Northwest #3: Shelby's Colorful Contemporary

Name: Shelby
Location: Portland, OR
Type of Home: House

What inspired you to use color? We moved into this angular, open, contemporary home with soaring spaces & no color. My collection of heirlooms, antiques, hand-me-downs, artwork (kids' & professional) & travel knick-knacks needed a way to fit into this unusual space. Color was the unifying element. Sitting on the TV room couch & seeing into 5 different spaces on the main floor, I was able to draw on the red, turquoise & black elements in each room (rugs, furniture, accessories), with other colors in play in smaller doses, and chose wall paint colors accordingly...

...One color would have been too much for the space, and too many colors would have made it crazy! I stood in different spots on the main floor to decide how the chosen wall colors would play off each other & off the accessories that inspired the choices. I loaded the powder room with my latin-inspired collections & artwork, giving it the wow factor and a behind-the-door surprise. (I do have to warn the parent of little ones about the Day of the Dead skeleton!).

Color Tip: Work with what you have & love! Emulating a magazine picture is great and a good guide when you're starting from scratch; but a more personal starting point would be a favorite pillow, rug, painting, knick-knack or fabric and drawing from that for your color inspiration. Working with things you already own--knowing that you don't have the budget to go buy a new & coordinated pre-designed room--is actually exciting and generates more creativity. I had a favorite piece of art (from a friend), a rug that I had splurged on, and a bargain set of red furniture that I referred to when choosing the colors. I also had existing mini-blinds and countertops that I didn't want the paint colors to clash with. We also have some wet, gray days here Oregon and I wanted a bit of color to contrast with that & brighten the spirits!

Colors Used: Miller Paint Ruby Red Miller Paint Green Pear Miller Paint Blue Stencil Devine Butter Miller Fried Shrimp another Miller--lighter blue/aqua