Location: Mountain View, CA
Why I use color:
"We use color because you only live once…because the world is a beautiful place and color makes you happy. My husband and I painted our dining room yellow and orange because the room was boxy before and was a blank canvas for something special. We used an imaginary diagonal plane to cut the room in half with most of the dining room painted orange and the other side of the room (the kitchen which you can't see in the pix) painted yellow. The bisection of the space into yellow and orange creates an optical illusion, making the yellow part look like a lofted ceiling which adds an exciting dimension to the room. The orange is warm and glowing when the morning sun comes in the window, making you feel tingly inside. At night with the lights aglow, the room continues to warmly exude energy, inviting guests to eat, chat, and enjoy themselves."
"1 There are many paint stores out there and paint chips are free. If you can't find your ideal color in the first store you try, go to another one and keep looking until you find it. It exists!
2 If you like a color better when it's wet than when it's dry, take the paint bucket to a paint store with a lot of diversity, paint it on a piece of paper, and try to match the color to the chips while it's wet.
3 Save large cardboard boxes (or find them in recycling boxes behind stores) cut them up, and use them for painting large color samples that you can hold them up to a wall in various light to see how the color will look."
Go to the mall and notice what dishware, bedding, and clothing speaks to you and follow your heart. If a color speaks to you, don't listen to whether "experts" say it shouldn't go into your bedroom or anywhere else in the house. Find a shade that works and makes you feel happy when you look at it.