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Impactful Blue Walls and Ceiling

blue study in the Emerson Green Idea House 2016 William Geddes

“In this room, we looked at that blue and went all in—that’s how to create impact,” says interior designer Denise Enright. Wrapping the walls with cabinetry not only offers more storage and display, it adds to the enveloping feeling of the space. Using semigloss on the cabinets highlights them as an architectural element; the ceiling’s eggshell finish helps it recede. A window seat provides an extra perch in a room that’s perfect for reading or quiet conversation.

Paint: Jamaican Dream; Olympic
Art: “Koi Zen I” by Amanti Art;
Rug: Prism hand-knotted jute rug; Dash & Albert
Window treatment: Roman shade in Mod Oval/Biscay and window seat cushion in Mirage/Aqua with Sour Apple trim; Smith & Noble
Furniture: Chloe club chair by Safavieh and Hayden garden stool;

Bright Cubbies as Mudroom Storage Reminders

mudroom cubbies at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016 William Geddes

The mudroom’s citrusy-green built-in cubbies and cushioned bench say “Stop and stow your stuff!” to anyone coming or going. Baskets, hooks, and wall-hung organizers offer a place for everything by the back door.

Built-ins: Cubbies; BOJ Construction
Paint: Parachute; Olympic
Bench cushion: Rafiki/Graphite; Smith & Noble
Upholstery: Chris Upholstery
Window treatment: Natural woven shade; Smith & Noble
Accessories: Industrial mailbox by Linon;
Hooks: Iron double scroll coat hooks; House of Antique Hardware

Shades of Pink in the Girls’ Room

girls’ bedroom in the Emerson Green Idea House 2016 William Geddes

For visual impact, the walls in the girls’ bedroom are painted pale petal pink and the ceiling an intense shade of the same color, both inspired by the bed linens. The “headboard” is a vinyl decal that can be peeled off when it’s time to change the decor.

Paint: Walls in Rockabye Baby, ceiling in Bleeding Heart; Olympic
Window treatments: Roman shades in embroidered Spectra/Raspberry; Smith & Noble
Rug: Woven cotton rug in coral; Dash & Albert
Headboard: Nessa decal; Blik
Linens: Clarissa duvet cover and sham, and sheets in Petite Vine/Green; Pine Cone Hill
Furniture and accessories: Jabber wall art by Signature; Spindle table and chairs by Classic Playtime; and Playful Chinoiserie ottoman by Skyline Furniture; all from

Color at Play in the Jack-and-Jill Bath

The second-floor Jack-and-Jill bathroom complements the colors of the adjacent bedrooms with elements such as the teal wall-tile accent and the pink shower-curtain banding. The awning-style window pushes out to capture a breeze, but won’t let rain come into the room.

bathroom in the Emerson Green Idea House 2016 William Geddes

Tile: Pescado glossy ceramic tile in Blanco and Aqua; Merola Tile
Grout: Silver Shadow; Laticrete
Window trim: Azek PVC cellular trim; Azek
Windowsill: Zodiaq quartz in Snow White by DuPont; Zodiaq
Fixtures: Cambridge integral apron bathtub and FloWise bath and shower trim kit; American Standard
Shower curtain: Trio shower curtain; Pine Cone Hill

Pink, Playful Bath Vanity

bathroom in the Emerson Green Idea House 2016 William Geddes

The second-floor Jack-and-Jill bath brings together the color palettes of both adjacent bedrooms. A band of blue tiles on the wall introduces that color as an accent; a flamingo-pink vanity adds an unexpectedly vibrant note. Old and new are combined as well: Milk-glass drawer hardware and a vintage wall cabinet add old-fashioned charm; the sconce and faucet have sleek, modern lines.

Vanity: Newcastle vanity,; painted in Primrose Garden, Olympic; milk-glass drawer pulls, House of Antique Hardware; Zodiaq quartz vanity top in Snow White by DuPont; Zodiaq
Fixtures: Studio undermount sink, Studio 2 Faucet, H2Optimum Siphonic Toilet, and toilet paper holder; American Standard
Mirror: Oval beveled mirror by Uttermost;

Rainbow Shades in the Guest Bedroom

guest bedroom at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016 William Geddes

The guest bedroom’s turquoise walls match the pink bedroom’s ceiling in intensity, an intentional choice to balance the second-floor paint palette. The rickrack banding on the bed linens inspired the room’s colorful accents, including the window shade’s ribbon trim and the pouf, as well as those blue walls.

Paint: Walls in Idyllic Isle, and ceiling and trim in Pacific Pearl; Olympic
Lighting: Hebron 2-light sconce; House of Antique Hardware
Window treatment: Roman shade in Shalimar/Soft White with Fuchsia grosgrain banding; Smith & Noble
Furniture, linen and accessories: Round nesting tables by Monarch; Verve area rug by Jaipur Rugs; Premier upholstered headboard by Skyline Furniture; Moroccan leather pouf by Ikram Design; Kentwood chest by Magnussen Home; Annabelle quilt and shams and Whitsett table lamp by Surya; Mina Victory shag pillow by Nourison Rugs; “Retro Sunglasses Set” wall art by Cherry Blossom Girl; all from