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Now, because Iím a somewhat
lazy decorator, and prefer to put in the least amount of time possible
to make a room look nice, I generally start thinking about color schemes
by picking one large item in the room whose color would involve far too
much effort to change. In the case of the office, that item would be the
futon, which happens to be a nice navy blue. Fortunately itís actually
a very good blue, deep and rich, not one of those wimpy gray-tinged navy
blues; I prefer my colors to be fairly assertive (no bland pastels for
this girl, please). Dark blue is a near-neutral in my mind: you can pair it with just
about everything, and it takes on different characteristics depending
upon the colors you place around it (actually, this holds true about all colors to some extent). Anyone who
studies color will tell you that different colors have different moods,
so the first step
is to ask myself what sort of mood Iím hoping to achieve. My
living room is decorated in bright reds and yellows, warm, comforting,
happy colors that make me want to play fun music and entertain friends;
my bedroom, on the other hand, with its mostly white palette punctuated
by muted reds, has a more serene, restful feel. For the office, I decide, I want something fresh and invigorating,
the sort of colors that make you feel alive and awake and alert. And in
my mind, that means colors in the blue-green-yellow part of the color
spectrum, plant colors and water colors and sunshine colors.
By nature, Iím not the sort of person who likes to hem and
haw over the planning stage of decorating a room. I like
to just jump in and start playing around with color, and part of the
risk of good, serious play is that you occasionally take some chances
that just donít work out. Still, Iíve learned the hard way that you
waste a lot less time Ė and money Ė when you do some of your
experimenting on paper or computer before rushing out to the fabric or
paint store. Which is why the first thing I did, after deciding to give
the color makeover, was to start taking some pictures of the room, so
that I could fiddle around with color ideas onscreen.
Iím a huge fan of my digital camera in general,
but when it comes to decorating, especially,
this little investment of mine has come in handy many times. With
just a few quick shots of the room, taken from a variety of different
angles, I can upload the images onto my computer, open them up in
Photoshop, and start experimenting away. Image editing programs like
Photoshop work fabulously for playing around with color scheme ideas, as
you can select specific portions of an image Ė a sofa, for instance,
or file cabinet Ė then digitally alter the hue, saturation and
brightness to achieve whatever color you like. That gray throw pillow
can become red, orange, aqua, or whatever with just a toggle or two of
some color control slider.
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