#43 Alice's Colorful World

#43 Alice's Colorful World

Oct 27, 2006

Name: Alice
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type: Duplex, owned ( I own half, A friend owns the other half)

Why I use color:
Because white is safe. It's the default for most living spaces.

White always remind me of renting, and since I've moved a lot, I've had my share of boring walls. I would usually paint a wall or two in my rentals, so I could easily paint it back to white when I moved out, but now that I'm an owner, I plan to paint them all.

My house is a 3 bedroom with a loft, and the living room walls are 20 feet high. That's a LOT of white! I was completely overwhelmed at first and since the inside of the kitchen cabinets had only been primed - I started with them. I couldn't bear to purchase white paint, so I bought 5 or 6 different colors - and randomly painted each cabinet interior. Even though you can't see it when the doors or shut, it makes me really happy to know that there is color inside. The rest of the house has just fallen in line with that mentality. I also purchase colorful towels, curtains and sheets. Pretty much the only white showing in my house is on the ceilings, and even those will probably get painted at some point!

2 Good color tips:

1. Have no fear. It's amazing how many people say to me "Oh I could never get away with that, but somehow it works for you!" I think most people are just too conservative with color. What's the worst thing that could happen? You can always change it back. Just stick to colors that make you happy. I like warm reds and purples, so I base my home around that palette, and just add in accents of blues and greens.

2. More is Better. The more choices you have, the easier it is to realize what is working and what isn't. It's easier to take away than it is to add. So go large!

2 Good color resources:

1. Look at colors that appear together in nature. Especially in vacation destinations like Hawaii - the colors are so vibrant it's hard to believe they are real. A sunset, the light playing on the ocean, or a flower can offer up a palette to steal from. If you can't get to Hawaii for inspiration, try a flower shop or even the produce aisle of a high end grocery store.

2. Start with Art. I am very particular about buying prints for my home, and when I find one I really like, I will color a whole room based on the colors in the print. Magazines like Juxtapoz carry amazing artists whose palettes are very unusual. I pull a lot of my colors from Shag and Glenn Barr prints. Any art history book will do as well; I am currently designing a bathroom around the colors in Botticelli's Venus Rising From the Sea.

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