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by Kate Smith

A childhood love of color turned into a college-age fascination with the interaction of colors, then into a career of color trend forecasting and product development. Today, Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH, is president and chief color maven at Sensational Color, a company that provides color knowledge and know-how to corporations primarily in the home industry. Kate is an inspirational keynote speaker and seminar leader, blending color theory and psychology into entertaining and informative talks that bring color to life.

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  • Think decorating with pumpkins and ghoulish decorations are just for kids? Think again. Adults can have fun with Halloween, too, by creating a theme perfect for elegant grownup dinner parties or ghostly get-togethers. Dress your room to thrill using color and creativity to transform your home into a spirited celebration spot. Pumpkin orange, a thematic autumn color, can be sprinkled gently throughout your room to create seasonal ambience.
  • An existing wall of black and white plates and well-placed candlesticks become the perfect backdrop for pops of color in gourds, flowers, and, of course, pumpkins. This space remains elegant with a touch of whimsy, as the combination of black and white is not traditionally a Halloween palette.
  • Dressing a room to thrill is simple when you think outside the box. Homemade crafts that are quick and easy decorate your space without breaking the bank.
     
    Black flowers created by hand from tissue paper are placed in a silver candy dish (above). This chic low-cost style for your Halloween parties will last well into the holiday season.
  • Keeping things quirky and classy can be achieved when you place these gilded pumpkins in an entry or outdoor space. Sprinkle in some branches and voila!--instant seasonal sophistication. Gilded pumpkins are surprisingly easy to make with a simple base coat of metallic paint from the craft store.
     
    Think sparkles and glitter are more your thing? Pumpkins become shimmering accessories by applying glue and rolling them a bowl of sparkles. Accents of red, brown, and orange pump up the volume in these projects.
  • Don't feel like you have to stick with traditional colors. Any dark hue can seem mysterious in a velvet or satin finish. A gourd covered in rich fabric keeps things fashionable and fun.
  • Love ghoulish green? A simple end table can be transformed into a holiday wet bar with style. Apple green martinis and some well-chosen barware set the tone in this spot.

    Cast a spell over your guests as you welcome in the start of the holiday season. Homemade Halloween crafts become little keepsakes you can pull out year after year, celebration after celebration. Keep it fun, light, and colorful!
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