Type: 1 bedroom, rented
Why I use color:
When I first moved into this apartment, about 3 months ago, the walls were a dirty, dingy bluish grey from dirt, fading, and smoke (the landlord explained that the previous tenants were boys who did drugs; he thought it was funny!). As soon as I stepped foot in the apartment, I knew I loved it, but I also knew that it would need a serious facelift.
I chose a soothing sea foam and cheery yellow, which was a little bold, but well worth it! The colors balance beautifully with the bougainvillea outside the window in the "reading corner," and instantly transformed it into a warm and welcoming home.
I added what brightly colored accent pillows and throws I had on hand, but I don't have much yet since this is my first place all on my own—and my first place since starting a Real Job with a Real Paycheck! I love the fact that I have minty walls, yellow doors, orange pillows and magenta flowers; it makes me feel relaxed and happy every time I come home. I can't wait to keep experimenting with color as I add unique or just plain fun pieces to my place!
2 Good color tips:
I say (1) be bold and (2) follow your heart. I truly believe that when you see a paint color, you know whether or not it is right for your home. Don't settle for something you're not in love with--it's too much of a pain to re-paint, and if you're like me, you'll likely end up staring at a color that's just not quite right for years!
Favorite type and brand of paint:
Since this was my first ever repainting project, I don't have a lot to go on. I used BEHR, which worked quite well. I used the eggshell finish in the kitchen (I was told that its semi-gloss was good for kitchens), and for the doors (since I wanted yellow doors, and didn't want to buy more paint--and I actually rather like the semi-glossy nature of my doors now!)