Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: 1-bedroom condo, owned
Why I use color: I use color to bring energy and exuberance to my surroundings. When I entertain (note the disco ball), the furniture is moved out and the space needs to stand on its own – which it does, thanks to the bright hues! The wall colors were inspired by my eclectic collection of furniture and make an otherwise random assortment of odds and ends look cohesive.
The orange in the upholstery on the dining room chairs is found on the west wall. Orange is also sprinkled throughout the upholstery on the 1960s estate-sale loveseat, the inherited yellow Baker chairs and the blue club chairs as well as in the French painting of a woman. The grape wall was inspired by touches of purple found in those same two fabrics as well as photography on the walls. The unique loft-like architecture of the room allowed me to separate each saturated shade with a floor to ceiling window or patch of white wall, so the colors boldly stand alone, never touching one another.
Even though the warm colors of orange and golden yellow are prevalent, the blues and purples in the wall, upholstery, Moroccan rug and table cloth make the overall feel cool and soothing.
2 good color tips:
1.Use color to unify. It worked in my house, as you can see. Pull that tiny bit of color, like the bits of orange in two wildly different fabrics and the dining seat cushions, and put it on a whole wall. Suddenly everything looks a little more coordinated. Too scared to paint a wall orange? Then try orange throw pillows, throws or curtains to pull it all together. But don't be afraid of orange. Orange is your friend.
2. Paint with passion! It's just PAINT, people.
Imagine what it would be like to wake up every morning and just stare at your surroundings thinking, "I love this room – it's so soothing/beautiful/happy/whatever!" This could be you.
But you must be brave and try. If you don't get it exactly right the first time, it's okay – you can repaint. It's not like you're gutting a whole kitchen or anything. Trust me, it's worth it.
2 good color resources:
1.Interior Designers with a good eye for color. You don't have to be redecorating a mansion and buying all new furniture to work with a designer. For just a small consulting fee, many interior designers will help you simply pick out colors for your room –they've got the experienced eye to help you make good paint and color decisions. Then, armed with a professional's knowledge, you can paint it yourself or have someone else do it on your own schedule and budget.
2. Paint manufacturer's websites –
Sherwin-Williams.com has great color trends information and a groovy magazine called "Stir" that you can pick up at the store or sign up for online.
BenjaminMoore.com also has great info about color trends and has recently partnered with Pottery Barn to create specific palettes that you can choose from!