I've Got Color! Contest: Courtney's Museum Color Inspiration

I've Got Color! Contest: Courtney's Museum Color Inspiration

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 18, 2005

Name: Courtney
Location: Atlanta, GA

Why I use color:

"I spent a few years as a museum docent and I saw how curators often used color as a powerful backdrop for art. This inspired me to experiment with color, to hopefully bring out the best in art I'm starting to collect, but also to enhance objects used everyday like books, magazines, handbags and jewelry. The truth is, in a small space with little storage, it's nice when utilitarian items look pretty. And above all I use color because it is a visual treat."

Color Tips:

"1. You've heard it before but this is a very practical option: use the strongest colors on items that are easier to change on a whim like accessories and walls, and keep upholstery neutral.

2. Many colors pair beautifully with earth tones like chocolate and taupe, and mixing in a bit of brown or beige can keep a colorful room from looking too kids' department.

3. Consider decorating with colors that will enhance the objects or collections you have around."

Color Resources:

"1. A colorful movie, "Indiscreet" with Cary Grant has one of the coolest apartments ever.

2. The J. Crew catalog rarely disappoints. And Kate Spade stores are filled with vintage books, ceramics and other designer's jewelry to inspire color lovers."

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