Location: San Francisco, CA.
Why I use color:
"I use color to make my living space more enjoyable. I can't stand white walls and love coming home to a place that is different from most. On top of that my bedroom was quite dark, even with the original white walls, so I took the opportunity to brighten it up. When I'm out shopping I keep an eye out for matching accessories, such as the picture frame and the lamp. The print was actually an accident - I had it before anything else and it ended up matching perfectly. The photos over my bed are of roller coasters - I took a personal interest of mine and incorporated them into the room. Those are actually from a high-quality calendar, I simply took the pages and framed and matted them. This is a cheap solution for original art.
I had a difficult time taking accurate photos of the room due to the
lighting, but the orange over the bed is the best indicator of the
"1. Don't be afraid to try new colors. When I started painting my
bedroom I was very unsure of my decision, but I think it looks great
now that it's complete. The worst that can happen is you end up
2. Lighten or darken rooms appropriately. I live in a small apartment
and the bedroom only has one window so I painted this room bright orange
to lighten it up.
3. Do the opposite of the norm. Instead of white walls and colored
furniture I have white furniture and colored walls. It's easy to execute
and looks great."
1. www.colourlovers.com - This site is fantastic for color schemes.
2. Showrooms - Stores go to great lengths to make furniture look good,
so take note of wall colors and accessories and use what you like.