Name: Kelly & John
Location: San Jose
Type: Rented Loft
Why I use color:
"The use of expressive colors is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice." -Henri Matisse
Growing up, the first time my parents let me choose the color of my bedroom I chose bright pink , sponge painted over with magenta. Fast-forward to college, with my tastes matured and keen to the current trends, I painted one wall of my apartment chocolate brown to create a calm, grounded space for study. Now I am engaged and have found someone that loves color as much as I do. . .
. . .In fact, our first unofficial date consisted of a walk through Crate and Barrel so he could show me the things that he wished to have in his apartment. With all of the styles and hues he picked out, I decided this boy had good taste. John and I use color because it directly affects our mood. We are aware that certain colors create and reflect certain emotions. With all that we have to deal with in the outside world, we want our apartment to be an oasis, a place to relax and unwind, colors that make us happy or calm help us do that.
2 good color tips:
1. Use a color you love and makes you happy, not just what the current trend is. Referring to the above paragraph, one would think that I would have gotten sick of a room painted completely pink. On the contrary, because I loved the color so much, I would look forward to spending time in my room which allowed my mind to relax and wander.
2. Do pay attention to the color wheel. Despite your knowledge through day to day interactions with color, there is a science that can make putting colors together while decorating a lot easier. Learning what correct color combinations are can be the difference from your living space looking primary to professional.
2 good color resources: