#37 - Mike & Wayne's Crisp Earth Tones

#37 - Mike & Wayne's Crisp Earth Tones

Heather Blaha
Oct 22, 2006

Name: Mike and Wayne
Location: Chicago
Type: 2 bedroom condo, owned

Why we use color: We like earth tones and crisp colors that accentuate the structure of a space, and we tend to be minimalists. We prefer a smaller range of colors within the same room instead of trying to fit the whole rainbow in at the same time. Usually all it takes is one motivating color to get started- maybe it's in a painting or a rug or the bathroom tile...

Specifically for the bathroom, we were looking for a color that went well with the blue of the circa-1912 hex floor tile (which isn't going anywhere anytime soon), and we accidentally matched it perfectly. After living in the Blue, Blue Bathroom for awhile, we found a half-price shower curtain with blue and white and green dots. That led us to the lime green, and the very limey roman shade.

For the dining room, we really wanted bench seating along the wall, and our choices in color were a little limited. After choosing a deep red, we ran with it around the room and offset it with the more sedate tan. The white trim and frosted white backs on the dining chairs really stand out against the darker walls and furniture.

2 good color tips:

1. Rather than choosing bold paint colors, it's much easier to accessorize with color using pillows, rugs, artwork, etc. And the easier it is to modify your color scheme, the more willing you'll be to change it every so often to keep things interesting.

2. If you really want to paint with a bold color, have all of your ideas for the room planned out in advance. Congrats if you can do this, because we tend to change our minds once a color is actually on the wall!

2 good color resources:

1. Those little color swatches from the paint store. If you're ever stuck on a decision between colors, pick the one with the best name! "Hmmm... Which will it be... Ice Cube? Eggwhite? or Breathless?"

2. My 6th grade art class color wheel! Don't forget the basics, right?

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