Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to Select the Right Color for Your Home

How much of one color should you use while decorating your home? Here is a rule of thumb that will help you better balance your choice of colors.

Use the 60-30-10 ratio. What does that ratio mean?

When I choose a men’s suit, I first choose the jacket and the trousers. The color of the suit is primarily one color. That choice of color will be 60% of my entire ensemble. Then, I will choose a shirt that will have its own color. That shirt will be about 30% of all of the color. Lastly, the final 10% of the area of my wardrobe will be colored with my tie.

So, in the homes that I decorate, I will choose the wall color that will be 60% of all of the entire space (by the way, I might bend the rules and choose an accent color for one wall – that is an exception). Then, I will choose the upholstery color – that will be the 30%. Then, I will accent the room with another color that will give it a little “punch.” This accent color will be about 10% of the colors in the whole room.

If you need more help with this, stay tuned for an upcoming podcast that I will be releasing soon with more ways to choose the right colors to decorate your home. In the meantime, come visit me at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore at 561 Rt. 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 to get a personal, one-on-one, design consultation that will transform your home into a home that reflects the lifestyle of you and your family. IMPORTANT for your best design, you MUST ask for "Larry" at the front door. Otherwise, you will be just dealing with someone that is trying to sell you stuff.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Daily Dose of Architecture: Today's archidose #548

A Daily Dose of Architecture: Today's archidose #548: Here are some photos I took of the Woman's Home Companion House in Warson Woods, St. Louis County, Missouri by Paul Rudolph, 1956. I learned...