Yesterday it was raining in Brooklyn, today it is raining in San Francisco and looks like it will not stop for days. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I was reading old posts from my original blog while I still a residential designer living in Long Beach.  I stumbled across this one about color and how much it can impact your space and mood.  Posting it below to brighten your thoughts on this dreary day.  Happy Friyay!  Go Cubs!

Original post: April 2009 (I still had a flip phone)

Title: A Question of Color

“Last night I was talking with a friend  about color and how it is such an unending and constant inspiration for me.  In fact, there are not too many color combos that would shock or disappoint me including one of my favorites pink, blue, and black  At that moment my friend reminded me his apartment (rented) is pink and blue.  We both laughed because technically his walls are blue and pink but they are hardly the dynamic shades I think of when imagining this powerhouse color combo.  Furthermore, I am convinced the sickly pink in his entry hallway was supposed to be tan or khaki, you know, a neutral but my friend, an artist, says no one would make that mistake.

I beg to differ, color is fickle it makes major transformations throughout the day depending on the time and the amount of natural light the room receives.  Another factor is your light bulbs, incandescent or flourescent,  this too changes the way a color reads.  You should also consider for moment whether you picked an actual khaki?  There are so many variations  of this color that it may have looked right in the store but when you get it home it’s too pink or taupe or green.  In an effort to combat this you could have paint custom made, many hardware stores offer this option, to match an item in the exact color you desire.

The not so great values of really great colors end up on walls all over America being despised for their blandness and tendencies toward gray or yellow causing disppointment to homeowners for not evoking the feelings or images that were intended.  Color can be scary but it can also be invigorating and calming and intense and soothing.  Color is a great way to express your passions or personality even in small doses.   For instance, a lacquered red end table in an otherwise  tone on tone room maybe the perfect daily reminder of that semester you spent in China.

I am always experimenting with color and while I can’t imagine ever running out of color combinations I can imagine for a homeowner it can be intimidating and overwhelming to find or settle on the right scheme.  A color consultation may be the perfect solution. Often this one time consult can provide clarity and direction in the way of color.  You, perhaps a red fanatic,  may find you are not ready for red walls but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some red pillows and red ottoman.  If you have questions finding the complimentary or contrasting color scheme to create harmony in your space you know where to find me.

I wish you a  great Easter Weekend!

Lisa”

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