Decorating Your Home: Using Color in Home DÈcor

When decorating your home you must pay special attention to your color scheme. Using color in home decor is an art, and one that most guys don't have. There are exceptions of course, but it usually the woman who decides the color scheme of each of the rooms in your home.

Let's take just one room as an example - the living room. We might also branch out into other rooms as we go along. Before you even begin, you should choose a main color theme for the room - browns, red, blue, green, white or yellow. These are the main colors.

You could paint and decorate a room black if you want a Gothic theme or something similar. You might select black as the prime color, and then brighten it up with individual accents of red, orange, white and bright yellow. That might work when decorating your home, but generally people tend to select one of the colors suggested above.

So, having chosen your main color you should then think of any accent colors you want to include. Usually, primary colors clash and can get very wearying on the eye after a while. So a bright red and bright yellow combination, for example, is not good, no matter how much you may like the idea now. The same is true of mixing blue and green - they just don't go well together.

Many people find that if they choose a main color, and then use different shades of that color, they get a good result. Then, if they feel the need for a splash of something different, that can be provided by an accent piece or even an accent rug, vases or colorful boxes and reed diffusers. Even a bunch of bright cut flowers can make a room look bright and cheery.

Palette Green
Let's look at some color combinations. Jade, turquoise and a yellowish green shade go well together. A wooden floor with a green patterned rug and pale olive wall is a good palette to start with. You can choose emerald or turquoise drapes with white woodwork. A yellowish green fabric on your upholstery will set the whole effect off.

Many say green is a difficult color for a living room, but it is nothing of the sort - blue and red are harder to get working. The difficult choice is an accent color - this must be white with green, or perhaps just a splash of yellow. A small white circular rug beneath a small accent table would work, or a vase of cut yellow flowers in a white vase.

Palette Blue
Blue has to be pale with creamy undertones. Medium blue drapes with pale blue walls and carpet would work. A patterned or striped turquoise rug on a dark wood floor might also look good. Yellow accents are OK with blue, so a bright yellow vase and a 'Sunflowers' print on the wall would work. Furniture in a blue room should be a mixture of cream and white, or even black and white if you want a real contrast.

Palette Red
Red and cream go well together when decorating your home, and red upholstery and drapes with cream walls look great. A lovely red patterned carpet or rug would finish the effect. Use the rug if you have a wooden floor, otherwise fit the carpet over the entire floor area and use cream accent rugs. Bright yellow is a good contrasting accent if you want one - a vase or modern art print, for example. Orange also looks good.

Neutral Palettes
You can also choose from a number of neutral creams, browns and tan shades. These likely take less work than the above colors to match together. You then have the option of any primary color as an accent -but don't mix them up. Red accents are fine but not reds and blues.

Home DÈcor Holds No Secrets
In spite of what interior designers tell you there are no secrets to home dÈcor. You can decorate and furnish your living room as you like. If it looks good to you, then it's good! What is important is that you are comfortable with your choices, and can live in your living room without wishing you had chosen something else. If you ever feel that way - change it!

If you browse through our site, you are sure to get some great ideas. Don't restrict yourself to the Patterson Furniture pages, but also visit the websites of each of the furniture and accessories companies we represent. You will find their sites by clicking on the scrollable strip on our Home Page at www.

Find Ideas for Decorating Your Home
Check out the Stickley, Southwood, Sherrill, Canal Dover, and all the other firms you see. Look carefully at all the color schemes you find for the various rooms on show on these website, and who knows - you might see a great idea you want to take up.

Don't forget - if you want to buy any of the furniture you see, or rugs, lamps, mirrors, vases and so on, then buy it from us. None of the companies you come across sell their own stuff -they only sell through dealers such as Patterson Furniture.

We welcome your custom when decorating your home, but even if you don't purchase anything from us, we welcome and appreciate your visit. Patterson Furniture is pleased to help anybody that visits our website or showrooms in Atlanta Georgia, even if you leave without making a purchase. Feel free to browse - you might be surprised by the range of products we have to offer you.

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