Category: color

Why I’ve Got the Blues (And I Think You Should, Too!)

February 5, 2016

Today I have the pleasure of guest posting at one of my favorite design blogs- Design Chic. You all know how I love the color navy blue, so I thought I would share the post and all the pretty pictures with you here:

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Design Chic is a blog filled with beautiful homes and accessories. Gorgeous eye-candy going on over there. Take a minute and check out my guest post and also to see what a classy, beautiful blog Kristy and Beth have here.  And Kristy writes wonderful books!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Review of Gray Undertones

February 3, 2016

Undertones. We have learned enough about color to know we can not ignore them. But I have found that knowing the undertones of a color makes the color selection process much easier and less stressful.

So I thought I would do a little review as a reminder of the undertones of gray. Gray is still very popular right now and we should be aware of what makes up the color so we can be educated when choosing a color for our home.  Gray has the undertones of blue, green, violet and taupe:

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The most popular grays with blue undertones are Coventry Gray HC-169:

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Blue & Beige Bedroom Consultation

January 28, 2016

I have been working online with a woman from Chicago on her bedroom redesign. She found me on Pinterest on my design boards here.  Her design plan is coming out so nice I just wanted to share. Her bedroom was already painted in Revere Pewter and she just needed a little help finding bedding, window treatments and a few accessories that would work well together with the Revere.

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Two More Color Options for Oak Cabinets

January 4, 2016

Yes, I do still suggest looking at green paint colors for your kitchen walls when you are working with oak cabinets, such as here. BUT, I thought I would share a couple other paint color options that also work well:

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The paint color above is Benjamin Moore Firenze AF-225. Doesn’t it work well with the cabinets? A perfect compliment with oak or maple kitchen cabinets. I had chosen Firenze for our kitchen when we first moved in 8 years ago:

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I was still happy with the color, but when we put in new granite counters and backsplash last year, I decided to also change the wall color for a whole new look:

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I sampled many colors, (just like you!) before I finally decided to paint with Ben Moore Chelsea Gray:

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I love it! The dark gray works well with my cabinets, backsplash and countertops. So if you are looking for other possibilities to work with your oak/maple cabinets, take a look at Firenze AF-225 or Chelsea Gray HC-168. Always good to have other options!

A little project I finally finished last week in the kitchen was covering a couple stools:

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It really was not as difficult as I thought. I just took the screws out of the bottom of seat:

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Then I laid out and cut the fabric, (fabric is same as window treatments):

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I pulled the fabric tight and stapled. For the corners, I just folded like a present and stapled tight:

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What a wonderful difference:

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I love when those little details work out so pretty, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by everyone!

What I Love About Pantone’s 2016 Color Choice

December 4, 2015

I’m sure you have seen the announcement of Pantone’s colors for 2016. What do you think of the color duo?

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            Pantone Serenity            Pantone Rose Quartz

I think we assume the color of the year will be a color picked exclusively for interior design and paint color. But how often have we used Pantone’s color choice of the year for our walls?

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Rarely ever. Pantone has a system that helps manufacturers define color precisely. Every year, the company polls décor and fashion designers, as well as manufacturers and retailers, on what colors they plan to use, led by Leatrice Eiseman, to pick the color of the coming year. Pantone tips off some marketing partners so that they can create products, such as Sephora cosmetics and Keurig coffee makers, that use the colors:

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KitchenAid’s iconic Stand Mixer in Guava Glaze, a warm pink tone informed by PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz.

What am I loving about the color combination? Because, have you seen the fabric using Pantone’s 2016 color choices together!?

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A Carolina Herrera design for spring. PHOTO: JP YIM/GETTY IMAGES

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From Thomas Pink, the Gibson classic fit shirt and Thomas Pink Warren Check Tie. PHOTO: THOMAS PINK

The colors are absolutely gorgeous together! And it is the fabric we will be bringing in to our interiors:

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And soon there will be a lot more selection in accessories and furnishings! I like the individual two colors but what I really love is the color combo together. I predict we will be using the colors together in fabric and other accessories more than just one of the colors alone.

What I took away the most from reading all about the new Pantone 2016 color:

“We wanted compassion, which today a lot of people are looking for,” Ms. Eiseman says. Pantone’s news release describes the colors as “inducing feelings of stability, constancy, comfort and relaxation,” and argues that they “create balance in a chaotic world.” source

I don’t know if I would paint my walls pink, but here is a couple of beautiful rooms that might make me change my mind!:

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ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY COLOR PAIRINGS

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

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And it certainly is better than the nail polish color last year, Marsala. What do you think of the combo? Would love to hear.

Benjamin Moore 2016 Color Of The Year

October 7, 2015

If you have not already heard on social media, Benjamin Moore has chosen the color Simply White OC-117 as the color for 2016.

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Simply White is a warm white without all of those pesky undertones to worry about contrasting with. It is a very constant color and does not change in various lighting sources. A beautiful neutral that I am excited about!:

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I read an interesting article from Architectural Digest today featuring Ellen O’Neill who is the creative director at Benjamin Moore and the mastermind of choosing the colors of the year, here. She stated when asked, how did white become a color of interest?:

We were in Paris at Maison et Objet in January, and we had just come off of a photoshoot all about whites. Then it was the summer of the white shirtdress. Even last week with the pope—another gift from the universe—you’re looking at millions of people lining the streets and you can find him. It’s strong. It’s directing your eye. It’s a beacon.”

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Did you notice all the white on the fashion runway this past summer? A color always seems to appear in the fashion industry first, then it is brought into our homes.

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Simply White OC-117 is cleansing and fresh. Why do you think so many people love white kitchens? I think it is because they not only love the clean, fresh, uncluttered look but also because a white room is never trendy or dated.

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What do you think of Simply White with wood finishes?:

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So what do you think of the the new color of the year, Simply White? I think it is a beautiful and sophisticated color that will not go out of style. I’m in! Why not white? Let me know what you think!