#32 - Robin C.'s Strong Colors

#32 - Robin C.'s Strong Colors

Oct 22, 2006

Name: Robin C.
Location: Oakland
Type: Ours is a 1 bed, 2 bath cottage-style home which we own.

Why I use color:

I'm an artist and garden maker. In our garden, I use textures and different shades of green; no flower color. So, for the interior of our house I turned that all around and used a lot of strong color. Color has an impact on all of us, whether we're aware of it or not. I like manipulating the view and the feeling within rooms using color, texture and humor. Visitors to our house are pulled through the rooms because the colors encourage exploration.

2 good color tips:

1. Go with your gut reaction when choosing colors. You may need to tweak it some, but your first impression is usually the right one.

2. Pay attention to the architecture of your room and the various planes. You can use color in unexpected ways to play up a wall here, minimize a wall there. How much light comes into the room?

2 good color resources:

1. When you're out in nature, pay attention to combinations of colors. A limey-green plant against brown soil can look beautiful. A flower with a coral and reddish-pink combination may be just what you want for your dresser!

2. Look at color combinations in home stores such as Crate & Barrel. Notice how the merchandise is displayed. Often you will find colors that draw you to them.

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