Cookin' with Color

Designer Tracey Rapisardi shares her tips for colorful rooms with plenty of taste.

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Coordinate colors
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Coordinate colors

A designer's job is to give your home a complete look without "making things matchy-matchy," Tracey says. "There should be some individuality to the room, but the elements still have to go together." She wove similar shades of pink, blue, and green throughout the house for cohesion, but chose various patterns and fabrics to spice things up.

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