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in a master bath? There are no wrong choices, because color is personal - and doesn’t have to be permanent.
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Another popular design technique is to turn flooring into a flexible decorating element. Flooring can sig- nificantly impact a home’s overall decor by enhancing the warmth and beauty of a room. To liven up a space, try layer- ing a vibrant area rug over a hard-surface floor or a neutral carpet -- it’s easy to change as design prefer- ences evolve.
Ever watch those TV design shows and wonder how to replicate the look in your own home? It’s easy to incorporate designer tricks into your space, no matter the style or existing decor. Focus on adding layers of color and texture, and notice how hues flow from room to room to create a cohesive design. Choosing coordinating colors is easy when you have the right guide. Look for color palette cards that group colors by design themes to incorporate a favorite style, from tradition- al to rustic to contemporary. Then draw these hues into all elements of the room, including flooring, fabrics and light fixtures. For example, the new HGTV (R) HOME by Sherwin-
Williams line of interior paints and supplies features eight designer-inspired color collections - each with 20 colors that work well together, no matter how many or how few are selected - along with expert design tips to help do-it-your-
selfers create harmonious room-to-room color transitions. “Many homes today have open-floor plans that require close attention to how colors flow between spaces,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Wil- liams. “Our collections are designed to take the guesswork out of coordinating colors, and to give consumers the confi- dence and creative spark to find their personal color style.” Pull together a well-designed home by taking cues from
the overall color palette to add decorative accessories. For example, a spicy orange vase on the dining room table can play off a bold accent wall in the kitchen. Or update the look of furniture with a glossy coat of paint. Personalize with family treasures and modern, metallic or glass finishes for an eclectic, yet timeless look. Designers aren’t afraid to make a statement with a sig- nature space. Why not play on the high-impact contrast of black and white in a foyer or infuse an electric jolt of pink
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- ARA Content Marriage of Natural Light and the Right Color Works Wonders for Home Decor
Decorating with natural light doesn’t require a designer’s expertise or budget. You can use natural light to create an inviting atmosphere by keeping a few important points in mind:
The right direction Light enters our homes from every window and every direction.
The directional source of natural light can influence the effect it has on a home’s interior.
Sunlight entering from the north is usually colder. A northern ex- posure will only get direct sun during summer months. By contrast, a southern exposure guarantees a warm, sun-filled interior. Rooms that receive light from the east will have bright mornings, muted mid- days and cooler evenings. West-facing rooms will experience the most sun in the afternoon and evening. You can also bring light into your home from above, through a
skylight. No matter where you put one in your home, a skylight will allow you to admit the full scope of the day’s light into your decor - morning, afternoon and evening. Both venting and fixed skylights will offer the benefit of allowing you to control the amount of light that enters through it if you add simple accessories like manual or remote-controlled blinds. Tubular skylights, like Velux’s Sun Tunnel brand, can create a different effect by bringing diffused sunlight into spaces where you might not be able to put a traditional skylight, such as a first-floor master suite or a closet. You can learn more about skylights at www.veluxusa.com
can download a free app on the website for personal devices includ- ing iPhones, iPads, iPods and Androids that allow you to see how different skylights will look in your own home. Simply take pictures of your rooms and place skylights in the images until you’ve found the ones that work best for you.
Sun Tunnel tubular skylights can provide abundant natural lighting for areas that don‚Äôt have vertical windows. With light kits, they become 24-hour sources for energy-efficient lighting.
Mother Nature is a master decorator. In summer, she dresses the
world in lush greens and vibrant floral hues. And in autumn, natural light is one of her most powerful designer touches. Natural light should play an important role in your home decorat- ing efforts, too. Not only does light from outside affect how certain colors look in your decor, it can influence a home’s mood, style and even the health of the people who live there.
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