COLOR TOUR: Shannon’s “Re-use Everything Experience” House

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Day Spa | 0634

Shannon’s beautiful home in Southeast Portland’s Westmoreland neighborhood is layered with color, texture and interesting objects- many of them repurposed and DIYed by Shannon herself. We asked what element of her home she loves the most: “Right now? My front door for sure. It’s always been a natural wood stain and last year I painted it Day Spa | 0634. The color is warm, cheery, inviting and on the whimsical side, just like my interior design and décor.” Body: King Fischer | 0577, Trim: Sugar Dust | 0011


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Eugenia | 0285

Shannon’s experience as an interior stylist and DIY guru is evident throughout her spacious floor plan. She finds color inspiration from many sources, including “home tours, hip hotels, and small businesses. I’m always intrigued by how others combine color into a space. I’ve never been an “all white walls” type of gal so when someone is able to capture a unique combination of colors together, it stops me in my tracks. I just love it.” Walls: Eugenia | 0285


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Shannon’s dining area embodies her DIY, upcycling spirit with it’s unique chandelier made from a repurposed shutter and vintage bottles. One of her favorite spaces in her home, it’s also an area she repaints often: “My dining room nook, I’ve changed four times in the last 12 years. Each wall is mostly windows, so I use interior color choices to accent outdoor colors and the cost is minimal. That’s the best part about paint. It’s the number one least expensive remodel tool that creates the biggest bang for your buck.” Dining nook walls: Zen Retreat | 0535

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Seal Beach | E0047

The open kitchen of walls painted in Eugenia | 0285 and cabinetry in Sugar Dust | 0011. The eat-in bar is accented in Seal Beach | E0047.

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Farewell | E0009

The home office on Shannon’s main floor plays cool walls painted in Farewell | E0009 off of warm tones in the antique desk and cork flooring. Beautiful built-in shelving in Sugar Dust | 0011 looks fantastic in the space, and we love how Shannon brings even more color into the room with pops of vibrant Pumpkin | E0086 behind the shelves.

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Meadow Grass | 0756

When asked which room in her home Shannon enjoys the most, her answer is surprising: “Believe it or not, my laundry room. The light green walls and big windows make me happy when I’m washing darks.” Walls: Meadow Grass | 0756

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Ocean Crest | 0502

What was the last thing you painted in your home? “I painted my son’s bedroom Ocean Crest | 0502. Why? Because after twelve years of boyhood, those walls needed it!” Shannon also painted a dramatic black chalkboard wall behind the bed, which is modern and playful at the same time.

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Prairie Sand | 0289

Shannon’s Prairie Sand | 0289 bedroom is an earthy, soothing sandy shade that is simultaneously warm and calm, “I’m a nonstop go-getter and DIYer that works constantly with color, so it’s important to me not to be distracted by poor color choices in interior spaces, including my own. I need color balance to keep ME balanced.”

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Luna Light | 0488

How did you determine the palette for the interior of your home- one room at a time or all at once? “Wham bam, all at once, 14 colors. My goal was to choose Pacific Northwest colors that harmonize with one another as you walk through the house, instead of color shock treatment. You know when sometimes you open a door to a room and say “whoa”, in not a good way? I try to avoid that at all costs!”  Walls: Luna Light | 0488


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A serene multi-use space in Shannon’s attic has played host to movie nights, slumber parties and beyond. Pops of Shannon’s favorite denim blue create an inviting spot to sit and take it all in. Walls: Champagne | E0143 Cabinets: Sugar Dust | 0011

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The Goods | 0794

Shannon’s creativity, sense of color, and dedication to DIY’ing are inspiring, and this bathroom in her home is a great example of that. The Goods | 0794 is a vibrant green with strong yellow undertones, an unexpected color for this space.


We asked Shannon why she chooses Miller Paint: “For all the right reasons- there’s a Miller Paint store that is walking distance from my house, and it’s a local company and being a native Oregonian, that means a lot to me. But the biggest factor is the constant quality of the paint whenever and wherever I use it.”

Shannon Quimby is a stylist, DIY Guru and Color Expert. In the photo above, she is next to Miller Paint’s Top 10 Front Door Colors. Head to our Facebook page to watch Shannon give her best color advice for your home.

Thank you, Shannon!

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