#10 Planetsusanna's Golden Cottage

Name: Planetsusanna
Location: Silverlake in Los Angeles, California
Type: 1 bedroom garden cottage

Why I use color: I am a costume designer for feature films and I am from Finland, these are two inescapable truths of my life. My world has always been ruled by colors ranging from super saturated or to muted and subdued, either way I am always hyper aware of the psychology of colors and I integrated this into all my creations.

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My home had always been a crash pad between films and I felt that it didn’t really represent me and my colorful travels and experiences around the world. Now that I have moved from “renter beige” to rich tones of gold I find that my home is filled with sunshine and good fortune!

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For my home, my friend, Nadia Barker of Hue & Timber, took cues from the artwork of my grandfather and the funky textiles of Marimekko to create the color scheme of my home.

The colors range from a rich saffron, like a monks robe, to a jasmine tinged lime yellow in the dining room. The bath is a gold toned vinyl that disguises the uneven walls and looks like Venetian plaster. My bedroom is a muted taupey, grey color called Mt. Rushmore which is great when I have night shoots, cocoon city!!!! It’s just such a pleasure to wake up in a home that’s filled with color!

2 Good color tips:
1. Instead of using a white or ivory we used a white with a hint of pink in it, almost like white/pink/peach you would find inside a conch shell and used it on the ceiling. That way the reflected light in the room wouldn’t appear too yellow and all my guests have a nice healthy glow to their skin!

2. We used eggshell finish paint on all the walls and ceiling, not flat. I like how an eggshell finish looks so much cozier with lights that are on dimmers!

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Favorite type and brand of paint:
I love the ICI Color chips, I pinned then up in every room and watched how the colors changed thru out the day, but honestly, for our budget we color matched and used Dunn Edwards paint for every room, such easy coverage!

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