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Article posted: 2/25/2013 7:00 AM

TV designer encourages strong choices in color, decor

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Reflective nail heads and white trim create a tailored look that means the dining room can carry a deep blue on walls and chairs.

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Thom Filicia's latest book is published by Clarkson/Potter.

Thom Filicia used Kohler products in his lake home, including Chalkstrip Vanities and antique wallmount faucets.

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Designer Thom Filicia tells how he fixed up and decorated his New York lake house.

Eric Piasecki

Thom Filicia went for drama in the powder room.

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The view from the kitchen sink is a neighbor's fence, so Thom Filicia made the windows only large enough to bring in light. The faucet is Kohler's HiRise.

Eric Piasecki

Thom Filicia muted colors in his sunroom so he could mix an earthy red, pale green and quiet mustard.

Eric Piasecki

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Is there any decorating skill more exciting or scarier than using color? Yes, we all say we want the personalization and drama that color brings, but the challenges of making it work are enough to send DIY homeowners whimpering to designers. Thom Filicia, known for his television shows, especially "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," gives solid decorating tips, including how to use color, in his new book, "American Beauty,"
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    • Reflective nail heads and white trim create a tailored look that means the dining room can carry a deep blue on walls and chairs.
    • Thom Filicia’s latest book is published by Clarkson/Potter.
    • Thom Filicia used Kohler products in his lake home, including Chalkstrip Vanities and antique wallmount faucets.
    • Designer Thom Filicia tells how he fixed up and decorated his New York lake house.
    • Thom Filicia went for drama in the powder room.
    • The view from the kitchen sink is a neighbor’s fence, so Thom Filicia made the windows only large enough to bring in light. The faucet is Kohler’s HiRise.
    • Thom Filicia muted colors in his sunroom so he could mix an earthy red, pale green and quiet mustard.
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