We wanted the color scheme to complement the clean mid-century modern lines of the house and highlight the original features, like the terrazzo floors and large windows. The color also serves to down play the low-ish ceilings with little contrast between wall and ceiling. I also think a home should acknowledge its location, so I've incorporated shades of water and sky, from the ocean a few blocks away. There are various pale shades on the walls, grey-green, pale blue and faded yellow, which I like to offset with accessories in more saturated tones, like golden yellow, cobalt and lime green. Tranquility is key as a family with two young boys, so the master bedroom is a serene lavender, with shades of grey and white offset by a turquoise lamp and artwork. We wanted to keep my son's room in line with the rest of the house, but more playful with little pops of color.
2 Good color tips: 1) Color is relational and changes depending on what it is near, like the floor color or view out the window, and light has everything to do with what a color looks like and how it changes throughout the day. 2) The color never looks like the paint chip, so you either have to be flexible and satisfied with a surprise, or plan to repaint at least once to get the exact color.
Favorite type and brand of paint: Benjamin Moore