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Breaking out of the beige box into a vivid world of colour

Some pointers for nervous homeowners planning to introduce a new palette to their homes

Think about tints or tones of a colour, instead of the most intense hues, for trying out a new look, suggests Washington designer Annie Elliott. "Start with soft pastels like light blue, pale green or blush."


FEAR of colour drove homeowners Kendall and Tiffany Coleman into a neutral safety zone. "All the colours in our house were white and light grey," says Tiffany, a closet designer.

"I'm not into crazy, neon colours and didn't think I could live with them," adds Kendall, an...

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