Linda Woodrum's Design Basics

HGTV Dream Home designer Linda Woodrum shares her tips on how to fix decorating mistakes and find inspiration.

Getting Color Right

Q: What about bigger mistakes — painting a room the wrong color, or buying a piece of furniture that doesn't look right once you get it in place?
A: No matter how much you plan, no matter how much you think you've got it covered, about 10 to 20 percent of the design process involves big surprises. You have to accept that it takes some trial and error. In the bunkroom, we originally picked a very brownish red paint for the bunks. I was thinking about it at two in the morning and realized that it was going to look too brown next to the paneling, that we needed an intense red that would really pop. The architect was concerned the tomato red was so strong you wouldn't be able to see the lovely grain of the wood in the bunks. We watered down the paint and applied it as a kind of stain, and it looked pink! Finally we went with the tomato red paint, full strength. That's a very typical process, where you have the concept, but it took three steps to get it right.

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