Try to stay with two or three colors in a room, and remember to use the balancing force of white and off-white tones. Play around with paint, carpet and fabric swatches to work out your plan. One easy way to establish it take it from the pattern, print or floor covering you expect to feature in the setting.
Soft jewel tones: A subtle, sophisticated color scheme masks the dual purpose of this small library-guest room. Window design of decorative lambrequins, printed cafe curtains and gay window shades dramatize a pair of small old-fashioned windows. Note variation of blues, purples and greens with muted yellow .
Primary colors plus white: A sense of fun and a skillful use of bright colors cooled with white, invests striking sitting room (right) with its vitality.