Cathy's Carefully Chosen Color

Cathy's Carefully Chosen Color

Janel Laban
Oct 14, 2009

Name: Cathy
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Type of Home: Rented House

Color Inspiration: We started with the rug, which we bought about 4 years ago, and it just evolved from there. Our hodge-podge of furnishings are all slowly collected and thoughtfully chosen—we did pretty much the same thing with color.

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Color Inspiration continued: I sewed the curtains and later reupholstered the smaller chair after ordering several swatches and taping them to the wall for a bit. The last thing we chose was the wall color, which involved photoshopping our options onto a pic of the room before finally painting. We're renting, and it's a 1900s home, so we were sensitive to colors that worked with the warmth of the original woodwork (not to mention painting only one wall to save us some labor when we do move on).

Colors Used:The paint is Seabreeze from Ace Hardware. As for the fabrics, I don't remember what they were all called, but the overall palette contains several shades of neutrals: browns, grays, caramels, and khakis; rusty reds, and golds, as well as jewel-toned blues.

Color Tip: I learned a lot from this room. First of all, there is nothing wrong with going slow—it took up probably 6+ months to get all the elements pulled together. Somehow, not making all the decisions up front gave us a lot more perspective. Also, don't worry about being all matchy-matchy. I think we achieved more warmth and depth by ending up with a bunch of colors that work together rather than a perfectly controlled palette.

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