Name: Paula of Henry Road
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Type: 2 Bedroom owned
Why I use color: I can't imagine living without color. I live with color and work with color every day as a self-taught textile and accessories designer (Henry Road) and wouldn't have it any other way.
Color makes me smile and I love the mental challenge of making colors and my history (things I love and have picked up over the years) all work together. In this apartment, I challenged myself to paint the walls colors I had never used in previous homes without spending any money on new furniture. That turned into a great adventure into the world of dark yellow. In the morning with the sun streaming in, the whole living room which includes the dining area and kitchen glows gold welcoming a new day.
2 Good color tips:
1. When it comes to interior design, imitation is the greatest form of flattery -- a great way to start out is to find a room you like in a magazine/blog and copy the colors.
2. I find black and white (and shades thereof) balance color so that it doesn't become too much.
2 Good color resources:
1. We are surrounded by color. Its everywhere we look: magazines, other peoples homes, flowers, clothing, sunrise, sunset, ocean...
2. Nothing beats the paint chip wall in the local hardware store. And they very helpfully display them in color families so that the blue with green undertones is next to the greens and the blue with purple undertones is next to the purples etc.