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Congratulations and welcome to the end of our August Color Cure! This week we get to sit back, rest and pat ourselves on the back for all the time, energy and work we've done this month working on, or just thinking about, how to make better use of color in our homes.
In the video above, I'm going to wrap it up and specifically highlight some really lovely submissions that came in this month, because, after all, the beauty and inspiration of Apartment Therapy all comes from sharing the great things that others have done. Thank you and enjoy!
Congratulations everyone and see you next time!
Mentioned in this video:
• Laura's Before & After Kitchen
• Marlee's Before & After
• Karen's Before & After
• Monica's Before & After Living Room
• Allison's Color Prescription
• Joanna Toft, Providence, RI - The color cure based on their wedding invitation
"My husband & I purchased our 1200 sq ft 1930's Cape a little over 2 years ago. After months of renovating, (expanding wall openings, repairing electrical, stripping YEARS of wallpaper) we finally decided on a cool, neutral color palette for the furniture, rugs, walls & trim. What we lacked was color. We felt we had the color tones down to a science; the greys, the browns & tans. As self-proclaimed color lovers, we simply couldn't narrow it down. Often we would retreat to our bedroom because there was simply no desire to hangout downstairs. It was blah city. Months went by, we planned our wedding & got married last October, when finally we had an AHA! moment. We came across our wedding invitation amongst the clutter that tends to build when one is in wedding planning mode, and realized we hit the jackpot! Blues, yellows, black & white, even a little red. This was it, our new palette! We took both the actual colors and tones in each color family and just ran with it. What we got was more than just a finished interior (let's be honest, it's never finished!), but warm, casual living/dining rooms where we actually found ourselves having meals & napping on the couch rather then running upstairs. We've also got a daily reminder of one pretty spectacular day!"
• Alison Greene, Arlington, VA - The white kitchen makeover, with blue backsplash
"I hated my old kitchen and knew I wanted to redo it, but at the beginning felt really overwhelmed by all the options. I started saving photos of any kitchen I saw that I liked, and once I'd gathered a bunch of photos, I went through them looking for themes. I quickly realized that the kitchens I liked all had certain features in common: white cabinets, clean design, and some kind of colorful backsplash, usually in subway tile. I was most surprised by the white cabinets; I'd been sure that I wanted dark wood, which is what I normally gravitate toward in the rest of my house. But the photos were clearly telling me that I wanted white -- who knew?
Once I settled on the white cabinets and the blue tile backsplash (blue was easy; I've always loved it), I struggled with what to do for countertops. I brought home dozens of samples and didn't feel happy with anything. Then one day I walked into a store and fell in love with an incredible grey slab that later became my counter.
I spend a huge amount of time in the kitchen. Previously, my pleasure from the room came from its function; I love to cook, and hence I loved being in the kitchen. Now, though, the room itself is beautiful. I feel like I'm cooking in a painting. I love it."
• Lynda Graham, Sutton, Quebec, CA - The red accent bathroom
"I have always loved red. Maybe it is being British and growing up with red phone boxes and red postboxes. Or spending years working in China where red symbolizes good fortune and joy. My eye is always caught by clear, strong true reds.
I recently turned my attic into a very cool loft style bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom is wedge shaped and lit by a skylight so light from above but no view other than the sky. When I started looking for tiles all the colours were so blaagh - murky browns and wishy washy beiges. I knew that I wanted the floor to be a soft grey and the rest mostly white but it risked looking like an operating room. I called a good friend who suggested red as a contrast. At first it seemed outrageous for a bathroom but using red for the wall tiles inside the shower plus for towels and accents was exactly the solution. It is strong, dynamic and makes me feel great every morning."
• Rama Ananth, Bangalore, India - The yellow and green bedroom
"We had just shifted to our house which was still not fully ready. I was just lying on the floor for we didn't have bed, and was just gazing at the ceiling. We built a Spanish style villa for ourselves and we had to shift before it got ready to speed up matter which could be done only by living on the site.
We had used Bamboo rafters instead of wood as wood in India is very expensive.We painted the Bamboo rafters dark green and since we had tall ceilings we used these rafters to add beauty to it, and this has been used all over our house, both inside and outside.
The walls were white.
Well as I was gazing at the ceiling of white and green Bamboo rafters the image of having a nice yellow ceiling flashed in my mind's eye, and there and then I decided to give textured finish to yellow ceiling, and right in front of me was a huge mirror framed with rough green painted Bamboo, and again the color Turquoise green flashed in my mind's eye, and these two colors jelled so well, with green Bamboo rafters, that I just couldn't wait to see the finished room.
For the turquoise green color too, I decided to give a shaded / textured look and when finished it was indeed the coolest bedroom in the world. Both these colors are so soothing to the eye, plus there is the usual white to break the monotony. See for yourself:"
"Nothing you do for your home is ever wasted."
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• Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure
• Week One: Color Families
• Week Two: Warm and Cool Colors
• Week Three: The 80/20 Rule
• Week Four: Easily Changeable Color