Q: "I need some color and decorating advice for a very small apartment. Is blue a good color for this?" -Kyle Lowe
A: Dear Kyle, You're right about using blue since cool wall colors generally tend to make walls appear to recede a bit, whereas warmer colors make them appear more advanced. Also, lighter tones will make a room appear somewhat larger than darker tones.
However, if the space does not have a lot of natural light, or if it seems dark and cold, then painting it blue may only contribute to that feeling. In this case a better solution might be to consider a pale yellow or golden tone to warm up the apartment.
Q: "Should wall colors match my hardwood flooring?" -Jordan David
A: Dear Jordan, No, woods typically don't have to match if it is furniture and flooring. In the kitchen, however, wood cabinets should share tone with a wood floor in the same space.
Q: "What colors should I have the professionals paint my 3.5 year olds bedroom?"
A: Dear Shirley, when it comes to kids' bedroom paint ideas, forget pink for girls and blue for boys. Instead, create dynamic color palettes for rooms that can take your children from their first steps to their first driving lesson.
Color palettes can easily adapt to changing tastes and styles without breaking your budget. Making them an easy way to adapt your home to your child's bedroom ideas as they grow and change.
However, if the space does not have a lot of natural light, or if it seems dark and cold, then painting it blue may only contribute to that feeling.
In this case a better solution might be to consider a pale yellow or golden tone to warm up the apartment.
Softer tones of sherbet hues, such as lemon, lime, and orange are cheerfully childlike, yet easily evolve to teen funk by swapping out accessories.
Q: "Do you recommend limiting the amount of colors in a household room?" -Kayla Schnieder
A: Dear Kayla, You can create a successful color palette for a space with anywhere from one to five colors. But limiting the number of colors doesn't mean you have to limit the range of values (tints or shades) of each of those colors within a room. You could use even more colors, but you need to be aware that the more colors used within a space, the busier it can feel, which in turn can make it feel smaller.
Q: "Debbie, is their a 'no-no' for colors that would clash and what colors look good together?" -Melissa Williams
A: Dear Melissa, All colors go together if you put them together. It's a matter of taste and trend when looking at color combinations. Some color combinations are unpopular because they remind us of a time gone by, while others seem fresh and new.
It's simply based on our experience and our tastes at the time. When a color combo is hot, items in that combination are available everywhere, making it easy to include in your decor. Less popular combinations are harder to find, so they happen less frequently and perpetuate the idea that they are unpopular or "out."