Tips for Gradually Changing My Decor Palette?

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Q: I want to change my style. Thus far in my adult life I've decorated around the things I already owned. I buy art to match my rug and kitchen towels to coordinate with the curtains. Right now, I have a lot of green and red with greenish beiges and touches of dark wood. But now I'm totally sick of these colors. I really want to have more of a blue, gray, and neutral space with cream accents. Something lighter and airier.

But I'm nervous about taking the plunge. How do I gradually transition? I'm having a hard time buying anything that clashes with what I currently own. My maroon dining room really needs to be painted, but how to pick a color? Do start with the furniture? Art? Curtains? Help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.