Category: Dear Kelly

Reminder: How NOT to Test Paint Colors

August 2, 2016

I asked my client if it was ok to use her photos in a post today that I wanted to write as a reminder to others how NOT to test paint color samples. She laughed and agreed.  Anything to help others.

She told me she had tested my suggestion of Grant Beige in her home, but that it looked too light. She sent me a photo of her paint samples:Read More

Review of Paint Finishes

July 10, 2016

I seem to get asked quite a bit, which paint finish/sheen should be used on the ceiling, walls and trim. Here are a few quick and easy ways I use to remember paint finishes:

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* Paint finish means the same as paint sheen.

* Another way to think of sheen is to think of amount of shine your want.

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Looking For A New Entry Color?

May 7, 2016

Since I seem to receive quite a few emails asking what are my most popular foyer colors, I thought I would share a few of my favorite entryway/foyer paint colors:

Ben Moore Revere Pewter HC- 172:

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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!