Type: 2 bedroom condo, owned
Why I use color: I use color because I'm not afraid of it. Shades of beige may work for people, but I need to live in a space that reflects a vibrant mood and style. I find inspiration from clean lines and strong visual patterns — anything from gift wrap to bedding to packaging design. I bought my first condo this summer and I've put a lot of work transforming a space that was painted entirely in 2 shades — beige or pewter.
The pictures are of the master bedroom and the guest bath. I finally at the stage of hanging artwork/photos, but as you can see, the use of color alone eliminates the feeling that your walls are bare without lots of art.
It was hard to get a full shot of the bedroom, but you can see that I kept the graphic pattern to 1 wall to keep the design from overpowering the room. The rest of the room picks up the same background color to tie it all together.
2 good color tips:
1. Don't just rely on magazines or design shows for inspiration. Find things that appeal to you in everyday life and translate that to a room — nature, fashion, architecture, packaging. Whatever sparks your creativity.
2. Don't be afraid of using bold or bright colors. The worst case is that you can repaint it if you don't like it. Don't paint your entire room hot pink if that's not your style. But you can paint one accent wall and keep the rest of your colors more neutral. You can then add little touches the pick up your accent color without feeling overwhelmed by your color.
2 good color resources:
1. It really depends on your style, but look at the design in shops and restaurants that you love. I can't afford most high end design stores, but I can walk around and pick up some great idea starters that I can personalize for my taste and budget.
2. Check out open houses. It may sound weird, but checking out other peoples homes can open you up to ideas you may never thought of or may be a good deterrent of what not to do. Like using a sand texture and dark grey paint all over a sunny bright space like the previous owners of my place did.