Avoid these! Designers share the color decorating mistakes that make them cringe.
1. Ceiling Paint
"I never paint a ceiling dead white because all white paint has a bit of gray in it, and it takes the room down. Paint the ceiling a cream shade." -Athalie Derse
2. Matching Shades
"You never want to match your walls to a color in one of your fabrics. It will be too strong. Find a grayed-out version of the color." -Sallie Giordano
3. Neutral Balance
"The biggest mistake people make when they're trying to be colorful and exciting is to forget that you need to balance it with neutrals - otherwise it ends up looking like a color wheel." -Todd Klein
"Even when I don't use the same colors everywhere, I still like the rooms to feel connected. The bedroom should never feel like it's in a completely different house from the living room - the whole house has to make sense as one." -Mona Ross Berman
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1. Mix It Up
"The most interesting rooms mix cultures and periods," says real estate broker Royce Pinkwater. "I like to juxtapose high and low. It makes it more casual and homey." Collaborating with the designer Eric Cohler, she decorated the living room of her New York apartment with a 1930s coffee table by Jean Dunand, '40s armchairs by Andre Arbus, '50s Swedish slipper chairs, and a '70s mirror by Neal Small.
2. Choose Colors That Flatter You
"I think I speak for all women - and probably men - when I say I want a room to show me off at my best," says Pinkwater. She decided on a lavender palette in her house to complement her green eyes.
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id=Barbara King: If ever I'm in need of a tent decorator, I'll call on you.
Elizabeth L. Gilbert: There's something about bringing a home with you to the African bush that is very creative and exciting - that contrast with the tough terrain.
Especially if it involves snow-white linens.
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