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Bring Color into your Home

By Keira Favazza, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Partner and Design Manager of Gianna Design Group, Keira is an interior design expert.

Are you afraid of using color in your home? Are you looking for ways to bring more color into your space but aren’t sure where to start?

Look around your home and take stock of your favorite pieces.  Do you have a treasured antique rug or a favorite painting?  This is a good place to get inspiration for what colors to use in your space.  Decorating a home is about finding harmony in the pieces that you put together.  If you pull a few colors from your rug or painting and use accessories in that hue around the room it will add color and help bring harmony to your home.

An easy way to do this without making a big commitment is by decorating with colorful accents.  In the store we have a few sofas in neutral fabrics that we easily transform by adding colorful pillows, throw blankets, and ottomans.  A mantle or bookcase can be updated by adding colorful picture frames, topiaries, or candles.  If you have furniture that is colorful already, make sure you use accent colors that you like together.

If you are feeling more ambitious than adding pillows to your sofa and a pair of colorful candlesticks to the mantle, you could also consider painting an accent wall.  This is less of a commitment than painting the entire room while still bringing in some color.  In some spaces, painting all of the walls in a solid color can be overpowering or it can darken the room.  Painting an accent wall is a good way to avoid this problem.

Another thing to pay attention to when adding color to a room is what the adjacent rooms look like.  For example, if you add an accent wall to your home office and you can see it from the living room sofa,  make sure it does not clash with your living room decor.

The most important thing to do when decorating your home, is to remember to have fun.  It should be a reflection of your personality,  style, and taste.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or stumped by your living space, feel free to give us a call at (978) 655-7455 or stop by our North Andover shop at 1001 Osgood Street on Route 125 to set up a free in-home consultation.  www.giannadesigngroup.com 

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