Color Tip For White Ceilings

Written by Kelly on November 19th, 2014

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Did you notice that sometimes white ceilings look gray? Especially in the corners?

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If the ceilings were painted in a pure, clean white such as Benjamin Moore Decorators White, that could be the reason. I have learned to never use a pure white on the ceiling because the blue undertone will often appear gray and flat.

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Why? Because white has no where to go except to gray when the lighting is dim. And who shines a bright light onto the ceiling? That’s why ceilings can look so dingy even after they are freshly painted. Another clean white paint example is Benjamin Moore’s Pure White.

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Just a color tip to consider next time you are choosing a white for your ceiling. Have you ever painted a clean white and thought it looked gray?

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My Color Aha Moment

Written by Kelly on November 16th, 2014

I am always working to improve my color skills and practices and trying new ways to work more efficiently. One obvious color tool I work with often is my fan decks. They are great for quick reference:

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And when I need to show a larger color sample, I am blessed to have Maria’s large color boards! They are fantastic to work with clients:

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Since I have trained and earned my certification as a True Color Expert, I have continued to learn more about color skills these last few years taking classes, much reading and performing color consultations. And I have discovered that I continuously use the same colors I know will work in a particular situation:

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When conducting a color consult for a client, I certainly never look at colors that I have never used and trust. So… my aha color moment is that I am going to choose 150-200 paint colors total, that I have used and are trusted, and make myself color boards for just those favorite colors!

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I have my lists of best gray green paint, best whites with yellow undertones and all my beige colors broken down into undertones. Plus the best red paints, browns, and turquoise blues, etc. I am going to paint sample pages that will fit into a binder so that I will be able to look at my color samples quickly instead of jumping all around in the different fan decks.

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No more carrying around heavy color sample suitcases so I can leave a 3 x 3” color sample with the client. No more hesitating when choosing that perfect color for a client’s home. I will always have my favorite and best colors at my fingertips.

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I am still throwing ideas around but don’t you think it is a practical idea? Say I am looking for the perfect gray green paint color. Instead of going through all my fan decks to make sure I am not missing any other perfect gray greens, I already have pulled them out and have them in my collection. Big timesaver! Do you see any drawbacks to this process? Any other thoughts?

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Wall Paper Love

Written by Kelly on November 12th, 2014

I can not believe how much I am loving wallpaper again:

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I find myself visiting Cole & Son and Graham & Brown often, looking at the beautiful patterns and colors and wondering where could I hang wallpaper in my home:

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I went on the Graham & Brown site yesterday and learned that for the first time ever, a wallpaper was chosen as Wallpaper of the Year for 2015, Northern Rose:

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“Northern Rose was chosen from our design archive, the beautifully painted fresh design in vibrant pink and explosive blue with lush embellishments was picked as it represents the optimism that is spreading across the country as a whole, whilst retaining a certain British, vintage charm.” The company is based in London.

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I absolutely love it! I don’t know if it is the blue and pink colors or pattern, but I really want to use this somewhere. How about a car:

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Cute! I think it would look great in a bath or powder room. Happy and colorful! Or an entry would look fabulous, don’t you think?

Have you used wallpaper lately? It is easier to install these days and there are gorgeous colors and patterns to choose from. Important question: Does anyone know if it is easier to remove the new wallpaper today than in the old days? Does anyone remember that job?!

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Ceiling Paint Tip For Small Rooms

Written by Kelly on November 9th, 2014

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I recently worked with a home owner choosing paint colors for her guest powder room. Since we were working with a  lighter color, one suggestion I made was to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls:

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I have found painting the ceilings in small spaces such as bathrooms, powder rooms and small spaces the same color as the walls, the line will blur where the wall and ceiling meets and avoid cutting up the space.

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Depending on the colors you choose, this can serve to make the space larger or smaller. For example, light ceilings and walls make a space feel open and airy, while a dark or rich color on ceilings and walls brings everything in and make it cozy.

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This design tip really works. It doesn’t make the ceiling seem higher,  it’s just the way the whole color envelops you, rather than being broken up visually. It makes the boundaries of the room disappear.

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This is especially true where there is no molding around the ceiling.

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What do you think? Have you tried this idea in your home?

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