Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Type: 2 bedroom home, owned
Why I use color: As a graphic designer, I use color every day, but in an interior, the rules are very different–space, light, furnishings, use of the room–it all can play a part in how color is used.
This living room is not very large, it opens off of the foyer, and the view out the windows towards the water is a big feature. I wanted to frame the view, and have the walls support, rather than fight, the view in the evening. The cobalt blue also works to push the walls farther away visually. The foyer and stairwell are a soft yellow ochre, the ceiling is a lighter shade of the same. Strong purples, blues, greens and golds keep the palette bright, while the wood floors, trim and handrail all work as a strong neutral.
2 good color tips:
1. Consider how you move room to room, and bring some of the colors into the adjoining spaces–this really helps pull a home together, makes it feel bigger and keeps it interesting.
2. Traditionally styled rooms really wake up with bold color-on walls, rugs, fabrics or accessories, and a strong color on walls helps different styles mix together when nothing else will work.
2 good color resources:
1. I love to visit fabric stores to see combinations I wouldn't have dreamed up.
2. When I travel and have time to really notice a place, color used on buildings and houses, in signage and landscaping always catches my eye and seems fresher than when I am home.