Here's a great example of how just some minor changes in textile choices and accessories can brighten up almost any room. Peggy, who works at the IKEA in Burbank sent us her "before & after" that illustrates IKEA's Be brave, not beige! ad campaign philosophy quite nicely. Think of this as the decor equivalent of those "What's Different?" illustrations at the back of Highlights magazines. By changing out textiles (which is a quick and pretty inexpensive change) you can make your furniture seem brand new. It is a known fact that colors create energy in people. Being surrounded by color has a positive effect on your everyday life and mood. When working with colors it's good to create a balance with cool and warm colors making a color thread through out the room. Scandinavians tend to be much more open to adding colors to their homes then Americans....it might have something to do with the sun being being absent most of the year and colourful textiles is the only way to add brightness to your life.