Location: new york city, ny
Type of Home: studio, 325 sq feet
What inspired you to use color? Color takes up no space! This was the first place I've ever had a chance to paint the way I want. That was my biggest inspiration - freedom to really make a place my own (even though I still rent at this point). I knew that I could do it too: Because my place is so small, I could splurge on expensive paint without a lot of expense. The whole apartment took four gallons total...
I knew that I could create zones in my apartment with color, as opposed to furniture. I wanted warm for the area where I'd sit and read, watch tv, have friends over, and vivid lime for the kitchen area because I'd seen it in a friend's tiny apartment and love it, and a cool restful blue for the sleeping area. While the apartment now looks great, I did make mistakes--orange is a favorite color and I painted the wall with the desk bright orange. I felt as if the wall was moving towards me and the apartment looked like a day care center center. I repainted white and to create an acceptable zone for putting up images I liked, I painted the area between the desk and the shelves gray. I'm adaptable and figured I'd get tired of strong colors after 3 years, but I must have made good choices, because I still feel comforted by the hunting red walls, energized by the lime green and soothed by the spa blue. People really like coming here--now I just need a larger space to have more people over!
Color Tip: Trust your emotions. I went to the Dahlemdorf Museum in Berlin and was knocked out my the deep rich red walls--I though you were supposed to make walls disappear to highlight the art--instead, the red wall evoked such a strong warm emotion and was perfect for early Renaissance painting. Beyond emotion, always go a little darker and dramatic--I tried lighter versions of blue and green for the bedroom and they looked institutional, not homey. Do not ever believe that a small space will seem larger with toothwhite walls--use color to create zones.
Colors Used: Benjamin Moore spa blue, lime green, Ralph Lauren Hunter's Red
Fall Colors Introduction -------------------------------
Welcome, everyone, to our Fourth Annual Fall Colors Sharing & Contest. We're looking for the most beautiful & colorful home in the world and sharing all of the great ideas we get with our readers. This year we're amping things up and hoping to do things better than ever. There are two basic phases, the Sharing Phase and the Voting Phase...
1. Sharing Phase - you comment, judges decide
The 40 best, completed entries will be posted on a daily basis for three weeks. You can view them all at anytime via our new, improved contest pages under ALL ENTRIES. During this time your comments are VERY IMPORTANT as our six judges will be choosing 16 finalists from each region based on comments and their own colorful opinion.
2. Voting Phase - you vote till you drop
Starting October 20th, finalist voting will begin on a daily basis through our new bracketed voting system, which will pit our 16 finalists against one another until only one remains. Sound exciting? We hope so.