#34 - Peggy's Low Budget Experiment

#34 - Peggy's Low Budget Experiment

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 19, 2006

Name: Peggy
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Type: Studio apartment, rental

Why I use color:

Color for me is all about experimentation and evolution. For years I used white on white, being in love with minimalism. Being on a limited budget, I could never achieve the kind of perfectionism minimalism requires. Then I read Tricia Guild's book "White Hot." Everything changed.

I started experimenting. Pale pink at first. I found that everything goes with pink. Red, blue and even orange - a color I never would have thought that I'd use in decorating. Since all of my furniture is second hand, the red sofa was totally unexpected. But I love it! The more I experiment with color, the more I love it. I love to mix cool colors with warm. One of my favorite combinations is pale blue with fushia. And I've found that I can get away with using a lot of color and still accomplish simplicity if I keep patterns to a minimal.

2 Good color tips:

1. Shocks of color need large amounts of white to balance them.

2. If you're unsure of a color, paint a canvas in a solid color and live with it for a while. This is a cheap way to accomplish color and can be changed easily. I often do this when my mood changes.

2 good color resources:

1. Color Healing Home by Catherine Cumming is an excellent resource for how color can affect your mood.

2. Behr paint from Home Depot is inexpensive and great. I once covered a fushia wall with white in one coat!

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