Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Type: 1 bedroom apartment/rental
Why I use color: My apartment is my home, not just a space where I live. I live, rest, create, entertain, love and relax here. The room I am submitting is my kitchen, which is the most calming and cheerful daily space to me. I painted the 2 adjoining dining area walls in 12" vertical strips using buttercream yellow and sunrise orange paint (both in eggshell finish). Fresh, clean, satisfying - the yellow/orange walls create a comfortable contrast to the black dining table and chairs. Accent color - sage green - is seen in cloth placemats that create texture (while matching the large Audrey Hepburn canvas print that adorns the main wall) and the large tree at the end of the dining area. Black and white lace-printed dishware adds the perfect balance to the table's shade. The mirror on the right wall picks up the natural sun/skylight from the large window on the other side of the room. I love keeping my home clutter free yet full of personal whimsy and character. My main living space is mostly white furniture with accents of black/sage/rose. The interesting colors and stripes in the kitchen add a surprise yet an anchor to my home. I love it here!
2 Good color tips:1. Paint just one accent wall. Leaving the other walls white allow the accent wall to pop, adding drama and style.
2. Paint looks different in natural light and when it dries. Try to do a paint test on a small part of the wall to see the outcome. 2 Good color resources:1. Love Home Depot! The Sales Associates are so helpful and really invest in your project, adding insight and direction and TLC!
2. Love travel magazines! Every page is filled with a brilliant spectrum of colors that are showcased in natural environments - water, beach, sky, trees, mountains, cities, etc, Real life + real people = style an energy that can inspire any person's home!