#42 - Jim's "A Little Warm Color Goes a Long Way"

Name: Jim
Location: San Francisco
Type: 3-Br Home, owner

Why I use color:

I grew up in a home where everything was 'oyster,' 'eggshell' or 'buff'. Mom's idea of a daring color choice was beige. So I'm compensating for a color-deprived childhood. Besides, San Francisco tends to be cool and damp so a little warm color goes a long way.

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2 good color tips:

1. Start your color plan by choosing the color of one principal feature of the room. Maybe a new wall color or new upholstery on your fabulous sofa. Then let the other colors in the room flow from that as compliments and contrasts to build a pleasing palette.

2. I like to use a very dramatic 'feature' color in each room but use that color on nothing else in the room. Like my pictured living room where I used a very saturated red Knoll upholstery on the sectional. Nothing else in the room is allowed to use anything close to that color. It makes the sofa pop like some fabulous gem hanging at a woman's decolletage.

2 good color resources:

1. Find your colors in nature. It's almost impossible to go wrong if you start with a color from something natural. Look at a jar of paprika, a rose, a rock or a seashell. Look through the produce aisle of the supermarket. Look in your garden. Most color mistakes are the result of grabbing a stack of chips at the paint store to plan your colors. This far too often results in the use of what I call "colors not found in nature."

2. Scout out the local art museums. Take a Pantone color matching bundle with you and when you see a color in a painting you like find its Pantone match so you can match the color in something else (since the museum is unlikely to let you take their art to the paint store). I like the work of John Singer Sargent and found my sofa color from his painting, Dr. Samuel Jean Pozzi at Home.