#6 Mar and Bry's Color Arousing Grad Student Housing

Name: Mar and Bry
Location: West Los Angeles, CA
Type: 2 bedroom rental apartment

Why I use color:

My husband and I are both grad students and live in UCLA family housing. Nearly all of our furniture and accoutrements are from craigslist, ikea, or flea markets. Because of our restricted budget, color was the main way we carved out the kind of living space we wanted.

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We love to host and somehow manage to cram nearly 20 people in our place every weekend. It was important for us to have a living room that was stimulating yet coherent; I did not want it to look like it came out of a catalog…or a multi-family garage sale.

I try to synchronize the emotional tones of each room with their respective colors. Since I love to cook, I wanted food to be the focal point in our dining room, rather than a blaring wall color or art piece. Our most daring use of color was the turquoise in our study, which hopefully energizes my husband to think about math all day. And it's a great complement to all of his yellow math textbooks. Who knew advanced math books were all yellow?

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2 Good color tips:

Before purchasing something, think about how its color will interact with the other objects in proximity to it. The perfect-shade-of-red vase may look much better in a store than on your black side table adjacent to your green sofa with yellow pillow. Unless you like the rastafari, look.

There are a bajillion shades of blue. And green. And orange. And… It's amazing how a tiny tinge of a tonal change could make or break a color. I was actually pretty disappointed with our living room wall color even though it looked fine on the color swatch. Be careful.

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Favorite type and brand of paint:

We started with the cheapest brand at Home Depot and went from there.

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