#21 - Lori's Cool Refuge

#21 - Lori's Cool Refuge

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Maxwell Ryan
Oct 16, 2007
Name: Lori Location: Surfside, FL Type: Owned 3 bedroom house (1650 sq ft) Why I use color: Color is the best way to set the mood of a space. As a transplanted northerners, we needed our home to be a cool refuge from the subtropical Miami weather, and I've used color to visually refresh when we walk in the door...
We wanted the color scheme to complement the clean mid-century modern lines of the house and highlight the original features, like the terrazzo floors and large windows. The color also serves to down play the low-ish ceilings with little contrast between wall and ceiling. I also think a home should acknowledge its location, so I've incorporated shades of water and sky, from the ocean a few blocks away. There are various pale shades on the walls, grey-green, pale blue and faded yellow, which I like to offset with accessories in more saturated tones, like golden yellow, cobalt and lime green. Tranquility is key as a family with two young boys, so the master bedroom is a serene lavender, with shades of grey and white offset by a turquoise lamp and artwork. We wanted to keep my son's room in line with the rest of the house, but more playful with little pops of color. 2 Good color tips: 1) Color is relational and changes depending on what it is near, like the floor color or view out the window, and light has everything to do with what a color looks like and how it changes throughout the day. 2) The color never looks like the paint chip, so you either have to be flexible and satisfied with a surprise, or plan to repaint at least once to get the exact color. Favorite type and brand of paint: Benjamin Moore
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