The 2013 Room for Color Winners!

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...and it's a wrap! I hope you've enjoyed the past month as much as we have. It's been four fast moving weeks filled to the brim with peeks inside the homes of nearly 150 color lovers from around the globe. We've packed in as much smart, real-life design as we could but the time has finally come to award our prizes, hand out some bragging rights and celebrate the winners of Room for Color 2013...

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Bravo, Rachel! This year's Grand Prize-winning room shows off a palette that elegantly walks the line between serene and energetic, warm and cool, trendy and classic. Soft gray walls and a vibrant mossy green sofa make for a just-right level of coziness without feeling ho hum - it's fresh and fashionable. The strong textures also add to the appeal: the velvet sofa, sisal flooring, raw edge wooden table and a woven throw all work together to add depth and warmth to the sunny space.

A great color lesson to take away from Rachel's room is that it's always wise to go with a color you know and love as the anchor to your design plan. The gorgeous, green sofa upholstery is nearly the same hue as the dresses her bridesmaids wore, so she was confident that it was the right choice. That's exactly the type of color fearlessness that goes a long way toward creating a unique, beautiful, well-loved home.

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Paisan's beautiful bedroom is definitely ready for design primetime! Bright orange, crisp white, and classic cobalt, used here in boldly patterned wallpaper and wide swaths of pure concentrated wall color, make for a harmonious, happy combination. The palette successfully contrasts with the restrained dark floors, cocktail table and impressively scaled bed.

One of the secrets to Paisan's success is the embrace of traditional furniture and accessories, along with the use of strict symmetry to help "ground" the more elaborate design elements and balance the bright orange walls. Note how the the daybed is flanked with pairs of matching etageres, lamps and statement-sized vases, and then centered between sections of impeccably finished wall panels. Thanks to the attention to scale and pristine paint job, the impact is pleasantly dramatic It's high glam yet still clearly comfortable and livable - the best of both worlds!

Congratulations and three cheers to Rachel and Paisan as well as to our other division finalist winners, Stacey, Kelly and Laura!

A sincere thanks to all the color-lovers who shared their style with us this year by taking the time to put together and submit an entry. To all of our wonderful readers who followed along and voted on the entries, thanks - it's your feedback and participation that make this contest so much fun. Finally, a round of internet applause from all of us for our fabulous judges, Abigail, Jessica, Doug, Gene and Jon for sharing their time and expertise and huge thanks to our sponsor, Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams for their support and generosity - we appreciate it!

→Visit the contest page to see all of the inspiring Room for Color 2013 entries

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