Southwest #20 RachelRachel's Neutral Color Flow

Southwest #20 RachelRachel's Neutral Color Flow

Gregory Han
Oct 14, 2008

fallcolors3.jpgName: RachelRachel
Location: Solana Beach, CA
Type of Home: Condo

What inspired you to use color? Starting with neutral taupe walls and the white trim as my backdrop, I slip-covered my sofa and ottoman in a neutral off white duck. I wanted to be able to seasonally change the look of my home, and using bright coral and soft yellow throw pillows in an elegant shantung was key. The pillows can be changed at whim. The chocolate bamboo flooring, with white wool rugs in both the dining and living area anchored the narrow, small space. In addition, a piece of artwork from the Summer Olympics in Munich adds whimsy (and a reminder of precariousness of life) and additional color to the space. I wanted the color to flow from room to room, so the yellow is picked up again in the guest room and guest bath along with neutral walls. The guest room also has a hint of green, which is then picked up in the master bedroom. The kitchen color scheme incorporates the taupe color on the walls and glass backsplash and in the floor, which is taupe limestone. Here I've used a touch of blue, which incorporated by inclusion of three hand-made tiles from our visit to Arcosanti in Arizona. At the desk in the kitchen, the use of yellow in the desk lamp is once again added, coming full circle.

Color Tip: Maintain a palette that is cohesive and moves all the way through the house. Make colors flow.

Colors Used: Walls: Dunn Edwards custom taupe.

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

fallcolors1.jpgWelcome, 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.

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