Exploding with Color
Colors collide in Kelly Keener's playful home.
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If you want to know about color and mood, just ask stay-at-home mom and former retail designer Kelly Keener. Her kid-friendly family room in Knoxville, Tennessee, glows with all the colors of a psychedelic rainbow. She makes these cheery colors look easy, but it takes a good eye to pull off all this color with equal balance.
She went with a red and green combination that's tempered with a soft buttery yellow hue found on the leather sofas and painted brick fireplace. Spots of contrasting colors like a small blue clock on the mantel and her own custom artwork featuring painted wooden lady cutouts combine for a quirky twist on a contemporary design. More visually stimulating pieces are used to accessorize white bookcases flanking an armoire.
She cut out a part of the wall to make room for a small dining nook looking into the kitchen. The tabletop is a piece of painted wood secured to the wall with L-brackets and reinforced with two upside-down stair balusters, which are also painted in fun colors complementing her design scheme.
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