Grayed or dusty tones sometimes have more character than a color tint. These shades are made by adding the complement of the color to the mixture and muting the color. They are lovely as background colors, for rugs, for walls, or for covering large pieces of furniture. They are more sophisticated than an actual tint.
Sharp, vivid colors (as Vermillion) catch and hold attention. Use them to frame a window, bind the slipcovers, or as trimming contrast, or add a larger accent note in the upholstery of a small chair, or a floor-length cover for a round table.
If you have many windows along one wall, paint the wall to match the background color of the draperies. They blend and seem to enlarge the room. Just as those colors recede to background softness, so do cool colors, and soft, muted colors.
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A bright color (a Vermillion, for instance) screams for your attention, but a dull one (a dark tone of red, we’ll say) stays quietly in its place. A small area of brilliant color is counter balanced by a large area of quieter color. The bright color has more real attention value. Such active accents of color are sometimes necessary to give life to an otherwise dull room.
If you want to call attention to your couch and chairs, slip over them in warm tones. To the separate parts of the chamber together, cover a sizable sofa or large chair in the same fabric as the draperies and place it along the opposite wall.
When you plan the color scheme of your rooms, prepare one for the winter and another for the summer. The room seems to change completely when you exchange your winter draperies and slipcovers for a sleek summer ensemble. Have warm colors predominate in winter, cold ones in season. Also, notice what different textures do for a room. Dull fabrics look warmer than shiny ones, and sleek surfaces feel cooler to the touch.
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For your porch and garden furniture, remember to plan colors very carefully lest you introduce colors that will detract from the exterior appearances of your home rather than enhance its beauty. Take into consideration the color of your roof, the body, and trim of your house, as well as the coloring of adjoining houses, if they are close enough to be part of the picture.