#28 - M & D's Urban Condo

#28 - M & D's Urban Condo

Janel Laban
Oct 19, 2006

Name: M and D
Location: Chicago
Type: 2 bedroom condo, owned

Why I use color: After living through the 90's in an apartment decorated in a sea of all shades of beige, it was time to embrace color. Our condo is in a high rise building with lots of windows and light. We painted our living room walls the color of the sky to make the small space feel larger. It feels as if our space is floating in the air. The wall dividing our kitchen and living area was painted a dark shade of brown to compliment the icy blue and separate the space. Our office is where we took a chance and painted the walls a vibrant orange. Since this is a space we are not in day in and day out, we were able to go with a bolder color. Our inspiration for this room was an Hermes gift box.

Color is the easiest way to make a space feel constantly new and fresh. We like to bring color into our rooms through accessories and art. This is the easiest way to update a space. By using color in small doses it makes us feel great without committing to any one color in a huge way. Right now, color seems to be the most modern way to constantly update our space.

2 good color tips:

1. Always test paint colors on the walls before committing. What may seem like a simple shade of blue for our living room walls was a difficult decision. By testing small swatches on the walls, we were able to see how the different shades of blue look throughout the day. Some paint companies make small tester cans which make it really easy and inexpensive.

2. When decorating a room try to use a complimentary colors in furniture and accessories. Our icy blue room looks great with chocolate brown as well as charcoal grey and chartreuse. We used lots of white to play off the bold orange in our office. By using complimentary colors it keeps the eye moving throughout the space and creates visual interest.

2 good color resources:

1. Your own closet! Colors that you find in your closet are usually colors that you want to live with. Look at your clothes and see what colors make you feel comfortable. Chances are those are the colors you might want to use in your design.

2. Martha Stewart Signature Paint colors- Leave it to Martha to have the best color palette available. Most of these colors are inspired by nature and have great depth. Take a look at her color swatches, she puts together unexpected colors that seem to feel just like you might find in nature. We used several colors in our place and found the paint to apply really really well.

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