Southwest #19: Cassell's Fredericksburg Feng Shui

Name: Cassell
Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Type of Home: 1930's Bungalow

What inspired you to use color? My life. Feng Shui is entirely too complicated for me, but I do like the idea of yin and yang and try to use color to set a mood that is appropriate to the use of the space and also to reflect the personality of me and my family. My color palette is consistent throughout all of the rooms in our small home, which helps the flow. But I try to use varying intensities of the same family of colors to suit the different needs and uses of each room. The kitchen is an energetic and social place, so the bright tiles and colorful pottery really pop against the white. But the bedroom colors are kept more muted. Fashion, mid-century architecture, interior design, and nature all provide me with inspiration.

Color Tip: When choosing color, consider both the mood you want to convey and the way that you will be using the space. I chose white for all of the walls (except for the nursery) because it creates a nice contrast to the dark wood floors and offers a warm, uncomplicated canvas for all of my colorful pieces of furniture, pottery, art, and various collections. The white keeps things crisp, sunny, light, and casual, which perfectly suits our life. It also makes for an easy change-up. Toss in a new lamp shade, area rug, and some throw pillows, and the look completely changes.

Colors Used: Walls: Writer's Parchment by Ralph Lauren. Baby's Room: Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. Exterior: Harrisburg Green with Simply White trim, both by Benjamin Moore. Front Door: Martha Stewart New Grass by Sherwin Williams.

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Best, Maxwell

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