#7 - Psymonetta's Colorful Juxtaposition

#7 - Psymonetta's Colorful Juxtaposition

Oct 10, 2007

Name: Psymonetta
Location: Portland
Type: 900 Sq Ft, 2 bedroom 1 bathroom "ranch-a-low" built in 1952

Why I use color:

My house is a very schizophrenic combination of 1940's and 1950's construction. Color helps me unify and express the unique juxtaposition of more traditional trim with the more linear mid-century aspects of the interiors. Playing with proportions, contrast, expansion and contraction of space is especially fun to accomplish with color since you have the added factor of color "temperature" that distorts space beyond gray scale.

I enjoy pulling in the lovely juxtaposition of gray, blue, green and "hot" flower colors from my yard. I also like to let wood be a color and I balance a lot of the grayer tones in our home with golden wood tones.

2 Good color tips:

I use saturate colors sparingly, and place them in areas I want to draw attention to, like little gems. I have a lot of art, so I like to let the art be the focus, but I'm not afraid to display it on a non-neutral wall, as long as the color is a background and not the main event.

I use a lot of pastels, but I don't like to let them be too washed out. I choose "grayer" instead of "whiter" versions of the saturate colors I am drawn toward. They can be quite beautiful as a canvas when combined with neutral fabrics and pops of saturate color.

Favorite type and brand of paint:

Devine Color in "powder" finish or Benjamin Moore's Aura paints in eggshell.

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