Name: Brenda & Dave B.
Location: Chicago, IL
Why I use color:
"Color makes a space inviting and joyous. Painting a wall is the easiest and cheapest way to add a great amount of color to your space. Plus, it's so simple to change. In one day, you can give your room a whole new feeling. Each time we've moved, we paint one wall a rich or bright color. We've had eggplant purple, apple green, and now ORANGE! We also always paint one entire wall in chalkboard paint. I would have never guessed how cool a dark grey wall can look. I love to use color in our accessories like table settings or pillows. It gives me the ability to change the colors of the room quickly to go along with the season or my mood."
"1. Have no fear. Grab a bunch of paint chips, throw them in a bag, shake it up and pick out 2 colors. If used well, any 2 colors can be made into a great combo that will be fresh and interesting. Remember, the key is how it's used. I grabbed a weird green out of the bag and I found it a wonderful challenge to make it work with the orange. That's how those pillows were chosen.
2. Mix bright colors with neutrals. I try to buy all our furniture in neutrals. It makes it easier to switch out the colorful accessories. Since we've moved so much, it also has made it easier to have total freedom in choosing the wall color.
3. Mix antiques with modern. The painting on the wall is a 300 year old antique from Thailand. On the wall opposite the couch is an antique armoire, very ornate in comparison to the rest of the room. I guess this isn't a color tip, per se, but somehow I think it fits. It would be the same concept as using an ornate pattern with a modern stripe, like the pillows on the couch."
"Paul Smith. He has an AMAZING design sense and uses color in the most interesting way. Check out his new fabric, it's both traditional and hip.
Donna Hay. She is a chef with the most beautiful cookbooks. The photography is fresh and inspiring."