Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Two bedroom loft
Why I use color:"I live on the 5th floor in one of two original buildings that were a former sausage factory with a spooky past (the factory owner murdered his young wife and left her as bits bits in the basement. This building is featured in Spooky Tours of the city). The building was re-habbed in 1999 and each unit is unique with wonderful beams, brick walls and 17' ceilings!!! Stumped with plenty of ideas, but no idea how to paint those tall walls, I bought (8) 1 quart paints samples and starting painting large patches in different rooms to get a feel for the color. "
"Now committed to getting the job done (you can't have huge paint splotches on the walls ) two charming Czech painters did the hallway, bedroom and living room, and I painted the bathrooms. I ended up with a warm, inviting palette that friends say is really cozy and relaxing. Mission accomplished."
2 Good color tips:
"Go with your gut and pick a color that you're drawn to and feels good. Paint some swatches on the wall and see how it looks both during daylight and evening hours. "
"Use a favorite rug, painting or throw as inspiration. My living room colors were built around my favorite oil painting created by a friend. It's the focal point of the room above the mantle."
Favorite type and brand of paint:"Benjamin Moore"