Kristen Fencl
Special to the Bonanza

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July 12, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Fall in love with color

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — How do you choose a color scheme? It’s really quite easy — but first you have to fall in love! Fall in love with a painting, fall in love with wallpaper, an area rug, even a floral arrangement — and the color scheme of your dreams will magically appear! Anything with a pattern — including upholstery or drapery can give your color choices a wonderful starting place.

When developing your color scheme, remember the 60 percent-30 percent-10 percent rule of thumb. Your favorite color should play a dominant role (60 percent), while other colors should be proportionate to your dominant color focus.

Historically, there were definite rules about what colors went in what room of your home. Pale colors tended to be used in more formal settings, while bright primaries were associated with more contemporary, fun looks. But, for today’s color choices, whatever you enjoy — go for it!

— Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Dens. Learn more at, or call 775-832-8012.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 12, 2012 10:36AM Published Jul 12, 2012 10:35AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.