#3 - Alex and Jessica's Bold Bungalow

#3 - Alex and Jessica's Bold Bungalow

Laure Joliet
Oct 3, 2007

Name: Alex & Jessica
Location: Venice
Type: 1 Bedroom Rented Bungalow

Why I use color:

I have a very unfair and undeserved bias against white: it's the color of apartment walls you're not allowed to paint. The person before you looked at white walls, and so did the person before them. So when we moved into our 580 square foot beach bungalow on a former canal in Venice, we wanted something as unique and bright as the neighborhood itself. The house has an incredible 1960's aesthetic, so we basically used oversaturated "vintage" colors – avocado green, deep orange, bright yellow - to play up the various wood tones and create visual interest. Everywhere. The colorful furniture and art (like almost all the furniture in the house) was found at thrift stores, flea markets, street corners, parents' garages, and craigslist. Thanks, Craig!

2 Good color tips:
1. Find an artist or a photograph whose colors you really like (I chose Matte Stephens) and create a palette from the piece. If you already like the photograph/sculpture/painting/print, choosing colors from it can make your room a pleasant work of art.

2. Wood has/is color. Please don't paint it.

Favorite type and brand of paint: I hate to admit going to a big box chain store, but I really like Home Depot's Behr paint. It covers so well for the price, and as you can tell from our thrifty furniture, we don't have a lot of extra money to buy very expensive paint. Plus, I change my mind often and will repaint at least a couple times a year. But if you've got the money, keep it local and go to a small paint store!

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