#14 - Sarah's Signature Secret Weapon

#14 - Sarah's Signature Secret Weapon

Janel Laban
Oct 12, 2006

Name: Sarah
Location: Chicago
Type: 2 bedroom, owned

Why I use color: I use color to compliment some feature of the space or of its surroundings. The one variation from this approach is my bedroom, though it is the one constant from apartment to apartment. I took a note from Diana Vreeland and decided that deep pink will be my signature (bedroom) color since it's the one that best compliments my skin tone. A girl has got to have a secret weapon when she's got nothing else!

My last apartment was essentially unchanged since the 1940's—windows, kitchen, bath and all. I decided to play up the wide slat floors by painting them white to make an urban cottage using a variety of blues and oranges, trimmed in white. At my new apartment, the canopy of the trees produce a tree house effect, so I decided to go to the garden for inspiration, using lots of greens.

2 good color tips:

1. The paint chip will appear more intense (darker or brighter) when it's covering your whole wall and playing off itself.

2. I don't buy the warm, cool approach to color. I find that if colors share another factor, like the same level of muted-ness, they'll work together.

2 good color resources:

1. I use everything for inspiration, including travel photos, a favorite article of clothing, film sets.

2. I like Ralph Lauren colors, but not the paint. Bring in a chip to your local paint shop and they'll mix it for you with whatever brand of paint you prefer.

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