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Decorating With Color

What's your favorite color? Try these easy ways to incorporate a vibrant splash into your home decor.

Color Story

How to Design a Modern Living Room
Three easy-to-apply tricks for creating a beautiful space.

Decorating With Stripes
17 easy ways to incorporate this graphic pattern into your décor.

What’s Your Color Personality?
A fun quiz to help you determine what your favorite colors say about you.

Zigzag and geometric patterned room

How To Mix Patterns in Your Home

Combining prints brings excitement to a room—but how do you make it work?
Photo: Roland Bello

Decorating With Green

Spruce up a room by incorporating a shot of fresh, natural color.
Photo: David Prince

Decorating With Red

Learn to apply this powerful, commanding color with confidence.
Photo: AImee Herring

Decorating With Yellow

Use this happy hue to bring a sunny disposition to your space.
Photo:  Thibault Jeanson / Southern Accents
Zigzag and geometric patterned room
Dining area with green accents
Crates to organize toys
Yellow Branca designed the 1930s-inspired wallpaper in a cozy liiving room with a banquette

Color Know-How

Silver accents in a living room

Decorating With Blue
There’s no easier hue to work with than blue, in all its warm and cool tones.

Dark purple living room with white mantle and ornate accessories

Decorating With Purple
From lavender to plum, the range of this color is as wide as its appeal.

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Purple paint on a paint brush

Budget Decorating Checklist

Expert design blogger Holly Becker of shares budget-friendly tips.

  • Paint a piece of furniture that needs freshening up. A new color can make a dramatic difference. Head to a home store or local paint shop and ask where they keep cans of paints that customers didn’t end up taking, or ones that have been returned due to incorrect color choices. You can walk away with an entire gallon for a quarter of the price.

    Related: Easy Paint Makeovers

  • Paint one wall. Use a color you love that you aren't daring enough to use in an entire room.
  • Scout unexpected places for furniture deals. If a hotel, restaurant, or even a Laundromat is going out of business, ask if they have anything they'd like to get rid of. Think light fixtures, tables, chairs, and other unique finds.

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