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The kitchen’s chalkboard wall is Quiet Home Paint’s Vintage Tux (all colors are available in chalkboard paint). “Darker colors cause a space to recede,” says Teague. Open shelving instead of cabinets keeps the small space from feeling top-heavy, while down below, the antique pine floor warms the room up. Floors in a dark color ground a space, says Teague, “so that everything else seems to float above it.”

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The palette for Teague’s study came from peony bushes and a yard-sale mirror her daughter painted orange and pink when she was a teenager. The Peony wall color from Quiet Home Paints is complemented by the hand-painted leaf designs in the color Jump. Teague advises clients to be brave with color: “Paint is the least expensive part of a renovation,” she says. “Buy samples to see how it looks in different light.” Another tip? Put color above to blur the contrast between wall and ceiling and make the room look bigger.

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Quiet Home Paints’ Lisa Teague (right) and Andi Teague

Paint It Bold

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Photos by John Hession
Portrait by Leigh Dameron

When interior designer and color connoisseur Lisa Teague downsized to a 600-square-foot home on the New Hampshire Seacoast, she originally envisioned white walls with beachy accents. After a trip to Guatemala, however, the palette took a 180-degree turn. “I’ve always wanted to be able to live in a white house because I really admire that aesthetic, but I’ve learned I feel best when I walk into a space and feel soothed by a lot of color and warmth,” she says. Teague brings that warmth to her no-VOC, organic paint line, Quiet Home Paints, which she started after suffering from health issues caused by the oils in decorative paints. Teague shares how she used color to enliven her own home.

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