On the Couch With Mary McDonald
We sat down for a chat with the Los Angeles designer about choosing the right colors, where she gets her inspiration, and the trendy color even she is tired of.
MHI: With the difficult economic times, are you worried people are going to pull back from exuberant color?
MM: The great thing about color is it is cheap! You can paint a room any color and give it a whole new life without much expense -- so no, absolutely not.
If anything, colors should be timeless unless it is a particular trend. I love ALL colors: taupes, beiges, and whites, too, so I never even think about it. Because I have had colorful jobs published in design magazines, there is an affiliation with me and strong colors, but I love almost all colors (though I struggle with mauve). That means all the gradations of pewters, beiges, taupes, and ivories. Those are colors, too.
Color is the easiest and most affordable way to evoke an emotion and mood in a room, and in this economy, I think people would love to feel a shot of affordable joy from a pink wall.
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