couple entertaining in kitchen with blue cabinets and olive walls
Photo: Alex Hayden
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In Living Color

When it comes to putting paint on the walls, homeowners fall into one of two camps: those who embrace color and those who fear it. Seattle designer Kim Clements, co-owner of JAS Design-Build, has worked with both kinds of clients. She compares color confidence to having perfect pitch: "Some people have it, others need to hum along," she says. But even people who love to surround themselves with color can require a little guidance in pulling together room after room.

Take Charlie and Chris Eaton, whose renovated 1913 Craftsman home is shown here and on the following pages. "We knew we wanted a lot of color for this house," says Charlie. "But we definitely needed help with the exact palette." To develop a vivid color scheme that felt both personal and comfortable for the couple, Clements took them through her own step-by-step process.

Shown: Charlie and Chris Eaton often entertain around the new island in their renovated kitchen.
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