Category: Dear Kelly

How To Warm Up an All White Kitchen

August 12, 2017

A reader recently wrote and asked,  “I have always wanted an all white kitchen and now that I have my dream white kitchen, it seems boring and uninteresting. Do you have any suggestions on how I can warm up my cold, sterile looking kitchen? ”

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I have come across this dilemma with clients before. We see all of these beautiful photos of all white kitchens and want to duplicate the look so everything brought into the room is white. I too love the look of white kitchens, but sometimes they can feel too plain and lack personality.

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My first suggestion is to bring fabric into the room. Using fabric can soften a space as well as bringing in color with items such as window treatments:

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Review of Paint Finishes

July 25, 2017

This is an older post, but I thought since I have received so many questions from readers lately about which paint finish is best to use where, I thought I would post again:

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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Trim- It’s All About the Size

June 20, 2017

I recently worked with a client who had questions regarding the trim in her home:

We are currently redoing the exterior of our house to have more craftsman look. So, now that we are at the point of putting trim around new windows and doors, we are starting to be forced to know what we will do with the interior. We currently love the wood floors and the style of the new front door, despite that it’s darker than we anticipated.

I’m hoping you are comfortable as one designer’s opinion of what would look best if we want to continue integrating craftsman style, yet contemporary mixed in, into the inside. Here is what we are debating:

1. White trim or stained trim (I think white will brighten and not make it so much brown as we currently have going on).

If we do wide white trim (craftsman look above doors), do we do white doors or attempt to re-stain our doors. Or, buy new doors – white or stained? “

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My first thought, before even considering the color of the new trim, was the size of the baseboard that currently exists. Looking at the photo, the molding looks a bit too small and out of proportion with the wall:Read More

Interior Before & After Paint Update and Tulip Heaven

May 6, 2017

Over the years, I have worked with a southern client on updating his home with new paint colors. It still amazes me how a coat of paint can totally transform a room! Here are a few sneak peek before and after photos of his newly painted home. There are a lot of photos in this post so grab a cup of coffee and relax and enjoy:

A welcoming new color of Stonington Gray HC-170 renews this entry hallway and stairs:

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Benjamin Moore Winter Solstice 1605 was painted to update the living room:

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I just love before and after pictures, don’t you? The new dining room in Coventry Gray HC-169 :Read More

Before and After Exterior Using Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray

April 30, 2017

I recently worked with an online client helping to select an exterior paint color for her home. She had decided she wanted a gray and had narrowed her choices down to Ben Moore Chelsea Gray, Amherst Gray and Kendall Charcoal. She sent me a photo where she had already painted samples:

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I do love Chelsea Gray. The only problem I have with using this gray outdoors is if the home is in strong sunlight all day. The Chelsea Gray color can seem washed out at times.  My first choice of the three was the Amherst Gray HC-167. I love the depth of this color and that makes it different than the standard gray:

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Reader’s Questions Answered

April 2, 2017

Hey everyone! I thought I would share a few  questions from recent clients and readers with informative and useful answers:

*  I’m planning on painting our lake house great room Revere Pewter. It has a pitched ceiling with black walnut beam.  Stone fireplace in grayish tones.  I am following your advice to do casings in White Dove.  I would like to add some definition to windows/grids/sliding french doors by adding a darker version of Revere Pewter or something in same color family.  Any advice?

Your home sounds beautiful! If you are looking for a darker version of Revere Pewter, take a look at Ben Moore Thunder AF-685:

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Thunder is another soft, warm neutral paint color that is very popular today. Read More