Name: John & Uyen
Location: San Francisco
Type: 2 bedroom condo, owned
Why I use color:
John and I are first generation immigrants. Our homelands of Italy and Vietnam explode with color -- in food, the land, the people, everywhere! We use color to bring energy into the cold fogs of San Francisco. We use color to modernize the 1980's fixer-upper that languished in pink shag carpeting when we first moved in. We love how our wall colors change throughout the day. It reminds us of times we've traveled the world and glimpsed sunsets or enjoyed a relaxing time in a faraway spa. It's a joy to wake up to color, and a relief to come home and rest our eyes on it at the end of the day.
2 good color tips:
1. If you can't paint a whole wall, go for a big canvas or foam core that you can cover with fabric. It's an inexpensive way to bring color into a space and doubles as a piece of wall art that can be swapped out over the seasons.
2. If painting a whole wall, pick 1 or 2 shades lighter than you want the actual color to be. The size of the wall will seemingly darken and multiply the color.
2 good color resources:
1. Your neighborhood outdoor farmer's market! Great for fresh fruit, flowers, and seasonal harvests to pop color into your everyday life.
2. The neighborhood drug store cosmetics aisle. The new nail polishes and lipsticks are fun ways to experiment with color on yourself without spending a fortune!