Location: Columbus, Ohio
Why I use color:
"In this house (my first), I have used color as a way of rebelling against the off-white walls of my childhood home(s), followed by years of institutional white apartment walls. Specifically, in this small, cozy media/family room, I have used vibrant color as a way to lighten and energize the space, which, despite its three windows, does not get very much natural light because of surrounding shade trees. The yellow, juxtaposed with the black and white photos on the walls, never fails to cheer me up ."
"(1) Others have said it, but I repeat: test your chosen paint on the walls before finalizing a color decision. These walls were supposed to be a darker gold, rather than the sunflower they turned out. Luckily, I loved the (mistaken) result, but I learned my lessson.
(2) Keep a file of pictures/paint samples/fabrics you love as a color resource at your fingertips.
(3)Use bold wall colors with neutral furnishings. Bold colors on the walls are much easier to change/fix."
"(1) Thanks to this site, my eyes have been opened to the endless and beautiful color possibilities in nature.