#5 - Melissa's Color Extensions

Name: Melissa S.
Location: Bloomfield, NJ
Type: House, owned

Why I use color:

Color is an extension of who I am. I use it in my home to help me enjoy the space I live in. My husband and I just bought our first house last year. I couldn't wait to try out new color combinations. After many gallons of paint and four failed color attempts of painting the hallway I'm finally happy with the results...

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Dining Room

I used calmer more subtle colors for the areas we spend a lot of time in. I went vibrant and bold in the basement as it¹s a contained space and could handle such energetic contrasting colors.

For the sunroom I painted the ceiling a sea glass blue to give the sense of a sky overhead and then picked out cushions to match for the chairs. For the dining room I decided to frame the view by painting the archway from the hallway a warm dark brown.

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Dining Room

2 Good color tips:

1. When picking out colors also consider the tonal value in relation to which features you want to accentuate in your home. In my house I painted the hallway a warm dark brown. All the rooms that were off of the hallway I painted a lighter color to give the feeling of brightness as you entered into the rooms.

2. Pick a color from each room and carry it through to the next as an accent for a continuous sense of color.

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Favorite type and brand of paint:

Chaste Fern, Pratt & Lambert

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