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!