Ohdeedoh Kids' Color Contest
Entry #32: Sophia's Sunshine

Ohdeedoh Kids' Color Contest
Entry #32: Sophia's Sunshine

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Carrie McBride
Nov 4, 2008

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Name: Dominique
Location: Buffalo, NY
Children: Sophia, 3 1/2 years old and Ethan, 9 months old

Inspiration: Being a photographer, quality of light is what I am drawn to the most when selecting colors for our home. When we renovated this room to be Sophia's bedroom, I knew I wanted to make the most of the intense sunlight that filled the room for most of the day. The orange that we chose takes on many different moods throughout the day, in the morning it reflects the sunrise and is intense and rejuvenating. As the afternoon goes on and into the evening, the room becomes cozy and warm. At bedtime, it is soft on the eyes.

Inspiration Continued: As for accessorizing the room, there is a large pine tree outside of the window, and I wanted to bring that sense of nature inside. Sophia is a lover of all that is nature, and I love modern pattern and shape. The leaves on the tree are embroidery hoops that have been painted and filled with bold patterned fabrics. I tried to echo those fresh colors in toys and other artwork in the space. The deep browns in the room reflect the style throughout our house but also ground the room by giving a richness of color and a place for eyes to rest.

Tip for Using Color: I can't even tell you how long it took me to decide on how to choose color.....I knew I wanted orange but decided to choose the fabrics first, knowing that the palette of paint is unlimited. With such a strong color like orange, I think there needs to be a balance of neutrals as well so that the space is not too overstimulating!

Colors Used: Sherwin Williams Copper Harbor (but slightly modified to be made a hint darker.)

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