A vintage Curtis Jere-style owl watches over a country mantel.
(Source: Lonny)
1. Fear of Color
Neutral spaces may provide a sense of calm and comfort, but if you love color, don’t be afraid to embrace it. Test your appetite for a vibrant shade by painting the walls. It’s inexpensive, you can do it yourself, and you can paint right over it if you change your mind. Otherwise, pick a color that makes you happy and incorporate it in small doses.

Before you start investing in colorful pieces, use flowers, fruit, or colored candles as a way to test how it feels to live with a certain color. Or invest in small accessories and inexpensive throw pillows for a test run. When mixing colors, consider pairing those that are on the opposite sides of the color wheel, such as orange and green or blue and yellow.
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