Location: Boise, Idaho
Type: 4-bedroom home (owned)
Why I use color:
I use color because it turns lifeless rooms into interesting space. I love the energy from deep, rich and/or bold colors. I think that where there isn't color, space can look unfinished and empty, regardless of what things may be crowding a room. I love to surround myself with color because it's like creating a piece of art. Color is fun, expressive and tells so much about a person.
2 good color tips:
1. I have learned that copying color designs isn't a bad thing. If you love a certain look you've seen in a magazine, or in a home, it's okay to recreate it in your own space. I stole my whole idea for my bathroom from a Moen faucet ad in a magazine.
2. White can be classy and energetic. White/light color schemes can be done well by using abundant textures in your designs to make up for lack of color. I've seen it done and it can be just as cushy and beautiful as any well-done color scheme.
2 good color resources:
1. For Color Paint: The Home Depot Guys. I think the Home Depot paint department is fabulous. They know everything you've ever wanted to know about color, live and in person. From Primers, to Textures, to what brushes to use, they can be a huge help to a painting project.
2. Scrapbook Stores. This may come as a surprise to some, but scrapbook paper stores are phenomenal places to look for interesting and beautiful color schemes. The paper designs these days are beautiful, rich, and artistic. You could spend hours looking at designed paper. Plus, you'll never leave disappointed. You can match anything you currently have, whether it's a pillow, or a piece of old china. Color scheme ideas are abundant. And the best part is, when you find a color scheme, all you pay is 50 cents to a dollar and you have your idea swatches on paper. How easy is that to take with you when you're shopping for items you need?