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DESIGN TIPS

reproduced by kind
permission of the Sheffield
School of Interior Design

When painting
the walls of a room lemon yellow, consider using a trim in deep
green. This is, after all, a classic color combination from Mother
Nature.

 For an even more natural touch, paint the trim in a trompe
l’eoil shape of lemon leaves.

  
Because
key lime pie green is such a soft color, consider the textures
you’ll be using with it.

A fabric in the color with heavy brocade,
or rough wallpaper, will have the paleness of the color working in
conflict with the roughness of the texture, producing an interesting
effect.

  
What makes a dinner party go
from ho-hum to elegant? You can turn up the formality factor just by
dressing up the table.

Start with draping a white sheet or plain
white tablecloth over the table, then cover that with a length of
sheer white netting.

Set the places with white dinnerware; it
needn’t be expensive, as long as it is plain white.

Use white cloth
napkins, and plain clear water glasses, and then, in white vases,
install flowers that are all the same color.

Make place cards out of
heavy cardstock in the same color as the flowers, and use candles in
the same color.

floral table decoration


yellow mug containing utensils

To amplify a country look
for your kitchen, take anything that comes in a bag or a box and
store it instead in a glass jar.

A one-time investment in a boxful
of identical storage jars will pay off in giving the kitchen a
clean, uniform look; and glass jars have the advantage of letting
you see just how much flour or spaghetti you have left.

If you are lucky enough to
have water on your property, whether it’s a pond, a birdbath, or a
swimming pool, you can launch a handful of floating candles onto the
water; the flickering flames will be doubled when they are reflected
in the water’s surface

floating candles in a shallow glass dish