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The Daring Color Combination That Works
If there's one thing most pulled-together women have in common, it's an uncanny knack for choosing bold colors that make guests wonder, "How did you know those would work so well together?" They save the neutral tones for the sofa, since most own theirs for 10 years or longer, and test out the brightest colors on their living room chairs or throw pillows, says Kim Myles, interior designer and star of Home Made Simple. Once you've chosen that shade, search online for an image of the color wheel and find the shade that's directly opposite of it. That's the most complementary color for the rug, Myles says, as long as you make it a lighter, more muted tone (like a pale, seashore-blue rug and coral throw pillows, for example).