Ahead of the Brighten the Corners: Bringing Color into Your Home panel at Dwell on Design, we offer some full-spectrum inspiration from projects previously featured in the magazine. At Dwell founder Lara Deam's house in Mill Valley, California, a 2,000-pound door pivots open, painted an electric acid green. Says Chris Deam, Lara's husband, "deciding on the color was nerve-racking. It’s a one-shot deal because it’s painted in place, so you’ve got to be committed to your choice. We looked at a lot of colors, and we finally narrowed it down to two greens—one was a soft sea foam and the other was this acid green. In the end we said, “Let’s go for it.” It’s going to be such a big part of the design, it needs to scream a little bit." Photo by Dustin Aksland.
“The staircase is the hub, the soul of the project,” Ab Rogers says of the playful London apartment he designed. “It’s meant to be enjoyed.” From the ground, the steps start with the cool colors of the earth, then get warmer as they reach up to the sky. Photo by John Short.
Color is important in architect Dieter Van Everbroeck’s work, and he was eager to apply his color theories, derived from modern artists like Yves Klein and that most color-oriented of modern architects, Le Corbusier, to his own home. “I always suggest using bold colors to clients,” he says. “It gives more clarity, it means you can focus on certain parts of a building." The cloakroom/bathroom block at the main entrance has been painted in blue and green on alternate walls (according to Le Corbusier, blue and green negate and dissolve space). Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
Inside the Wibowo house in Puyallup, Washington, the space is spare but infused with color because "painting is the cheapest way to decorate." Twelve-year-old Tabitha's room is pink. Photo by John Clarke.