Name: Stephanie Ballard
Location: Charleston, SC
Type of Home: Single Family Home - Two story, 2100 sq ft
What inspired you to use color? My house was big, stark and cold when I bought it. With a two-story family room, whitish-gray walls, and 2 oversized fireplaces, it needed some serious warming up. I wanted it to be dreamy, gorgeous, and rich in color without looking like Pee Wee's playhouse...
For the walls in the kitchen & adjoining sitting room, I chose a leafy-green that was cheerful but still neutral enough I could put almost any accent colors with it. I did the dining area in a chocolate brown to make it feel separate from the adjoining (taupe) living room, but used the same peachy-pink curtains throughout both rooms to keep the space cohesive. The ultra feminine pink curtains also helped offset the virility of the house's architectural features. Repeating the color palette throughout the house — with chocolate floral chairs, a tangerine chandelier, a pear green ottoman and brown transferware — helped unify the space.
Color Tip: I usually try to shoot for something relatively neutral for the walls, and accent with bright punches of color — complementary colors always work great. But the bottom line is, of course, to go with your gut and pick colors that make you happy. A good way to start generating ideas is to scour design magazines and tear out everything that appeals to you. After awhile, you'll notice that there's a common denominator in the pictures you've collected, and that you're drawn to a handful of the same styles and color schemes.
Colors Used: Dining Room: Valspar, Humboldt Earth. Sitting Room: Valspar, Homestead Resort Parlor Sage. Master Bath: Martha Stewart, Vintage Map.
Fall Colors Introduction -------------------------------
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.