Designer Tracey Rapisardi shares her tips for colorful rooms with plenty of taste.
Homeowner Laurie Fisher found her original 1951 gas stove through Vintage Stoves, Inc. ( vintagestoves.com), a Kansas-based company that sells and refurbishes old units. Tracey sent the company a pink potholder. After a precise color match, she received a painted metal "swatch" for approval. When Tracey gave them the OK, they sprayed the stove with the approved shade of pink. The Big Chill ( bigchillfridge.com), a Colorado company, then painted one of their retro-style fridges to match the antique stove.
If a couch or chair can be seen from several different rooms, make it worth looking at. Tracey covered the seats of the living room sofas in a flirty pink floral, but used a pretty pinstripe on their backs. "The stripe looks nice with the colors and patterns of the dining room," she says. "So when you see the couch from the other room, it blends."
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