Category: Exteriors

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

Martha’s Vineyard Stonington Gray Exterior Project

January 26, 2019

What color do you think of when you picture a home exterior on Martha’s Vineyard? I think of light and airy beach colors. And that is just what the customer ordered- “I want gray and white beachy!”.

The first paint color that came to my mind was Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray HC-170:

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A modern and fresh medium toned gray with a slight blue undertone.  I have suggested this paint color many times on exterior consultations. The client sampled on a large poster board and loved it.

Here is a before photo of her home:

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My friend thought she would like the whole exterior, including the bottom lattice, painted in the same paint color. But after priming the lattice:Read More

Double Post! Readers’ Questions Answered PLUS Stunning Before & After Exterior Photos

January 5, 2019

I have not written a post in awhile, so I thought I would start the New Year off with an double dose of decorating fun! Here are a few questions I have received recently from readers:

Hi Kelly,

“This is what I am working with. I recently purchased a home that has emerald/forest green kitchen and bath counter tops the cabinets were a medium brown and had gold hardware. Since replacing the counter tops is not an option and I am working with them. I have chosen a grey almost slightly shaded brown for my cabinet color and have purchases a light grey for my walls which flows into my dining and den area where I have a large wall that has a rock fireplace with built inns. My problem is in the den there is chair rail molding not the pretty kind and taking it up is not on my want to do list should I paint the chair rail the same color as the wall to make the room flow or should I make them pop. I will be painting kitchen and hopefully funding some type of backsplash I am considering just going with hunter green subway tile and just going with it lol. “Also should I paint the built ins the same color as the walls or a contrasting color like the color of my kitchen cabinets also I want to brighten up the stone fireplace but not to much and am unsure if I should keep the fireplace mantel the original wood because I am adding a custom variated wood island in the kitchen area. I trying my best to blend it all together without it looking to log cabin style lol going for more farmhouse.”

Before photo:

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My advice for her back splash working with the emerald green counters, is NOT to buy a solid green subway tile. I think it will be too much green! Here are a couple ideas I would consider to work with the green counter tops for a back splash:

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A neutral back splash or a tile with a bit of hunter green in it would work best. Choose the one that will work best with counters and cabinets. I think your kitchen will look great after painting and adding a new back splash!Read More

Reader’s Favorite Posts of 2018

December 31, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy 2019 to you all. While I am working on new content for January’s Newsletter, Roominations, coming out later this week, I thought I would share my top ten reader viewed blogs of 2018 with you. I know you want to see them again! 🙂

Number Ten- A close tie!:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron

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And the tie vote for #10 is:

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

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I love finding great paint colors and highlighting them. A lot of color crushes out there!

Number Nine:

Gallery Wall Grid Style

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Hanging art grid style not only looks great, it also takes up a large space over the sofa, like ideas here, which is not always easy to do.

Number Eight:

Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

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If you are thinking of selling your home, there are a few good ideas and suggestions included in this post.

Number Seven:

Another Home Project Completed

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My black wall- I love it!

Number Six:

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance®

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Gorgeous front door colors!

Number Five:

Best Colors That Work With Revere Pewter

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Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter is still one of my favorite paint colors because of it’s ability to play well with other colors.

Number Four:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

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A soft, beautiful neutral without strong undertones.  Works well with white trim and with stained wood.  A pretty perfect color!

Number Three:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Blues & Greens

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Number Two:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Neutrals

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A great list of neutrals that includes photos and undertones.

And the # 1 Top Voted Blog post:

Updated: Exterior Grays

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Exterior grays are still very popular going into 2019. Helping homeowner’s find the perfect gray for their exteriors was my busiest # 1 color consulting projects of 2018!

Happy New Year’s! Good luck for all the adventures you will be part of in 2019!

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Kelly  xo

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

September 1, 2018

Definitely one of my favorite blues. This grayish blue paint color is from the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection and has been a preferred blue for many homeowners over the years.

I love seeing it used in a semi-gloss finish on cabinets:

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This color is a very popular color choice for cabinets in both kitchen and baths: (Do you see the difference in the color with different lighting? That is why it is so important for you to sample paint colors in your home with your lighting.)

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Color Crush: Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron

July 10, 2018

If you are searching for a rich, warm black that adds drama, then Wrought Iron 2124-10 is the perfect choice for you. You will absolutely love this color!  :

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Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron is a black/gray paint color that is less harsh than black. Many think of this color as a black, but  I think it can also fit in the category of charcoal gray:

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It is a deep dark gray with a softness and warmth to it. When compared to other blacks it is noticeably lighter and more gray:Read More