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Are You Afraid of Color?

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Don’t be afraid of color, be afraid of the WRONG color.  Color is a beautiful thing when it’s used to brighten and enhance an otherwise dull or dark room or to soften and tie together seemingly random colors in a room.

So why are so many people afraid of it?  Well, it doesn’t take much to pick the wrong color.  Since so many things effect how a color will look, like lighting, texture, whether it’s a shiny or matt surface, it is sometimes difficult to know how the final color will actually look.  I recently had a client who was tired of her brown and beige living room and decided it was time for lightness and some bright colors.  So I went in search of fabrics for new pillows and drapes that would pull some brightness from her new sofa. The 2 fabrics in a linen blend in colors, Wisteria and Coral from Kravet, were a perfect match.

But WOW! they were bright even for me.  I felt a twinge of fear even as I got excited as my sewer and I worked on the construction of the custom designs.  Had I picked the wrong colors?  They were a perfect match, but were they too much??

As I hung the drapes and set the pillows on the sofa, my confidence came back.  These colors aren’t for the feint of heart, that’s for sure.  But they brought brightness, fun, and a focal point to the living room.  The client, a rare  one indeed for not being afraid, was thrilled.

Sofa Pillows

Sofa Pillows

Linen Drapes

Linen Drapes