Category: color

Trending- White Exteriors and Review of White Undertones

April 14, 2018

Yes, grays and taupe are still very popular. But this year I have noticed that white is HUGE in exterior color favorites:

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It could be because of the growing popularity of interior whites that white is making way to the exterior walls :Read More

Five Common Bedroom Decorating Mistakes and How to Fix Them

March 10, 2018

Do you feel as if your bedroom is off somehow but not quite sure what the problem is? Here are five common decorating mistakes and ideas on how you can fix them.

Lighting

The feeling that your bedroom is too bright or too dark is a shared problem for a lot of people.  The main problem is that there are many bedrooms with only overhead lighting in the room. They are often blinding and not very functional. Overhead lights does not even give you the correct light to let you read a book.

Instead, try layer lighting throughout the room. In a bedroom, just as in any other space, you need ambient (general, ceiling-mounted) lighting to illuminate the entire room; task lighting (on bedside tables and vanities) to provide focused light for reading and other activities; and accent lighting, (in the form of wall sconces for example) to add drama, wash the room in soft illumination and lend a cozy, welcoming vibe. Lights at different levels and in different areas create a mood that’s warm and inviting.   Dimmers allow you to adjust wattage depending on the time of day and the mood you want.

 

Trying to Match Bed Linens with Wall Color

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It is a good idea to stay in the same color palette, just be sure to mix in different patterns and prints for a more interesting and attractive look:

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So pretty together and a lot less boring!

Too Small Window Treatments

I know that you hear this often, but it is a very important detail. Your curtains need to touch the floor. That means the pole should hang between top of window frame and ceiling. If ready made curtains are too short for this height, then buy the longer set and have them hemmed. I also see the ‘skimpy’ width panels that look, well, look skimpy! An easy rule of thumb to remember is that your width of your curtains should be the double width of the window. For example, if your window frame width across is 50”, then 100” is what your curtain width should be. For ready made curtains, I usually find ordering two sets and sewing two panels together works perfectly. Also, extend your poles as far out as possible which will allow you to open fully.

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All of these tips will make your windows shine!

Wrong Size Artwork Over Bed

This is a common decorating mistake that can easily be fixed.  My grievance is the issue of artwork being too small over the bed that makes it looks as if it is floating in space. Too small of a piece of artwork looks lost and sad.

How to figure out the right size that will look perfect over your bed? The best starting point is to keep your finished piece, (the edges of the canvas or frame) between 60-80% the width of the headboard. I prefer the 80% because it looks most pleasing. For example, for a standard 76 inch wide king bed you should consider art that is between 40”×50”  or 48”×60” for a little larger size.

Or if you want to hang a pair of images or a gallery wall, treat the whole thing as one piece that’s between 45 and 60 inches wide. This is just a starting point for you to try. Experiment with taping paper above your bed until you get the look you love!

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To see more examples of artwork behind the bed, read Five Inspiring Ideas for that Wall Over Your Bed.

Room Looks Off Balance

For a bedroom to look cohesive and organized, I am a true believer in symmetry. Matching nightstands and matching lamps on each side of the bed visually balances the room.

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If done right, balance brings order and calm to a room. To see more photos about bedroom symmetry, read Tobi Knows Symmetry.

If you would like to see more of my posts on bedroom decorating, read here and here.

Let me know if you have any questions! I hope I have helped you solve a bedroom decorating mistake.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

Be Sure To Include Designer in ALL Design Decisions in New Home Build

February 25, 2018

I have recently began a new home design project under construction in Jackson, NH. The home is right down the street from me which is great:

 

The homeowners are requesting a rustic look with a bit of elegance. When I was contacted, I was ask to provide all design services in making the homeowners a ready-to-move-in home. From the plans:

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To making all of the inside design decisions. So, my issue with including the designer in ALL design decisions is this: I found out today from the builder that the home owner decided to stop at a local kitchen and bath store and chose cabinets and countertops for the bathrooms:

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The black bottom cabinet is the style door they chose. The cabinets will be made from knotty alder, the small, lighter wood piece above, in a natural finish. The vanity top is a Tempest Gold quartz.

All of the bathroom choices will be used in ALL of the baths throughout home except master bath.

The kitchen choices they selected are also knotty alder with a cappuccino burnt sienna glaze and highlight:

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I really like the kitchen cabinets and they do work well for this area. Would these have been my suggestions for all the cabinets and countertops? Maybe, maybe not.  I would have liked to work on the project with the homeowners selecting all items for the home.  They could have seen my vision, my ideas. Why I would chose this, and why not that. Maybe they dreamed of a gray/blue bathroom walls. Now, that color choice is out because of the bossy quartz. I would have liked to give them other options. But this is already decided. My job now is to find colors that will work with the countertops and cabinets. I also need to select tile for bath floors, tile for showers and also paint colors using the decisions they selected.

So working with the kitchen:

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Nice open floor plan. The island is 11 feet long!

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Selecting paint colors for the walls, here is my choice I think will work best with coordinating with the kitchen cabinets and countertops, plus work in open concept rooms, up and down the stairs and also the upstairs hallway:

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. The rooms are sunny and bright and I think it will work really well throughout. I took my large sample board over to the home and it looks like a soft neutral gray throughout.

For the bathroom, there were not a lot of colors that will work with well both the counter and cabinets. This gold paint color :

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Ben Moore Tumeric AF-350 really looks nice with the granite. But I do not think they would like gold painted walls in all of their bathrooms. I tried several colors until I found the best neutral I think will work best with the cabinets and counters:

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Ben Moore Muslin CC-110. A very soft neutral color with slight undertone of orange. Great color to use with yellow or orange based cabinets. Thinking of gold fixtures which are popular and will bring out the gold in the countertops. I will go over the paint color selections with the homeowners and let you know what happens!

It is going to be a beautiful new home. Plus, it is located right on a ski slope:

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Image how fun it would be to sit and watch the skiers ski by!

A lot of design decisions coming up and will share with you as the process continues! Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Just a Reminder

February 24, 2018

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the March issue of my monthly newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, February 26th. This issue is packed with great content!

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* In this month’s issue, I explain the why in my post, “Be Sure to Include Designer in ALL Design Decisions in New Home Build” and the reason I selected this topic.

* This month’s Reader’s Question answers a question from a reader friend who is looking for a few ideas and inspiration for Easter decorating.

* This issue also offers suggestions on where to purchase Spring porch accessories.

 

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Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

January 31, 2018

I think Ben Moore’s Collingwood OC- 28 is a great neutral color that is often overlooked for the more popular colors such as Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray.

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Did you know that Collingwood is one of the most ‘true’ grays, (non-undertoned gray), in the Benjamin Moore color palette collection? It does have a slight undertone of purple, but in all of my years specifying this paint color for clients, I have never heard anyone ever complain of actually seeing purple in their room:

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Unlike Revere and Edgecomb, (which are grays with green undertones with some beige mixed in), Collingwood does not change from gray to greige depending on the light in a room. It stays a true soft gray in all lighting.Read More

Master Bedroom ReDesign 101- It’s Time for You!

January 6, 2018

Have you updated your master bedroom within the last few years? Does your room always get pushed aside for other projects? Well, let’s make 2018 the year for you to refresh your bedroom retreat:

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Maybe you only need a quick mini-facelift with updated accessories. January is home décor sale month so now is the time to purchase new items.

But if you are looking for advice for a complete bedroom do over, this post is for you!

Step One: The Bed.

The bed is the focal point/star of the room. You must make it a statement piece to get that ‘wow’ look for the room. How?

Headboard: Do you love your existing headboard? Are you ready for a change? Have you considered using a headboard only, no side rails or footboard? This is a great choice if your space is at a minimum. I have been suggesting upholstered headboards for bedrooms because they give you the best (modern, classic) look at many different price ranges:

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Look at the customer reviews to help narrow your search. Another reason I like using an upholstered headboard is that the fabric helps soften all the hard edges in the room, (walls, dressers, etc.) The color I suggest purchasing is an off white or ivory. Both will work well with both white bedding or beige bedding:

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I try to steer away from beige headboards because beige has undertones, strong red or yellow, and may be difficult to find bedding to work well. Look how this headboard is ‘sticking out’ and clashing with the bedding:Read More