Congratulations to Alison, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for her grand-prize winning colorful room. She made the most of a gorgeous vintage architectural detail in her home by choosing just the right color to highlight and give an updated feel to the dark wood trim in her living room.
The deep teal-blue paint is an excellent backdrop to Alison's furnishings — from the dark gray sofa to a warm mustard-yellow rocker and in combination with the dark blue rug and navy and white patterned throw and pillow. The artwork, framed in black with light mats, shines against the strong solid color. The use of a fun, ultra-decorative wallpaper (by Orla Kiely) in the adjacent entryway completes the look and echoes the teal in the floral pattern. As Alison shares, "Pick a color you adore and use it in your house...you won't be unhappy when you choose a color that you love." More of Alison's style can be seen in her House Tour, featured on Apartment Therapy in 2010.
Bernd, from Vienna, Austria is our International Division winner for 2011. His apartment has many enviable architectural details — high ceilings, big windows, beautiful herringbone hardwood floors and double doors — but the part of the design that is so engaging is the relaxed yet accomplished way in which he's incorporated pieces and colors with a modern sensibility into this classic space.
The palette he's chosen continues the fresh look kicked off by the eclectic mix of furniture in the multipurpose living and dining room. A light and bright pastel blue is a lovely counterpart to the warm golden wood floors and the bright reddish pink rug, while a just right more cool-than-warm neutral beige provides, as Bernd states, "a perfect background for my own little art collection".
The Room for Color contest is our annual search for beautiful, colorful interiors. We welcome rooms of all sizes and styles - small or big, traditional or fashion forward, found in homes that have been years in the making or in first apartments. If you have a fantastic, color savvy room to share, this is your contest. Enter today!
Or, if you are just thinking about bringing more color to your home but don't know where to begin, this is a perfect "Color Confidence" course. There will be lots of inspiration in the entries and you can help choose our winner while gaining tips and knowledge.
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