Name: Bess D. & Steve A.
Location: Lakewood, Ohio
Why we use color:
"We wanted to personalize our space, but not having lots of furniture or a big budget, having exciting walls was our best choice. Each room in our one-bedroom apartment is its own world of color choices. This particular room had to function as a home office, computer station, art studio, and dining room. We didn't want "technology" to dominate the feel here, so we surrounded the room in vines –both live, and painted. Thus, although a lot of work gets done here, it still can be a soothing place to eat breakfast or listen to music."
"1) Don't be afraid to play with paint. When we started, I didn't know any fancy faux-finish techniques, but we still made our place fabulously our own. You don't need to be an artist to make a stripe or a swirl and any small simple design will have a cohesive, funky design if you repeat it.
2) Go for a balanced color palette. Too much cool color or too much warm can overwhelm a room's feeling. Find small accessories or add fabrics that will incorporate other coordinating colors into the room.
3) Almost any object can undergo a color change if you want something "new". There are paints and stains for almost every hard surface, and any fabric surface can be re-covered. When looking at the objects in your own space or looking at potential purchases, try to imagine the object in a different color. For example, a fresh coat of paint and a new slip cover can make a boring old office chair the most perfect piece of furniture you have."
"1) Make your own color guide. When you purchase paints for your walls, save the free color chips from the store. Take a 3X5 index card and affix with glue or tape all of the chips to the card. Keep the card in your purse or wallet, then if you happen to see the perfect accessory, you can double check that its color will go well with your home. If you shop with your significant other, make a second card so you can split up and make shopping faster. Do the same with any swatches of fabrics you have used and you will have all your home's colors with you on the go.
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2) If you have an unusual accessory to match, for example a colorful lamp base that you need to find a shade for, take a picture. If you have a digital camera, then you can print out the picture right away. Its much easier to carry a small picture than to cart around a breakable accessory. If you take a picture of your lamp base in the room that it will stay in, then you can coordinate the shade to both the base and the wall. "