Over the weekend, our color-savvy judges (designers and shopkeepers Alicia & Robert of Unison, designers and authors Jeanine & Bryan of Aphrochic and design blogger and author Holly of decor8) had some homework. They voted on your top 5 choices in each of our divisions. We (triple) counted their votes, read their ballot responses and now are proud to announce the division winners who are also the finalists for the Room for Color 2014 grand prize vote! Check them out, congratulate them on their division win and then click on through to the main contest page to vote for the one room you think should take the big prize...
Warm Division Finalist: Monica's "Zest for Life" Room
What our judges had to say about Monica's room:
Jeanine & Bryan of AphroChic: We loved the warm color palette that Monica used in her home. The rug brings together the various shades of blue and yellow beautifully. And she employed a design nice trick, tying the two different side chairs together by painting them both black and upholstering them in the same yellow fabric. Great idea!
Holly of decor8: I thought Monica’s color choices were unusual, bold and artistic. Her room reminded me of a painting. I can tell she is very artsy and fearless with color which I admire.
Cool Division Finalist: Jessie's "Bright Cobalt & Aqua" Room
Alicia & Robert of Unison: Overall the white and fairly open walls, floor and abundance of natural light combined with blue bold furniture pieces worked for coolness. They did a great job carrying the three main colors/elements throughout.
Jeanine & Bryan of AphroChic: This is absolutely one of our favorite color palettes. Varying shades of blue and bright yellow go so well together. This nursery has a sophisticated color story that has been executed beautifully.
Light Division Finalist: George's "Soft Modern Mix" Room
Holly of decor8: George’s post and beam home is amazing and I love how he lightened up everything with pale paint and neutral furnishings but still left some of the original wood peeking through to preserve character. It’s hard to do that in an older home – you fear painting wood because you’ll somehow take away from the history or whatever – but I think you just have to jump in and go for it and make a home your own. You can’t always let the history of the home dictate the future of it. I also voted for this entry as my first choice because it’s a huge space the volume of work painting it alone must have been an overwhelming task, so props George!
Dark Division Finalist: Amanda's "Dramatic Slate" Bathroom
Jeanine & Bryan of AphroChic: This bathroom has a lovely use of color. The slate wall is the perfect backdrop to the claw foot tub and modern fixtures.
Holly of decor8: Stunning and unexpected to go so dark and dramatic in a bathroom - I love the color combination and how inviting it is.