How Sherwin Williams Paint Colors Led to a First-Place WF-VISION Magazine Design Award

When Right at Home Interiors designer, Keely Hersh, set about the process of transforming her client’s craft room into a bright and cheerful space, she didn’t think for a second that it would lead to an International VISION Design Award. Like many designers, her focus was on the project set before her. In the end, however, she felt her finished design was a standout that would make a great entry to the VISION Design Awards.


She was right. Along with two second-place wins for other projects, Keely took home a first-place win for her work on this design. Here, she shares three factors she believes set her apart in the competition.


1. Decorative Hardware: The Diamond in the Rough

As the award was for the Decorative Hardware and Trim category, naturally Keely felt that the set of one-of-a-kind rods she found in an antique store in Portland, Oregon was a clear differentiator. The unusual, pretty teal rods brought a sunny disposition to the room and worked beautifully with the custom window treatments she created for the space.

Yet, the rods did not look like much when the work began. They were bare metal, missing parts, and stuffed in a corner on the floor of the store. Many shoppers would’ve walked right on by the rods, but when Keely spotted them she knew they were something special.


When it came time to use the rods, she had custom brackets welded up and sourced drapery rings that would fit and slide into position. That took care of the structural issues, but still left the problem of the color.

2. Sherwin Williams Paint: The Unsung Hero of the Design

For the rods to coordinate with the rest of the design, the right paint was necessary. Keely sourced the Sherwin Williams paint color “Aquarium (SW6767)” to match the rods perfectly with the teal drapery fabric the client loved. That single design decision elevated the space – and the rods themselves – to a higher level than would have otherwise been possible.


Keely did not stop there with Sherwin Williams paint colors, however. She also used their colors “Extra White (SW7006)” and “Spa (SW6765)” to paint the hand-sanded wooden beams and upper accent wall respectively. The cool-yet-bright paint choices helped to create a fun energy in the room.


3. Attention to Detail: The #1 Key to Success

Keely is known for her detail-oriented designs, and this one was no different. She carefully selected everything in the space including the matching rose cording on the roman shade and drapery edge. She also repurposed a piece of architectural art as a grate on the supply cabinet door. Nothing, right down to the opacity of the paint on the wood beams, escaped her scrutiny.


Her meticulous treatment of the room’s accent chair and matching pillow sets a pleasant, uplifting mood. The crown moulding shelf she installed all the way around the room, as well as the playful use of her client’s collection of watering cans both contributed to the overall charm of the space. She even had the corner cabinet hand-stenciled on the outside and inside to add a pretty floral touch to the finished room.


For Keely, the combination of Sherwin Williams paint, a keen eye for unique hardware, and close attention to detail made all the difference with this project. Her design shows that even an object with humble beginnings can become a show-stopping centerpiece worthy of international recognition.

A Satisfied Client Means a Successful Design

Winning first-place is wonderful. Yet, Keely’s true joy is found in her clients’ happiness and satisfaction. If you’re looking for a detail-oriented, client-focused interior designer to help you transform your space, share your design idea with Keely today.