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How to Bring Your Basement to Life with Color

March 8, 2012

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Candice Olson

Selecting paint colors for the basement is a bit more difficult than the traditional upstairs rooms. Lighting is a big negative factor in the majority of basements (notice all of the ceiling lights in both the above and below pictures). Usually there are not many windows in a basement and this makes the space darker and hard to select colors that will not look ‘dirty’ or ‘dull’ or too dark on the walls.

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I recently helped a client select colors online for her basement area which the family wanted for a space for the family to ‘hang out’ and watch TV, play video games and entertain. I noticed these beautiful four decoupages (one for each season) on the wall:

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I wanted to bring out dresses in the pictures so the I suggested she try both Palladian Blue and Wythe Blue against the pictures to see which looked best. She fell in love with the Palladian Blue and here you can see why:

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The artwork looks beautiful against the blue. This color also works well with the wood flooring and bookcase. She also had another large room downstairs that she wanted to choose colors for. Of course we had to be sure the color flow between the two rooms worked well.

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I gave her a couple suggestions to try and she decided on Benjamin Moore’s Monroe Bisque. Look how beautiful the wall color came out:

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Notice above that she painted the Palladian Blue behind the bookshelves to tie the two rooms together. (good readers live here!)

Look how well the palladian blue and monroe bisque are working together:

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Basement before:

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Basement after:

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And the best was what she wrote about me:

“I was struggling with selecting paint colors for our basement remodel. In fact trying to make the decision was taking all the fun out of creating a beautiful, new space for our family. I began searching the Internet for ideas and fortunately for me, I found Kelly Bernier’s website. Kelly was a pleasure to work with and took all the stress out of the paint selection process. She suggested using a color from the artwork in the room and the results were fabulous! Her knowledge of design and the use of color is very impressive. We are very pleased with the results and will be calling upon her decorating talents in the next phase of our remodel!”  Marsha Jaeggi

A happy client is a happy Kelly! Makes me so happy when the client is pleased with the results. Do you see how paint can totally transform a room?  It does not even look like a basement anymore. Your thoughts?

If you need help selecting the perfect colors for your home, contact me today.

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Selecting a Spa Color for Your Bath

September 25, 2011

Lately I have been receiving a lot of color requests looking for help in finding that perfect bathroom color.


In the past few years, the bath was the room to experiment with darker colors:


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But I have noticed a rising trend in the last year. More home owners are looking for that lighter, spa like feeling of serenity and tranquility.

Below are a few beautiful blue/green Benjamin Moore colors I have recently suggested to create that spa style feeling:

Palladian Blue HC 144:

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Beach Glass 1564:

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Bali 702:


Tranquility AF 490:



And here is a Benjamin Moore color suggestion from their website for a spa retreat:

Feather Gray 2127-60:

A bathroom painted with Benjamin Moore colors Feather Gray (2127-60) wall paint and highlighted by Wedding Veil (2125-70) to create a relaxed spa-like appearance.

These are just a few colors that will give your bathroom that spa like, serenity feeling.  And always be sure to test new color next to your existng countertop, cabinets and tile!

I believe the trend is going to be around for awhile! What do you think?

If you need help choosing that perfect color for your bath, contact me today!