Location: Los Feliz, CA
Type: One bedroom apartment, rental
Why I use color:
I use color to enliven my space and make it my own and enliven the space. When I moved in the entire apartment was painted drab landlord beige, ugh! Nothing would have looked good with this color. I painted every flat surface (including the ceiling) decorator white first.
In the living room I painted the entrance hallway and far wall a deep blue/slate color. I've created both a dramatic entrance, a foil for my bright prints and glass, and divided the room to create a sense of spaciousness while still using a dark color. The look I was going for in the living room is dramatic and glamorous. I also wanted to play down the vintage aspect of my collections.
2 Good color tips:
1. Everything doesn't have to match. In the living room I have red, green, dark blue, and orange. The key is to make sure that the colors are similar in intensity.
2. Start with large areas/pieces and work your way down. The key in my living room is the red B&B sofa. The key in the bedroom is the white walls.
I love orange, it is my favorite color. In my bedroom I wanted to use lots of orange and still have a comfortable, restful room. Instead of going crazy with paint, I chose a very neutral palette and accented it with a few carefully chosen pops of color.
Because my walls are uneven, I used eggshell. Flat is just too flat and anything else will point out all the defects. I like the highest quality Benjamin Moore paint and always use my favorite color decorator white.