#59 - Steph's "No Paint? No Problem!" Rental

#59 - Steph's "No Paint? No Problem!" Rental

Heather Blaha
Oct 29, 2006

Name: Steph
Location: Worthington, OH
Type: 2 bedroom townhouse, rented

Why I use color: I use color to add some fun and playfulness to my very cute, but very ivory (no painting of walls is allowed by my landlord) two-bedroom townhouse rental. Without the use of paint on the walls to evoke emotions or to establish a mood, I find other ways of adding color to express passion and to inspire creativity. I am always drawn to bright colors that convey my jovial side, but I usually end up subduing them (at least a tiny bit) with some browns and beiges to show that I also can appreciate a little sophistication. It's good to have some balance in my life, after all!

2 good color tips:

1. Use color in your home as a way to enrich your life! How do you want to feel in your space?--inspired? relaxed? passionate? Take some time to think about how colors can evoke emotions. Look at color in a way that maybe you never have before...you may enjoy it.

2. Don't be afraid to express yourself once you've discovered your color likes and dislikes...Unless, of course you share your living space with others, in which case you may need to negotiate. Best of luck!

2 good color resources:

1. Flood your mind with images from decorating books and magazines, catalogs, television shows, and store displays. Keep physical and mental images on hand for inspiration. This can help you to decide what colors you do/don't like and allow you to partner them with your own ideas.

2. Now go the opposite direction and take a walk through a park/neighborhood or conservatory where abundant foliage is waiting to be discovered. An autumn leaf or a flowering plant just may be your source of color inspiration.

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