Don't be afraid to use colour. Have fun and use colours you love in the accessories,
which don't cost a lot to change out. If possible, change them seasonally to keep
your interiors fresh.
White is a wonderful colour for kitchens. Just as simple white plates are a beautiful
way to display food, everything looks delicious against white counters, cabinets and
Before you commit to a colour, try many. Buy sample pots and large poster boards
and paint the boards. Move them around the room so you can see how the colours
change in different light depending on the time of day.
Two perfect blues: Heaven on Earth and Under the Big Top, both by Benjamin
Choose original artwork you love and then look to that artwork to create layers of
colour. Pull different shades and vary them in throw pillows, accessories like blown
glass, flowers and fruit.
Keep accent colours in a single family for a unified, sophisticated result. Editing is a part of the process. With too many objects in a room, you don't appreciate any one thing.
|Accents of citron and ultramarine blue pop against a neutral backdrop of beige, taupe and brown in the family room. Photo: Patricia Gray Inc.|
|A soothing shade of warm taupe on the walls is a perfect backdrop for art and accessories in the den. Cushions pull a shades of brown from art by David Edwards. Photo: Patricia Gray Inc.|
|The master bedroom, painted a delicate shade of pure summer sky, imbues the room with a relaxing atmosphere. A vintage Louis chair received an update with silver paint, white leather upholstery, and nail heads. Art is by Karen Lorena Parker. Photo: Patricia Gray Inc.|
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Patricia Gray's Tips for Making Colour Work In Your Interior
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