Category: Paint Color Selection Help

Steps When Planning a Kitchen Renovation 101

July 28, 2018

This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.

They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:

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Step One for the Kitchen:

As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique:

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Updating Your Trim/Molding

July 14, 2018

Are you wanting to change your look in a room, but stained molding is stopping/preventing you from getting the fresh, clean and updated look you are yearning for? I have another solution. No, I am not talking about gorgeous historical or custom made trim work like this:

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I am talking about the too small and thin stained molding that looks like eyeliner on the top and bottom of your wall:

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A solution? Read More

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

Updated: Exterior Grays

June 12, 2018

I thought I would update this Exterior Gray post since gray is still a very popular choice to use for exteriors. I have added a few new photos of gray painted exteriors with the their color listed. Enjoy!

One question I am asked often is if I have any good recommendations for an exterior gray paint color:

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Gray for exteriors is very popular right now. And for good reason- gray is a classic color that works with any exterior color scheme and combination. I think gray works best with white trim or a lighter version of the color.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:

                                                                                        Silver Mist 1619

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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 2018 Best Selling Neutrals

June 2, 2018

Have you been desperately searching for a neutral paint color for your living room?  Bedroom maybe? Take a look at Ben Moore’s top selling neutral color list for ideas and inspiration. Some may surprise you, others not at all!

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This list changes every year and this is Ben Moore’s Best Selling Neutrals of 2018 listed in no particular order:

                                                                       Revere Pewter HC- 172

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This beautiful neutral color is very popular because of it’s warmth and adaptability. I wrote here recently how well it works with many other colors:

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                                                                           Edgecomb Gray HC- 173Read More