We're so thrilled to be in Oregon Home's inaugural color issue! Not only is there a brand new editor at the helm of the magazine, but the staff is just about the nicest group of professionals you could ever hope to work with. We had the team here at Woonwinkel, together creating the beautiful images that correspond with owner Kristin Van Buskirk's tips for building up color in your home.
Kristin comes at her color wisdom through a 20+ year career at Nike as a color designer/director, and before that as a student of painting and printmaking. Kristin drew on her experience in the fashion world to come up with these tips for adding color to your home.
TIP 1: START WITH THE FOUNDATIONAL NEUTRALS
Choosing color in your home is like building up color in your wardrobe. Start with the biggest, easiest chunk: neutrals. In my home I use black/white contrasts in various ways to fit our joyful, active household. Family dance parties in the living room just don’t call for taupe.
Tip 2: REPEAT YOUR FAVORITES
Don’t be afraid to gravitate to the same colors. If you like them and they work for you, find ways to repeat them, playing with shade and texture to create variation.
TIP 3: GO BOLD
Even if your color is more reserved in most areas of your home or wardrobe, everyone needs a great accent piece where you can get a little more daring. I have a tiny entry way that’s a deep, rich color. I probably wouldn’t surround myself with that color but it’s very satisfying as a “passing through” space. You may have to show up to your office job in a dark suit, but home is where you can get your color kicks.
TIP 4: BE TRUE TO YOU
More than anything else, remember that your home is your personal space so you have nothing to lose by expressing yourself through color.
TIP 5: ASK THE EXPERTS!
Color shouldn’t be intimidating. Often times a thoughtfully chosen accessory adds the perfect punch of color to perk up your space. Feel free to come in to Woonwinkel with any questions and we’ll help you hone your style!
Thanks, Oregon Home, for a fun and memorable photo shoot. We look forward to good things as you go forward with your talented staff.
April 10, 2017 - Now you can see our article as it appears in print via Oregon Home's Digital Mag