Category: color

The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know

April 1, 2019

Are you someone who has  just as much trouble selecting a trim color as you do the main wall color? Over the years of color consulting, I have found  that 95% of the time, I use the same few whites for trim again and again. I have worked with these Benjamin Moore trim colors so I know they work well and I trust them.

Here are my five favorite Ben Moore go- to trim colors that you will ever need to know:

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I love White Dove because it works so well with many paint colors. An off-white , not a bright white,  I think it as a creamy warm color.  White Dove works best with the popular greige paint colors such as Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray:

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I also love White Dove for cabinets:Read More

The Facts Regarding Cutting Paint By 50%

March 16, 2019

So you finally decide on your paint color and you are going to paint your living room walls with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. You think that a great ceiling color would be a lighter version than the Gray Owl. You read somewhere online that you can get a custom color made by asking the paint store to lightened your color by 50%.   Makes sense, right?  Adding white will make the color lighter, right? Nope- not that easy. I decided to look into the idea that when you want a paint color lightened by half, you can ask at the paint store to ‘cut’ the color by 50%.  Is it practical? Is it doable? Does it work?

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I spoke with many different Benjamin Moore store retailer and company representatives and also Sherwin Williams and these were my results:Read More

Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

March 9, 2019

Here are a few decorating ideas and inspiration I have found along the way and thought you would enjoy!

Did you know you can buy art online now at very affordable prices? I found a website Redbubble with beautiful art at great prices:

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If you are looking to change up the look of a room or just to update for the season, new art is a great way to begin your color palette. Using the artwork above as an example, you can bring in so much color with a blue and white area rug and bright happy pillows and throws in raspberry, plum and gold.

I also found on their site A-line dresses which I love for summer:

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So pretty and nothing is easier in the summer getting dressed. Only $46.00 for a complete outfit. Pretty good!

Did you know the best grout color to use with white tile is a light gray?Read More

Favorite Color Combo: Red Brick & Gray

February 16, 2019

Hey everyone! Over the years working with brick exteriors, I have found my favorite color combination with red brick is dark gray:

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Don’t you agree the gray together with the brick looks beautiful?

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Grays are tricky because of their undertones. The undertones of a color really stand out in the sunlight. The lighter grays have blue undertones, such as Boothbay Gray HC-165 and Stonington Gray HC-170. Here is a example photo:Read More

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

February 2, 2019

Everyone has their own opinion of what is hot and what is not in home decorating.  Some designers say one thing, (for example, accent walls are in) and another will say the trend is on it’s way out. So I have gathered together a list of popular trends for 2019 I have seen around the decorating world and are loving. You be the judge.

Floral patterns are taking root and showing up in stores on bedding, pillows, chairs, and wallpaper:

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Today’s blooms are big, bold and beautiful!

Blue velvet sofas:

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Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

January 19, 2019

I have gathered a few more helpful decorating tips that you may or may not have heard before. Some are just reminder guidelines, but are still working well and worth looking at again.

Did you know how well green goes with natural and stained wood? One great example is Ben Moore’s Carolina Gull 2138-40:

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So pretty. The trim is BM Misted Green 2138-50 and the ceiling is painted with Gray Lake 2138-70.  Green is still my favorite color working with natural/stained woodwork because green works so well with the yellow/orange oak undertones.

Did you you know odd-number groupings are more interesting than evens? Display frames or objects in threes or fives for an eye-pleasing arrangement.

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That is a good decorating rule to be reminded of! Look around your home- are you decorating in odd numbers?

Did you know that mismatched drinking glasses make great vases?  Group glasses together for a creative centerpiece:Read More