Category: Paint Color Selection Help

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:

Blue Undertone Grays:

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

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Color Selection Made Easy

January 31, 2016

 

Today we are flooded with so much information on how to choose the perfect paint color for our homes. Blogs, magazines, Pinterest, Houzz, Facebook, HGTV and many other sources. We read all the different info and then find ourselves questioning if the color we chose is still in style, if the undertones are working,  do the colors flow correctly, etc. If you are like me, too much information on any subject just makes me more confused and stressed!

When it comes to choosing paint colors, I believe that if you go back to basics, the process will be much easier for you. Here are a few tips and advice on Paint Selection 101 to use next time you feel overwhelmed selecting a paint color:

*Remember that the goal of the wall color is to find a color that works with everything you own and love. It works as the background scene. The walls are not supposed to be the ‘star’ of the room.

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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:

Kelly Bernier 5 14 kitchen

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:

old stools

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

bottom of stool

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?

     Serenity                 rose quartz

            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.

The Inspired Room Book Tour

November 6, 2015

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Melissa Michael’s new book The Inspired Room was released this week, (isn’t the cover beautiful?) and to celebrate, she’s inviting her blogger friends to share posts about how we were inspired to decorate a room in our home.

The room that popped immediately in my head was my guest room redesign. I recently finished decorating a bedroom in our NH home that I would finally be pleased to have guests stay over.

This was the guest room when we first moved in:

old guest room

Pretty sad guest room. Then by chance, I found this great headboard screen at Pier1 and the room took off from there. It was my inspiration piece for the room! So much better looking after don’t you agree?:

After:

guest room

I found a great turquoise color I loved using the BM Color Capture App here. It is an easy tool to use to help you find the perfect paint color. I used many items that were already in the room and ‘borrowed’ the turquoise chair from another room. Love that free shopping!

guest room chair

corner view

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I think the room came out nice and comfy and is ready for guests. Plus our view out the window is a bonus!:

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You will love Melissa’s new book! It is filled with beautiful photos just like her first book, Love The Home You Have . I bought my copy this week and am enjoying each page. I love her laid back style of writing and decorating. And the photography is gorgeous!

The Inspired Room Tour - Celebrating the Launch of the New Coffee Table Book - The Inspired Room - by New York Times Best Selling Author of Love the Home You Have - Melissa Michaels
And you can also be part of this Inspired Room Tour by sharing your own inspired room. Go HERE for all of the details.

Order your copy of The Inspired Room HERE! Thanks for stopping by!

What Candice Says About Color

October 24, 2015

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Candice Olson- Design Superstar! And she is as nice and down to Earth in real life as she is on TV. She made us laugh with her jokes about her height, (over 6 feet tall!) her husband, her kids and even Chico. She told us that her ‘overnight success’ only took 23 years to achieve!

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She spoke to a small group of us last Saturday morning in High Point at my favorite store of the whole Market- Surya. I loved it and you would too. It was on my list to visit because of their accessories. Wow! It was an accessory superstore! Beautiful lamps, rugs, bedding, pillows, poufs, ottomans and so much more.

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Here are some of the highlights of what Candice had to say:

She told us that today’s new neutrals transcend style. A core palette of cool grays through warm taupes and creams provide a versatile backdrop for any environment.

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We are moving into a very organic phase in home design. The colors being used are a nature inspired palette. We want to bring the outdoors in! Neutrals can be light, such as grays and taupes, or neutrals can be dark such as brown.

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Her design style is using neutrals and layering the room with contrasts such as texture and patterns. Neutrals are non-committal colors so they bring a long life span to a space and easily changed with pops of color with accessories.

Candice brings life to a room using combinations of light and dark, warm and cool and matte and sheen in paint colors, furnishings and accessories. She likes accessories in small doses that ‘tickles’ the room like pinks and oranges.

Question Time With Candice:

* What do you think of Benjamin Moore’s color of the year- Simply White?

CO: I love it! It’s clean and fresh and works wonderfully with the organic and neutral palettes.

* Is gray going to continue being popular?

CO: Gray is still very popular and will continue to be a strong neutral.

* What other colors are being used in the new neutral color palette?

CO: Greige is becoming even more popular especially working with grays.

* I actually raised my hand like an excited kid and asked her if she thought her Five Favorite Neutrals still worked well and if she still used herself?

CO: Absolutely! I still think they are great colors and I use them often as well as in different shades.

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It was really exciting meeting her! I do wish I had a better picture with her:

candice and i

I will let you know what she said about blues and blue-green color palettes in my newsletter next week.

I’m not sure how ‘new’ they are, but what do you think of the ‘new neutrals’?  Gray and beige=Greige? Easy to decorate with neutrals? Too boring for you? Soothing? Comforting?

I have to give a shout-out to my friend Julie for taking better notes than me!

Hope you are having great weekend everyone!