Should colors match exactly? A total home scheme is just a larger version of a single room’s color scheme. Consider the position of the rooms and their flow from one room to another. For easy transition, start with a color or two you like and vary the colors, accents, and intensities as you move from room to room. For a small home or a home with an open plan, paint the public rooms in one light color or tints of one color. Often the most charming and successful interiors are those that offer colors in unusual combinations and off matches. Perfectly matched colors can be dull and look too contrived. QCan a bit of paint or accessories change a room when there’s no time to do the walls? DINING PARTY IDEAS For a big impact, paint the ceiling a color other than white. Or paint the fireplace a different color than your moldings; use a paint technique on a wood floor; paint the back of bookshelves or cupboards a different color than the front.