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After: Multistripe lampshades and pillows, a blue wall and a chartreuse vase and mirror frame inject color into the neutral living room. Black accents tie it all together: trim on the sisal rug, a lampshade and the Plexiglas top on a chartreuse console.

The solution: Stylist Todd Moore saw a blue vase and a bowl of green apples, and his magic started to happen. He found pillows in a sharp little stripe: that Windex blue, tweaked by black, orange, and chartreuse. He found ribbons in each one of those colors and mimicked the pattern on two matching lampshades. Then he took the color of each stripe and carried it through the room. The blue covered one whole wall and winked from a group of milky blue goblets. The orange ricocheted from a bowl of oranges to an orange book to two panels of vivid, orange silk Todd hung behind the glass of the French doors that lead to Lisa's kitchen. A mirror was reframed and painted chartreuse, as was a table that Todd set behind the sofa. And for every perk of color, he added what he called a 'ground of black.'