If there's one decorating idea that tends to inspire an unusually big debate, it's color. What's a gorgeous sun-kissed green
to one person is a nauseatingly loud lime to another. Often, these people end
up living together. So, many will live with the same "apartment
white," secretly wishing they could just paint everything...if they could
just settle on a color. We caught up with the fabulous Michelle Adams,
editor-in-chief of Domino magazine, and
the equally fabulous Anne Ziegler, trend forecaster and cover girl, for their
tricks on how to overcome color phobia.
1. Figure Out What You Really Love
It's harder to get overwhelmed if you have a clear vision. But if you're not quite sure what that is, Adams swears by the
power of the mood board. "Use Pinterest or a bulletin board to collect
inspiration before adding a specific shade to your home," she says.
"Just seeing the color in other settings may hone your vision or inspire
2. Introduce Bold Accents
Starting small through accessories is perfect
for commitment-phobes. "Select an attention-grabbing color and use it in a
table centerpiece or for brightly patterned pillows," Adams says.
3. Pillows Are the Easiest Way to Add Color
They're generally a cheap purchase and offer a
way to try out different patterns and colors.
4. Experiment In a Small Space
We love the idea of playing with color through
art -- especially on an often-neglected space like a stairway. Adams also
recommends trying out new decor ideas in the bathroom. "It’s usually the
smallest space in a home, so it’s a perfect way to experiment with a paint or
wallpaper that’s outside your comfort zone," she says.
5. Try Picking Up Colors From Your Favorite Art Piece
Speaking of art, it can often be a good place
to start when developing a color scheme. Just pick a few hues from a piece you
love, then use it through the room through accessories.
6. Mix In a Few Touches of Black
Black provides a place for the eye to rest,
which helps temper mixed-and-matched patterns and color schemes.
7. Can’t Paint? Try a Splash of Color
"I typically use pops of color instead of
focusing on major color-centric schemes," Ziegler says. Here, you can see
her wisdom at work: The printed fabric pillows introduce brights into the room
8. Remember: Nothing Is Permanent
Basically, don't be like the hapless home
buyers on HGTV and fixate on an element in the room. It's so easy to change.
"Decorating and styling are supposed to be fun and take you a little out
of your comfort zone," Ziegler says. "The worst case scenario is that
you have to return some pillows or repaint a wall."