Month: August 2014

Goodbye Sweet Summer, Hello Fall

August 31, 2014

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It is so hard to believe it is the end of August already! Although I will continue to enjoy Summer throughout September, the beginning of the new school year seems to announce the change of Season:

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Autumn is the most beautiful time of year, Mother Nature at her very best:

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Decorating for Fall is the easiest Season to decorate for, don’t you agree?

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Here are some inspirational Fall decorating photos to help give you some ideas to plan as our sweet, short Summer comes to an end.

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Happy Fall decorating everyone!

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Finding Colors For Open Concept Floor Plans

August 26, 2014

Most homes built within the past ten years have been designed with an open floor plan for a more relaxed, but busy lifestyle. As a color consultant, one of the biggest concerns my clients have is how to use color with an open floor plan.

I am working with a couple now that wanted to update their home color palette. Their first floor is an open concept floor plan. We are working in stages throughout her home and we are now working on stage one:

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Which is helping them select new colors for their entry, hallway, dining room and living room:

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The only furnishings that we had to incorporate in our color scheme is their new set of furniture for the living room:

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Even though homes may have an open floor plan, each home color palette varies according to many different aspects of the design. In this home, the entry, hallway and living room all are open to each other. The dining room is off to the left side when you enter the front door:

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In this situation, I chose a neutral  to go from the front entry, throughout the hallway on the first floor and nto the living room.

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I felt it looked choppy with the different existing paint colors and by using a neutral it would make the space look much more open. I also thought a soft neutral would give a more high end look to the home.

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They are thrilled with the color choice of Ben Moore Manchester Tan HC-81. This beige works well with many colors, including whatever new color we select for the dining room. It also looks great with their living room furniture and is just a beautiful color all around! After the dining room color is selected, (maybe blue!) and the rooms are all painted, the homeowner promised to send after photos.

My client is over the moon with happiness which makes me very happy! Thanks for letting me share Rosalie. Please share your after pictures!

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

Great Deal On Planters!

August 23, 2014

In case you are looking for outdoor planters at a good price, I found them!

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I was in Lowes last night walking through the garden center when I spotted these planters for $4.00 through $9.00! The largest size at 18” was only $4.12 for the red container and $8.00 for the large blue. That’s a bargain! They had many different sizes, shapes and colors. I bought a couple matching sets that can be used indoors or out. I am sure other garden suppliers are also having good sales.

Just thought I would share a great deal with you. Have a great weekend everyone!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Tip For Finishing Painted Edges

August 20, 2014

As careful and neat as you try to be, doesn’t it always seem that when painting a room, you end up with rough looking edges?:

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You take such care in using the best tape to try to get a nice, straight even edge without the paint bleeding through. But most of the time, it still comes out with edges like this:

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So my husband and I thought of an idea to clean up those bad edges. We used a bead of silicone to run along the trim edge:

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Doesn’t the edge look so much better now? A nice clean, straight edge:

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Just a couple tips to remember:

*   Use a silicone in a color that matches your trim well and will blend in. There are many different shades and tints on the market today.

*   I would not use a shiny silicone for the job. A flat or matte finish would be best. If the line is too shiny, that will call attention to it which you do not want.

You just want to look at a pretty window without the distraction of badly painted edges!

A good idea? What do you think?

 

Blues For Ceilings

August 17, 2014

[pinterest]After I wrote my post on Acadia White last week, a few readers have written to ask if I could suggest a paint color name for the blue ceilings I suggested:

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I have a few favorites.  One of my top favorite soft blues to use for ceilings is Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue:

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I love the softness of the blue and how it reminds me of a true sky blue. Another popular blue choice for ceilings is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue:

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Gorgeous!

One other blue I love for ceilings is Benjamin Moore Pebble Beach 1597:

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Although we see blue ceilings with white walls often, (because it looks fabulous!) do not think you can only use blue ceilings in an all white room. I also love beige walls with a blue ceiling:

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What do you think of the beige and blue ceilings?

So don’t forget your ‘Fifth Wall.” Ceilings are a blank canvas for your creative expression. It is a quick and easy way to give your room a fresh new look! It is not a new or trendy look, blue painted ceilings have been around for a few years. What do you think of using soft blue ceilings in your home?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

Acadia White

August 13, 2014

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Hi Kelly,

Have just been reading your blog post about choosing the right white paint here. It was very helpful and I was pleased to see a photo of Acadia White which I’m planning on using.

We’re remodeling our home in California and I’m looking for a white paint to use for the trim. I’m going with BM Acadia White for the kitchen cabinets (we have brown/beige granite). Is it OK to paint the walls Acadia White too?  I’m going with a shell/linen color subway tile splash back to help lighten up the room as it’s a little on the dark side. The kitchen opens into our new dining & living room which I’m painting (walls) Acadia White.

With so many whites to choose from, I’m not sure which to use for the trim. And should the ceiling be another different white or same as the trim just in a different finish?

Any help would be appreciated 🙂

Many thanks,

Jennifer.

Hi Jennifer,

I would use Acadia White for the trim also. The cabinets and trim look best in a semi gloss finish and the walls in an eggshell finish. That way they work perfect together and the contrast of the semi gloss against the eggshell works well.

As far as the ceiling, have you thought about painting it a light blue? Or another color?

Hope this helps!

Hi Kelly,

Thanks very much for getting back to me so promptly. I have found choosing a paint color the hardest part of our remodeling thus far 🙁

I have a love of all things white (I built my business Whiteport in Australia based on it) but the number of whites to choose from here in the US is overwhelming.

Re ceilings, we only have 8ft ceilings and I’m trying everything I can to visually make them appear higher. I haven’t heard of using light blue – what is your thinking behind that?

I love Acadia White – it’s very creamy and soft without being yellow and works well with our granite. I saw an entire house exterior painted in it on our recent trip to Carmel CA. It was gorgeous so I knocked on the door and asked the owner what color it was !

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So I wrote back to Jennifer and shared this link showing her photos of rooms with blue ceilings on Houzz.

Thanks for letting me share this email letter Jennifer. She said, “Hopefully it might help someone else in my position!”

If you need help selecting colors in your home, contact me today.