When I hear people express a reluctance to paint their rooms in vivid hues because they believe it is inappropriate to the age or architectural style of their house, I wave away their concerns as though swatting flies. We should get over it because bright-colored furnishings line are very optimistic. Look at this room and catch some inspiration! It’s amazing how it looks half white, half painted. Indeed, from the blue-painted hearth of a Colonial Revival to the deep red parlor walls of a Queen Anne to the teal accents of a Craftsman bungalow, there has always been a place for color inside the house. Even in today’s open-plan homes, where kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms are often one large space, color is used to help define interiors and create focal points in relatively featureless rooms.

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