#4 – Irena’s Happy Vibe
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type: rental studio
Why I use color:
I use colour to brighten my small studio apartment and to create an energetic, happy vibe. After walking through the dim, grungy hallway of my building, there is nothing better than to be greeted by the colours of my little nest. Also, as a starving graduate student, I don’t yet have the funds for great furniture, but a bit of paint and a few colourful accessories can go a long way on a budget.
2 Good color tips:
1. To create a bright, airy feeling (especially in small apartments), I think that colour is best used when paired with neutral tones, such as white or cream. It creates a nice contrast to make the colour ‘pop’ while maintaining an open feeling.
2. Plants, and plenty of them, are a great way of adding colour to your abode if you’re on a budget. You can also do a lot with selecting plant pots of various colours and textures.
2 good color resources:
1. Food! No, not the moldy leftovers in your fridge, but think candy, cakes, and gelato. Ok, I have a sweet tooth, but really, there’s lots of tasty stuff out there to provide inspiration for your colour palette.
2. Vacations. Travel always makes me more aware of the environment that I am in, and I am often more attuned to the colours around me. Whether it’s from an exotic flower or the packaging of a product you’ve never seen before, you may get some inspiration for your decor back home. Don’t forget to take a picture!