Tag: color

Attention All Paint Testers! Before & After Photos

November 2, 2019

For those of you who are not testing your paint colors the correct way, you are just making an already stressful project into an even more difficult decision.  I know it is easier, I get that. But, when you test the new color samples by painting right over the existing painted walls:paint testing

You are not seeing the new color in it’s true hue. This is exactly what happened recently to a client who wanted to paint her beautiful, large, open concept new home:

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She knew exactly what look she was going for, but could not find THE color and was going crazy. She stated that she did not like the peach walls from the previous owner and had tested a few favorite paint samples she thought might work:

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So she hired me to help her find a perfect color. I gave her a couple suggestions of paint colors but I also told her, “Maybe one reason you are having a hard time selecting a color is how you tested the color. When you paint samples right on wall, the existing color of wall affects the color and will not be the same. The best way to sample is too paint a poster board, two coats like you will for walls, and move all around day and night to different spots. You should use a white plain piece of paper between sample and existing wall color so all you see is the actual sample color. More work I know, but pretty accurate. Be sure to put white paper between new color sample and existing wall color. That peach will really throw you off!

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After a few days she wrote:

Hi,

After you suggested the paint card it changed everything Lol

I went with Repose gray. I’m glad I did that!:

 

Before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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What a beautiful transformation! The magic of paint! I know I repeat myself over and over about testing the correct way, but it is that important. Please take the extra time and extra steps and you will be a color expert also! Let me know if you have any questions about correctly testing paint samples in your home.

I also wanted to share a new eDesign mood board I am working on in Photo Shop:

PS Mood Board

 

Hard to learn but I am having so much fun with it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xoxo

 

Color Crush: Metropolitan AF-690

September 21, 2019

Looking for a fresh neutral that will work well with your grays, beige and browns?:

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No, it is not a greige or white.

Hello Ben Moore Metropolitan AF-690:

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Does the name sound familiar? It was Ben Moore’s color of the year 2019!Read More

A Beautiful Exterior Transformation With Before & After Photos

July 27, 2019

It has been a busy season for me with exterior paint color consultations and I really enjoy helping with color questions.  I especially love when the client sends me AFTER photos! Like my new friend Bethany who wrote asking if I would help her select paint colors for her home’s exterior:

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Beth first wrote that she found me on Pinterest. She was ready to paint over the brick and needed a little color help. I told her that it is always harder to choose color for your own home! Isn’t that so true? She was actually getting her home ready to sell and wanted to brighten it up a bit. Here is the before:Read More

10 Gorgeous Wallpaper Ideas To Transform Your Staircase

April 27, 2019

Looking for a way to jazz up your staircase?  I have been researching ideas for my new home and somehow came across photos of wallpapering up the stairs. It really caught my eye and I just love the look:

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Be sure to go with a dramatic, bold pattern when featuring wallpaper on one wall such as the staircase:

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This might be a little much in a home setting, but isn’t this cool?:

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I LOVE Chinoiserie wallpaper:

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An overlooked staircase and the stairwell wall offer a great opportunity to create a captivating focal point while using wallpaper that you truly adore. Gorgeous! Would you give this idea a try in your home?

Here are a couple wallpapers I love to check out:

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navy wallpaper

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know

April 1, 2019

Are you someone who has  just as much trouble selecting a trim color as you do the main wall color? Over the years of color consulting, I have found  that 95% of the time, I use the same few whites for trim again and again. I have worked with these Benjamin Moore trim colors so I know they work well and I trust them.

Here are my five favorite Ben Moore go- to trim colors that you will ever need to know:

White Dove OC -17

I love White Dove because it works so well with many paint colors. An off-white , not a bright white,  I think it as a creamy warm color.  White Dove works best with the popular greige paint colors such as Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray:

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I also love White Dove for cabinets:Read More

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?

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I spoke with many different Benjamin Moore store retailer and company representatives and also Sherwin Williams and these were my results:Read More