Location: New Haven, CT
Type: 1 bedroom condominium (owned)
Why I use color:
For the 15 years of my white-walled rental life, I fantasized about color. When I bought my condo, before doing anything else, I
repainted every single wall the colors of my dreams: robins-egg blue, "Lettuce Alone" green, and bold orange.
Color helps to make small details stand out, like the orange soffit in the kitchen and the continuation of the blue from the living/dining room onto the kitchen backsplash. Color can also hide things, like the polka-dotted screen that hides the litter box. My friends say that the color in my condo reflects my sense of fun, energy, and a slightly off-center sense of humor. When I walk in the door, I know I am home.
I wanted to highlight the color in the entire room, so I moved things around a little so that as much as possible was visible to the camera. This means that the actual design of the room is a little different than what is in the pictures.
2 Good color tips:
1. Combine levels of saturation. I was concerned that the blue
would overwhelm the room, so I painted one wall a saturated robins-egg blue, and the rest a less intense green. This allowed me to add some punch with the bold orange in the very white kitchen.
2. Use neutrals to balance out the color. I used black and
white for light fixtures, furniture, rugs, some art – this allows the
room to not become too overwhelming.
2 good color resources:
1. The color search on Etsy. You can search by color! If you need something just the right shade of magenta, it will help you find it!
2. If you're feeling scared and want some help, find out if there is a school of design or architecture nearby. You may be able to find a student willing to turn your room into a school project in return for portfolio pictures, or for a considerably smaller consulting fee than a professional.