Richele and the Johnson/Tracy family
Long Beach, CA
Why I use color:
"This is a friend’s baby’s room that I painted for her. She was using the blue brown combination and we decided to borrow from Ms. Adams since she wanted something clean and modern.
I have to admit that I’m an apartment dweller with a finicky landlord so I can’t indulge, but my girlfriend, her husband and her new son allowed me the chance to live large through them.
Color can be so emotional it can transform your feelings as soon as you enter a room. I think it’s a powerful design element. I only wish I could live a bit more of it myself. Since my friend was technically the “client” I just helped her implement the idea. (Sorry about that last blurry photo!)"
1. Always test a patch of color on the wall [preferably more than one] and let it cure for 24 hrs before deciding.
2. I prefer to hand paint instead of taping. I use small art brushes to get detail.
3. If you understand the underlying pigments in paint it helps in choosing paint colors. I’m blessed to have taken an insanely difficult color theory course. You can get a feeling for it with water colors too. Just play with paint and see what happens.
1. I love my old Pantone books. All those color chips...so little wall space to accommodate.
2. I get great inspiration from catalogs. You can’t help but live vicariously through those designers.