Rohm and Haas, "Prettiest
The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute (PQI), the educational arm of the specialty materials company Rohm and Haas, has announced the winners of its "Prettiest Painted Rooms in America" competition.
Painted Rooms in America"
the educational arm of the specialty materials company Rohm and Haas, has announced the winners of its “Prettiest Painted Rooms in America” competition. The panel of judges selected Penny Drue Baird, a New York City-based interior designer, as the grand-prize winner, along with four runners-up.
The competition invited professional designers to submit images of work they had completed within the last three years. Entries were judged on the creativity employed in the use of paint and color and the overall design of the room. “I think most people underestimate the value of paint,” Baird said. “It’s important to show the public the great variety of things you can do with paint and how it helps to show rooms to their best advantage.”
Baird designed a media room that originally consisted of plain white walls. She used wainscoting and beadboard applied in varying directions and painted them in shades of turquoise and pale green. This created a tranquil and inviting atmosphere.
Grady Cooley, runner-up, painted a botanical theme on the walls of a spec house to replicate an 18th-century wall covering. Justine Cushing, runner-up, painted the walls of her small Manhattan apartment with a cantaloupe strié glaze that changes character with the changing light throughout the day. Karen Harris, runner-up, created a room with an abstract rainbow theme for a seven-year-old boy. Keita L. Turner, runner-up, designed her award-winning room for the Fall 2005 Essence Showhouse in Harlem. It featured soothing blue punctuated by rich chocolates and vibrant fuchsias.
The panel of judges included Scott Agelloff, dean of the New York School of Interior Design; Mario Buatta, legendary designer known as “The Prince of Chintz” Clodagh, internationally renowned designer and proponent of green design; Elaine Griffin, designer and contributor to O at Home; Louis Gropp, former editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, House & Garden and Elle Décor magazines; Michael Payne, interior designer and host of HGTV’s “Designing for the Sexes” and Debbie Zimmer, PQI decorating and color expert.