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Alyssa Brown

Alyssa is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com.
Selecting colors is always a complicated part of the home-painting process, but choosing white paints can be especially challenging—even for interior designers. You have to consider all kinds of factors: Is the lighting natural or artificial? Is the white hue itself going to cast a color? Are there any patterned wallpapers visible nearby? All of these are questions to ask when determining the best white paint color for any room. It's a dilemma most professionals face, says interior designer Melissa Rufty. "Selecting a white paint seems simple in theory, but I find it's actually the most complicated. What many don't realize is that white is actually a color. Whites will give off a pink, yellow, blue, or even green cast," she says. Selecting the perfect white paint color can feel impossible (there are so many options!), so we've called on a variety of experts to do the work for you.
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Follow these steps to up your entertainment's aesthetic and stage ambience.
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Partnering with a young business to plan your dream wedding can be a rewarding experience, but there are some important things to consider before sealing the deal.
First things first: Thoroughly read the couple's invitation and wedding website before you reach out with questions.
Share your best adventures with your loved ones via your big-day menu and décor.
Partnering with a young business to plan your dream wedding can be a rewarding experience, but there are some important things to consider before sealing the deal.
First things first: Thoroughly read the couple's invitation and wedding website before you reach out with questions.
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Not necessarily, but it is important that you make sure they're aware of—and ideally comfortable with—your plans.
Here are some tactics to guide you through all the what-if scenarios.
Without ruining the surprise and letting him see your gown before the big day.
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You don't have to over-prepare, but you'll want to do some research beforehand.
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Neither of you should feel like you're compromising on what you want.
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It's doable, but you'll need to be very organized to pull it off.
Help make the day fun and memorable—in a good way.
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Plus, advice on remedying each situation.
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