Name: Mary and Ronit
Location: Manhattan, NY
Type: 2-bedroom rental
Why I use color:
We use color to highlight each room's function, and to create low-cost themes. The goal of our living room, The Pistachio Parlor, is to be a proper sitting room, the foil to our chill, floor-seating-only Opium Den. The Parlor began with a single red couch. We painted 3 walls pistachio green, leaving one wall white...
We paint found objects white and attach them to the white wall. We broke down and bought 2 red chairs for additional seating and a topped it off with a white table we snagged from the UES on trash day. The tree limb was found lying on the sidewalk a block from the apartment, and it adds to the winter-y effect in a way we adore.
In Mary's bedroom, dubbed The Orange Grove, we wanted to keep the small size (about 9' x 8') from seeming too claustrophobic. The colors in this room had to complement the lamp we fashioned out of a globe. By painting geometric orange trees against a sky-blue background, we created the illusion of some depth. Clouds made of wiffle balls added to the effect, and now it feels like a cozy nest in the middle of a sunny Florida grove.
2 Good color tips:
1. We suggest choosing a color scheme before you make the trip down to the paint store. The choices can be paralyzing if you don't go in with a plan!
2. It's important to decide what color schemes don't work for you and your space, and when to use color sparingly. Ronit's bedroom is an all-white, texture-based escape from the rest of our color-drenched apartment.
2 good color resources:
1 & 2. Fashion and advertising, our two favorite worlds!