Color Tips: 1. Balance. Balance a bold color by layering a neutral palette around it. Balance darker tones with lighter tones. 2. Use pattern and texture as a counterpoint, not a focal point. Create visual interest without overwhelming the eye. 3. Put all the lighting on dimmers. Good lighting is key for adjusting the character and depth of color.
Color Resources: "Rather than suggest specific resources, Id like to address color inspiration." 1. Feed your eyes. Color inspiration is all around, not just in shelter magazines or design TV. Go outside and drink in the colors surrounding you. If something resonates, take a picture--either with a camera or in your mind's eye. 2. Live in color. Live outside your self-restricted box and break routine. See new places, eat new foods, see art, meet new people. Each new experience brings with it a new visual feast for your eyes--with colors and textures you might not have seen before.