photography by Stephen Karlisch

The Most Colorful Rooms Around

Our Life in Color contest winners designed with a host of hues.

For the second year in a row, Texas Paint & Wallpaper has teamed with D Home for our annual Life in Color contest. In April, we put the design community on notice that we were on the hunt for smart, fun, cool—and most importantly, colorful—rooms. They delivered. Many of the city’s top designers showed off their ingenuity in a host of hues. We saw serene neutrals, lively limes, vivid violets, radiant yellows, and every color in between. The selection process was difficult—some colorful language was even employed—but in the end, five designers stand victorious. In addition to bragging rights, these champions of coloration win membership cards and additional perks from Texas Paint & Wallpaper, and you can see the fruits of their labor on these very pages. 

Blue is the Warmest Color
Jan Showers

Location of Project: Pemberton Heights, Austin, Texas

“I have always loved rooms that are deep and dark after coming out of rooms that are light. It changes the mood,” says designer Jan Showers. This dining room, completed a few years ago, is in a house of mainly pastel rooms. “The dining room is sort of off unto itself, so color made sense. The homeowner loves navy, and I do, too,” Jan says. “We chose Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, and we went with a light rug. You have to be sure that you have plenty of light in a room like this.” Jan says the art plays off all of the colors. “Everything fell into place. All the glass brings light—the chandelier does the same.”