Location: Richmond, CA
Type of Home: Apartment
What inspired you to use color? When I moved to a new apartment a few months ago, a few things inspired me to experiment with color. I wasn't loving the beige carpets after years of hardwood floors, the landlords allowed painting, and I had lots of pent up ideas from tuning in to AT! This place is near the beach and woods, so I wanted to enhance that outdoorsy, relaxing feel...
...At the same time, I have eclectic taste and have collected a lot of colorful, but not necessarily related pieces. I tried to find wall colors that could help unify the look while letting my art and other favorite pieces stand out. Specific inspiration came from collecting ideas from magazines and websites, but also looking closely at my own belongings to figure out what resonated the most for me, and building on those.
Color Tip: Visualize! I use powerpoint to drop images of furniture, fabric, accessories and wall colors into virtual 'rooms'. It's a simple way to collect and rule out ideas. But the most effective way to visualize is to just sit in a room and imagine your new idea in context. My second tip though is to experiment. My least planned combinations are often my favorite.
Colors Used: Blue Echo, Benjamin Moore Aura Oat Straw, Benjamin Moore Aura Beau Geste, Pratt & Lambert