Name: Shannon & Erica
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Why I use color:
"We call this the white room, but actually it's full of color: dozens of greens, browns, oranges. The colors are mostly low to the ground, to ground us, and the walls are largely empty, so that weary eyes can see space and be refreshed. Most of the color here comes from plants, the spines of old books, and terrific fabrics gathered on our travels (we keep several sarongs folded amid the books, handy for use as tablecloths without overwhelming us with their brightness and complexity). This is where we enjoy the morning?s coffee and sunbeams, the night's tea and books. The colors here and their placement help us to feel somehow energized and rested at the same time."
"1) Go beyond paint.
2) Beware of paint chips. The colors on paint chips can fade; what you see is not always what you get. Plus, the colors are too small to really tell how a color will look on the wall. The names can lead you astray--do you love "Holiday in Florence" as a concept or as a hue?
3) There's no such thing as one color. If you do go the paint chip route, make sure you like at least four of the five colors on your chip, because your chosen shade will change in both hue and tone depending on the light, the season, and even your mood."
"1) Your house. Find something you love--a favorite old shirt, a postcard, a book cover--and go from there.
2) Your mind. Instead of--or at least in addition to--thinking about what's "hot" this season, think about yourself. What feeling do you want from your room, and which colors will help you get there?"
Erika wanted to include pictures of the kitchen, where there really is more color, but they felt the White Room was a more interesting entry: