Name: Jane Catherine
Location: San Francisco
Type: 750 sq. ft. studio + alcove (Tenancy in Common (TIC))
Why I use color:
Once upon a time I had the luxury of having a garden, and lived surrounded by natural beauty. Since moving back into the city, I need a certain color quotient filled each day to keep some kind of mental health (kind of like needing to eat colorful food to keep physical health). My place is what it is: studio basement apartment with low ceilings – and I believe in "less is more" only when it comes to things, but not colors or textures.
My choice of colors is simple: what colors make me feel the best – of course getting there is an adventure AND is never finished – started experimenting with a blue gouache of the bathroom ceiling .
2 Good color tips:
1. Get outside: walk in a garden, go to a nursery, shop at your local farmer's market – let the colors sink into you. Inside – go to library, go to museums & galleries, go to bookstores & look at art books.
2. Go to paint store & get colors & keep close by – put by your bed, desk, put in your pocket & look at them while you are waiting for the bus – and then experiment on the walls.
Favorite type and brand of paint:
As I go for texture in my small place: Ralph Lauren's River Rock collection; Tobias Stucco with a gouache of Benjamin Moore's Latex Paint.