Create a Color Scheme
THERE is no budget on color. Here’s the one decorating device that has no price tag—the only limits are your own color preferences, balance and good taste.
A skillfully planned color scheme never looks planned; it should be ingratiating, even dramatic, but never obvious.
In a small apartment, it is judicious to use variations of a single color scheme to achieve a sense of flow from room to room. The color plan can cover a wider range in a larger home, but here too, it is wise to relate adjoining areas to one another.
The living room is an excellent place to employ large areas of white and neutrals, letting accents offer color in terms of pillows, area rugs, paintings and plants. Or you may prefer a major color here, such as blue or green, varying its values from bold to pastel. A brilliant color such as red can be applied generously in a living room if it is softened and balanced by rich wood tones and large splashes of white.
Dining rooms can be more dramatic. Try the current favorite here: black and white plus one sharp color. This color can be the accent or major hue of your living room.