Location: Plano, Texas
Type: 1 bedroom, rented
Why I use color: I'm a graphic designer, so color is part of my everyday world; however, in this interim smaller apartment I chose not to paint the walls because of the short time period living here, but wanted to apply color through use of accessories and artwork (my own painting and photography). The italian scarf/pillow and burnt orange Donna Karan bedspread & chocolate brown bed throw set the color palette; I then accented with vintage finds: (orange teapot, brown donut phone and retro atomic lamps) nature finds: (the Australian "twig ball" & wallaby jawbone!) and curiosity finds : the Japanese prime ministers tea mug as pencil holder, and Dutch poster given to me in an art store in Australia that i had framed. The artwork which I already had ties things together (Hong Kong taxis photograph, Santa Fe photograph, 'Live Nudes' Pittsburgh photograph, art deco flapper painting and others) I tend toward warmer, "handsome" colors in the home as opposed to very feminine, girly colors-I find them more urban and grounding to live amongst. I have an eight year old daughter who loves the rich colors and unusual accessories we gather.
2 Good Color Tips:1. Try to stick with one main item/color grouping that you find inspiration from (for example in these pics, the vintage italian art deco scarf that I made into a pillow case). Carry through with eclectic finds in corresponding colors.
2. Most people cannot visually process more than three combined colors at once, so best to keep it to three or less main focus colors. 2 Good Color Resources:1. Independent films (Lost in Translation, Amelie, and many others) and design-oriented hotels inspire me...
2. Graphic, interior and industrial design magazines (especially non-USA versions-always a good source for how people in other cities with different light & climates live with color!)