Name: Tricia W.
Type: 2 bedroom condo, owned
Why I use color: Color is an easy way to dress up a room, to convey a mood, to complement a piece of furniture or a picture. When I sit in a room with a white wall, I think about how the room would look in a different palette. What if the wall were yellow or red or green or blue? It's amazing that you can put a green vase with an orange gerbera daisy on a table in a room and suddenly the room looks entirely different than it did before. Color is an easy way to let other people into my mind and see, at least a little bit, what I see when I look at a room.
2 good color tips:
1. Find inspiration in everyday things. I designed an entire room off of the beautiful palette of a piece of dryer lint.
2. Don't be afraid to mix colors. All four walls don't have to be the same color. Woods don't have to match (put a light birch with a dark walnut). It's easier to notice the individual pieces when the colors complement rather than blend.
2 good color resources:
1. Benjamin Moore paints. Benjamin Moore uses very rich saturated pigments and there are tons of color choices, from traditional to very contemporary.
2. The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. An authoritative text on color.