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Floor coverings should be neutral colors also. Dark green tile throughout most of the house might seem chic today but not so much in a few years. Wood floors are always in vogue, so that choice is safe. Wall-to-wall carpet is always welcome; here again, select a color that is neutral.

 By Katie Brisichella

Interior design is experiencing a surge of optimism, regardless of the woes in real estate. Color trends are bursting with life, excitement and sophistication.

In 2007, there is a "new elegance" found in soft window treatment designs. You will see designing with a touch of elegance and gorgeous glamour, but kept on a modest scale. Most of us want to live, feel and experience the good things of life, including beauty and loveliness on a daily, personal basis.

Perhaps you have noticed areas in your home where your furniture, flooring, artwork or even your window coverings are fading. Try lifting an area rug or turning over some throw pillows and there is a good chance that that you have already been subjected to sun damage. UV (ultraviolet) rays are the leading cause of fading. The second biggest contributor is heat. By reducing both of these properties in a building we are able to preserve its contents.

Some tips and trends for choosing the right drapery, shade or valance

Fall often is the time when people realize their window treatments could use a fashion makeover. Daylight hours grow shorter. Temperatures, cooler. Cocooning sets in. Warmth and privacy become priorities.

But choosing the right window treatment is not always an open-and-shut case.

You can make the room feel better proportioned by changing the emphasis from the fireplace wall at the end, to the window in the middle of the room.

This can be accomplished with just a few steps and the first is to paint all the walls, including the fireplace, in a single colour.

This may mean replacing the wood panelling with drywall if you choose, or painting the wood and brick with an appropriate paint.

Black and white, the yin and yang of the design world, is a cornerstone of classic home decor.

The versatile palette transforms easily from warm to opulent to modern to peaceful, which is why the combination has been used for centuries.

"It has been a staple in our lives since the beginning of time," said Elizabeth Rosensteel, owner and lead designer of Elizabeth Rosensteel Designs in Phoenix.

The contemporary home easily incorporates these colors with its sleek, modern and clean feel.

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The red kilim pillow clashes with the subdued color scheme and the texture is not a good match.

We photographed this sophisticated, French-inspired living room at the Ethan Allen in Woodbury, then added one clunker. Have you found it?

What doesn't work?

 by Linda Spence

In all your rooms, select wall colors to complement furnishings and consider color changes wherever floor materials vary. Seek paints with ecological qualities and no off-gassing. Sleekness and freshness in your backdrop, contrasted with furniture textures, will give your home a modern edge.

Choose white sinks and chromed retro-style faucets and fixtures in the kitchens and bath. Hang Roman-style reed shades over windows to control glare. Decorate with large interior plants that help air quality.

By ROBYN FRIEDMAN

Most developers incorporate a basic automation system into their units and allow buyers to upgrade as they desire. Mr. DeClemente has created systems with 16 zones of distributed audio, full lighting, and shading packages that control multiple shades on each window and extensive lighting controls. He's also installed high-end components such as Krell Evolution amplifiers and $18,000 Aviamo televisions for his clients. Despite the complexity and cost of these systems, they're intuitive and easy to use.

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