Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type: 2-bedroom loft
Why I use color: I use color to create an envelope for my home. White walls just don't contain and embrace space the way warm cream or taupe does. I keep the colors of my furniture pretty neutral, so I use layers of colors on accessories and fabrics to express my changing moods and the different seasons. I love the way the creamy walls instantly welcome me home from the fluorescent-lit white corridors outside, how the chocolate brown and robin's egg blue patterns of the living room create a sense of serenity, the spicy saffrons and reds in the bedroom a feeling of warmth, and the Caribbean-inspired blues and greens in the bathrooms a whiff of calm waters. A splash of color, especially in a plant or flower, can add life to a dull space, instantly upgrade a home from ho-hum to fabulous. It's all about finding the right color.
2 Good color tips:
Don't be afraid of bright or dark colors. Just buy a sample size and brave it. If it's too saturated, you can always use it for just one wall or even a stripe around the room.
Find a piece of fabric you love and pull out the colors from the room from its palette. Fabric designers come up with amazing designs and the paint store can match pretty much any color.
Favorite type and brand of paint:
I like Sherwin Williams flat interior paint, but I also like to play with glazes and metallic paints (in moderation).