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Bold Red, Plus Two More

The trick when using three paint colors is to balance their intensity and keep nonpainted surfaces uniform, says Seattle architect and interior designer Sheri Newbold. Graduated saturations help make this colorful scheme work: The energetic red is bright, the blue is a midtone, and the yellow is a softer shade. Uninterrupted stretches of sophisticated black countertops, honey-colored flooring, and consistent cabinet and window trim contribute to the room's well-composed, orderly feeling. The repeating pattern in the tile backsplash ties the three colors together.

Colors: Italian Blue, Red Rhythm, Reed Yellow. From Pratt & Lambert
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