August 2011 Newsletter


A Note From Wendy
Feature Article: Dorm Decorating? 8 Fun Ideas for Your College Pad
Color of the Month:How to Pair Colors Like a Pro
About Wendy Interiors


August means warm weather, lazy summer days, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.  And it is also the time we start thinking about “Back to School.”  This month’s article shares 8 fun ideas for decorating a dorm room.  But even if you don’t have a child in college, these ideas are great for all small bedrooms.

And in our Color of The Month section, you’ll see something different.  Instead of telling you about one color, we show you how to combine colors like a pro.

Enjoy your summer!



4Decorating a college dorm room can be a challenge.  The room is usually small, and the decorating needs to be temporary.  Use these fun ideas to make the most of your personal space.

1. Mirrors – Hang mirrors to add depth and dimension.  Hanging several smaller mirrors in a group can add lots ofvisual interest, while using one large mirror will instantly create the illusion of more space.

2. Under-bed storage – Take advantage of every inch of space. Beautiful baskets, plastic bins,and rolling drawers create easy-to-use extra storage that you can hide under your bed.

3. Lamps – Don’t simply rely on the overhead lighting that comes in your room.  Add a few lamps.  This not only creates interest and personality, but with light coming from several different directions, the room feels larger.

4. Color – If you want your room to feel larger, stick to one color.  Use similar hues on walls, bedding, and furniture.  But it’s not all about feeling larger.  If you like color, go for it!  Combining colors can add excitement and cheerfulness.

5. Multi-purpose – To make the most of a small room, choose furniture that can be used for more than one purpose.  A small table and chair placed next to the bed can be used as a nightstand, as well as a writing desk.  A bench can act as storage and extra seating.

6. Temporary wall coverings – Want to add bold color and pattern to your walls without angering the “landlord?”  Try contact paper.  You can create fun designs, and it peels off easily.

7. Baskets, baskets, baskets – Baskets add tons of much-needed storage space.  They complement almost any style, so they can be left out as beautiful, functional accessories.  Have fun choosing designs that you love.  You can store schoolbooks, toiletries, shoes… anything!

8. Expand the closet – Clear storage boxes, covered bins, and stacking containers make a closet seem double the size and hold twice as much.  Plus they make it easy to pack up when it’s time to move out.  Just grab your containers and go.


Combining colors is often a challenge for homeowners.  Which color goes nicely with brown?  How do you add color to a blue room?  The following tips will give you confidence to add the right hues to your home.

Know The Three Basic Color Schemes

• Monochromatic – colors with the same hue but different values (brown and taupe; two shades of blue)

• Analogous – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel and thus similar (green and yellow; red and purple).  Rooms can use three analogous colors for more excitement, like green, yellow, and orange.  A subtler, more sophisticated analogous combination could be yellow-green, yellow, and orange-yellow.

• Complementary – color-wheel opposites.  Complementary colors give the most contrast and are exciting to the eye (orange and blue; red and green)

Take a Cue from Mother

Mother Nature, that is!  Colors that are found together in the great outdoors are also beautiful when combined in the home.  Think of a light blue sky paired with silvery white clouds.  Or a forest with its combination of greens mixed with tree bark brown.  If it’s pleasing in nature, it’ll be sure to please you inside, as well.

Look to Your Closet

Think about the color combinations you enjoy wearing.  What accent colors do you add to your outfits?  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says,”If you look and feel good with those colors on, you’ll like them around you.”

When adding new color to your home, remember to stay classic with your largest, most expensive pieces.  That way, when you choose to make any changes, you just need to switch small accessories and other inexpensive items.  Easy!