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Style Secret: An Artful Balance
One secret to combining a lot of strong colors in a space: Pay attention to scale and proportion. In this living area, the strong zones of color help to buoy and balance one another: red wall, yellow chaise, orange sofa, blue and green rug. Take away any of these elements and the whole composition would feel off-kilter. Small visual echoes, such as the red rug border and the rainbow of framed polka dots, tie the room together.
Color your world: The useful thing about this guideline is that it applies to any palette you choose. Imagine this room with a mixture of citron green, periwinkle, turquoise and Prussian blue, or with a subtler blend of cream, straw, oxblood red and blue-gray. You could even put it into practice with a stark black and white scheme, not that most color addicts could live with such restraint.
Style Secret: Livable Base Hues
Under a less skillful hand, this living area could have brought on a headache. But look closer, and you'll see how masterfully it's balanced. Here's the secret: The reigning color, green, is easy on the eye (partly because we're accustomed to seeing it in nature) and easy to live with. In spite of the bold slipper chairs that appear to dominate at first glance, the magenta and persimmon hues are really just accents.
Color your world: Remember the color wheel opposites we talked about a moment ago? That's what this scheme boils down to — reds and greens — and that's one reason it works. But there are enough orange and purple undertones in the mix to give the pairing an entirely new spin.