Name: Marisol & Jessica
Location: Providence, RI
Type: Our home is a 3 bedroom apartment on the first floor of a 3 story house. We're renters.
Why I use color:
We've both lived in apartments with plain white walls, so we know how important color can be and were relieved that we could use lots of it. It can definitely change how a room feels (warm or cool) and can affect how one views the size of the space as well. We love using bright, unexpected colors in our shared rooms because it really stands out!
It's so nice to come home and curl up in our cozy orange reading room or chill out in our blue living room. We love to see people's first reactions when they come into our house. One person actually said that living in our apartment was like "living in a package of Starbursts"!
2 Good color tips:
1. Don't be afraid to try different color combinations (and sometimes fail) before settling on what's best for you! We spent a long time with good-looking but over-the-top bright pink curtains in our blue living room, but it never felt right. We've finally settled on brown and we're both really pleased with the decision to tone down it down a bit.
2. It's easy to add color in little bursts around the house by adding a small pillow, new lamp, fun painting. Color doesn't need to be all-over and intimidating to make a statement!
2 good color resources:
1. Vintage or retro fabrics and patterns. It's fun to incorporate retro color schemes or large-scale patterns into our decorating.
2. We've spent a fair amount of time looking through magazines such as Readymade and Real Simple for color ideas. We also use a lot of online resources, such as Apartment Therapy (thanks, guys!) and various decorating communities on LiveJournal.