Location: Somerville, MA
Type: Rented 3 bedroom (two roommates)
Why I use color:
The challenge for me was my bedroom – which serves triple duty as sleeping space, art studio, and part of my living area. My collection of vintage chairs inspired the colors I used..
I started with a neutral palette – charcoal rug, light grey walls, and white trim. The colorful chairs are vibrant and energizing.
The colors tie in with artwork on the walls, and a rainbow of throw pillows (made by my sister out of old silk shirts!) A hot orange rug, bright curtains, and red comforter provide warmth for the cold Boston winters.
My work spaces face away from the rest of the room to avoid distraction. Both desks are natural woods; the organic warmth enriches the primary colors.
For a restful nights sleep all the colors sink beneath the platform bed. The uncluttered ceiling is peaceful and calming when I wake up in the morning.
2 Good color tips:
1. Do it for yourself. At the end of the day the opinion that matters most is your own. If you wish to be happy in a space, decorate it in a way that makes you happy. Use items- furniture, artwork, etc - that you feel strongly about as inspiration and design around that.
2. Coordinate, don't match. I think rooms in which all the colors perfectly match uncomfortable and kind of boring. Use different colors that play off of each other to bring some visual tension and energy. But remember -too much tension can be bad – leave spaces for the eyes to rest.
2 good color resources:
1. There are so many colors in the world around you – it's easy to find great inspiration: the leaves in New England, the colors in your favorite painting, the palette of your funky new shoes. Each of these resources can be built upon to create a vibrant harmonious interior.
2. Be inspired by the function of the room. Fuscia is a great color – but is it right for your baby's nursery? Color has a powerful impact in the way we use our spaces – it affects temperature, mood, appetite. Figuring out the purpose of a room is a great place to start choosing colors.