August 8, 2013

Days 5 & 6: Floor Plan & Color

Again, the Style Cure's promptings are two things I cannot yet do. Perhaps I should've waited until move-in to start this project. Oh well -- I'll have a lot to fill you in on by mid-month.

Day 5 was to create a floor plan. Me being the type of me I am, I made a floor plan from memory weeks ago -- probably the same evening we put down the deposit. Planning is my middle name.


I sure wish I had measurements, though. That would be a lot more useful.

Day 6: Color. Well, it's no news that I'm completely *obsessed* with color. Apartment Therapy explains the difference between cool and warm colors, which I already know, of course. What I did not know, however, is that black is classified as a warm color while white is cool. I would've thought the opposite! I guess that answers where the black and white bookshelves are going.

I'm trying (and failing) to remember the exact color of the living room walls. In the photo I took on my phone, they seem quite warm, but if I remember correctly they were more of a muted, cool brown. Something like the 4th shade in this:


or the brown in this:


Thanks to Design Seeds for the photos.

I had also never heard of the 80/20 idea, but I'm already a fan. The rule is that 80% of your space should be neutrally toned and 20% should offer a pop of color. I'm already noticing that some of my inspiration photos from earlier utilize this concept (except the Restoration Hardware ones, which seem to pride themselves on neutrals.) I think this practice offers a road map to finding that feminine/masculine balance in any given space.

So far, I'm loving this color harmony most of all:


But I have no idea how we'll work a maroon and navy oriental rug into that.


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