Midwest #33: Gretchen's Color Combos

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Name: Gretchen Location: Chicago, IL Type of Home: Duplex Condo What inspired you to use color? My furniture tends to be from flea markets, hand-me-downs, craigslist, the alley - you get the idea! Using color seems to help hide imperfections, tie together varying styles of furniture and somehow make inexpensive furniture look better (whether you paint the walls or the furniture itself.)

Color Tip: This may sound funny, but I look at people's coloring. Auburn hair, pale skin & blue eyes equals a great color combo. You can use a brighter version of the combinations, or a muted one. It seems to work most of the time. My office/playroom is a bright version of a combo of my son and me. He has blonde hair (floor and furniture), deep grey blue eyes (walls), and I have light auburn hair (orange accents) and bright blue eyes (blue accents). I like to look through magazines or sit and people watch. What exists in nature always seems to work. Plus, your palette combinations are limitless!

Colors Used: Benjamin Moore Caramel Latte, Bradstreet Beige, Behr Premium Warm Muffin, Flaming Sword, Dark Granite.

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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.

Best, Maxwell