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This Home Is Filled with Color and Pattern—But It's Not Overwhelming

Real Simple Logo By Lauren Phillips of Real Simple | Slide 1 of 9: From the moment you step inside the home, you’re hit with a burst of color. The foyer features tall wainscoting with geometric wallpaper at the top, a deep blue ceiling, and playful details, such as the bow-adorned sconces, balanced by more masculine aspects, such as the buffalo check wallpaper. “I wanted the ceiling to complement the space, but not serve as the focus, so the dark blue made it less prominent,” Kletzien says. (Pro tip: Dark colors help ceilings expand. “Since we struggled with shorter ceilings, this was a nice trick!” Kletzien says.) The blue ceiling mimics the tones in the buffalo check wallpaper, while the tall wainscoting is durable enough to withstand the heavily trafficked space. (The white is easily cleaned, or when worst comes to worst, repainted, whereas a patterned wall covering would be more difficult to clean and replace.) The orange rug helps bring out the space’s warm tones, complementing the cooler blues and furthering the room’s striking (but playful) feel. The wallpaper is by Caitlin Wilson. The stools are from Wisteria, with upholstery fabric by Caitlin Wilson.

The Foyer

From the moment you step inside the home, you’re hit with a burst of color. The foyer features tall wainscoting with geometric wallpaper at the top, a deep blue ceiling, and playful details, such as the bow-adorned sconces, balanced by more masculine aspects, such as the buffalo check wallpaper.

“I wanted the ceiling to complement the space, but not serve as the focus, so the dark blue made it less prominent,” Kletzien says. (Pro tip: Dark colors help ceilings expand. “Since we struggled with shorter ceilings, this was a nice trick!” Kletzien says.)

The blue ceiling mimics the tones in the buffalo check wallpaper, while the tall wainscoting is durable enough to withstand the heavily trafficked space. (The white is easily cleaned, or when worst comes to worst, repainted, whereas a patterned wall covering would be more difficult to clean and replace.)

The orange rug helps bring out the space’s warm tones, complementing the cooler blues and furthering the room’s striking (but playful) feel.

The wallpaper is by Caitlin Wilson. The stools are from Wisteria, with upholstery fabric by Caitlin Wilson.

© Dustin Halleck

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