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Choosing the Right Fall Wedding Colors for Your Special Day

This year, the months of September, October and November will play host to almost one third of all the weddings held in 2014. Why the increase? It’s true that these months are generally freer from extreme temperatures and in many places, off-season rates are available, but one of the main attractions is the wonderful variety of fall wedding colors. As nature puts on her own annual fashion show, brides are realizing how easy it is to incorporate those same shades into a stunning wedding event.

For 2014, the top favorite fall wedding color is “Merlot,” a deep, romantic cranberry that works well with a variety of color combinations. For example, pair Merlot with Indigo Blue and a neutral white, gray or ivory for a powerful, sophisticated color experience. Team this same rich shade with an equally luxurious gold and complements of other warm, fall colors for a truly autumnal event. Turn up the romance with a delicate palette of Merlot, Blush (grayed-pink) and Ivory. Add some Victorian lace and soft lighting, and your fall wedding colors will be the perfect backdrop for this special occasion.

That same Merlot becomes elegant and sophisticated when contrasted with traditional wedding white or heirloom ivory. Delicate ribbons of Merlot can decorate the cake, tie napkins and place holders, or weave their way through green archways. Choose white calla lilies for the bridal bouquet and deep red flowers for the bridesmaids. Red votive candles will add a romantic touch, especially as they cast their rosy glow at evening receptions.

Back to School Colors for High School Students

It’s back-to-school time, and putting together the right fall fashion statement is just as important for most students as it is for the rest of us. Your teen will probably have very definite ideas about what is “cool” to wear and what is not. Although high school trends are less dictated by the runway selections of last spring, they are still clearly identifiable. Fall 2014 will be about a “cozy and relaxed” approach to school colors and styles.

Expect to see purple in many shades including its cousins: purple-black, wine, violet and deep plum. Teen girls will be painting their nails, lining their eyes, and buying t-shirts, jeans and short skirts in these rich colors. Look for graphic plaids and dark floral patterns too, accompanied by lace, reworked denim and leather.

As a throw-back to the 90’s, a vintage floral dress with leather knee-high boots and a bulky cardigan is a great back-to-school ensemble. Turtlenecks are also making a comeback this fall. Taupe, silver, gray and dark teal will be popular colors. There’s even a place for Taylor Swift’s warm mustard yellow short skirt or pants. Plaids will be everywhere and not just standing alone. Find them matched to dark, graphic patterns and layered with contrasting plaids as well. Blanket coats will be a hit in plaid colors. Forever 21 offers a red and navy Plaid Peter Pan Collar Dress that would get an A in any classroom.

Painting Your Daughter's Bedroom Walls the Perfect Color

When it comes to painting the walls of your little girl’s bedroom, choosing the right color can make the difference between a room she loves and a room she hates. As the parent, it’s up to you to figure out the perfect color palette to bring smiles of joy and appreciation. Because this will be her personal space in which to do homework, play and dream, try to discover which colors most suit her personality.

Cheerful little girls usually love bright pinks, tangerines and cool blues. More introverted children will feel at ease surrounded by soft greens and gentle yellows. If your daughter is a serious soul, she may prefer chocolate brown or rich navy blue. Because the bedroom walls will be the backdrop for all the other decorations, get this part right and you are almost home free.

The most obvious way to discover your daughter’s favorite colors is simply to ask her or to show her a color wheel and let her choose from it. If there are no clear-cut winners, notice which crayons or markers she prefers to color with or which clothing choices she loves to wear. A bit of careful observation should provide clues to the perfect paint colors for your little princess.

Best Home Exterior Paint Color Combinations for 2014

Is it time to repaint the outside of your home or to choose what colors will grace the exterior of your new place? Summer trends in exterior house paint for 2014 include a return to the basics, a purposeful blending with the geographic location, an appreciation of architectural style and a gentle push towards making a dramatic but tasteful presentation. Understated elegance might be another way to describe the colors of newly painted homes across the country. Simplicity may be the general rule, but this in no way limits your ability to add your own individual expression.

For example, whites such as Behr’s Ultra Pure White and Sherwin-Williams’ Extra White are going to be best sellers this summer. However, they are less apt to dress the entire body of the house as they are to be dynamic, attention-getting trim against darker dramatic colors. Fine architectural details will pop when outlined in these clean whites. Similarly, creamy shades will be another staple on the exterior house colors paint palette for 2014. Although they will be a popular body choice, they will also be charming accent colors for trim.

Smart home owners like to show off any unique house design or architecture, and one guaranteed way to do that is to let the house colors point out those special features. A charming little craftsman bungalow will ooze personality in Benjamin Moore’s peaceful sage green, Thicket. Minimal trim work of deep blue, purple or gold will complete the look. On the other hand, a relaxed Spanish villa looks best when dressed in casual earthy tones, especially if it is a large structure. Let the red trim-work match the red roof tiles for an impressive overall appearance that does not overwhelm the landscape. Imagine a stately colonial in a classic tan or soft beige with dramatic charcoal trim and white highlights.

Choosing the Right Swimsuit Colors for Summer 2014

This year’s 2014 swimsuit colors and styles are all about having fun in the sun. Both one-piece and two-piece designs are playful and exciting, and best of all, there seems to be a style and color for every shape and skin tone. While bathing-suit shopping may be one of your least favorite pastimes, armed with a little information, you can find the perfect suit to highlight your best features on the beach or at the pool.

For example, neon colors such as lime green, electric pink, citrus yellow and fluorescent orange will be popular again this summer. For a new twist, try mixing and matching tops and bottoms of different colors. You will easily spot neon pops of color in this summer’s bold patterns and prints. Notice them in chevron and geometric styles as well.

California-based Beach Riot promotes “Barbie,” a bright fuchsia color that seems to flatter every skin tone by creating a nice olive glow. This shade also works well as a complement to neon orange and neon yellow. Hot pink is a great choice for those with dark hair and light, creamy skin tones and for redheads.

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