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A host chair in a vibrant Brunschwig & Fils fabric sets the tone in a Northwest DC dining room by Kelley Proxmire., Inc.

In Living Color

There’s an art to designing a restful room,” opines Kelley Proxmire, an expert at creating moods with color and pattern. “Rooms should be welcoming and crisp, calming and pretty.” Below, the designer shares further insights.

TIP 1  Choose one strong color, then add complementary hues.

TIP 2  Balance is key to combining strong colors and patterns.

TIP 3  Pastels tend not to blend with bolder colors; stay within the tones of stronger colors and patterns for a cohesive look.

TIP 4  Contrast dark shades with crisp white to keep a space light and bright.

TIP 5  Be aware of the scale of a pattern and how it complements your colors.

TIP 6  Mixing mini-prints with stripes, checks and florals is in now.

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