#12- Lee & Phil's Urban Digs

#12- Lee & Phil's Urban Digs

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Janel Laban
Oct 12, 2006

Name: Lee and Phil
Location: Chicago
Type: 1 bedroom mid-rise soft loft condo, owned

Why we use color: Immersed in urban contemporary, we like colors deeply saturated that set a feel for the space. Depending on the room, we want energizing or calming colors. What we generally look for in a color is how much it changes with natural morning, midday and sunset light as well as artificial and accent lighting; and how color combinations work together. Also, color helps frame and/or complements our art, flooring, cabinetry and furniture.

Color is what ties an interior design together, and helps express who we are and what we like. We have our favorites colors in our wardrobe, why not extend that to our walls?

As soft loft dwellers, we spend the majority of our home-life in our 'big' room, which serves as the kitchen, living room and office. The colors we have chosen are Sage Green, Eggplant and Marigold. The Sage extends past the kitchen into the bedroom, while the Marigold extends down the hall to our entrance. The Marigold certainly grabs guest's attention when entering our home for the first time.

2 good color tips:

1. Whatever you see on the color-swatch at the paint store looks far bolder on the completely painted walls - consider pulling back to a lighter tone from your first choice and you will likely end up with result that you intended.

2. Always use premium brand paints over designer labels; start with a tinted undercoat and two full layers of topcoat.

2 good color resources:

1. We look for reoccurring colors styles and combinations as they appear in design magazines, art galleries, apparel and specifically visual art that we own.

2. Artist and designer friends are always a great source of inspiration for us - in the past we have inquired with one particular artist-friend before purchasing paint. This gives us a chance to think out loud and have our ideas challenged.

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