Kristen FenclSpecial to the Bonanza

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July 26, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Colors, colors, colors everywhere

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Whether you're choosing one color and a combination of colors, getting the selection process started can sometimes be a very daunting process.Given that colors are so personal in nature, why not start with the colors you enjoy the most. There are just a couple of things to remember when you starting making up your mind. Firstly, any color will react differently in the daylight versus artificial lighting. Secondly, matte or floss finishes will also take on a differing appearance, and thirdly the larger the space you're painting the more intensified your color choice will become!Bright, lively and exciting colors tend to give us a cherry, exuberant boost to our spirits. Can't you just picture the excitement you feel when you see orange, bright yellows and vibrant reds combined in a color palette?Lighter color shades tend to be a little softer and gentler on the eye, and often times tend to be a little more feminine in nature. They definitely work well when dark spaces need to be brightened up. If peace and rest are your room's mandates, then pastel shades might just fit the bill beautifully.Warm earthy colors like sienna, terra-cotta, brownish reds can provide your room with a sophisticated look, especially when they are combined with interesting textures.Monochromatic color schemes work well when you want to show off your room's furnishings. When color is removed from a room, it's simply natural for our eye to be drawn to texture and shape.Above all, I urge my clients to have fun with color! A home filled with white walls certainly doesn't invite, or give anyone a hint of the homeowner's personalities! So do a little experimenting — have some color fun — and above all, add some joy to your rooms!— 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 26, 2012 02:15PM Published Jul 26, 2012 11:43AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.