Slide 7: Orange Living Room

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The family room in this rural Virginia farmhouse, looks bold in Benjamin Moore's 14 Carrots (CSP-1110). When using a color this strong, says Joel Barkley, a partner at the New York City design firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, "it helps to have millwork as heavy as what we had here. The white classical shapes, silhouetted against the vibrant orange ground remove any heaviness the color might have."


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