Name: Marko S.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Type: 1 bedroom basement apartment
Why I use color:
I'm in a ridiculously busy graphic design program, so my time at home is, well, little, so I wanted to create a space that was comforting and an escape from the city outside of it. I spent a lot of time trying to get just the right colours, and I ended up with a triadic colour scheme spread out across three rooms, with brown as the constant in all. Overall, I accomplished a feel I'm proud to call an Urban Cabin. And I guess I use colour to create comfort and a sense of "home" in my impermanent (rented) space.
I'm submitting my kitchen: Apple green walls, brown panelling (the back of my IKEA Markor bookcases) and IKEA LUVA lamp in Beech. Stainless steel fixtures throughout. I stained the old cabinets from a terrifying yellow to match the panelling I've put up.
2 Good color tips:
1. Any colour can convey any mood - especially in bedrooms, I've always had the wildest colours. It's a trick of finding the right undertone to make the colour appropriate. A cool red is more calming that one with an orange undertone. Don't go by the traditional approaches to colour, even a blue can be alive and energetic.
2. Try to make your home come together as a whole. In my apartment, I had 3 colours - Purple, Orange and Green, I brought these together in the other rooms through the linens, decorative objects and artwork to help tie everything together.
2 good color resources:
1. Everything around you, from pop cans to highlighters to stamps. I did a survey of my desk at work, and that is what I saw.
2. Go paint chip crazy. They're free, take as many as you want, play with them, put them together, cut them up and make art, it'll help you figure out what you like.