#5 - NinaRibena's Lighthearted & Playful Colour

Name: NinaRibena
Location: Canberra, Australia
Type: Bungalow, Newly extended to 5 bedrooms.

Why I use color:

Life without colour would drive me mad, it gives life to my own environment. The design of a home should absolutely reflect who lives in it, and mine is constantly evolving. I have tried to use colour in a way that adds warmth and fun...

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I have two small children and I choose to credit them with good taste, and so avoiding primary colours in my decoration, I have teamed slightly more sophisticated reds and chartreuse with muted shades of grey/brown in a fun way. Many of the artworks and furnishings are all my own creations, the tall painting in the dining room and the apple-art in the family room tie the colours together perfectly and keep the mood light hearted and playful.

I like my home a little bit zany, luckily I have a husband who lets me go for it (well most of the time)!

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2 Good color tips:

1. all-over room coverage in candy colours can only end in madness (our house when we bought it!)

2. use a theme board or sample board to put your look together before you go for it…and don’t be boring!

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Favorite type and brand of paint:

Wattyl ID, matt acrylic.

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Comments from when entry was posted on AT:NY (oops!):

Nice, but it's mostly the same color scheme used as an accent - I'd like to see a little more variation.

posted by kygirl on 2007-10-05 12:35:28
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Wow. Can I please move in? Seriously, winter is coming in NYC!!

This looks so warm and inviting...love all the fabric on the walls....

posted by Clairepetrol on 2007-10-05 12:36:50
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now THIS is judicious use of colour, and in a home with kids too! it works.

posted by ange_lune on 2007-10-05 12:37:32
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I enjoy and respect this entry, because it seems to be one of only a few, in which the person knows how to truly deal with color, and not just slap up half the color wheel on one wall and call it inventive. Using color needs to be done in an edited manner otherwise i just screams indecision on the part of the owner.
I also really enjoy the furniture placement in the 4th picture. (childs playroom??) its minimal and chic but still comfortable. Nice job!! i vote "insta-finalist"

posted by E.M.H on 2007-10-05 12:39:11
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hi - i'm new here (and probably on the wrong thread). i'm in ny and in the market for a custom rug and looking for any suggestions on stores or contacts in the ny area. we have been working with abc carpet but have run into some problems - the sample we ordered is now 2 months delayed - concerned that the actual rug could take forever. any help with names #s would be appreciated. thanks.

posted by csb123456 on 2007-10-05 12:43:11
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Love all the different patterns in the fabrics usd throughout the space, and I LOVE the bright red and green punches of color. Nothing is overdone, its just enough and its so warm. Great entry.

posted by kasia on 2007-10-05 12:46:01
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csb123456, go to the Open Thread and re-post your question.

I really like this entry! I'm partial to reds, so that's no doubt part of my enthusiasm. Yes, it is "the same color scheme" throughout, but that's a big part of why I think it works. Using color well certainly doesn't mean using EVERY color, does it? This gets an insta-finalist vote from me!

posted by cmcinnyc on 2007-10-05 12:47:31
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csb--repost your question on today's open thread.

This is lovely. Yes, it is the same colour scheme used throughout--and that's mighty difficult. I like how the bright colours are used: just enough to cheer you, not enough to oppress you. Lovely.

posted by Alana in Canada on 2007-10-05 12:50:23
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I love it ... being one of those who move quite often, I love the fact that this is also a to-go color solution.

posted by Emmm on 2007-10-05 12:50:36
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its beautiful - but come on - shouldn't this go in the west coast competitions???

posted by Meg on 2007-10-05 12:51:37
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It's really nice and fun (and I like that you consider your kids to be more sophisticated than red, yellow, and blue); and I love the fabric on the walls, as well as the pink and green throw on the couch (WHERE did you get that??).

I just don't think it's the "boldest" or "most colorful" home I've seen so far.

posted by shani-o on 2007-10-05 12:51:49
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Ooh la la! It looks like you really played around with plums, pinks and reds, and the result is really fun - and I love how those colors interplay with the greens in the last picture. And you really have a great eye for prints.

As for a suggestion - would you consider getting a larger and/or more colorful rug for under the dining table? The barely-big-enough gray rug isn't doing much.

posted by mmadden on 2007-10-05 13:05:12
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