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Color Is Back Use It Sparingly

Take It And Run: Ilyce's Corner
By Ilyce Glink for Right at Home Daily

For years, black was the hot accent color. You saw black granite, black tile, and even black kitchen cabinets. These days, color is everywhere and homeowners are taking full advantage of it.

Painting your home a myriad of colors is a fine idea–if you're careful about which colors you choose and what you do with them. A wall of Mediterranean blue or lemon yellow or even celery can be exceptional, if paired with the right white, eggshell or pale gray.

The only time you shouldn't use too much color is if you plan to sell your home anytime in the near future. Homebuyers like to see houses that are painted white because white helps the buyer create a blank canvas in his or her mind. It's easier to visualize how your belongings would look against a white background, rather than a red or purple one.

If you're selling soon, choose a shade of white or another neutral color. But, if you're planning to stay until at least the paint peels, explore the color wheel.

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