Category: Exteriors

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.”

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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

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Blues & Greens

June 9, 2018

I know, I know. Same old color blog like the previous week. But, I was soooo stressed last week when I had to decide what you lovely readers would be more interested in- Ben Moore Best Selling Neutrals or Ben Moore Best Selling Blues? I chose neutrals, but I am back to list the blues because I can not get off my mind. Plus, I am going to throw in some greens. This is it though!

Ben Moore’s Best Selling Blues in no particular order:

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A very soft blue, beautiful for a bedroom:

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                                                                           Quiet Moments 1563

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A mix of blue, green and gray, this is a very popular paint color:Read More

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance®

April 28, 2018

Are you searching for the perfect front door color? This is the busiest time of year for me helping clients choose exterior colors and especially a fabulous front door color:

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                                                                                           DOOR  Red Tulip 2000-30 Aura Grand Entrance                  TRIM  Simply White OC-117

When deciding exterior color combinations, I like to think  to think of your exterior as a business suit; the walls are a neutral color which makes up 60% of the combination, (the pants and jacket), the trim and windows make up 30% of the color palette, (the shirt) and the door is  10% of the color palette combination , ( tie/door is the 10% pop of color) which I wrote about here:

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    DOOR Green Meadows 2040-20 Aura Grand Entrance Satin

      TRIM Snowfall White OC-118 Aura Grand Entrance Satin

          SIDING Maritime White OC-5 Aura Grand Entrance Satin

Did you know Ben Moore introduced the Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance® line, specially formulated for front doors in 2015? I did not. I just came across on Pinterest recently:Read More