Category: Dear Kelly

Does Grant Beige Work With Oak Cabinets?

March 28, 2016

I received an interesting reader question the other day:

Dear Kelly,

How would Grant Beige be on my kitchen walls with honey oak cabinets? I am looking for a neutral color that will downplay the cabinets but go with my granite that has neutrals,grays,light tan (slab is called Ornamental Gold)
Thanks!

Here is a photo representation:

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Just So You Know

December 30, 2015

Just so you know, the January issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, January 1st, 2016. This issue is packed with great content!

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* The reader’s question of the month is all about ideas and suggestions on how to arrange furniture. This month’s ‘secret’ post is for you!

* Sharing some of my great finds recently in Favorite Accessories on sale now!

* The ‘secret’ post this month is Furniture Arranging 101.

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter today to be sure you get the password for tomorrow’s secret post. Thank you!

Mixing Metallics In Home Decor

November 19, 2015

A reader friend recently wrote me asking,

“Hi Kelly,

Hey when you were at market, did they talk about using mixed metals being trendy still?  I know some people think it’s awful; some think it’s OK. Personally, I think if done well, it’ll work.”

Great question! From what I saw at Highpoint here, mixing gold and silver together is still very much on trend!

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I think mixing metallics in home decorating will continue for quite a while. It’s fun and a lot less stuffy than all gold or silver in a space!:

 

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With a color palette of neutrals, which was very popular at the Market:

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Mixing different finishes is encouraged because it gives the room movement and texture instead of looking flat:

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So, you were correct my friend! It might not be for everyone, but it is still very much on trend. I think it adds interest and a more layered look in a room, don’t you agree?:

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What do you think everyone? Love it or Lose it? If you want to introduce in your home, start with small accessories. Just do not go over the top! Easy with the bling.

Thanks for the great question Connie!

Do Area Rugs Work Over Carpet?

October 21, 2015

A question I get asked quite often is, “ Can an area rug be placed over carpet?”

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I have always suggested that if either rug was not very thick, then yes, you can make it work. For instance, I think natural-fiber rugs like jute or sisal can work very well for layering.

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Berber rugs will also usually work because they have a thin pile. BUT, I would not try an area rug over a thicker rug like shag.

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The reason this subject just came up again was because my sister asked me this same question. She wanted to bring more color into the room with an area rug and wondered how it would look. Her carpet is not thick so I told her to give it a try. And look how nice it came out!:

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Brings a lot of color in, doesn’t it?

So yes, I do think using an area rug over a carpet can work well in a room.

Do you agree readers? Have you tried to layer an area rug over carpet in your home?

Looking For a Soft Yellow

June 30, 2015

Hi Kelly,

I hope you can help me! I have made so many trips to the paint store this week and every light yellow I bring home, it shows up bright and scary when I sample on the poster board! Would you have any suggestions for a quiet, mellow yellow? Thank you!

I decided to help her because she said that she sampled the paint colors with a poster board. Smart girl! Especially when it comes to yellow. Yellow is a very difficult color to get just right.

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After speaking with her, I knew what she was looking for. She wanted a very light yellow for her living room. A barely-there yellow.

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My advise for a barely-there yellow would be a white paint color with yellow undertones. Such as Linen White:

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I love these kitchen cabinets in Linen White:

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Isn’t this color beautiful?

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There are other beautiful yellows but none so soft. There are also other whites with yellow undertones, but I think Linen White is just perfect. Give it a try Amy and let me know what you think!

Exterior Grays

May 14, 2015

One question I am asked often is if I have any good recommendations for an exterior gray paint color:

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via     Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

Gray for exteriors is very popular right now. And for good reason- gray is a classic color that works with any exterior color scheme and combination. I think gray works best with white trim or a lighter version of the color.

If you are trying to decide which gray to paint, a good way to start would be to decide which gray undertone do you think will work best with your exterior.

Grays with blue undertones:

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via       Stonington Gray HC-170

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via    Ben Moore Storm AF-700 (yes, undertones are blue!)

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via   Ben Moore Smoke Embers AC-28

* Remember that if you want blue exterior walls, you have to pick a blue-gray color to prevent it from looking like a baby blue.

Grays with green undertones:

Nantucket Gray

via   Nantucket Gray HC-111

Same color as above- Nantucket Gray HC-111:

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via    Nantucket Gray HC-111

Lighting makes such a huge difference- be sure to sample day and night!

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via   Sag Harbor Gray

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via   Edgecomb Gray HC-173

sandy hook gray

via     Sandy Hook Gray HC-108

Charcoal grays are beautiful with white trim:

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via  Ben Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

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via  Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166, Trim:Pure White OC-64

Ben Moore Chelsea Gray during the day in sunlight:

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via  Chelsea Gray HC-168

And here not in direct sunlight:

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via    Ben Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168

Please don’t forget to sample the color day and night! If you need help choosing your exterior paint colors, contact me today.