Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type of Home: rental apartment
Color Inspiration: There are two main sources that have been the inspiration for our apartment. One is the paradoxical vibrance and grittiness of Center City Philadelphia (and its people!), just outside our door. It has been a challenge thinking of ways to optimize the very tall, but narrow, walls. So we asked a friend to do a graffiti mural, setting him free to do whatever he wanted while fulfilling only a couple small stipulations — that he use the word "l'amour" and the colors tomato red and gray.
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Color Inspiration continued: The second source of inspiration is food. In this main room of our (approx.) 700 square foot apartment, we delight in doing just about everything, from relaxing in front of the TV and working on our laptops. But most especially we love to cook, dine and entertain here. Therefore, it's the sights and smells of food enliven this room, not to mention the friends and family who seem to enjoy them. The bright and bold colors we've tended to choose for this room remind us of the juicy, farm fresh produce (bell peppers, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes) at Reading Terminal Market which is down the street from us.
Colors Used: Valspar - Churchill Hotel Olive #5008-2A
Montana spraypaint - Various colors
Color Tip: I imagine this sounds corny, but I try to imagine myself, or Stefan and myself, as colors. 'What colors would we be?' My other tip for using color successfully is to use color fearlessly.