I've Got Color! Contest: Kate's Oasis of Color and Light

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Name: Kate
Location: San Francisco, CA

Why I use color:

"Color is expression. It provides meaning without words. I added a half bath to my home by carving out space from the garage. The question became, "How do I turn this dark rectangle with no windows into something beautiful?" The solution was color! My inspiration was aqua marine ceramic tiles. I painted the walls the color "Reflection" by Devine Paints and balanced it with soft white pebble tile on the floor. I choose warm teak wood accents to play
against the space's cool colors. Once a dusty unused corner of a garage is now an oasis of color and light!"

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Color Tips:

"1. When choosing a color or color palette for a space I find it best not to start at the paint store amongst the hundreds of paint chips. For starters it is overwhelming but more than that it is not personal. By personal I mean it is hard to gauge what color provides that certain emotional reaction you are looking to get from your space. For example, for my bathroom I started with the notion that I wanted my space to be tranquil. From there I found the tiles which evoked that feeling. This became my basis for the rooms color palette.
2. Try and find smaller specialty paint stores. The huge chain stores are good sometimes but I find myself returning to the mom and pop types more. They often devote more time to answering your questions and suggesting things you did not know you needed to know.
3. If at all possible paint only during daylight hours. This is something I learned from personal experience. Pulling a caffeine induced all nighter with friends was fun until dawn brings light onto crazy paint roller's overlapping marks and sloppy edges! All in all let there be light!"

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Color Resources:
1. Although this is not your typical resource per se one of my greatest ways to gather color inspiration is by being resourceful with my digital camera. Having it handy to document something I come across that I find out and about gives me a way to refer back to it later. I photograph fabric, a store display, a plant, a house's architectural elements etc.
2. Although a generic answer, Magazines are a great resource. I love all the Shelter magazines and pray dearly that there would be even more out there to buy on a monthly basis (My husband and checkbook pray for the opposite). In order to keep my life organized I cut out specific articles or pictures that I want to resource later. I plastic sleeve them in binder organized by subject matter. You will find after you get your collection going it is like having a perfect customized magazine tailored to just you.


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