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Interior Design and the Joy of Color

White: a nice color that stands for purity and innocence. But too much white might cause headaches; it might also make you nervous and restless. Therefore, white alone is not a very happy choice for interior decorations, although plenty of interior decorations magazines and TV commercials show us spotless white interiors. Is that so? Why don't you take a second look to note what other colors are there used to complete the picture?

In most cases white is used a background color. We see often brightly colored paintings hanging on white walls, red roses on a sparkling white piece of furniture, other colored accents here and there to complete the interior design, to give it meaning, balance or strength. White walls are a blessing in tropical areas. White's freshness is perfect for a Mediterranean look, for a home in sunny Tuscany, for your beach house or for other such residences. But if you don't live in such an area, choose your colors carefully. Remember that colors influence your life, your behavior and your mood. Choose a wrong color and you might live an uneasy time without even knowing what bothers you. But don't ever believe that neutral colors are ideal colors. Do you live a neutral life? Do you lack personality? No. You don't! So don't be afraid of color.

So far you know that white is classic but too much white might cease to be neutral and become and element of stress. The good news is that white goes well with any colors. A spot of red or orange to stimulate your appetite in the dining room, some blue or green accents to calm you down in the living room and bathroom, orange and yellow for your kitchen and pastel colors in your bedroom; these are the color arrangements generally recommended by interior designers. But in your home, you are the interior designer. You should choose the colors according to your personality and your feelings.

It's maybe time for a bolder color combination? A mixture of bright and wild colors like turquoise and orange or violet and lime? Take a look at the color wheel and choose either colors that are opposite in it or that sit next to each other. Opposite colors are complementary colors and neighboring colors provide for color harmony. You can find a color wheel easily online, even virtual color pickers, but pay attention when you choose your colors based upon such tools, as monitors' resolution may show colors slightly distorted than in reality.

Walls alone don't make interior decorations. Accents on the walls are nothing more than that: accents. The art of interior decorations sees your living space as a whole. So choosing colors refers not solely to walls and accents, but furniture and lighting as well. If you are not skilled enough to do this on your own, if you are not bold enough to experiment, then you should probably let a professional interior designer take a look at your home and decorate it accordingly.

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