I’ve Got Color! Contest: Michael’s San Francisco Treat

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Name: Michael
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
room’s color.”

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Color Tips:

“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
repainting it.
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.”

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Color Resources:
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.