Get Over Your Color Fears
Adrienne Breaux
Aug 20, 2010

Color is a daunting element in a space. Many people have strong feelings about colors they like and don't like, and plenty of people have found themselves paralyzed while staring at a color wheel. We spoke with a local interior designer whose fearless approach to color is inspiring, and got her to suggest some colors anyone could work with.

Jerri Kunz, of Jerri Kunz Design, has been boldly putting color in clients' homes around Austin for years now. Known for her ability to make a room look colorful but not too busy to live in, she was recently tapped to spill her color secrets for the latest issue of Austin Monthly Home (which, as you might have guessed, was all about color.) A self-described witty, intelligent and provocative firm with a modern edge, Jerri and her team are finishing up the home of the Grammy award-winning singer Shawn Colvin set for publication in the winter issue of Austin Monthly Home, as well as other exciting projects.

We asked Jerri to share with us some of her current color ideas, and she provided one of her favorite new spins on adding color to a space: painting the walls gray and splashing the ceiling with a bold color! She gave us some actual colors to suggest to Apartment Therapy readers, two great grays and some fun colors that are a perfect compromise between a wild, bold color and a more subdued tone.

All paint colors suggested are Pittsburgh Paints colors (from top to bottom, left to right): Fog, Phoenix Fossil, Guacamole, Butterfly Bush, Adventure, Tin Lizzie
and Catalina.

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(Photos: Jerri Kunz Design)

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