Location: West Village, NYC
Type: (studio, 1-bdrm, etc.) and whether it is rented or owned
Teeny (260 SF), rented studio.
Why I use color:
I was inspired by diurnal changes in light and influenced by a somewhat monochromatic furniture palette. The gray visually separates the alcove from the daytime living areas and adjacent door but integrates with the yellow and olive sofa in the same room; in the day, the gray appears olive. The crème (photographed in the morning) warms the living area / somewhat modern furnishings and animates the adjacent brick, wood trim and artwork.
The sleeping alcove is Brompton Gray from Ralph Lauren. They living area is Lis Crème from Glidden. The ceiling and remaining walls are standard-issue white.
2 Good color tips:
1. I keep a thin line of white at the top of the wall. For me, the line helps to balance/ground the color in a space where the ceiling and remaining walls are white. Its also easier than creating a clean edge directly at the wall/ceiling transition.
2. Select color that parallels (not dictates!) your personality and how/when you use your space.
2 good color resources:
1. Colors that are framed by adjacent windows or that are already found in the space. The gray in the alcove matches the darkest mortar of the brick wall.
2. Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color by Leatrice Eiseman or Pantone color chips. I use both for work but find myself referencing them for home projects.