#31 - Danny & Carlos Throw Caution to the Wind

#31 - Danny & Carlos Throw Caution to the Wind

Heather Blaha
Oct 20, 2006

Name: Danny & Carlos
Location: Chicago
Type: 2 bedroom condo, owned

Why we use color: "Live! Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Auntie Mame, 1958.

When we first moved in to our condo (first time living together in a place we owned) we lived with the original beige colors for about a year. EVERY room was beige; the walls, the carpeting, the closets, even the electrical sockets and outlets were painted beige! Then, funny as it seems, we watched the late 50's comedy Auntie Mame and took inspiration of how she would dramatically change the d├ęcor throughout the movie.

We decided to throw caution to the wind and try strong, bold colors. We wanted different color combinations that we felt complemented each other in each room and we just wanted to be able to wake up and see our house with colors that we both enjoyed living in. No matter what happens throughout the day, it's nice to walk in and, sigh a breath of relief and be in a place that you love.

2 good color tips:

1. Don't EVER think of painting as a permanent or all-or-nothing job. If you don't like a color, it CAN be painted over! If painting one large wall with a particular color is daunting, try dividing it up with different colors, zig zags, dots, stencils, you don't have to paint the whole wall!

2. Don't start second guessing yourself! There are thousands of shades based on that favorite Avocado Green of yours. If you like that exact Green, use it! You're the one that is going to be seeing it (and loving it) every day!

2 good color resources:

1. Your life! If you see a color you love somewhere, anywhere, go for it! You don't have to be an artist or photojournalist to scope out the perfect combination of colors or shades, just listen to that little voice that says "Hmm, that really is a nice shade of blue on that bumper sticker."

2. Magazines, catalogues, books. I have a small binder where I keep the torn out pages from magazines and catalogues (Architectural Digest, CB2, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Chiasso, Design Within Reach, etc.) of decorated homes or locations that I really like and try to take inspiration. Sort of a Dream book. It's nice to go back every once in a while and say "Why did I ever like that?" or "Hmm, that's something I'd like to try."

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