white living room with bright colors
Roger Davies

Color Strategy

Jackie Terrell (JT): I don’t have a particular strategy, but I am not afraid of color, which I think is everything.


green bedroom with orange lamps
Courtesy of Jackie Terrell

Interesting Combinations

MHI: What colors in particular do you love right now? Are there any color combos you’re tired of?

JT: I’m not partial; I do love all colors. But I find I am always attracted to a warm palette. I like the way oranges, pinks, and greens relate to each other, even in nature.


colorful laundry room
Roger Davies

Getting Started

JT: No matching to anything -- it’s too corny and flat. I think people should listen to what they like and build from that.


green sofa
Courtesy of Jackie Terrell

Making Choices

MHI: When you have to convince a client to sign off on a bold color choice, how do you make your case?

JT: It helps to remind people that paint is an easy redo. Sometimes I just have to insist on trust and promise to change it if they can’t handle it, but I have never needed to do that.


modern living room
Courtesy of Jackie Terrell

Size Matters

MHI: Does your use of color change when you’re dealing with a large space rather than a small one?

JT: A large, open space usually needs to be neutral, and I favor a really good white. Although one can take one area in an open space for a blast of color, especially if it makes sense architecturally. A small space is often a great opportunity to create a jewel box with intense color.


pale bedroom
Courtesy of Jackie Terrell

Rules Can Be Broken

MHI: Do you keep bright colors out of bedrooms? That’s the conventional wisdom ...

JT: No rules here -- I’ve done both spicy colors in bedrooms and calm colors. It depends on the people.


pink dining room
Roger Davies

Color Inspiration

MHI: Where do you get your inspiration?

JT: I’m a painter at the base. I rely on my own instincts. I do take clues from the client, the house, and scope of the work.


dark blue study
Roger Davies

West Coast Style

MHI: Your style seems so perfectly West Coast. Would you use different colors in a different environment?

JT: I grew up here, so perhaps that’s just my outlook. Even my East Coast projects may have that outlook. I don’t see a change of geography as a reason to be different. It’s more about the environment and the clients.


white kitchen with green lower cabinets
Roger Davies

Create Balance With Neutrals

JT: It's very important to have balance. If everything is the same note, it won't sing. Think of music, beautiful poetry, or prose -- all mixed up in a certain way that communicates.


laundry room with red floor
Courtesy of Jackie Terrell

Update With Paint

MIH: With the difficult economic times, are you worried people are going to pull back from exuberant color?

JT: Not at all. It’s a great time to use color. Paint is a very inexpensive yet effective way to change a room -- and so cheering!


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