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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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  • Photo Credit: Left: TrekEarth Right: House Beautiful, Layout: Sensational Color
  • One of the things that I love most about decorating is playing with colors. There are endless options, and it can be difficult to narrow them down to a few that are the right combination for you. Maybe you like too many combos to choose, or maybe you love what you see in design magazines but settling on a scheme for yourself doesn't seem so simple. All it may take for you to pick your color scheme is a little inspiration. Here are three of ways to hone in on what's right for you.
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  • Go au natural

    Never has there been a more inspired artist than Mother Nature. When you need to spur that decorating spirit, imagine your favorite outdoor locations. Do you love to listen to the ocean as the surf tickles your toes, or prefer the quiet solitude of being in the woods? Finding a scheme that connects you with what you love about nature can be an inspired choice.
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  • Go fashionable

    That's right! You may only need to go as far as your own closet. Are there color combinations that you love to wear? Think about what you reach for when you want to feel your best. Are they bright and bold or muted and sophisticated? Bringing colors with these same qualities into your home will surround you with that feeling, too!

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  • Go with what you love

    One of the easiest places to look for inspiration is in the things you love. Did your much-adored aunt give you the antique vase her husband purchased overseas? Does your 2-year-old's crayon-and-marker interpretation of the cat make you smile each and every time you look at it? Might the colors you see in those contentment-inducing objects be right to incorporate into your living space?

    Of course, these aren't the only places to find ideas, but they will take you on the first step toward your journey in finding colors that will create a room you feel inspired every time you enter.

    - Kate
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