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Colors to Make Your Room Look Elegant

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Home Decorating Tips

Colors to Make Your Room Look Elegant

Posted on June 27, 2014

You need not break the bank to give your room an elegant look. Sometimes all it takes is the right color palette and the right touches.

The word elegant when describing a room can conjure up images of antique furniture or elaborate Persian rugs. However, it’s possible to create an elegant look without having to spend a lot on intricate furnishings. Here are some room color ideas on how to create an elegant-looking space with the right paint choices:

1. Consider the room’s size and shape.

Aside from the room’s size and shape, you also need to take into account the amount of light that goes into the room. The general rule is that the more natural light the room gets, the darker the color you can go with. On the other hand, a lighter color can make a smaller, darker room seem larger and more open.

2. Choose a theme.

Again, you don’t have to go for the traditional definition of elegance. Look through design magazines or websites for room color idea inspiration. You can go for open, modern, or cozy looks, depending on your personal preference. Choosing a theme will impact your color palette.

3. Choose a color palette.

A simple way of making a palette for your room color ideas is to define three colors—your dominant color, your secondary or complimentary color, and the accent color. Traditionally, rooms that go for an elegant look are painted beige or light gray. Cozier rooms opt for darker shades, such as browns or grays leaning towards the darker side of the spectrum. Modern looks are more often than not made of brighter colors. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, you may want to steer clear of intense colors like red and orange.

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4. Create a focal point in the room.

The focal point or feature is the one thing that immediately draws the eye of visitors when they enter a room. It can be a framed mirror, a painting, or an elaborate table centerpiece. Whatever you decide the focal point to be, it should be the main visual attraction and everything else should just blend around it. Multiple statement pieces can make a room look too busy.

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