Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Type: 1-bedroom, rented
Why I use color: Let the color in - color is the easiest way to transform a space, especially one that was painted "apartment white," with beige carpet and ivory countertops & cabinetry. A simple, cheap coat of paint on the walls can have such an effect on a room that I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't take advantage of it. A white room is boring, while a blue room can relax you, calm your mood after a frantic day, and a red one perhaps will inspire and warm you. All color has some type of psychological effect on the mind, and if anything, can help lift your mood and break the monotony of our everyday white, neutral lives.
2 good color tips:
1. Placing color just on the walls and leaving everything else neutral is a simple way to accent; or, painting the walls pure white and hanging bright, colorful artwork and accessories throughout the space can create an art gallery-like effect.
2. Painting just one accent wall a bright color is a simple way to experiment if all four walls is too much, too soon.
2 good color resources:
1. Paint, obviously.
2. Fresh flowers.