U.S. Winner - Kellie's "Bright & Beachy" Room

Kellie lives in Marina Del Rey, so it's no surprise that she looked to the beach as a point of inspiration for her living room decor. What is surprising is the colors she used. Rather than going for the more-expected blues, she rocked out the red, bringing the warmth indoors, with just a touch of turquoise to set it off.

The bright red walls help define the fireplace as the focal point of the room, but the drama doesn't stop there. A triptych of oversized black and white photos of the beach provide another unexpected, slightly edgy reference to the California lifestyle. The dark brown color of the wood floors are echoed in the floor to ceiling drapes, fireplace surround and floating bookshelves, while providing a perfect backdrop to the boldly patterned rug. Kellie's final nod to a day at the beach? Gold accents, from twin cocktail tables to a classic sunburst mirror.

International Winner - Jane's "Comic Strip " Room

Jane's room is all about a fearless, joyful use of color! Inspired by a comic-strip-style portrait done by a friend, Jane embraced the same bright, warm colors throughout her room, including the showstopper piece, a classic sofa reupholstered in both a lime green velvet and a red geometric print.

The bold combination of colors is done with skill. She carefully balances all of the brights with doses of black and white to help anchor the room. A savvy color tip from Jane: "If you're using lots of color for an eclectic look then stick with either bold primary colors or pastels but never combine the two." Good advice!

Finalists

Kellie's "Bright & Beachy" Room

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Amit's "Lake Inspired" Room

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Allie's "Contrasting Neutrals" Room

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Dana's "Sweet Navy" Room

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Jane's "Comic Strip " Room

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The Power is in the Palette!

The Room for Color contest is our annual celebration of beautiful rooms where the stylish use of color is key. For 2012, it's organized around the type of palette used - warm, cool, light or dark.  All sizes and types of rooms are welcome, just choose the one space in your home that best shows off your color savvy and enter today!

Or, if you are just thinking about adding more color to your interiors but don't know where to begin, this is a perfect way to gather inspiration and color confidence. By selecting your favorites, you'll be helping to choose our winner while gaining tips and knowledge.

Enter to win or discover wonderful new rooms for your inspiration file, either way, join us!

Schedule

September 24 - October 17 Submit Your Entry
October 1 - October 29 Choose Your Favorite Entries
October 30 - October 31 Vote for Grand Prize Winner