Name: Jamie & Amy
Location: Austin, Texas
Type: 3 bedroom home, owned
Why I use color: Because we can't live without it. The bird-pattern wallpaper and soft blue paint have made what was a stark white room with soaring vaulted ceilings more intimate and personal - while the chocolate curtains and earthtone grey & brown doors keep it all from beeing too girly and twee. It's a reflection of both of our personalities, and it makes going to bed an event to look forward to every night.
2 Good color tips:
1. Don't forget the doors. We've painted every door throughout the house - grey, brown, orange, turquoise and steel blue. It's a fast, easy and cheap way to add a punch of color to any room.
2. Swap the small things out with the season. Once or twice a year we'll swap out accessories (pictures, bedspreads, vases, etc.) to change the accent color palette.
2 good color resources:
1. Fashion. If it looks good on, it'll look good as a palette for a room, too. And most paint shops can color-match a swatch of nearly anything.
2. Magazines. And we're not just talking about the shelter magazines - we keep a file of pages clipped from all different kinds of publications that we refer to when we're looking for inspiration.