A simple glaze of terra-cotta-color paint, applied
crosshatch fashion over a builder-white ground
gives a new kitchen old-world warmth.
The earthy counter tiles and a piece of
wallpaper kicked off the Mediterranean country
look and gave rise to the colors used throughout
the house. "We worked from a wallpaper swatch
that Peggy had," Kramer says, "talking over ideas
for each room and looking for similar hues in
the paint deck."
Patty Kramer's Color Tips
- Collect inspiration. Swatches of fabric, wallpaper, or gift
wrap can be great sources of color inspiration. Gather
clippings from magazines and catalogs. Don't overlook
product packaging, pottery, housewares, or artwork for ideas.
As you continue to collect and look at ideas, intriguing color
concepts will emerge.
- Start with a sample. A quart of paint is cheap! Apply paint
to a sample board, then place it in its potential space. See if
you like the color as the light changes through the day. If
you're not sure, try another hue.
- Just do it. If you ve been wanting to try color, the most
important thing is to get started, whether you have a plan for
your whole house or not. It's just paint. If you don't like it, you can paint it right back to white.