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Color design is one of the most challenging aspects of interior design, primarily because it’s not just about choosing whatever suits your personal tastes. Though you may have fallen in love with a particular hue, that color may look out of place in certain spaces or otherwise not make a room look its best.

We’re taking some of the guesswork out of choosing colors with these six best practices:

DO Use Purple

Purple goes with just about everything because it’s a combination of two primary colors: warm red and cool blue. Though it might not be at the top of your color preferences, there’s no denying that purple can work in just about every space.

The American Institute of Interior Design uses a multitude of purple hues, which you can use for inspiration.

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DO Add Metallics for Warmth or Coolness

Gold accents work well to add warmth to a space, while silver can cool a room’s appearance. Both of these are suitable for purple and can completely change the vibe of your space. For example, you might paint the main wall of an alcove purple and use gold or silver to frame the sides.

DO Add Green to Animate Your Space

Green is invigorating and luminous. If you want to bring a space to life, add small touches of greenery, especially to bathrooms. It evokes a sense of indoor/outdoor harmony that seems natural and inviting.

DON’T Use Gray Without Green

Speaking of green, never use gray without including pops of green. This small yet powerful addition will offset the coldness of gray and warm up the space.

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DON’T Give Two Colors Equal Importance

Colors that are used in equal amounts often compete for attention and create a chaotic vibe in the room. Instead, let one color dominate while using another for subtle nuances. For example, you might paint your walls one color and use another color for the trim.

DON’T Overuse Complimentary Colors

Colors that are complementary (across from each other on the color wheel) should never be used together in equal amounts or in their pure saturation. One or both colors should be toned down to avoid startling the eyes. For example, yellow and violet can be overpowering in tones of gold and aubergine, but work well together as ivory and amethyst.

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