How to Decorate with Color

Have your guests seen all your decorating tricks? Use these easy groupings to spice up couch, a side table and wall space. Spicing up the party is still up to you. *Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in February 2010.
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Have your guests seen all your decorating tricks? Use these easy groupings to spice up couch, a side table and wall space. Spicing up the party is still up to you. *Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in February 2010.

CLASSIC COMBO

Red and blue are a classic combo: Update it with a textured blue pillow and varied reds. The clock is a colorful burst, while the lamp's glow adds a soft balance.

Focus Wall Clock, $26, burkedecor.com
Janice Lamp, $60, target.com
Blue Pillow, $17, homegoods.com for stores

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UNEXPECTED

Jewel-toned purple and sunny yellow work well together because they're unexpected. The wall hanging is sweet and simple (for even more impact, hang three together). Cheerful blooms like daisies will pop in the vase, and a graphic yellow pillow will make the sofa pop, too.

Reiner Vases, $23 to $30, zgallerie.com
Textile Wall Print, $30 each, threesheets2.com
Ikat Pillow, $29, fabricadabra.us

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SOPHISTICATED

Bright colors can be sophisticated; just go bold in increments. The mirrors are playful and the pillow's optical illusion (a repeated greyhound silhouette) creates interest. Finally, wood candlesticks neutralize the bright hues.

Mandara Candlesticks, from $32, aestheticmovement.com for stores
Organic Greyhound Pillow in Raspberry, $38 (cover), $56 (with insert), humblecollection.com
Bubble Dot Mirror Set, $69 for five pbteen.com

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