Constance Answers Your Top 10 Color Dilemma Questions

Constance Ramos, host of Color Correction, takes a look at the top 10 common color dilemmas from users and provides simple tips for designing a beautiful space without creating a color disaster.

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Question Ten: The color I want is just too overpowering. How do I tone it down?

1. You want the color that is perfect for you, but you don't want too much of it.
Spend a little time working with the color composition of your room, as color needs a balancing act to be effective. Take your favorite color and let it be 75 percent of the room. For example, if you love bright yellow, but don't want bright yellow walls, try neutral colors and make the yellow pop by hanging floor to ceiling bright yellow curtains. Then, add three more focal points of bright yellow, such as a vase, an area rug and some throw pillows. Now, you have elements that lead your eye from the floor to the ceiling and use your inspiration color of bright yellow.

2. Don't forget patterns and stripes.
Your favorite color may work best when it's worked into a pattern or a stripe. Colors react with each other and your favorite color may be easier to live with when it's built into a relationship with other colors and patterns.