Location: Irvine, CA
Why I use color:
"The downstairs bedroom leads to the patio, which happens to be in the front of my town home. I just wanted something, fun, relaxing, and tropical, because I had installed a fountain right outside. I couldn't decide on a color scheme, and it was really frustrating- part of me wanted something punchy, like oranges and pinks, and then another part wanted something with cooler tones, greens and turquoises- and I was having a hard time deciding until I came across a photo in an old "how to" decorate book from the 60's, that was my saving inspiration- use all the colors! The solution was to keep all of my grounding pieces neutral/white or plain wood, and use all the colors together as accents- I think in the end, orange won out overall, but paint wise, I only limited it on the wall to a corner and painted a block up on the ceiling, sort of creating a small fun, but cozy nook, that complimented my (admittedly) 70's kitschy-but-had-to-have-it Papasan chair."
"It seems to help that if you use one color, repeat it somewhere else. In my case, I had so many colors, so it was easy to incorporate a lot of pieces of different colors.
Don't be afraid to mix tints and shades and textures as well- it helps prevent things from looking too "matchy-matchy".
If you use a lot of color, make sure you have someplace for your eyes to rest- otherwise, its visual overload. In my case, keeping the walls, carpet, and furniture pieces white/neutral helped resolve that.