Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: Rented two bedroom townhome
Why I use color:"My newly rented town home was replete with white walls, little character and a difficult layout. The living/dining area is rather long and narrow, which gives it a tunnel-like effect. I knew color was key in getting the distribution correct in the space. A bold, beautiful, blue paint color paired with repetitive art on the long wall unifies the room and creates drama. Opposite, over the white, cast cement fireplace, a twelve-inch blue stripe was painted giving the space an added architectural element and interest. My daughter's (inherited from my parents) mid-century modern fuchsia sofa and chairs were the right size, scale and especially the color for the space. Pinks are my favorite colors as they energize the room yet it remains remarkable sophisticated."
"Added flea market finds, hides from Guatemala, white and hot pink fresh flowers, white accessories, and vibrant throw pillows pull the room together. The unorthodox color palette is unexpected and gives the room the "wow" factor. My advice would be not to be afraid of color and to experiment with favorite colors and incorporate them in your day-to-day living areas. This room illustrates what a little paint and imaginative use of color can do. "
2 Good color tips:
"Take a look at Munsell Color Theory; it is slightly different than the traditional color wheel and gives a new perspective to color mixing."
"Use what you like - you ultimately live in the space...paint is inexpensive, so experiment and have fun."
Favorite type and brand of paint:"I like flat as it does not reflect or add glare. I love the way Ralph Lauren rolls on and gives great coverage. I used Glidden for the room submitted...great color selection and paints true color."