Location: Walnut Creek
Type: I live in a rented, 2 bedroom apartment built in 1968. The open floorplan, bay window in the living room, and small, private back yard made this the place I wanted to create my home. In addition to the interior design I've completely transformed the barren strip of a yard into a tropical paradise since I moved in just over a year ago.
Why I use color:
I use color to evoke a mood and create the desired atmosphere. In my bedroom I wanted to create a glamorous, feminine retreat with a retro-modern flair. The color palette inspiration came from the Marimekko fabric I found at the Crate and Barrel outlet in Berkeley. I was instantly drawn to the bold colors and retro-inspired graphic pattern so I bought 6 yards and made a large curtain to cover the very long narrow window in the bedroom. I covered the bed with an indigo purple velvet quilt and accented it with wave patterned avocado green sheets, a crisp, white bolster and bedskirt, and a raspberry silk throw pillow. I created a headboard with raspberry sherbet colored curtains hung from the top of the wall. The fluffy white flokati rug and crystal ball lamps with white shades add touches of retro glamour to the space.
2 good color tips:
1. Pick a palette and commit to it. Create a foundation with your main color and add accents of your complementary colors. Repeat the colors around the room to keep the eye moving and fill the space with color.
2. Vary the shades of the colors in your palette to avoid the matchy-matchy trap. The colors don't have to match as long as they're in the same family. Think color coordination not color matching and you'll create more depth and interest.
2 good color resources:
1. Home decorating catalogs and websites: Crate and Barrel is one of my favorite resources for color inspiration, furnishings and accessories.
2. Fabrics: Find that one fabric with the colors and theme that you want and build your color palette upon that.