Bring color home

Thomas J. Story
Vacation photographs set the tone for a paint makeover

Photos from a trip do more than just bring back memories; they can act as inspiration for your interior surroundings. To demonstrate our point, we used the mountain paint palette from The West in Color-a set of 60 colors we developed in association with Kelly-Moore Paints-to decorate two very different rooms. The color schemes were inspired by images of Washington's Skagit Valley and Mt. Rainier, taken by travel photographer Connie Coleman (

We painted and furnished a dining room and a living room to show how to draw wall, furniture, and accessory colors from landscape photographs. Other sources of inspiration to consider are a favorite souvenir textile, ceramic, or other art object.

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