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Three looks for one space.

With flowers, accessories, and paint, you can produce any style you want

Although furnishings, flooring, and wall surfaces set the tone of a room, you can produce a wide range of interior stylings by varying decorative accessories and colors. In these vignettes, arranged with the help of J.A.G. Staging of Palo Alto and floral designer Jill Slater of the California Cut Flower Commission, we combined a tansu-style chest with different decorative elements to show how you can create three specific moods.

Asian-inspired. Japanese and Chinese artifacts against a dramatic red wall establish the style here, but the simple arrangement of white calla lilies and grass brings it to life. A white phalaenopsis orchid in a pot would produce a similar effect. The small tansu complements the Asian-inspired hardware on the chest and carries the eye up toward the shoji-like hanging screen. Bright red balls provide visual links between the chest and the wall.

WALL COLOR: Maleya Red by Ralph Lauren Paints (800/379-7656)

Country French. Blue and white china patterns contrast with the striped yellow wall and establish a comfortable look, which is enhanced by the flower-filled watering can. The deliberately loose bouquet looks fresh from the garden rather than formally arranged. The casual grouping of collections, such as the antique pewter tankards and leather boxes, reinforces the relaxed look.

WALL COLORS: The darker shade is Tea Time by Infinity, from HomeBase (888/731-2273); the lighter shade is Tea Time mixed with Infinity's Classic White

Contemporary. The keys to this look are geometric lines - the tulip stems, a bold X, simple spheres - and luminous color. Neutral tones of the natural wood photo frame and picture rail and the understated runner add to the sophisticated air.

WALL COLOR: Cactus Blooms by Infinity


Decorating tips

* Be consistent in your choice of accessories, so all decorative elements blend together. Family photos, baskets, and memorabilia are effective in a cozy setting but will look too fussy in a modern design.

* For contemporary and Asian-inspired settings, keep floral arrangements spare and simple, such as a line of single stems, shown above, or the spray of lilies and grasses shown at left. Stick to one or two colors.

* Select a color scheme that suits the effect you want. For example, combining pastel pinks, blues, and yellows produces a soft, pretty look, while dark colors like purple and orange make a stronger, more dramatic statement.

* Use large elements such as pictures and lamps to anchor your composition. Think of flowers and accessories as complements to these focal points.
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Author:Bertelsen, Ann
Date:May 1, 1999
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