Name: Michael and Mindy
Location: Chicago, Illnois
Type: 1 bedroom loft
Why I use color:"Color is the most dramatic way to make a bold, mood altering impact on your space. On a cold, gray day last spring, we repainted our burgundy walls a warm sunny yellow. The result was a little scary at first, but we soon realized how well the color complemented our white and black accessories. "
"We would love to modernize our apartment by installing hardwood floors, updating our 1987 white laminate kitchen/bath, replacing our dated track lighting, and installing window treatments. Unfortunately, we are encumbered by the realities of living in a rental apartment. For now, we will continue to paint accent colors that reflect our changing moods and the seasons."
2 Good color tips:
"Keep it simple. Varying shades of the same color palette can change moods throughout a room without creating visual clutter. If used correctly, white can make a powerful and elegant statement."
"Color can help define a space. In our open loft, for example, we created an intimate dining setting by highlighting a section of a large wall. "
Favorite type and brand of paint:"Benjamin Moore paint is nice, but if you change the color of your walls as often as we do, Ace brand paint is a cost effective solution. Be careful with semi-gloss and gloss paints. They work well for small accent walls, but on larger areas they show every defect on the wall. "