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What

Our annual Colors Contest is a contest for all color lovers, worldwide. In October, we're looking for the most colorful, beautiful room on the planet.

Why

Colorful rooms are the heart of great homes, and adding color is the most affordable way to change a room, but few feel comfortable using it. To inspire confidence and improve homes, we're inviting readers to share their colorful rooms, tips and sources. Brand new in 2009 is our Personal Color Palette, which will allow each entrants to display their own color choices.


Our 2009 Color Contest Winner

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Beth's Kind of Blue Living Room

Hundreds of entries hit our inbox for the 2009 "Room for Color" contest. Our editors picked the top 115 colorful rooms from around the world to share with our readers. Each entry got a chance to gain "thumbs up" votes to make it into the final rounds. Thousands of votes later, the readers favorite room was announced — Beth's Kind of Blue Living Room.

Beth lives in Chicago in a rental apartment and her inspiration was found in a Neko Case concert poster. She writes "I love the blue in this poster I bought last year, so I used a similar shade of blue for the accent wall (just one wall, easy enough to repaint when we have to move out). " And she has wise advice for next years entrants — "Don't sweat it: I actually painted this wall what I thought was a lovely, barely green deep sea blue, but it ended being a vivid, intense dark teal that looked absolutely awful. So I painted over it. Just try it out and see if you like it: it's just paint."


Division Winners

    East

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    Katie's 'Apple Green' ...

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    West

  • 291Thumbs_up

    Kyle's Brave and Bold

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    North

  • 210Thumbs_up

    Beth's Kind of Blue Li...

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    South

  • 221Thumbs_up

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    East

  • 162Thumbs_up

    Kendra's 'Stone' &...

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    Ashley's 'Lemon Zest' ...

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  • 185Thumbs_up

    Jennifer's Sophisticat...

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  • 179Thumbs_up

    Kelly's Lilac, Aqua &a...

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  • 264Thumbs_up

    Mandi's Tahitian Blast

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  • 161Thumbs_up

    Katy's 'Shadow Gray' B...

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    West

  • 176Thumbs_up

    Brittany's 70's Garden...

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  • 115Thumbs_up

    Aisha's Calm, Cool, Co...

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  • 120Thumbs_up

    Cathy's Contemporary R...

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  • 85Thumbs_up

    Emma's Tropical Sunshine

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  • 91Thumbs_up

    Jennifer's Rainbow Bri...

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  • 104Thumbs_up

    Stacey's Woodland Mystery

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    North

  • 197Thumbs_up

    Melissa's 'Vintage Mod...

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  • 42Thumbs_up

    Chris's 'Woodsy Beach'...

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  • 105Thumbs_up

    Cathy's Carefully Chos...

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  • 139Thumbs_up

    Lisa's Robins Egg Blue...

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  • 82Thumbs_up

    Laurie's 'Deco Modern'...

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  • 34Thumbs_up

    Glyn's Cure for Winter

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    South

  • 209Thumbs_up

    Sarah's 'Pumpkin Patch...

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  • 105Thumbs_up

    Toni's Sky Blue Living...

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  • 73Thumbs_up

    Catherine's Festive Foyer

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    Stacey's 'Hot Plate' B...

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    Kristen's Castleberry ...

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  • 210Thumbs_up

    Christie's Urban Nautical

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    International

  • 259Thumbs_up

    Heather's Coral Kitchen

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  • 152Thumbs_up

    Lital's Earth Toned Fa...

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  • 310Thumbs_up

    Anado's Celebration of...

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    Malgorzata's Sunny Pal...

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    Melanie's Fresh and Woody

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    Jany's Zen with Plum B...

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