Location: Long Beach, CA
Type: 1 bdrm/rental
Why I use color: I don't know what I'd do without color. It has always been an important part of all of my apartments because 1) it defines my personality (red is my favorite color), and 2) it energizes me. I am a designer by profession, so I am always looking for inspiration, and what better place to divine inspiration than in your own living environment.
It is proven knowledge that color affects your mood and well being which is why I believe that more people should use color in their home environments. Color can be scary, and consequently, many people shy away from it until they can see it used successfully. That's why I think your contest is so appropriate. Adding color doesn't mean that you have to use bright, primary colors everywhere, it can simply mean adding some bold accents such as a few accessories to add interest to a room.
2 Good color tips:
1. Because of the limitations of rental apartments, you don't always have the opportunity to use paint to add color, so I try to add color through the use of pillows or window coverings.
2. Think complimentary colors when considering a color transformation. You can achieve a dramatic impact in a small space with this approach. I used red/green in my space, but it doesn't look like Christmas. It is the shades of green (moss green, chartreuse green) and red (ruby red, orange red) that help to create a pleasing color palette.
2 Good color resources:
1. Flea Markets. Because of the slick advertising that floods our lives today, we are brainwashed with imagery which tells us how our homes or lives should be, but sometimes it is refreshing to take a look back into the past to see how color was used during different eras. I'm not saying that it's always good...but it can definitely be an inspiration.
2. Artwork. I'm a nut for populating my walls with vintage posters, photography, and pieces of original artwork from trips abroad. When purchasing these items, I am usually drawn to the color combinations as well as the design content, and in some cases, will re-orient my spaces to highlight that new piece of art. If you find a piece of art that you are drawn to, use it as an inspiration for designing the rest of your space.