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"To be successful, a color scheme must be a source of pleasure for you and your family and at the same time be suited to the room and its uses. Consider the physical aspects of the room-it's function, size, exposure, and lighting-in your plans."

" Since the walls constitute the largest area of color in a room, choose this color first. Quiet colors for large areas live best, and are not so quickly tiring as bolder hues. You can often use a grayed tone of your favorite color for walls, and perhaps for the floor covering too."

"The second color, or colors, can be a bit brighter. Large upholstered pieces, and often draperies fall into this category. The sharp colors that accent the others normally make up a small percentage of the total color in the room. Reserve them for pillows, lamps, pictures, and other decorative accessories."

{image & expert from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement Volume 1 A-AME}