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I am regularly approached for "a word" of design advice. What would YOU do in this and that case?
This is not a rare occurrence and as flattering as it is to be asked, giving advice for a space you usually have not seen is at best tricky.
Hence, this column: 
I will post  general advice in answer to non site-specific questions I have been asked. 
You may participate, of course. 
That would be so much fun. 
Just keep it relatively general, if you could. 


Alexandra:  I LOVE hot pink, but I am nervous about using it in my home. Any suggestions for how to use it, how much to use?

The key when painting a room a very bright color is to tone it down visually with a neutral tone. Having said that, don't be afraid to go bright; a whishy-washy approach would not be successful. Don't be afraid to jump in the pool but start with the shallow end, if you know what I mean...

White is a great way to "break" bright pink; it softens it and gives a more modern edge.

there are many shades of hot pink some more purple than others and the choice is up to you. Let me suggest a few:

A true Schiaparelli shocking pink
Ralph lauren Racer 

a soft  paler version
Ralph Lauren Sedona

A warmer tone.; very much like blush on your cheeks
Benjamin Moore 2000-30

A slightly purple version. Sophisticated and gutsy.
Benjamin Moore Gypsy pink 2077-20
Toning down hot pink with a darker like shade keeps it happy and "classic"


If you are unsure, try it in small doses at first

Even trying out the shade in accessories as a trial run and in small quantity can be a good idea.

Vincent Wolfe did not hesitate to saturate a room for one of his clients with very bright hot pink. Mix with orange and purple and voila, Fabulous!
So if you want to jump off the high board right away....

Good luck with your project and please let me know how it developed.
If you, my readers, have design questions you may want help with, please let me know. I will happily put in my 2 cents.

bon weekend.

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