Midwest #24: Arno's Attic Abode

Name: Arno Location: Chicago, IL Type of Home: Rent-to-own What inspired you to use color? Color is in my blood. I'm Mexican and everything in my culture is colorful and vibrant. As an artist, I'm inspired by many things but my aesthetic is to have everything stand out on its own. Every object should have its story to tell and yet still be able to relate to everything else, just like plants do in an elaborate garden.

Inspiration continued:If you look at nature, there are so many color combinations that anything new we think we have come up with, has probably been done already. I look at plants and the animal kingdom for inspiration.

Color Tip: When using color, don't be afraid to be yourself and pick colors that move you. My favorite thing to do is to use the power of three; whether it’s combining colors, textures and time periods, it works every time. It creates a harmonious mixture and balance. Color is just a coat of paint that can easily be covered, so whether you rent or own, you should always make it your own. Life is full of expressions and the only risks are the ones we don’t take.

Colors Used: I'm not sure what exact color names I used here, but I like Ralph Lauren’s finishes and Sherwin Williams’ large color selection. Basically, there are no good or bad colors; it’s in combining them that we create what works or doesn’t work for us.

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Welcome, everyone, to our Fourth Annual Fall Colors Sharing & Contest. We're looking for the most beautiful & colorful home in the world and sharing all of the great ideas we get with our readers. This year we're amping things up and hoping to do things better than ever. There are two basic phases, the Sharing Phase and the Voting Phase...

1. Sharing Phase - you comment, judges decide

The 40 best, completed entries will be posted on a daily basis for three weeks. You can view them all at anytime via our new, improved contest pages under ALL ENTRIES. During this time your comments are VERY IMPORTANT as our six judges will be choosing 16 finalists from each region based on comments and their own colorful opinion.

2. Voting Phase - you vote til you drop

Starting October 20th, finalist voting will begin on a daily basis through our new bracketed voting system, which will pit our 16 finalists against one another until only one remains. Sound exciting? We hope so.

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