I've Got Color! Contest: Charmaine's Guest Room for Baby

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Name: Charmaine
Location: Long Beach, CA

Why I use color:

"My husband and I just had a baby boy and needed our additional room to be both a guest bedroom and baby bedroom. We decided that the room had to be inviting to the baby without being overly cliché and cutesy which is often the case with most available baby specific decor. Babies can appreciate flow with the decor found in the rest of the house in order to create a cohesive inclusive environment. To achieve our goal, we decided to use chocolate with yellow and blue for the walls. The rich chocolate color provided a warm and inviting coziness needed in the often hectic life of a new baby and new parents. The light blue we used on the upper portion of the walls opened up the room in a sky-like fashion and counter-balance the dark brown. The pear green served as a nice transitional accent between the light and dark colors. "

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Color Tips:

"1. A good place for color ideas is in your own closet. You will often see a reoccurring color theme in your clothing. Work off of that color palate since they often represent color choices that you are happy with and are able to live with.
2. Break up the color in the room and apply the rule of thirds. For
example, we painted the lower two thirds of the room in a darker color and the upper third in lighter colors. Similar to a photography, the rule of thirds helps in the composition of the room.
3. Choose a favorite or significant object with color for inspiration
and color scheme ideas. We used a favorite pillow as the basis for the room."

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Color Resources:
1. Print Media. Media such as billboards and ads often have simplified
color schemes.
2. Art. A favorite painting can often be a source of color inspiration.

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