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posted: 7/29/2012 1:00 AM

House colors establish comfort, personality

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By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann
Scripps Howard News Service

Is it time to recolor your home? The colors you pick are important, as they not only reflect your personality, but also help you feel comfortable in your surroundings.

Color is sometimes difficult to choose even if you think you know what colors you want to live with. I've talked much about color before, so you might have an inkling on what colors to pick, but in case you are still wondering, I've found a website that has a fun "how to" site. The site is at www.purehome.com.

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The idea behind Pure Home is to help take the anxiety out of selecting the colors that best suit you. The site has a step-by-step selection process that is fun to explore. You will have to sign in at some point, so no doubt you will be receiving emails. But you can unsubscribe if you don't want to be bothered.

The site has more than just help with color selection. You get to choose the style you like, such as contemporary, country or traditional. Then the site helps you coordinate color combinations based on colors you choose. When you pick the colors, the site tells you where to buy them.

After you are comfortable with color selections, you have the option to check furniture. The site tells you where to find the furniture you like or at least find the manufacturer of the furniture styles that you like. And the site even helps you select and find flooring and accessories.

• Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color."

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