Can't-Miss Color Tips from David Bromstad

Take it from David Bromstad, host of Color Splash and the season one winner of Design Star , these color tips will help you successfully design any room you're working on.
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Neutrals give you an added flexibility when designing a room.

Neutrals give you an added flexibility when designing a room.

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Neutrals Make It Easy

When you're looking for an affordable way to update a room's look from season to season, neutral larger furniture pieces will give you the flexibility needed to easily change paint, pillows, window treatments and other accessories.

Get Inspired

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Pick colors from your favorite items.

Pick colors from your favorite items.

Let your favorite rug, pillow, artwork or other accessory be your color inspiration. Pick up the colors from these items as you choose additional paint, fabric and accessories for the room.

Customize Curtains

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Always be sure to balance the curtains when using strong color valances.

Always be sure to balance the curtains when using strong color valances.

If you're using a strong color for valances, balance the curtains out by putting that color on the bottom of the curtains as well.

Check Your Mood

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Choose colors that reflect your mood.

Choose colors that reflect your mood.

Let your feelings guide you. If you're an emotional type, choose colors that reflect your mood. "Hot" colors like reds and oranges will energize you and get you ready to tackle the day. "Cool" colors like greens and blues will help you relax and chill you out. To achieve a more formal look, choose high-contrast colors like dark brown and silver.

Bonus Tip: If you're nervous about committing to a wall color, use a few sample paint packets to cover large sections of the wall with various colors. Live with the color for a few days to see how it changes as the light changes.

Paint an Accent Wall

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To add drama to a room, choose a bright or dark color and use it on one wall.

To add drama to a room, choose a bright or dark color and use it on one wall.

An accent wall will serve as a focal point in the room, allowing you to add excitement without making the commitment to one color for the entire space.

Spread Color Around

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Repeating a color or colors helps maintain flow and can really tie a room together.

Repeating a color or colors helps maintain flow and can really tie a room together.

Maintain the flow of color throughout your space by repeating a color or colors from one room to the next. For example, if you have blue living room walls, use blue glass accent pieces in the adjoining room.

Also repeating a color from the focal wall in little accents around a room really ties that space together. Try to spread that color in small doses onto each additional wall, like the pop of bright blue on the bed and fireplace above.

What's Missing?

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Add a black accessory and enhance the colors used around the room.

Add a black accessory and enhance the colors used around the room.

If you've finished adding splashes of color to your room and still feel something is missing, try adding a black pillow, picture frame or glass accent to enhance the other colors in the room.

Brown Always Works

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Brown and tan — with a splash of one bold color — always works well in a room.

Brown and tan — with a splash of one bold color — always works well in a room.

If you're having trouble picking a color for your room, a fail-safe way to go is to pick ranges of brown and tan, and punch the room with one additional big, bold color.

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