It's Only Colour - Mila and Elena's Bedroom

Small Kids, Big Color Entry #44

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Name: Mila (5) and Elena (3) Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Color Inspiration: This room used to be the Master; we'd originally painted the red walls for us parents. When I set out to do an update on the room the girls begged me to keep the colour. (They are their mother's daughters.) I added in more colour and white where possible to keep it from being dark and overwhelming. The quilt on the bed was made by me, with contributions from an on-line quilt bee. It's a great focal point with my grandmother's embroidery above the bed. Ultimately, it is a bright room that for sleeping, playing, and creating. It also showcases family creativity in handmade treasures like the quilts and embroidery, but also my father's crochet and their own artwork.

Tip for Using Color: Don't be afraid of colour, even red walls. So many people save colour for accents. While that can and does look great, a big mix of colours on multiple surfaces also looks great. To keep it from looking like a preschool only choose two of the three primary colours.

Colors Used: Red on walls. Green and white on the dresser (vintage hand-me-down). Yellow and turquoise on the quilt (homemade). Rainbow sort on the bookshelf. Turquoise with orange, yellow, and green on the carpet (IKEA, but no longer available). White curtains (IKEA Ninni Trad)

Thanks for your colorful entry Cheryl and good luck!

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