Category: Decorating Hints & Tips

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?

village

via

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:

watercolor art

via

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:

dress

via

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

Step by Step Guide on How To Style a Cozy Corner

February 23, 2019

Are you looking for ideas to fill an empty corner?  Maybe a little space in the corner of your living room or bedroom that you are having trouble decorating? One idea is to create a cozy little niche:

cozy bedroom corner

I wanted to ‘dress up’ a corner in my spare bedroom. It’s pretty simple- all you need is a comfortable or pretty, (not always one and the same), chair to get started:

corner chair

You can use pillows or throws, or both,  to dress up your chair:

chair and throw

corner pillow

Read More

A Little Art on the Side

February 9, 2019

When decorating a room, I am all about the symmetry. Things in order, perfectly spaced, uniform, balanced  and in harmony:

nh bed

sym

A very traditional style. But after I wrote a post here last week and saw this photo:

art off side

via

Read More

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

February 2, 2019

Everyone has their own opinion of what is hot and what is not in home decorating.  Some designers say one thing, (for example, accent walls are in) and another will say the trend is on it’s way out. So I have gathered together a list of popular trends for 2019 I have seen around the decorating world and are loving. You be the judge.

Floral patterns are taking root and showing up in stores on bedding, pillows, chairs, and wallpaper:

wallpaper

via

floral wallpaper

via

floral duvet

via

floral chair

via

Today’s blooms are big, bold and beautiful!

Blue velvet sofas:

blue velvet

viaRead More

Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

January 19, 2019

I have gathered a few more helpful decorating tips that you may or may not have heard before. Some are just reminder guidelines, but are still working well and worth looking at again.

Did you know how well green goes with natural and stained wood? One great example is Ben Moore’s Carolina Gull 2138-40:

carolina gull 2138-40a

via

So pretty. The trim is BM Misted Green 2138-50 and the ceiling is painted with Gray Lake 2138-70.  Green is still my favorite color working with natural/stained woodwork because green works so well with the yellow/orange oak undertones.

Did you you know odd-number groupings are more interesting than evens? Display frames or objects in threes or fives for an eye-pleasing arrangement.

Uniform Style

via

That is a good decorating rule to be reminded of! Look around your home- are you decorating in odd numbers?

Did you know that mismatched drinking glasses make great vases?  Group glasses together for a creative centerpiece:Read More