onsidering color but feeling nervous? Start small. "Area size sometimes has an effect on committing to a strong color," says Harrington. "We tend to shy away from large areas of color, even if it is easy to change or not expensive to do." Try using color in a small space that you don't use that often — like a powder room or even the inside of a closet. "This can be a jumping-off point for braver attempts in other rooms," says Woodman. Or find a color you like and tone down its intensity by asking your local paint shop to add some gray, suggests Wangenheim. This can make it both a color and a neutral.