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Wayne's "Warm Retro" Room

Warm Retro




Buffalo, New York



Colors Used

I used a color called "lei blossom" from Sherwin Williams, a mint green and "egg yolk" from Martha Stewart colors for Home Depot. On the opposite of the room I picked a metallic green color from Ralph Lauren Paints. The metallic green acts a neutral in the room. Coral boomerang laminate countertops and green kitchen cabinet fronts dominate the kitchen area of the room. I used Rit dye in tangerine to dye the curtains a bright color for the living area.

Color Inspiration

I collect mid-century modern furniture. Many of the colors used by mid-mod designers are muted bright colors--golds, oranges and even the dreaded avocado green. I started w/ these standards but pumped them up a bit. The orange became a bright corral and avocado a bit more minty. The kitchen cabinet doors were salvaged from an old plumbing supply store in Buffalo. They have a great silvery green patina on them and I actually designed the kitchen around them. The wood floors and exposed brick of the orginal carriage house bring a lot of warmth to the room. I think adds to the cozy retro vibe of the room.

Color Tips

I like to choose wall colors in the same general color saturation but different around the room, then I let the artwork and other accessories be the contrast. I think it's best for the colors to not be too "matchy-matchy" but to bounce around the room. It's okay for things not match exactly.

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Comments (38)

I love everything about your space. The flow between the brick and red-orange really connects the two rooms beautifully.

posted by ashley.c.cline on November 14, 2011 at 12:34pm
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Awesome! LOVE the artwork!!

posted by everydayellie on November 14, 2011 at 9:25am
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Warm and inviting. Exciting mix of colors to invigorate your senses. Love it!

posted by Soovie on November 14, 2011 at 11:57am
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wonderful lamps, really enjoyed this, thank you!

posted by brianmason on November 14, 2011 at 12:46pm
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So fun and happy. Nice!

posted by katlia on November 14, 2011 at 12:57pm
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I love love love that shimmery piece on the red wall. Please tell me it isn't vintage and you either made it or bought it...I need that for above my bed!

posted by Mama Gigi on November 14, 2011 at 1:03pm
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my favourite entry this year!

posted by rouquinne on November 14, 2011 at 4:30pm
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posted by edmarch on November 14, 2011 at 1:21pm
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I second Mama Gigi. The wall piece is amazing.

Your place embodies what this contest is all about.

posted by thesmilequeen on November 14, 2011 at 1:22pm
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This home generates so much warmth and coziness I just dissovled into the picture of the kitchen--it's awesome. The brick walls blended so well with the colors. The artwork is very interesting and suits the space. The colors are very soothing and create a relaxing mood. Job well done!

posted by gb on November 14, 2011 at 1:25pm
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Wow! I love it. I just painted my kitchen a Martha Stewart color- Pencil. That minty green is an inspired choice.

posted by Trilby1 on November 14, 2011 at 1:34pm
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This is some snazzy room! I love how you decided to nudge all of those dubious colors into something that still represented MCM, but it a much more chic way. The genius is in the details. The kitchen area is as pleasant as the rest of the room.

posted by kassgood on November 14, 2011 at 1:38pm
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Wow! This is one sweet room!

posted by suzy8track on November 14, 2011 at 1:58pm
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One of the few that actually made me stop everything I was doing to go vote for!

posted by ohmeursault on November 14, 2011 at 2:31pm
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Mama Gigi, No shimmery piece on the red wall is not vintage. It was done by an artist, Ani Hoover.

posted by wayne m on November 14, 2011 at 4:52pm
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absolutely beautiful! What a nice, cozy and colorful nest. I could move in any moment!

posted by Offtza on November 14, 2011 at 4:19pm
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LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! You get my vote!!
Also, what is that great artwork at the bottom of the stairs!?

posted by LoveDecor on November 14, 2011 at 5:11pm
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LoveDecor, The paint and chalk drawing of the cat was done by the late artist Michael Straub.

posted by wayne m on November 14, 2011 at 5:21pm
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I want to go to there! Nice.

posted by Rocketman58 on November 14, 2011 at 7:31pm
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I would imagine your place is where all your friends want to be on a long winter night in Buffalo- great job!

posted by b&j on November 14, 2011 at 8:19pm
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You've taken this contest to another level! Your kitchen is gorgeous!

posted by bejeweled on November 14, 2011 at 8:33pm
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Looks very comfortable and inviting. It must be very nice to come home to. Good Job!

posted by steven77 on November 14, 2011 at 9:10pm
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My favourite yet, very cool! Makes me think I have no imagination lol Very inspiring :)

posted by louly on November 14, 2011 at 11:49pm
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You are right about bouncing and the colors you chose... love it! You are a star with your design. Your room made me feel happy!

Good luck. I'm voting for you.

posted by sajoy on November 15, 2011 at 3:35pm
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What a warm beautiful place. Like the cool blue chair in the sea of reds, browns and oranges.

posted by buffalocarrie on November 15, 2011 at 9:33pm
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This area is visually exciting but also invites you to come in, sit down and relax. The art on the brick wall and the shimmery piece are amazing! Terrific use of mid-century!

posted by wodehouse on November 16, 2011 at 9:33am
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Now, THAT is good use of color!

posted by Rosella on November 16, 2011 at 9:01pm
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yeah this is fantastic, looks like a hongkong movie set! how are your curtains creating that orange glow?

posted by gray bert on November 17, 2011 at 1:35am
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Great look, & the artwork makes it!

posted by Kathleen Baymig on November 17, 2011 at 9:04am
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Loooooooooooove this! Exciting and lively, yet calm and inviting. There isn't a single thing I would change about this space!

posted by Reeses902 on November 17, 2011 at 2:21pm
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fantastic! not many people would be able to use these irreverent colors as harmoniously as you have here!

posted by campari on November 17, 2011 at 2:39pm
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Love this one! I also love using colors I already like and put them, or the vivid versions, on the walls! Great going!

posted by bonphoto on November 17, 2011 at 5:44pm
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This might be my favorite! So vibrant, yet calm. Love!

posted by Jenny A. on November 19, 2011 at 8:28am
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Wow, I want the whole house tour. Apartment Therapy!!! Sweet

posted by retroB on November 19, 2011 at 10:36pm
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These colors are amazing!

posted by murderland designer on November 20, 2011 at 8:25am
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Santamrr, It would be perfect if you could see the pink bathroom and atomic tangerine stairs.

posted by wayne m on November 20, 2011 at 6:53pm
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Very interesting room....lots to look at and enjoy. You get my vote.

posted by fionadoylejones on November 21, 2011 at 1:03am
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Wow! I loved everything about your apartment. The furniture and lighting are fantastic. It must have taken a while to collect them. Don't understand why you weren't higher up in the favorites. The art complemented the colors of the walls.

posted by ricitosdeplata on December 26, 2011 at 6:01am
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