Location: Houston, TX
Type: 2 bedroom house (100 yrs old), owned.
Why I use color: I use color because I am constantly redecorating (is that weird?) and color is the easiest way to make a huge difference fast. I lived in an RV a few years ago and even redecorated that. By the time I was done, it had a yellow and maroon kitchen, maroon living room with a mosaic made of broken Martha Stewart dishes, and an IKEA futon.
I tend to go from one extreme to another with my rooms. For example, this room had orange walls and a large brown dining room table about 6 months ago - very formal. The dining room table is now my desk in another room and I built the table you see in the picture. I was inspired to do a red dining room table after seeing a post here with red wood floors that someone was thinking about painting. I wasn't about to paint my wood floors red so I reversed what I liked and made a red table instead. The yellow and blue were then used to tone down the red. I love it but will probably change it in 6 months : ).
2 Good color tips:
1. Before you throw something out or give it away, try painting it. Same goes for when looking at resale shops - shop with the idea of being able to paint whatever you see. For example, the little red steps in the picture were given to me by my mom years ago, but they were too country cute and I just couldn't take it anymore. So, now they are red.
2. If you like 2 colors together you don't have to put them right on top of each other. For example, in the picture above I let the mirrors bring the blue of the accent wall into view.
2 good color resources:
1. Is this wrong...I buy most of my paint at the Oops Section at Home Depot. I got a gallon of Ralph Lauren (something that looks like) fudge - for $5. That's one of the ways I get inspiration for my rooms.
2. Don't be afraid to mix your own paint - at the very worst, you'll end up with an interesting color to use on something else later.