Location: Astoria, Queens, New York
Type of Home: rental apartment
Color Inspiration: I knew I had to use a wall color that would show up the beautiful moldings in my pre-war apartment, and having just moved from a dark, sunless studio, I wanted to make the room as bright and cheerful as possible. The wall color was trial and error — I was trying to find something that would go with the green in the rug!
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Color Inspiration continued: The hot pinks and fuschias come from a box top from Martine's Chocolates in Manhattan. It had been lying around while I was painting, and I noticed how beautiful it looked against the blue. Then I just started seeing hot pink wherever I looked, and gathering things and putting them around the room.
Colors Used: The wall color is Benjamin Moore Barely Teal.
Color Tip: If you have to think about whether something looks good, it probably isn't right for you. You'll know you've hit the right color combination when you look at it and just feel settled and happy inside. Thinking and planning can help you find colors that match, but only feeling, trial and error, and accident can help you find the colors that make you feel at home.