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Anna's "Whimsical Color" Room

Whimsical Color




Minneapolis, Minnesota



Colors Used

A whimsical mix of strong coral reds and oranges and airy light blues, plus the earthy green which was already painted on the walls when we moved in.

Color Inspiration

I have a collection of colorful handmade ceramics that I like to use on an everyday basis and display in the kitchen. I believe in eating a rainbow of foods and I like for our kitchen to reflect that beauty in our meals.

Color Tips

Surround yourself with the colors you are naturally drawn to without worrying about the rules. Play with opposites, in this case, strong oranges with airy and watery blues.

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Comments (41)

Awesome! Loved the colors. Am stealing the artwork.

posted by austere on November 11, 2011 at 6:48am
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Love these colors and your design makes me feel happy. Great job.

posted by sajoy on November 10, 2011 at 5:14pm
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Your artwork is so beautiful! Would love to see the rest of your house.

posted by anita-k on November 11, 2011 at 2:52am
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This is gorgeous!!!

posted by brennan on November 10, 2011 at 8:19am
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I am completely in love with your house! I want to see more of it, as you and I share a color palette!

posted by lizziepeony on November 10, 2011 at 9:37am
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Just love the "Lemonade Stand".

posted by Sacha on November 10, 2011 at 10:52am
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I love your kitchen. What do you have framed by your eating area? It almost looks like small squares of fabric. It's lovely.

posted by Hannah from Urban Stone Creative on November 10, 2011 at 1:13pm
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Would love for you to have a house tour. Love what I see!

posted by Tracy333 on November 10, 2011 at 1:15pm
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so sweet

posted by WabiSabiHolly on November 10, 2011 at 2:56pm
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The framed art at the table is made by me. They are color studies for three quilts I am planning for each of my kids. The fabrics in the art are remnants from their out grown, worn out clothing and serves as the inspiration for the quilts.

posted by AnnaPLW on November 10, 2011 at 3:13pm
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this is beautiful. what a special space. and i'm stealing your artwork idea...

posted by fernyone on November 10, 2011 at 3:15pm
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Gorgeous! What is that wallpaper(?) pattern with the orange leaves?

posted by LollyPup on November 10, 2011 at 4:42pm
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The color in your home is a masterfully executed.

(And I can't wait to make my own plagiarized copies of your brilliant fabric art.)

posted by Slangevar on November 10, 2011 at 5:26pm
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i love that artwork - very inspiring - and the trays under the white dishes are so cute and a great idea instead of place mats!!

posted by curlsz on November 10, 2011 at 8:21pm
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Love it. And so not pretentious.

posted by MartieMartie on November 10, 2011 at 5:48pm
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Love this, wish we could see more of the eating area!

posted by julesdsm on November 10, 2011 at 5:48pm
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This is beautiful. Totally stealing your art work idea too! The wallpaper is Orla Kiely. I've been looking for that colour for ages. Thanks for sharing your home. I would love to see more.

posted by Dervla on November 10, 2011 at 6:31pm
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Thank you for the sweet comments.
Yes, it's Orla Kiely wallpaper. I had extra so put some at the back of the cabinets from which I had removed the doors. This really cheered up the room.
So glad you enjoy the artwork too. I have only finished one of the quilts so far (middle) for my daughter. The quilt study on the right is Orion, for my son's middle name. Working on this one next.

posted by AnnaPLW on November 10, 2011 at 7:31pm
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Anna -- do you have an Etsy account? I'm not so DIY, but love your "table" art. Do you sell? LL

posted by lindalinda on November 10, 2011 at 8:37pm
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Gorgeous. I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing.

posted by dhw on November 10, 2011 at 9:01pm
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I love orange. I love Orla Keily. I love open shelving and I'm going to love quilting (when I start!) My only question: How to convince husband to let me take the doors off the cabinets?

posted by Stephanie Vrla on November 10, 2011 at 9:17pm
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I want to see more too, and what is the color in the dining area on top?

posted by Stephanie Vrla on November 10, 2011 at 9:20pm
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Kudos to using lots of bright colors without overdoing it. Love it!

posted by themoderngal on November 10, 2011 at 9:21pm
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would love to see more!!! looks fantastic. and as many have already mentioned, the artwork is wonderful. i love the idea and the significance!

posted by ZeliNine on November 11, 2011 at 5:37am
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this place looks so fun!!

posted by pier723 on November 11, 2011 at 2:22pm
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Love the fabric art! I'll have to make some for myself.

posted by blue_eyes on November 11, 2011 at 8:20pm
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Hello and thank you for the comments. I will post the fabric art ob my Etst site on Monday, then provide you with a link. Thank you for the request, lindalinda. I am glad you are all finding inspiration from these pieces since they were so fun to make.

posted by AnnaPLW on November 11, 2011 at 8:50pm
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Sounds great - thanks!

posted by lindalinda on November 11, 2011 at 9:30pm
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Hi AnnaPLW -- love your home! Looks like you have an Etsy site, but do you have a Flickr or blog? I am really interested in seeing your quilts! Thanks for sharing with us.

posted by bruns on November 12, 2011 at 2:10am
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Thank you bruns for the interest in the quilts. I can post some photos of them next week. I will pass along that link as well once the pictures are up.

posted by AnnaPLW on November 12, 2011 at 10:33am
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Love the little bits of Orla !

posted by Wilma's Wonder on November 13, 2011 at 6:39am
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This is fun and I like that it's so personal. The quilt studies are beautiful. What a great idea for art! I also love that the wallpapered cabinet
is both functional and an artistic statement.

posted by kbfromlb on November 13, 2011 at 11:35am
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Lovely colors for the kitchen!

posted by jednakasia on November 16, 2011 at 3:22pm
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I am in love with all the gorgeous woodwork in your house. Did you refinish it all or were you lucky enough to get it in that condition?

posted by kmehl on November 17, 2011 at 2:53am
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Lucky! It's an old house (circa 1895) so it comes with plenty of character, and plenty of necessary TLC.

posted by AnnaPLW on November 17, 2011 at 8:33am
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I dusted off the old Etsy site just for you all. On the site you can view, or order one for yourself, the fabric wall art seen above the kitchen table.

Here is the link:

Thank you for your interest.

posted by AnnaPLW on November 17, 2011 at 8:38am
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I love your home - just looked at your other entries from previous years. I've been trying to go for a similar look in my own home, but I'm not having much success with it. Now that I've seen your home, I have a little more direction!

posted by momnipotent on November 17, 2011 at 2:33pm
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LOVE! (I particularly love the Orla Kiely wallpaper; I have the same in the multi-color in a bathroom).

posted by kdiffily on November 17, 2011 at 2:27pm
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The color set against the wood of the mouldings and kitchen cabinets is so lovely. Me likey.

posted by ranta on November 17, 2011 at 9:56pm
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How do you go back and look at previous entries? I'd love to see more of this home as well!

posted by TopperDog on November 18, 2011 at 8:47am
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hi. took me a little bit to circle back, but wanted to say thanks for posting the etsy link. I will check it out. thanks. LL

posted by lindalinda on December 5, 2011 at 9:50pm
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