Southwest #17: Chris & Kendra's Eyeball Tickler

Name: Chris & Kendra
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Type of Home: Live/Work Loft Townhome

What inspired you to use color? We want our home to reflect our love of art and design, finding a current way to showcase our midcentury modern and pop art influences. There is a misperception that contemporary spaces are cold and unlivable, but we prove that with the use of color and natural materials (stainless steel, walnut, flokati rug, teak wood, and concrete-look corian), a modern interior can be warm and comfortable. We want visitors to be surprised at every turn (not unlike Gehry designs), giving them a new view from every living space. We painted accent colors on key walls, so that every vantage would include more than one color field. From any room, you see multiple color planes, kind of like a Mondrian painting in 3-D. We left the largest walls white to leave big areas for our growing art collection, and so we could feel like we live in an art gallery!

Color Tip: Avoid painting all the walls in a room the same color...it's much more interesting to create focal walls. Find a way to connect two smaller spaces with a colored wall extending from one room into another, or taking the same flooring through multiple areas to elongate the space. Select colors that are less saturated than you think you want, because in large areas and different light (especially sunlight), they will seem much brighter than the paintchip. Don't be afraid to be eclectic and mix colors, patterns, and elements of different styles. Surround yourself with things you love and have collected and want to look at every day!

Colors Used: Swampwater, Stone, Bangkok Rust

Fall Colors Introduction -------------------------------

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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 till 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

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