

One rule of thumb is to follow Mother Nature’s lead. Choose darker hues for your floor, medium hues for your walls, and light hues for your ceiling. If you use this rule of thumb, you’ll get an interior design that looks great every time!

Another method you can use is pull from a pattern. If you have a huge accent piece that you just can’t live without, don’t worry about finding the right pieces to make it flow. Just pull from the pattern! Whether it’s a large piece of artwork or a comforter, pull the colors that it includes throughout your room.

Lastly, if you love to celebrate each season as it comes, choose warm hues for your walls that will be adaptable for each accent color! For example, choosing a khaki wall will allow you to pair warm hues in the fall and bright hues in the summer. You can do this by exchanging your accent pillows, switching vases, or even switching rugs and curtains. The living room to the right is a perfect example of this! The light brown walls are neutral enough to add a pop of fushia in the summer.

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