Jeannia's "Tangerine Cabin" Room
Location:New Haven, Connecticut
Orange, Brown, Blue
We wanted a color that would brighten the small room but also have a cheerful, warmer tone that would complement our wood furniture and retain its 'warmth' in the daytime, the nighttime and under any kind of lighting. Because we have a lot of furniture for a small room and a lot of very colorful items from our travels (and because we can be messy), instead of choosing a lighter color, which places more emphasis on what fills the room and might have made it seem cluttered and too multi-colored, we wanted a powerful color that would frame the walls and hold them as the focal point, in a way, absorbing our decorations and furniture into the deeper tone.
If you're not planning to buy all new furniture and decor, think about what you already have to decorate your room with and pick a color that would complement how you would arrange those things. Consider whether you want these items to stand in contrast to the room color and therefore be very noticeable, or whether you want them to blend more into the background. Some colors look great in the nighttime under lamplight but look harsher or grittier in the daytime, so also consider how the color of your room would change from day to night. Most importantly, make your room livable to yourself. Know your habits well and picture what your room would look like on average day (i.e. not picture day) and think about what would make you love living in it day in and day out.
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