Location: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
Type: 500 sq ft studio, owned
Why I use color:
Up until about a year ago, I’d lived most of my adult life among landlord-white walls, hand-me-down furniture, and half-unpacked boxes. When I bought my lil’ studio last November, I decided to finally make my house a home and color was key to that endeavor!...
Now, when I walk into my home, the teal blue kitchen feels like an underwater excursion; the hot pink dressing & bathrooms make my heart do a happy skip; the yellow adds a touch of perpetual sunshine; and finally, the recurring black & white themes keep it all grounded and elegant.
While there are definite jolts of high color throughout my home, I’ve also used some subtle touches—white-on-white damask stencils in the foyer and white suede paint in the main room (it catches light so beautifully). I wanted both vibrant contemporary colors and soothing classics to harmonize together in my home.
2 Good color tips:
1) I love looking at movie sets and posters for color & design inspiration. My entire color scheme was pulled from the Thai confetti western “Tears of a Black Tiger.” Certain directors—e.g. Wong Kar-Wai, Wes Anderson, Michelangelo Antonioni—always get my creative juices flowing.
2) Go against the grain and try something unusual (but measured)… then again, I’m West African and travel a lot so fun color combos are kinda in the blood!
Favorite type and brand of paint:
Besides the Ralph Lauren suede (main room) & metallic (foyer ceiling) finishes, it’s all Benjamin Moore all the time. My apartment features matte, eggshell, pearl, and semi-gloss finishes, but my fallback is probably eggshell.