I've Got Color! Contest: Liz & Josh's Pink Capitol Wakeup Call

I've Got Color! Contest: Liz & Josh's Pink Capitol Wakeup Call

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 20, 2005

Name: Liz & Josh
Location: Washington, DC (Capitol Hill)

Why we use color:

"We have a small townhouse on Capitol Hill with a combined living room/dining room that leads into the kitchen. Color creates dimension and add depth to the space we're working with. Such bright color can tend to be a bit overwhelming, so we chose to repeat teal accents sparingly to keep eyes moving around the room and to create a focus. Most of all, we use color because it's fun. We grew up with stenciled and beige walls and didn't want a Midwest home on the East coast. Color wakes us up, keeps our blood flowing and energizes us."

Color Tips:

"1. Use high quality paints. We found that Ralph Lauren paints were the richest in color and boldest.

2. Shop sale racks discount stores (Marshalls TJ Maxx). There's a reason they're at those places and many times it's because it's not a popular color.

3. Don't be scared. If you're like us and have grown up with beige walls, going for a bold color can be a little scary. You can always paint over things. We've chosen to go bold with paint rather than a refrigerator, which we'd be less likely to replace."

Color Resources:

"1. The UK. We discovered the beauty of a pink kitchen while vacationing in the London. We visited a woman's home who had a pink kitchen, with the theme continuing at the Jamie Oliver owned restaurant, Fifteen, which was also decorated in pink.

2. Our grandparents. We love vintage items. They're weathered and "well-loved" items. Not to mention, your grandparents gave up on style a long time ago, so there's sure to be some unique items."

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