I’ve Got Color! Contest: Karen’s Circle of (Color) Friends

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Name: Karen
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Why I use color:

“I use color because of the way it makes me feel. In some rooms I want to feel relaxed, in others I might want some more energy or excitement or even feel hungry. I read once that orange makes one hungry. When
I walk into my house I feel like all the colors are my favorite friends that welcome me back. The colors actually help me feel I’m in my right place. I have no red in my house except for one ribbon. Red isn’t a comfortable color for me. Oranges, deep blues and bright greens and turquoise fit me.”

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Color Tips:

“- Use at least three colors in a room. A principal one and two minor notes. Include metal color – copper, black iron, silver, bronze, brushed steel.
– Consider what you see of other rooms from the room you are designing, as well as what you might see out the windows. I painted a stairwell deep blue but it deadened the green of the trees outside an arched window, so I painted an orange band around the window.
– Always do a test when painting walls … always.”

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Color Resources:
– Mexico
– The Caribbean

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