Magazine article Sunset

Strategic Color

Magazine article Sunset

Strategic Color

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Looking for a little visual punch? Perk up your home with objects in shades of the same bold hue

Living room

* Choose matching tones. Start with a color you like and select other items in lighter and darker shades. Here, variations of yellow-green liven up a neutral sofa and wall.

* Lead the eye with color. Don't concentrate all your color in a single area. We began with the green rug on the floor, positioned pillows and a tray at midlevel, and placed a lamp slightly higher. The eye travels from one spot of color to the next.

* Group objects of varying heights. A collection of vases in complementary tones, heights, shapes, and finishes is more dynamic than a row of objects the same exact height and color.

* Pair similar shaoe- The curved, organic patterns and forms of the rug, lamp, and smaller pillow create a unified look.


Angela Adams rug: Available from Zinc Details, San Francisco ( or 415/776-2100)

Lacquer tray: Available from Lounge, San Francisco (415/563-2200)

Polka-dot glass and tall vase: From Crate and Barrel ( or 800/996-9960)

Striped glass: Available from Zinc Details (see above)

Table lamp: From Z Gallerie (www.zgo/ or 800/358-8288)

Orange is a bright, strong color that infuses a room with energy. But remember not to overdo it: A little splash goes a long way

Reading nook

* Use eye-catching hues judiciously. Too much of a bright color can be jarring; small clusters of orange set the scene without overkill.

* Bring in accents from nature. A tray of oranges serves as a decorative element in the room. …

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