Name: Dan and Amy
Location: Chinatown, Los Angeles
Type: 2-bedroom loft. Own.
Why I use color: We have never seen white as the starting point to develop a color scheme...in our apartment, which is in Chinatown, blood red is the starting point and the palette moves on from there.
The whole look and feel of the apartment is a playful update of the 1930's Hollywood idea of "Chinatown". We thought it was important not to over-use cliche chinese items like paper lanterns and dragon kites so that the house would feel like a real place with longevity, not a stage set. As a result the color is central to creating the theme, not the objects
The majority of the fixtures and furniture are simple and functional, the simplicity of form allows for the abundance of color and creates a canvas for the decorative elements.
Having the open shelves in the kitchen allows the objects we use everyday to add more color, texture and a bit of a narrative to the main room we live in. The apartment is all about fun. Every decision we made about color was made with the goal of creating a joyful, playful place to be for kids and grown-ups alike."
2 Good color tips: 1. Use different colors of the same hue, or depth to introduce many different colors without causing chaos
2. Paint doors, frames, windows, etc the same color as the walls (semi-gloss instead of matte) to allow the shadows to delineate the trim. Again allows the use of bold color, without chaos and visual exhaustion.
Favorite type and brand of paint: Benjamin Moore Regal. The Matte Finish has a great sheen, just a little more than an eggshell – really brings out the color