#30 - Artsy Family's Color is for Happiness

Name: Artsy Family
Location: Atlanta, GA
Type: 3 bedroom home, owned

Why I use color:

Honestly, I can't imagine *not* using color. Our home reflects our
family: my husband and I are both very creative and we want to inspire
that in our children as well. Plus, we're happy people. Our home
should reflect that.

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2 Good color tips:

• Sometimes it helps to start in one place or with one object in a room and work your way out from there. Once you hang a painting, for instance, you can make a decision about what color should be on the wall behind it. Then, you can decide where to place objects around it. You can just keep working the color in, one object at a time.

• Relax. Let your home be a work in progress. It doesn't all have to happen today, and if you make a mistake today, you can work it out tomorrow. Don't let the anxiety of a decision prevent you from doing something exciting. Take the pressure off yourself, and be patient with the process.

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Favorite type and brand of paint:

oops, I don't think either my husband or I have paid attention to the brand of paint we've used. We were too caught up in finding the right color. We have mostly chosen matte finishes for our home, though.

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