Bold colors help brighten the rooms inside this 1913 Seattle bungalow.
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Homeowner Robyne Curry desperately wanted to make the interior of her 1913 Seattle bungalow brighter and happier than the gray skies outside. Her solution was to use bold colors, like red and yellow, throughout her home. She first painted the living room walls a cobalt midnight blue, but after one winter in rainy Seattle she decided that the hue didn't work. So she brought the warmth of the sun inside with a butterscotch color that makes the room cheerful every day of the year. Black is used throughout to anchor the space. It's found in frames, an 18th-century tray and wrought iron pieces. She also painted the crown molding black to delineate between the walls and ceiling. A fleur de lis design stamped in gold paint around the perimeter of the room adds a slight reflective quality. She used the color red as a neutral hue and accented it with coordinating furnishings and accessories.
The dining room is substantive in both color, with white wainscoting up against red walls, and styling, with the clean-lined Mission-style dining set. A picture rail above the wainscoting holds artwork with black frames, helping to unify the dining space with the adjacent living room. A traditional area rug in subdued colors coordinates well with the colors in the table accents, furnishings and window treatment.
Red cabinets garner attention in the kitchen. They're combined with yellow walls, black appliances, Mexican tile and a dark granite countertop. The tiled backsplash is set on a diagonal to add visual interest. The yellow walls are accented with more rubber stamping, yet feature a whimsical look with cake- and teapot-shaped designs.
The colorful palette continues upstairs into the master bedroom, yet it's been toned down for a more restful effect. The walls are painted a soft yellow and decorated with rubber stamps in the shape of a Greek key, peacock feather and stars to simulate a wallpaper look. The four-poster bed is draped with mosquito netting making it a dramatic focal point in the middle of the room.
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