Name: Amanda S.
Location: Cambridge, MA
Why I use color:
"I use color as a mood enhancer. Cooking is my hobby, so when I moved
into my apartment the first project was revamping the large, but
dreary kitchen. It's a rental, so I couldn't paint the grey-white
walls. The sun streams through the two south-facing windows and I knew I wanted something bright and cheery to hold onto the light.
My solution: vintage fabric adhered to the walls with liquid laundry
starch. Now I love to spend time in the kitchen. And when I move, I'll peel the fabric off without damaging the paint underneath."
Color Tips (from a non-designer):
"1. Maintain the color intensity. If you go for primaries, don't wimp
out. Try it.
2. Designate one room as an experimental space (In my case, the "test
kitchen"). I think you have more color leeway in kitchens and
bathrooms, especially since you can readily find color accessories for these rooms.
3. I can't say enough about colorful fabric. When I find something I
like, I buy it and find a use for it i.e. pillow cases, stretched
across artist frames for a wall hanging. Instant color and texture,
and if you don't like it, you can get rid of it fast."
"2 budget-conscious color resources:
1. eBay is an awesome resource for accessories and gadgets. Pick a
category and search by color. A purple cake stand? A bright red
juicer? Yes, please! I snatched up more than enough Marimekko fabric
(two patterns, many colors) to cover the kitchen for about $50.
2. Check out the "oops" paint shelf at Home Depot if you want to
refinish a single piece of furniture or paint a piece of canvas for a
floor or wall covering. And if the color doesn't work out, you only
spent a couple bucks."