My Powder Room Makeover With Sherwin Williams~And A Giveaway

 
When I was asked to make over a room in my home using one of the Sherwin-Williams color selection tools, I knew right away it would be our red powder room.  Our family of five (including three kids) has given the room a beating.  I've always loved the red paint color, but I'm ready for a change.  Over time, the red has faded, as you can see here in this photo…
 
 
 
 
 
I decided a neutral paint color would be best for the new space.  As a professional decorator, I am constantly changing things up.  A neutral paint color will give me the freedom to use different accent colors as my mood and the seasons change.  
 
Before the fun stuff could begin, the space needed a little TLC.  I retired the artwork and towel bar, which left me with a little drywall repair.  Using spackling paste, I got to work filling holes…   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once the holes were patched, I primed them with gray tinted primer.  My friend from Sherwin-Williams suggested using tinted primer to completely cover the red prior to applying the new color.  
 
Here it is after the priming step...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once the room was prepped, I headed back to Sherwin-Williams to start the color selection process. 
  It's always fun visiting my local Sherwin-Williams store.  The girls there have become my BFFs.  They visit the blog and knew what I was up to.  It was fun to give them the inside dish on the makeover. 
 
I selected three color cards and took them home.  
 
 
 
 
That night, I signed into the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer and uploaded a photo of my bathroom.  The Color Visualizer allows you to picture your space before you paint it.  
 
I narrowed my favorite colors down to three.  I was able to locate them easily in the search bar, and apply them to my photo using the virtual paintbrush.  Using this tool was way too much fun: I painted my bathroom three times with three different colors in less than five minutes.  The Color Visualizer also provided different accent color suggestions.
 
Here are the three colors I used to virtually paint my bathroom…
 
 
{Garden Gate}
 
 
 
{Cast Iron}
 
 
 
{Connected Gray}
 
  
Stay tuned to see which one I chose to use in the final reveal of my new powder room. 
Other plans I have for the space include additional storage, pops of color with fun accessories and a fresh coat of paint on all the trim and cabinetry. Can't wait to share the finished space!
 
 
 
 
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How do you find color inspiration for your home projects? Tell us in the comments below, and you just might win a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card from BlogHer!


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134 comments:

  1. My color inspirations usually come from a pillow, basket, picture, etc!

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  2. I have always loved this room, but I'm sure the new look will be equally as nice. Can't wait to see what you do.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I really did still love the red. It was hard to let it go, but I have to say, I am really happy with the fresh new look. Can't wait to share it:) Best, Sarah

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  3. If I were doing a small room, such as a powder room, my color inspiration would come from the adjacent rooms that flow into this room.

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  4. Love the connected gray color!

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  5. I am inspired by nature... and The Yellow Cape Cod :)

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    1. Awe, Thank you. I'm inspired by fabulous peeps like Sara Perkins and her adroable family:)

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  6. I find my color inspiration from clothing, art and nature :-)

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  7. I usually find my color inspiration in clothing, art & nature :-)

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  8. I find an inspiration from an art piece or accessory and then try to color flow through to other rooms.

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  9. I find color inspiration from magazines, blogs, ads and Pinterest!

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  10. I tweeted the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/seabattle2/status/329576802437718017

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  11. #SweepstakesEntry http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/2013/05/when-i-was-asked-to-make-over-room-in.html … …

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  12. I find inspiration on line and in fabrics!

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  13. I usually get my color inspirations from magazine or blog articles that I read.

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  14. I would say that I usually find my inspiration from nature, but I should be honest. I find it at the beach. All of it. Even the "non beachy" colors that I use, I found at the beach. The stripe on the underside of a shell...the contrast between dune grass and the sand. I probably need to expand my palate, but it makes me happy!

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    1. That's awesome, Meg. I love the beach as well. :) Sarah

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  15. My color inspiration comes from the colors of nature.

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  16. I usually choose colors based on a color in nature. My kitchen matches the color of tree leaves right outside the kitchen window.

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  17. I love the SW color collections. My favorites are "Urban Organic" and "Rustic Refined." I base most of my color selections off of those!

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  18. I find color inspiration from blogs, magazines, really everywhere! I love color!

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  19. Color inspiration for me comes from pinterest these days!

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  20. I am inspired by peaceful, calming colors of nature-the ocean in particular. Thanks to pinterst I have been able to view how a color will look in a room, as those swatches can be misleading!

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  21. magazines seem to be primary, but blogs are a close second. I recently found my living room color from an advertisement!

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  22. https://twitter.com/BTHM1/status/329666266484846593

    tweeted!

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  23. I read decorating magazines and take home many color swatches.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  24. I look at blogs (like yours!) or Pinterest. :)

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  25. You are adorable the bathroom looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, adorable totally describes you! Off to check out ABpetite...

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  26. I love using scrapbook paper as inspiration. My local craft store has tons and the colors and patterns are so fun! It's easy to pull solid colors out of a multi colored sheet and then I can really see what appeals to me and go from there. The best part, is that its only a couple dollars to buy all the papers and go home with a bag of pretty inspiration that could also turn into an art project later on. (with that said, I completely fail as a scrapbooker because I can't bear to "waste" pretty paper!)

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  27. Sherwin Williams is the only paint i use and love all the colors they have to offer.
    Rparis100@gmail.com

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  28. https://twitter.com/robynparis9/status/329695682749415426
    Rparis100@gmail.com

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  29. I use fabric as a starting point. My daughter's quilt is light blue, pink, and white. I'm painting the walls the same shade of blue. Accent colors like on pillows or picture frames will match the pink. I also like to artwork as inspiration. And I use your blog!

    Missy A.

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  30. I love to read home decor blogs like this one and favoritepaintcolors.com and pinterest for paint color inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Christy. LOVE your profile picture!! Oh my, that is the cutest gang ever! ~Sarah

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  31. Usually, I find my inspiration from home magazines.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I tweeted:https://twitter.com/peg42/status/329701375598538752
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. I find inspiration in nature, love the colors of the beach and mountains.
    sharlenecaisse@windstream.net

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  34. I have always loved the traditional true colors. We recently purchased a new home and could only choose two colors plus trim to be painted - tried to go with the new cool colors which was a mistake - all of our furniture and pictures come from the warm color spectrum and looked terrible in the rooms. Ended up having to pay to have the entire house repainted. We are very neutral now with lots of pop of color. Judy C in NC

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  35. I usually find inspiration from blogs and hgtv and magazines. If I loaded up a picture of my bathroom now you would just give the gift card the color is so horrible.

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  36. I love that there is a glass of white wine on the counter.

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  37. I get inspiration by looking outside or by watching shows on TV.

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  38. I find a lot of color inspiration on blogs!

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  39. I find fabrics I like and go from there.

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  40. I look at what other people do or ask for opinions. Pinterest is a good source of inspiration.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  41. I find color inspiration ideas on Pinterest.

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  42. If I am going to use fabric in the room, I will usually find a color in the fabric that I want to bring out. If no fabric, I have found colors I like in magazines and color matched it at our Home Improvement store, or, have also considered paintings I might use in the room.

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  43. Color inspiration seems to come from Pinterest these days!

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  44. I find inspiration from blogs!

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  45. My color inspriration comes from flowers.

    ddecember(at) aol (dot) com

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  46. I find color inspiration from my garden. As we need to redo the "boys" bathroom, my husband gets to choose the color (with some direction, of course).

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  47. I am loving the gray!!

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  48. https://twitter.com/rowyourbow/status/330062604334678016

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  49. I have to go with the third one. I actually like the color of the primer. I am into gray right now and with all the white in there you could throw a third color to add Wow to the room!

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  50. I like anything that is bright and brings life into a room. I like the country-home feel to the colors as well. Blue's and white's are used a lot.

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  51. All my inspiration comes from Pinterest and the Yellow Cape Cod! I love your blog!

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  52. All my inspiration comes from Pinterest and the Yellow Cape Cod! I love your blog!

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  53. Pinterest is a good place to go for my color inspiration.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  54. i love get simple design books

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  55. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/331056136436457472

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  56. My color inspirations usually come at unexpected moments when I see a color and it makes me feel really happy. Something just clicks.

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  57. My husband and I use pictures of our favorite places we have traveled to and pull our colors from those pictures...

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  58. I find color inspiration through browsing Pinterest.

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  59. https://twitter.com/CarlyHobart/status/331270897719726081

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  60. Pinterest and blogs do it for me. So many ideas are available! :)

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  61. Look through magazines to things that catch my eye

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  62. I like to take tours of homes that are for sale.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  63. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/331784339589300224
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  64. I find color inspiration by looking at other's projects online. Love your new color and look forward to seeing the results. This makes me want to jump up and redo my drab bathroom.

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    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/332218948571504640

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  66. SOMETIMES THE BEST COLOR INSPIRATION IS FOUND THROUGH A FRIEND'S ADVICE =)

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  67. ENTRY #2
    https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/332344066014584832

    kytah00 @ yahoo . com

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  68. I get color inspiration from the outdoor places that I love....forest, beach

    email in profile

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  69. I usually find my inspiration from a piece of artwork that I want to hang in the room. Or if it's my bedroom I find my inspiration in a comforter I love. And then I match the paint to that.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  70. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/333343550735519744
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  71. I find inspiration in my favorite decor accessories.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  72. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/333385145585393664

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  73. From pics in magazines, most of the time.

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  74. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/333401203281129473

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  75. When I see a color or room I like in a magazine, I pull out those pictures and file them. Then I only have to go to the file for ideas.
    lorenalke@yahoo.com

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  76. blog post: http://www.likenomads.com/2013/05/sherwin-williams.html

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  77. We have an Eastlake Victorian so it’s easy to find color inspiration from other Victorian homes. Thanks for offering this.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  78. https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/333545633740902400

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  79. I find inspiration from blogs and magazines with already completed projects. Then I pick colors I like that tend to be neutral. I would love to redo our small bathroom and pick some fun bright colors for a change. I always keep it safe and neutral.

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  80. I get color inspiration from photos. Once I was big on cut-outs from magazines; now I book-mark blogs and other resources. I can look at them on my Kindle when I'm in the paint store too.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

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  81. and here's a tweet: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/334156021893312512

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

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  82. I find inspiration from home magazines or watching HGTV.

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  83. You've got some really great tips. thanks for sharing. I usually visit different blogs for inspiration and I'll definitely come back to yours. Need to work on my little girl's room really soon.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  84. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/334847365158690816

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  85. I look for timeless colors that flow well with the rest of the home... but with a great color pop for fun!

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  86. I look through magazines to find color schemes I might like.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  87. I find inspiration for colors by looking at fabric stores
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  88. i like to look at blogs and watch hgtv
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  89. I find inspiration watching HGTV, on pinterest and reading magazines!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  90. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/335222764468330496

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  91. tweeted: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/335222764468330496

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  92. I'll use magazines or the web. Sometimes I'll see a cute shirt in the store that has a fun color combo and it gives me ideas!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  93. Tweet: https://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/335420643715739649

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  94. i get color inspiration from nature! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  95. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/335576932534087680 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  96. I get some inspiration through hgtvs website and tv shows

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  97. I love looking at different fabrics and seeing how the colors work together. If it catches my eye, I must really like it :)
    tara at aspectacledowl dot com

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  98. Tweeted https://twitter.com/_aspectacledowl/status/335637554202296320
    tara at aspectacledowl dot com

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  99. I look at color samples on various web sites.

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  100. I find inspiration in fabric shops. Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

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  101. I love vintage glass items that are in different shades of blue and pink/purple like mason jars, ball jars, insulators, depression glass etc. I then choose colors that are inspired from these things.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  102. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/335773276771074048
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  103. I find inspiration through my husband

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  104. I find inspiration from family, friends and the environment.

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  105. I find inspiration from what is already around me. I'm not good at visualizing something. I have to see it. I've been known to repaint a room 2-3 times before I get something I like.

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  106. I draw color inspiration for my projects from fabrics that I like. I also like to check out both Pinterest and my favorite blogs to see what catches my eye. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  107. I find inspiration through visiting friends and family who have decorating styles that I admire and by visiting stores and seeing their featured styles.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  108. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/335865030283255808

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  109. I love to check out pinterest for ideas

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  110. I find one decorative piece I like and create the room theme around that.

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  111. I look at magazines and browse the internet for ideas.

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  112. i like to use colors found in nature for inspiration!

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  113. inspiration from art works ty.vivian
    darkeve@care2.com

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  114. I like buying samples of the paint and trying them out on my walls. I just put little test points all over and then try to gain inspiration while looking at them
    cmarquez482@outlook.com

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  115. tweet; https://twitter.com/cmarquez482/status/336189098089926656
    cmarquez482@outlook.com

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  116. I get ideas through magazines.

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  117. If I find a great piece of art, I try to pull colors from it to put on the walls or the pillow, if appropriate.

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  118. Tweet - https://twitter.com/choochoo428/status/336235789287559168

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  119. I usually get my inspiration from other people's online renovation and painting projects they've posted often on home improvement websites!

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  120. https://twitter.com/abrightbabe/status/336244485317091328
    abuninoven at hotmaildot com

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  121. I always find great inspirations from the DIY channel and magazines

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  122. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/336263905913487361

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  123. I take inspiration from magazines and then phase it into existing colors in our home.

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  124. and I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/336266451000385536

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  125. These days, I get my color inspiration from blogs mostly :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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