I've Got Color! Contest: Enrique's Orange Walled Bedroom

I've Got Color! Contest: Enrique's Orange Walled Bedroom

Oct 11, 2005

Name: Enrique
Location: Los Angeles

Why I use color:

"Orange is a tough color. But it worked with the plexiglass/oak Shoji-style sliders. In terms of furniture, an oak look seemed the way to go despite my ambivalence to it. The opposite wall was white and needed texture. Since the room was taking on a 70s throwback vibe (orange wall, warm golden woods), I thought the photo collage wallpaper of an autumnal forest would work well (wry wink to Brady's-era living). A dark neutral palette for accessories was key to balancing the bold walls and bland oak. The oversized driftwood candle and framed artwork are statement pieces that add texture."

Color Tips:

1. Balance. Balance a bold color by layering a neutral palette around it. Balance darker tones with lighter tones.

2. Use pattern and texture as a counterpoint, not a focal point. Create visual interest without overwhelming the eye.

3. Put all the lighting on dimmers. Good lighting is key for adjusting the character and depth of color.

Color Resources:
"Rather than suggest specific resources, Id like to address color inspiration."

1. Feed your eyes. Color inspiration is all around, not just in shelter magazines or design TV. Go outside and drink in the colors surrounding you. If something resonates, take a picture--either with a camera or in your mind's eye.

2. Live in color. Live outside your self-restricted box and break routine. See new places, eat new foods, see art, meet new people. Each new experience brings with it a new visual feast for your eyes--with colors and textures you might not have seen before.

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