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Hi readers, I am sure you were excited about the last article. I have come up with simple tips to help you in choosing a colour scheme for your home. This should help you in learning to mix colours and fabrics and how to repeat color throughout the room. Read some of the principles of decorating, and learn how to use coordinating fabrics and dressmaker details. I believe this should be an easy task requiring little or no time varying on the individual.

Here’s How:

First, choose a style (formal or casual) and a theme for your room (such as Classic with a touch African concept, English garden).With the style and theme in mind, decide on an ‘anchor’ fabric, which has 3 or more colors (putting in mind the colors you love)

Use the background colour from the fabric as a wall colour. Pick a mid-toned colour from the fabric for flooring and large furniture pieces, which could be a solid or patterned design. Upholstery can also be done in your anchor fabric or coordinating fabric.

Use the brightest colours from the fabric for accessories and accents like welting, picture mats, and decorative pillows also known as throw pillows. Place your anchor fabric in at least three places in the room (upholstery, pillows, curtains, etc).

Use coordinating fabrics in other scales (larger or smaller) as accent fabrics on chairs, pillows, cording, and tablecloths. For example, to use an ‘anchor’ fabric that has a design of white, blue with a touch of red: you can use white (the background colour) for walls, navy (a mid-toned colour) on floor, blue and white ticking on the sofa, and red (the brightest colour) for accessories and accents.

Tips:

Adding dressmaker details in cording and trims is one way to disperse colour and add interest. Divide color use to approximately 60% of the room in the background (lightest) colour, 30% in the mid-tone colour, and 10% in the brightest, accent colours.