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Kim Myles: Life, Style and Design

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Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: How much is too much? Dear Kim, I am decorating my new co-op with my hubby and was wondering how many colors is too many in one room. I hear that you should choose two colors as a color palette then add a splash of color with a third. Does that make sense? KIM MYLES:  I think three colors is a great rule of thumb. If you choose your two main colors, plus what I like to call a "surprise" color, you'll be in a great position. Once you've chosen your three, you can play within those palettes as much as you like. For example, if you choose cognac and chocolate brown for your walls, you can then decorate with caramel, wheat, beige-- basically any shade within the brown family. The same rule applies for the surprise color, and the result will give you a space that feels rich, layered, and cohesive. Read more: Need help selecting furniture for your space? Have a disagreement with your spouse on a color to paint your walls? Toddlers making your home look like a storm rolled through it and need help adjusting for their mess? Send your design question to webmaster@essence-online.com. Please keep the questions brief and as detailed as possible. Remember, the more information you offer, the more Kim will be able to help!
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