Transform with color

A lush palette brings updated glamour to a traditional home

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  • Draperies and a valance add grandeur to a small bedroom.

    Master bedroom

    Thomas J. Story

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Here are Francesca Quagliata's tips for incorporating a range of hues into your home.

Use strong shades as a backdrop
The take-no-prisoners hue in the dining room is a good example, casting the objects in front of it into sharp relief.

Consider the palette as a whole
Plan how the colors in one room will look when seen through the doorway of another.

Unify with white trim
It links disparate spaces and colors, and helps tone down a dramatic shade.

Design: Francesca Quagliata, 4th Street Design, Portland.

Resources:  Dining room Cranapple paint on walls (item 1015; color is discontinued, but many stores can mix it or provide a similar shade) and Silver Lining paint on trim (item 32-32) from Pratt & Lambert (800/289-7728). Refinished and painted antique table from Antiques & Oddities (about $1,350; similar items available; or 503/222-4246). Kilim rugs from Pakobel (similar items available). Vintage photographs are homeowners' own. Looking for Home (acrylic on canvas) by Jody Katopothis (503/957-3167). Kitchen Contractor for kitchen was Matt Sears Wood and Metalworks (503/957-4649). Aged Mint paint (item IB77) from Ralph Lauren Paint (800/379-7656). Silver Lining paint on trim and cabinets from Pratt & Lambert (800/289-7728). Rhodes pendant in Antique Black (item PD-14-1-4) and Opal glass shade (item OP-2250-09-4; $203 each light, as shown) from Schoolhouse Electric Co. (800/630-7113). Carrara marble tiles and counter from EuroStone (800/632-5811); counter with drainboard fabricated by De La Tierra (503/720-6581). Mahogany counters by Hardwood Industries (800/745-6620). Thermador stainless steel 36-inch range and chimney-style wall hood (800/735-4328). Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator (800/222-7820) with custom chalkboard front fabricated by W.H. Cress Company (503/620-1664). Antique cast-iron table base with custom-honed Absolute Black granite top from Classico Marmo (503/233-0224). Bedroom Soothing Celadon paint (item ICC-95) from Behr (877/237-6158). Mendocino bed from Pottery Barn ($1,099-$1,199; 800/922-5507) refinished in orange paint by Northwest Refinishing (503/670-0410). Eileen Fisher rippled cotton coverlet in soft white ($198) from Garnet Hill (800/870-3513). Nate Berkus chunky knit throw in turquoise from Linens 'n Things ($80; 866/568-7378). Drapery and valance designed by homeowner and fabricated by Ginger Abernathy Creations (503/788-1142).


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