Janelle's "Viva La Femme" Room
Viva La Femme
Location:Washington, Washington D.C.
Benjamin Moore & Co's: Fire and Ice (customized to 25% lighter for bed area) Fuchsine (living area) Pacific Palisades (hallway) Perennial (kitchen)
Warm, afternoon sunlight basks my condo with golden rays. As such, I was looking for a color palette that evoked a sense of warmth, comfort, and vivacity. The springboard for my color combo started with a candle purchased at Anthropologie. The candle was packaged in a silver tin with a similar shade of purple that I used in the "bedroom" area, creme, and steely gray filigree-type lace design, which was feminine yet modern. I love fuchsia/red, as well, so when I found the amazing area rug on Overstock, I thought it'd be a great way to transition the colors from purple to pink. I've always wanted an apple green kitchen, which worked with the pink since they're partners in color contrast. The teal played off well with the rest of the colors and balanced the rest of the space out by marking out hallway territory.
Go big. Go bold. Commit, but be sure to take the time to test drive colors. Before fully slathering my walls in paint, I was recommended by my dear friend and savvy designer, Blair Riggs, to paint 2x2 foot swatches of paint on the walls and observe the colors throughout the day. I took stock of the colors in the morning, right when I came back from work when the sun brightly shined in the space, then at night when the condo was dimly lit I was generally pleased with the tone and warmth of the colors, except for the purple fire and ice, which came out a little too dark in the evening. The situation was easily fixed by customizing with more white in the mix. After another day of testing the new color, I was in business! So, aspiring color comrades, I suggest you never fear, do your homework, and wear sunglasses if ya need to!
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