ROOM FOR CHANGE
Choosing a color
A survey commissioned by Ace Hardware found that 66 percent of homeowners were tired of the paint scheme in their house. If you're in that category and want to do something about it, Natalie Hilsgen, consumer affairs manager for Ace, has these suggestions:
UTake inventory of the room you intend to change. What color would complement the furniture, art and windows?
UTake into account the room's function, time of day most used, direction it faces and the kind of light it gets.
UIf your living space has an open plan scheme, create subtle variations between rooms by using paint shades in the same color family but differing in depth and tone.
UConsider your room's size. Light colors brighten a room and make it appear bigger; dark ones do the reverse.