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Bold Colors for Small Rooms

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I remember being advised, when I first moved into my small GHI home, that I’d better keep the walls all white so the rooms would look larger. I may have mumbled I like color but quietly I was thinking “Boring!”

So I thought it would be fun to post to the Unofficial GHI Facebook Group the question: “Who’s got bold colors? Send me photos!” Here are the results, followed by three amazing homes that I solicited for this project.

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Above, from Alison Gary: “Larger bedroom of long frame (now an office with a door into new bedroom where the back window used to be and that bump on the left is for part of that en suite).

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Above, Alison’s purple kitchen and orange half-bath (addition off front of a frame. “You can see the washer/dryer/hot water heater closet was flipped around and made part of it.”

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From Debbie Ashpes (Alison’s sister), above: “My living room used to be turquoise and it was very fun!”

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“And now it’s grey.” (Left) ”And my upstairs bathroom is lavender with a really bright shower curtain!”

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From Emily Alvarez, left, her green kitchen. On the right, “This isn’t too bold but here is my recently redone bathroom.”

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From Colette Zanin, left:  ”I wasn’t sure I had enough paint so that gave me the 2-color wall idea. I did the accents, like the overhead fan, the long mirror on the left, and the inset panels on the back of of the door in bright lime green.” Right: back of the door.

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Above, from Katy Collin: Joker colors in my bedroom – these were not much choices, but I’ve chosen to keep them. Right, red accent wall in the living room.

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From Shobha Duncan, accent wall in kitchen. “The color is called Raspberry TruffleThe other wall color is lighter.”

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From Jen Ruffner, “Our green kitchen with yellow check floor…And our periwinkle bath.”

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From Erica Ginsberg: “Moroccan Blue entryway. Clementine dining room.”

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From Kristen Wolford, left, “Our plum addition/office (guest starring Oscar the cat). From Beth Leamond, right: “Lime green upstairs hallway.”

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From Gretchen Schock: “Our previous GHI house, 2 bedroom wide kitchen in a fun green. The color always made the food look better.”

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From Susan Stewart: “The room is such a mess this was the best shot I could get without cleaning up all the clutter. The paint was the line of California paint, their heritage series.”

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Also from Susan Stewart, left, “Our living room. Again the false wainscot with a chair rail. Can’t get the colors right in this photo with my iPhone, it’s actually very calming.” Right: brightly lit bedroom corner.

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Now for Drew Sommers’s block home, which I asked permission to photograph because I’d seen it.  Above, a bedroom.

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Drew’s metallic-looking blue bathroom.

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Dining room (note photo of Drew during a bike race).

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Another bedroom.

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Drew urged me to ask Lindsey Dodson if I could photographer her walls, too.  Glad I did. Living room above. She told me that each room has a theme.

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Dining room.

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Bedrooms.

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Upstairs hallway, and sitting room.  Clearly, Lindsey wins the prize for BOLDEST GHI WALLS!

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But there’s more – check out her light plates! Each is color-coordinated with the room it’s in, of course.

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And the prize for boldest CEILING goes to Rachel Channon, for the dining room above.  The walls aren’t exactly meek, either.

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At my urging, Steve Skolnik took this phone-camera shot of his and Lola’s scrumptious dining room.

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And this one of their newly renovated kitchen. Gray can be pretty bold.

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Since seeing all these walls I’m feeling a lot less bold about my own – grey in the bath and kitchen, grey-green in the living room and grey-blue in the hall. But I DID do some stenciling! Japanese maple and River Birch. I have no talent with a brush, but these were super-easy.

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Finally, a panoramic shot of my favorite office ever, in mushroom brown.

Thanks for playing, everyone!

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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com and direct Good Gardening Videos.org, a nonprofit, ad-free educational campaign.

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