#48 - LeahS's Make-Do Modern

#48 - LeahS's Make-Do Modern

Oct 27, 2006

Name: LeahS
Location: Bernal Heights/SF
Type: One bedroom rental

Why I use color:

Honestly, I've always been a little color-obsessed. But right now, I look to color to create a more unified look for my apartment.

As a newly single gal living in the city, I'm on a tight budget. Most of my things are either free, cheap, or repurposed. An added dilemma is the lack of storage space in my Victorian-era apartment--with a closet that literally is only 3' wide, I have to store a lot of things in plain sight. And to top it off, I'm a packrat. Oops. . .

. . .So I use color to unify my hodge-podge grad-student look. It's not as easy to pull off as if I had a whole DWR bedroom set, but it makes the space more relaxing.

2 good color tips:

1. Look for your unsung "collections" and build color palettes from that. Don't hesitate to display these things, even if they aren't traditionally decorative items. At one point, I had a large collection of soaps, lotions, and other toiletries organized by color. It was a nice focal point for the bathroom. Now, given my lack of storage space, I'll leave some purses, scarves, etc. out in plain sight, if they match the overall color scheme. It brings in color in a way that's a little more interesting than the usual vases-and-candlesticks approach.

2. It's been said before, but don't worry about trends; use the colors you like. There are very few colors that can't be used together--you might need to add a third or fourth color to make it more harmonious, or change the relative balance of the colors you use, but you can make it work more often than not.

2 good color resources:

1. Online palette generating tools, such as Colorcombos.com and ColorMatch 5K . You can use these tools to find new color combinations.

2. Vintage and artisan jewelry.

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