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Work in layers of neutrals with splashes of color for a sophisticated palette. It's almost as if I took the playful nature of the prior picture, added some additional neutral tones and created a sleek and contemporary living room. The soft browns and taupe tones (cool tones) complement and show off the celery green highlights.
Start with a statement and work your way out from there. This concept falls under one of my favorite sayings, "Go bold or go home." The lime green tile wall sets the stage for this bathroom. Small touches of green elsewhere carry the color throughout, enhancing the color story.
Use color to differentiate spaces. In this open floor plan, the sky blue dining chairs clearly coordinate, yet delineate this space as being different from the family room area. The kitchen is given its own color in the island pendant lights and countertops.
Notice the one color that's consistent throughout the three spaces is white. This keeps it modern and cohesive at the same time.
Consider the color of materials in your overall scheme. When we think of creating a color story, it usually comes from paint colors, artwork and fabrics. But the wealth of materials available in today's design world provides us with so many other colors that can play an important role. The warm-orange tones of the wood complement the wall color perfectly, bringing a serene fall-like feeling to this dining room.
Use shades of the same color to create a softer color story. This sweet and sophisticated girl's room is bathed in a rose pink and highlighted with a deep magenta tone in accessories and lighting. The use of these two tones, mixed with white, creates a striking combination of the same color.
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