Category: color

Color Crush: Metropolitan AF-690

September 21, 2019

Looking for a fresh neutral that will work well with your grays, beige and browns?:

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No, it is not a greige or white.

Hello Ben Moore Metropolitan AF-690:

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Does the name sound familiar? It was Ben Moore’s color of the year 2019!Read More

A Beautiful Exterior Transformation With Before & After Photos

July 27, 2019

It has been a busy season for me with exterior paint color consultations and I really enjoy helping with color questions.  I especially love when the client sends me AFTER photos! Like my new friend Bethany who wrote asking if I would help her select paint colors for her home’s exterior:

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Beth first wrote that she found me on Pinterest. She was ready to paint over the brick and needed a little color help. I told her that it is always harder to choose color for your own home! Isn’t that so true? She was actually getting her home ready to sell and wanted to brighten it up a bit. Here is the before:Read More

Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

June 22, 2019

I have noticed a growing trend in darker exterior trim paint colors.  More often than not, instead of the usual  question of which white to use for trim, now everyone wants the darker colors for their trim.

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I think it adds character and charm when painting your window trim and architectural details in a darker contrasting accent color.

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So cute! I think they nailed the color combo perfectly in this photo above.

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Dark colored trim also make a house look more substantial, more detailed, more interesting.

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The darker trim colors  are usually a dark gray or dark brown, or a dark gray/brown such as SW 7048 Urbane Bronze. A beautiful color:

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And I have also seen dark blue trim:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on using darker trim colors for contrast:

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Have a great summer weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

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:

White Dove OC -17

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