Kristen Fencl
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October 31, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Offering some sound color advice

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - When it comes to color, most people have discovered, planning a color scheme is a carefully thought out process.

Try following these 5 easy steps in assessing your space for a new color scheme.

First, decide where your best opportunities are for using color! Will painting one wall in an accent color give your room the spark you desire? Or perhaps, a soft blending of similar color hues will give your new room it's desired "feeling or mood."

Then, take a critical look at your room's architectural features. Do you want them to stand out - take center stage - or be minimized? For instance, perhaps you have painted bookshelves flanking a room's fireplace. Adding an accent color to the back walls of your bookshelves, might add just a bit of much needed color flair to the entire wall scheme.

Thirdly, try to definite how your space is being used. Reading, relaxing, game playing, watching TV? An important consideration in selecting your new color scheme is how you actually use and enjoy the space.

Next, analyze your room's lighting. How much natural light does your room have? A room with a lot of artificial light will definitely call for a different color plan than one with a lot of natural light.

And last, but not least, it's critical that you take into account your "new" room's relationship to the other rooms in your home. Color continuity is key to creating the overall look most people desire for their homes.

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

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