Name: Doug M.
Location: Washington, DC
Why I use color:
"I use color to brighten the mood of a room and reflect my personality. I don't decorate to please anyone but myself. Whenever a friend sees my place for the first time they are never surprised to see what it looks like. There is a lot more work I want to do in the room, but the walls were painted before I moved a single item into the room."
"1. Be brave! Anyone I have ever spoken to that truly loved a color selection has said they were afraid to use the color. Often it was a book or someone else that made the suggestion and the person just went for it.
2. Don't overdo it. Bold colors in particular can overwhelm a room. Pick an accent wall or two and see how they work before painting the entire room.
3. Accentuate the colors. A room with beautifully colored walls is nothing without the accessories. Make sure you include items that compliment your color choices. If you can't color the walls, do the same with large pieces of furniture and their accessories."
"1. Web Design. I do web development and I therefore spend a lot of time looking at websites. In putting them together I use resources such as //colormixers.com/mixers/cmr/ and CSS Zen Garden to visualize color combinations and gain inspiration.
2. Advertising. Television, print, whatever the medium, advertising is specifically geared to getting your attention and pleasing the eye. A lot of time and effort is put into something as simple as the colors in a two color logo. Pay attention and you can steal a lot of great ideas. "