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Anne's "A Shot of Red" Room

A Shot of Red




Oakland, California



Colors Used

Red, Slate Blue, Chalk White

Color Inspiration

Red accents are used throughout the house, so this was continued in the kitchen to help connect it to the other rooms. The Slate Blue wall color was inspired by the exterior spaces. I wanted to connect the kitchen to the back yard, which contains slate patios and stacked slate walls, so we chose this as an accent color for the wall as well as the material for the kitchen counters and backsplash.

Color Tips

Use the color thoughtfully and sparingly to help organize the room visually and reinforce the key spatial qualities.

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Comments (17)

Classy and elegant, got my voice!

posted by babet on October 16, 2010 at 2:35pm
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I'm not a fan of red, but I love this look! Just a little goes a long way. The dark wall is great, too, drawing your eye to the dining space.

posted by VictoriaOC on October 4, 2010 at 4:51pm
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On a side note, I love your baseboards.

posted by k51279 on October 6, 2010 at 6:53pm
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OK, so you painted a wall gray...

posted by le_mond on October 10, 2010 at 10:33pm
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yes I painted a wall gray - and I like it! You don't have to throw up a cacophony of color into a room to be effective.

posted by tierney conner on October 11, 2010 at 7:57pm
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Totally stunning!!! What a wonderful place to make a great meal and sit to enjoy it.
Great taste Anne!!

posted by LisaLF on October 11, 2010 at 10:36pm
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I really like it! :) Classy.

posted by twigs on October 12, 2010 at 1:39pm
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Elegant. I love the spark of red with that rich blue-gray. Would love to see more photos of this house, inside and out.

posted by RowRowRow on October 12, 2010 at 6:25pm
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Understated but still dramatic. Way to go!

posted by shereeDesign on October 12, 2010 at 9:18pm
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Very soothing to look at. I imagine my style eventually evolving into something like this. Thank you for the inspiration!

posted by k2yhe on October 13, 2010 at 8:54am
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beautifully done with perfect restraint.

posted by taxidriver on October 14, 2010 at 9:58am
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I am definitely doing this in my house. I love it!

posted by marydene on October 15, 2010 at 11:42pm
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Glorious colour, and thoughtfully put together. I'm a softie at heart, though, and felt that the overall impression was a bit hard-surfaced and stern. Was glad there was that bowl of fruit on the countertop to balance it a bit.

posted by helanother on October 18, 2010 at 7:00am
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I love those red chairs, and good restraing on the color. Anymore of that dark blue and the room would've seemed too cavelike.

posted by Stretch2643 on October 24, 2010 at 12:54pm
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I love how everything works together! Beautiful. Besides a small amount of entries (yours included) I haven't had many Oooo moments. thx!

posted by Lizzykewl on October 29, 2010 at 2:01pm
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i love the gray. looking for this same color for my living room. what's it called please????

posted by flaca on August 22, 2011 at 4:50pm
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Yep it is a pretty color grey and it really accents that woodwork. The lamp is really nice with everything too.

posted by House Voyeur on August 22, 2011 at 11:50pm
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