Location: St. Paul, MN
Type: 2 bedroom home, owned
Why we use color: Color can transform an ordinary room into something completely different. It can evoke moods and colors can connect you with a certain sense of time or place. I have been slowly adding color to my home which was painted entirely white by the previous owners. I lived with the white bedroom for a long time which was a change for me. My last place had very intense dark, deeply saturated colors. This time around I have opted for brighter colors which I think give a happier mood. I used the chocolate to keep the orange, blue and gold from taking over to much. The colors are warm and really help make the room very cozy. You need that when you have extremely long and cold winters.
2 good color tips:
1. If you are hesitant about how a color will look maybe start with an accent wall. If you live with the color for a while and you like it you can get bolder or just paint over one wall rather than an entire room.
2. Accessories are an instant way to add color and you can move them from room to room!
2 good color resources:
1. I accumulate a lot of magazines. Not only magazines that focus on the home but also look to graphic design and garden magazines. They have great examples of style and color.
2. Also, paint chips are a great way to experiment with color. You can see how certain colors will work together. The color chips can represent not only the wall color but also the fabric, pillows, rugs and other elements you might want to use in the room. And if you have limited color sense you can just use the paint scheme cards to keep you on track.