back stairs to kitchen painted rich blue
Photo: Alex Hayden
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Identify Unifying Colors

As Clements worked with the Eatons to choose the paint colors in the palette, the trio established the unifying neutrals for the trim and the ceilings, as well as a "flow color" that could repeat in different parts of the house. Although white trim is a traditional choice, Clements knew the Eatons wanted more color in their house, so she suggested a golden olive trim color that complements all the colors in their palette—as well as the orangey-brown fir moldings in the main living areas, which they planned to keep. To make sure the house didn't become oversaturated, an off-white was chosen for all the ceilings—except in the master bath, where it became the trim color with a cleaner white overhead.

Shown: The back stairs were painted a rich blue to give the area visual interest and draw the eye up to the kitchen, where the color is repeated on the fridge cabinet and island.
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