How to Create the Ultimate Kids Bedroom

Designing a perfect room for your child can seem like a bit for a challenge, especially in the present times when children tend to have a mind of their own and know exactly what they want. However, children are fickle-minded, what they absolutely adore today may not be enough to hold their attention for a few seconds some days later.

Besides, their needs and requirements constantly change as they grow up. What’s suitable for a toddler may not hold good for a 7-year-old. As a parent, you’d know better than to get swayed by and give into all your child’s demands. But then you cannot overlook the fact that the room is meant for your child, and so they must find it attractive. The key to designing the ultimate kids’ bedroom lies in striking the right balance between creativity and functionality. Here are a few tips that will simplify the task:

Choosing the Right Color PaletteChildren-room-design
A lot of parents go about painting the world pink or blue from the moment they find out about whether the new member of the family is a girl or a boy. While blue/pink walls may be okay for a nursery, these are definitely not very appealing color choices once the kid begins to grow. Think out of the box, and come up with a color scheme that will stay consistent while your child’s grows up, unless you can afford a revamp every two years. Sophisticated color choices such as mild grey, mauves, sunset orange or pistachio green can give the room a bright and appealing look without making it appear too ‘baby’.

You should take into consideration the element of natural light while making a color choice. For instance, bright orange can be too harsh on the eyes in a room that gets abundant natural light; similarly, a light grey can make a room with limited natural light look dull.

Kiddie Accessories over Kiddie Furniture
Strike a balance while picking furniture and blending it in with your child’s favorite toys, games or related accessories. The reason is simple – furniture is a long-term investment; while your child may love a couch in the shape of their favorite cartoon character today, they’ll surely get over it soon enough and you’ll have a redundant piece you wouldn’t know what to do with. So it is best to keep it simple in terms of furniture, and jazz up the appeal by adding upholstery, linens, cushion covers, and rugs with your child’s favorite theme – be it cartoons, fairies, animals or superheroes.

childrens-bedroom-design-ideasHave shelves full of toys, figures, games and other accessories that match your child’s personality and will keep him hooked. When it comes to accessorizing your kid’s bedroom, you have no reason for restraints. Just keep in mind what your child truly loves, and go overboard in putting it all together.

Be Creative
The ultimate aim is to set up a room that your child will love; this will require you to think like your five-year-old and then use your imagination to create a fantastical ambiance. You can make a little hanging garden using cutouts from your child’s favorite bedtime story book or comic series, or splash some colorful collages by juxtaposing your child’s picture with those of his favorite cartoon characters or toy figures.

Play Around with Lights
Another area where you have a lot of scope to experiment and get creative is lighting. There is a wide variety of choices available in the market today. Instead of installing plain lights and lamps, you can explore the option of lights carved out in innovative shapes and designs, specifically for children. Install a rabbit night light or lamp shades with animal or cartoon prints to add an additional element that captivates your child’s imagination.

Create Different Zones
A child is most likely to play, sleep and study in their room; it is, therefore, important to have different zones dedicated for each activity clearly. You could try using different themes to separate one area from another without having to set up any tangible boundaries. The themes should be in sync with each other, but at the same time related to the activity a particular space is designated to. Having contrasting themes can create an element of clutter instead of lending a coherent appeal to the room.

With a little imagination and the right techniques, you can whip up a fantasy world in your kid’s bedroom. It takes some smart planning to create that appealing ambiance without having to foot a huge bill. This is essential because you’d be required to make changes in the kid’s room décor according to their age group.

Ana is a blogger who loves to travel and learn about and experience new cultures and customs. She likes to write about travel, fashion, decorating and anything that she likes of has something to say. In her spare time she likes to read and hang out with her friends and family.

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Incorporating Emerald into Your Fall Décor

Emerald-green-decorAs we wrote earlier this year, emerald is Pantone’s color for 2013. Autumn is the perfect season to celebrate this richer, more intense green hue. All shades of green impart a tranquil atmosphere, but emerald’s rich depth also gives it elegance. As a beautiful counterpoint to fall’s brilliant palette or as a stand-alone color, emerald adds sparkle to your decor. Give your home some gorgeous fall finery when you follow these suggestions for infusing your home with emerald’s serene beauty.

Combine emerald green with natural motifs. Green’s soothing nature becomes even more relaxing when mixed with natural textures and patterns. Fabrics printed or embroidered with ivy leaves are a beautiful way to bring green into a room. Wooden furniture with a natural grain looks especially lovely with emerald accents. Bundles of dried grasses in a vivid green vase are a stunning change from fresh floral arrangements and will last all season.

Emerald is a gem as well as a color, and jewel-like glass accents lend themselves wonderfully well to the regal hue. Deep green glass vases bring the color of the year into your home stylishly. Combining cool green glass with light makes it even more dramatic, so make room for accents such as this glass pendant light and illuminate an area. Flameless LED lights and artfully sculpted metal add visual interest, but the real focus here is color. One lamp makes a quietly elegant statement, but a grouping of them can become a focal point for the whole room.

Shades of green combine a cool color and a warm one, so they’re naturally versatile. Surrounded by warm tones, they act as a calm counterpoint; with cooler blues and purples, emerald greens glow with warmth. That flexibility means you can add emerald accents to any room in your home. Darker green hues make pastels feel more grounded, especially when you use the color in rugs and floor runners. Throws and pillows in muted emerald tones play well with neutrals in living rooms and dens. Choose fabrics that feel as luxurious as the rich color looks for seasonal style.

For a major commitment to emerald green, try painting your walls with it. It’s a potent color, but blonde wood or crisp white trim keeps it from overwhelming a space. In a small room, try painting a single wall in emerald and the others in lighter shades of green to create an instant focal point. With rich, vibrant colors, precision in painting is a must; any stray drops or minor mistakes will be instantly noticeable. One way to get a perfect paint job is with the Shur-Line pump and paint system . You won’t need tape when you have the right equipment to paint up to edges and corners flawlessly.

Green can work in any room. In a den or living room, deep greens feel cozy and welcoming; in a bedroom, they become serene. Even a bath gets a lift from emerald accents, so try swapping your usual accessories for green glass or ceramic. As fall becomes winter, green looks just as fashionable throughout your home, especially when paired with red for seasonal cheer.

Versatile and inviting, emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year for good reason. With a few decorator touches, you can also make it your best color for fall.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

Summer is a colorful season. From rainbows appearing after mid-afternoon showers to gardens in bloom, we’ve been noticing summer’s true colors, and they’ve inspired us to collect a bouquet of bright ideas for adding more color to your everyday life. Make your kitchen cheerier and your bedroom cozier with a touch of color, or get creative with the hues you wear. All of our items this week feature bright, cheerful tones in surprising places. We think they’ll brighten your day as much as they have ours!
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Stainless steel bowls are wonderfully practical for the kitchen, but they don’t usually contribute much in the way of color. This colorful stainless steel bowl set brings fresh color into your kitchen with five handy sizes. Each bowl has its own color, but we love them all, from the robin’s-egg blue on the smallest bowl to the vibrant cherry red on the largest in the set. The soft satin-finish plastic exteriors are dishwasher-safe and provide extra grip when mixing by hand, making these bowls practical and pretty. We love the avocado-green bowl for salads and the big one for popcorn on movie night.

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Every bedroom needs a touch of color, and this irresistibly soft lighted pillow gives you all the color you could want at once! Cool LED lighting inside the pillow’s soft, white acrylic filling create a light show of pastel hues that look like tie-dyed fabric but change constantly. It’s like a kaleidoscope you can squeeze! The pillow makes a beautiful and unusual accent and also acts as a nightlight for kids who find soft lighting reassuring as they drift to sleep. You can also get the matching throw to turn on the colorful charm in any room of your home. It’s just the thing for snuggling up with a good book on a rainy day.

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Who says you have to stick to a single hair color? The makers of these colorful Hair Chox temporary hair color sticks certainly don’t think you have to stick with the color that nature gave you. With bright red, purple, pink, blue and green, you can add streaks of color to any shade and wash it out when you want a change. Dampen the chalk-like sticks with water, rub them on a strand of hair, and enjoy the head-turning colors you wear. Unlike permanent dyes, these tones cover the surface of the hair instead of penetrating, so they wash away cleanly. Add color in streaks, frost the tips of your current style or frame your face with a few hits of pink or purple. The easy-to-hold handles make painting on color easy. Even Dame Helen Mirren thinks pink hair is hot, and she’s a style icon; don’t be afraid to go bold.

This week, celebrate color with us with these bright ideas or with some of your own. Maybe it’s time to plant a garden, repaint a room or hang a few colorful paintings on your walls. Scientists say color even affects moods, so chase the blues with some pink, purple or red and embrace some new hues today!

10 Ways to Reinvent Your Living Room

Living-roomYour home’s living room sets the stage for decor throughout the house. Use these easy decorator tips to transform your living room into a showpiece you’ll be proud to show to friends and family!

1. Pick colors that work together

A riot of color can work in a kitchen or bathroom, but you’ll spend a lot of time in the living room. You need harmony in your color scheme to make it work. Unless you’re getting all new furniture, choose a color from one of the items in the room and make it your central hue. Look for colors next to it on the color wheel for a quieter color scheme, or you can go bold with accents of complementary colors on the opposite end of the wheel.

2. Don’t be afraid to go bright

While you want a color scheme that works well together, you don’t have to stick to neutrals. Decorators love to use a pop of bright color as an accent, and so should you. Combine subdued neutrals with throw pillows in bright primary colors or add wall art that commands attention with brilliant color.

3. Unify your furniture

Living rooms sometimes inherit furniture and decorative elements from previous design schemes and leave you wondering how to combine a dark plaid sofa with pale floral chairs. Slipcovers are one solution that can completely change the look of your living room.

4. Add texture

A room in neutral colors needs something to create contrast, and texture is the answer. If you have plenty of sleek wooden furniture, pair them with fabrics that have a rich texture. Also, add depth to smooth leather or vinyl with these faux fur throws.

5. Keep furniture in scale

That oversized sofa may be wonderfully comfortable, but does it leave room for a matching ottoman and bulky side tables if you have a small living room? Try switching furniture around to give large pieces center stage and put smaller items around it as supporting players.

6. Move away from walls

When all the furniture in a room is pushed against the walls, it makes the room feel hollow and empty. Instead, group sofas and chairs into pairs and trios. Think of them as guests at a party and let them mingle instead of being wallflowers.

7. Add a touch of luxury

Your living room should feel like a place you want to live, so make it cozy with soft textures. Start from the ground up with a themed rug collection that ties the room together while encouraging barefoot walks on soft nylon instead of a cold floor.

8. Create collections

When you group similar items together, they have a greater decorative impact than an item by itself. For example, this collage frame turns individual pictures into a stunning statement.

9. Use storage wisely

No room feels restful when you’re surrounded with clutter, so find ways to store everything from kids’ toys to DVDs for a more pulled-together living room.

10. Take it to the next level

When everything in the room is at one height, the overall effect is dull even if individual pieces are beautiful. Look for ways to vary heights and create contrast. Putting a towering floor lamp near a low divan adds visual interest. This decorative cabinets illustrates how a little variety adds interest.Give your living room the attention it deserves with a quick makeover. You’ll be amazed at how little effort it takes to reinvent your living room!

 

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Mixed Patterns: The Do’s and Don’ts

mixed-patterns-charcoalsFashion designers and interior decorators love the look of mixed patterns. They blend sophisticated plaids, cheerful florals and crisp stripes with professional flair, but mixing and matching patterns isn’t as easy as the magazines make it look. One misstep can take a room or an outfit from daring to disastrous. The same principles apply to your wardrobe and your home decor, so you and your home can both get a flawlessly finished look when you use these basics to put the art and science of pattern mixing to work for you!

1. Do Choose a Motif

Having a theme in mind instantly unifies different patterns. When you bring together elements that occur in the same environment, such as a seashell print and beach-ready cabana stripes, you create harmony. To bring the beauty of a cabin in the woods to your home, you might pick bedding sets in earth tones and combine them with restful leaf motifs on pillows and window treatments. Add leaf-shaped or antler finials on curtain rods for a decorator touch. Country gingham checks with a strawberry print could give your kitchen a fresh new look.

2. Don’t Make It a Stage

Themes work well when mixing patterns, but avoid turning a theme into set decoration or costume by incorporating a few solids to break up the prints. Sandwiching a layer of solid color between two prints keeps them from overwhelming an outfit or a room while adding impact to the patterns. Window curtains can bridge the gap between plaid and floral print without competing for attention. Your theme might evoke a castle or a forest, but it shouldn’t look like a movie set.

3. Do Consider Proportion

Scale matters when mixing patterns. As a rule, choose smaller prints to coordinate with larger patterns to keep a room or outfit in proper proportion. A wide stripe looks striking with a scaled-down floral or tiny plaid, but it competes with fabrics that match its scale and impact. Big, bold geometrics need delicate prints to offset them. When dressing in mixed patterns, take the size and silhouette of the garment into consideration too. A full skirt makes a bold style statement even in a demure calico floral and needs broad stripes on a slim jacket to provide visual balance.

4. Don’t Combine Too Many Prints

Even in a large room, more than three prints can become overwhelming. While it’s tempting to show off your skill at mixing patterns with daring combinations, the overall impression may create visual noise. Sticking to a pair of coordinating prints is a good place to start. If the room still needs a little pizzazz, bring in a few bright solid colors as punctuation to your style statement.

5. Do Pick Harmonious Colors

The best way to keep mixed patterns from clashing is to unify them in some other way. Creating a color story brings disparate elements of an outfit or room together effortlessly. A big rose print in shades of Schiaparelli pink, cream and green is a beautiful foil for a narrow plaid in harmonious tones. Look for lighter and darker hues within the same color family for a more sophisticated play of color and pattern. In the kitchen, for example, you might choose kitchen accessories in crisp black and white accented with cantaloupe to go with a color scheme in grays and light peach.Once you have the knack of mixing patterns, every room in your home can have a decorator look.

 

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Get the Look: This Fall’s Latest Trends that Don’t Cost a Fortune

This fall and winter, designers have overwhelmingly opted for gorgeously wearable styles instead of avant-garde looks that only a model can manage. That’s the good news; the bad news is that designer fashions can still cost as much as a respectable down payment on a new car. Get the look for less by paying attention to the common themes and trends across collections and translating those elements of style to your own wardrobe. Here are a few of the things we loved for this fall.

Colorful Cardigans

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It may not be sweater weather at the moment, but designers’ fall and winter collections put the focus on cardigans in contrasting tones for men and women. While the demure sweater set is a timeless classic, a fresher way to enjoy sweater dressing is with mixing and matching. If you invest in cashmere or angora from a designer name, you could spend extravagantly, but this is a great look to get for less. Our women’s cardigans feel cozy and look stylish over a simple T-shirt in a contrasting hue.

Scarves with Everything

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It started as a hipster style statement, but bright scarves for women have gone mainstream and are one of fall’s hottest accessories. What makes the style new for this year is its ease. These scarves aren’t carefully pinned and tucked but are casually looped around your neck. This trend is as practical as it is pretty; when the weather turns blustery, your scarf can keep your hair sleek. Designers are showing squares of colorful fabric with triple-digit price tags, but we don’t see any reason to pay more than a few dollars for one of the season’s most fun styles.

Colors as Neutrals

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Rich maroon, goldenrod yellow and pale ice blue may sound far from neutral, but designers sent them down runways in place of staid beiges and conservative browns this season. What makes brighter tones work as neutrals is pairing them with lighter, more vibrant accents. An oxblood coat becomes a potent color statement when combined with a traditional neutral such as ivory or black, but wear it with a flash of vivid poppy orange, and it plays a supporting role beautifully. Wear this major style with a minor impact on your budget by picking a coat or dress you already have in a rich tone and finding a bright new accent color to go with it. Wearing multiple colors calls for subdued makeup, so borrow a style tip from the runway and go with nude hues on your face.

Green for Fall

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Speaking of color, one standout hue for the fall was green. Blue-tinged teal, fresh chartreuse and rich emerald hues all had their proponents, but designers seemed to prize a mossy loden green above all. The shade was a big hit in the late 1960s too, so combining it with retro accessories is fun; we like it with our patchwork shoulder bag. A runway-ready green leather duster could put a dent in your budget, but the same stylish hue in a more affordable material can be yours for well under $100. Green is nature’s favorite color, so it’s no wonder that it goes so well with any neutral. Combine it with crisp white for early fall, then transition to darker charcoal grays, blacks and browns as the season progresses.

Fashion is what designers do for a living, but style is something you create on your own. Don’t be timid about setting trends. Start with these fall basics and add a touch of your unique style to them for a look that’s priceless.

Choosing a Color for Your Main Room

color-palletsA home is the single largest asset most people will ever own. In tough economic times, that fact takes on new meaning. Millions of Americans lost their homes during the Great Recession (2007-2009), which made those that managed to hang on to their houses appreciate them that much more. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in home improvement projects in recent years. Even if they have never sanded a floor or put up wallpaper, new homeowners are tackling DIY projects at an unprecedented pace, especially when it comes to home decorating.

Why are they doing it?

As we mentioned, home remodeling and redecorating is more popular than ever, thanks to the do-it-yourselfer. These hardworking homeowners typically undertake new projects in order to save money, but soon discover they actually enjoy the challenge a new project presents. Having complete creative control is another obvious advantage of decorating your home on your own.

Where to start?

Major remodeling projects are best left to the professionals. But if you want to save a little money without the input of a third party, you might opt to paint or wallpaper at least a few of the rooms in your abode. The most challenging aspect of this DIY project is finding the right color scheme for a main room. Whether we refer to this space as a living room, dining room, or hallway, this area often sets the tone for the entire home.

Choosing a color

There are many different way to select the right hue, from the visceral to the sophisticated. None of the following suggestions are absolutely right or absolutely wrong. It all depends on your taste and mindset. With that said, let us take a moment to discuss them individually.

Pick your favorite color

It seems simple enough. If you go with your favorite color, you really can’t go wrong…right? Well, maybe. Colors tend to reflect the dominant mood or personality of the viewer. Folks who are generally energetic and upbeat tend to be drawn to brighter colors, such as yellow and red. But those who are more easygoing often prefer calmer colors like blue, pink, and green. It is no wonder neutral colors (white, gray, brown, and black) are the most popular, since they don’t provoke a strong response.

Choose colors based on the largest pattern in the room

If you have a treasured Oriental rug, large painting, or an upholstered piece of furniture that you want to use in the space, it is often a good idea to match the dominant color in any of the aforementioned with that of your paint or wallpaper. At the very least, you must make certain that these two colors do not clash.

Stick with classic combos

The single most common mistake do-it-yourself decorators make is that they try new color combinations that simply don’t work. You can’t go wrong with red and brow, green and blue, blue and white, and other tried-and-true classics–they help the flow of your home look more cohesive. If you would like to spice them up a bit, do it with accents, rather than dominate color combinations.

Set an atmosphere

When someone walks into the main room of your home, how do you want them to feel? Do you want them to feel relaxed, excited, or engaged? As we mentioned earlier, color has a very real and measurable effect on our moods. It can make us feel calm and cozy or somber and serious. If the owner wants a more formal arrangement, she might select duller, darker colors, such as burgundy or forest green. But if she wants a calmer more inviting atmosphere, she might choose more relaxing white and beige tones in her main room.

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Emerald is Pantone’s Color of the Year: How can you incorporate the color this year?

I must say I couldn’t be happier with Pantone’s choice of color this year.  Maybe it makes me think of my Irish heritage or maybe it is the tranquil peaceful feeling green gives me.  Whatever the case the decision is in and the rich, bold emerald green is the winner!  “Green is the most abundant hue in nature—the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal, and prosperity—no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

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Here’s how you can incorporate the color into your lifestyle:

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  1. Wear it

This color has been everywhere on the fashion runways! Here we have a real Lakeside Collections employee showing off this year’s hottest green color.  Yes at Lakeside we are on top of fashion, how else do we pick all our awesome Lakeside products!  Nervous about wearing all green?  That’s ok you can do just a green top or green jeans are really in too.  Or just accessorize with green earrings, necklace or a bracelet.  There are so many different styles available to mix and match to make your outfit gorgeous with this color.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2013, Emerald Green

2.  Interior design

Since fashion ran with this color, so as well will the home decor world.  The rich jewel tone brings elegance to any room.  Just like your fashion wardrobe, accessorize this color in a pillow, rug, vase, chair or frame.

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3. Go bold and paint a room emerald green!

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Lonny :: Interior Designer Miles Redd

Green is a soothing color, it represents nature and relaxing. Designer Miles Redd shows that this hue is a beautiful backdrop for a room with a mix of colors and pattern.  Whatever your home decor and fashion sense is, take advantage of this award winning color of 2013 and use it your life- you will love it!

What Color Should I Paint My Home?

color-palletsChoosing a color for your home is really a personal preference, so I’m not going to tell you to paint the rooms in your home green if you hate green! However, in this article, I will talk you through how colors set the mood of a room, what colors really work well together and just generally how to choose a color that works well with what you already have.

What mood are you trying to set?
Depending on the kind of mood you are aiming for, you will have to choose the paint color accordingly.

If you want to create a fresh and relaxing mood, then choose a light color, like cream or a very light blue. Not only do these neutral colors create a relaxing mood, they also make a room look bigger. With the help of light colors and mirrors, you can make a room look more spacious.

However, if you are looking for something more vibrant and exciting, then a red or an orange would be fantastic; these colors can create a very warm feeling and are often associated with energy.

To create a romantic mood in a room, a light red or a pink are good choices. Pink and red are often associated with love and romance.

Here are some other color meanings:

Green – has connotations of nature, freshness and peace.

Blue – suggests wisdom and confidence  and often suggest seriousness and power.

Purple – often associated with royalty, so it suggests luxury and power. A light purple can be linked to romance and a darker purple is more mysterious

Yellow – usually linked to sunshine and happiness because it is quite bright. Like reds and oranges, it has a sense of energy and excitement.

What colors work well together?
There are a few ways you can find colors that  really work well together. There are four main types of color matching. Refer to the color scheme circle here to follow the types of color matching below.

Monochromatic Color – choose one color you want to use and then choose various shades of that same color. For example, if you want your room to be purple, then light and dark purple would work very well together. The same principle applies for any color you want to use.

Triadic Color – If you draw an evenly spaced triangle within the circle, then the three colors being pointed to, by the corners of the triangle, would work very well together, for example purple, green and orange would be great.

Analogous Color – You can choose three colors that are next to each other in the color scheme circle and they will look great together, for example, you could have light green, dark green and light blue or you could have a dark yellow color with a light green and a regular yellow.

Complementary Color – The colors that are directly opposite each other would go well, for example a purple and a yellow or a light green and a light purple.

How do I match colors to what I already have in my home?
Well now you know what colors match, you can know begin matching the paint to the colors already involved in a room. If you have a red sofa, then you can use a green paint for the walls. Or if you have a green sofa, then you might want to paint your walls purple. If you do not have any furniture yet, then you can think about what color you want the room to be first and then you can think about matching the furniture.

Now all you need to do is think about what color you like and then you can work out, from there, what colors will work well together. Matching colors is not as difficult as you thought it would be, is it?

About the Author: Jeff Smith loves everything DIY related and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has with others. He recommends taking a look at Smart Property Investment Magazine for more information on the best ways to renovate a home.

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