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Blues For Ceilings

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

After I wrote my post on Acadia White last week, a few readers have written to ask if I could suggest a paint color name for the blue ceilings I suggested:

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I have a few favorites.  One of my top favorite soft blues to use for ceilings is Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue:

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I love the softness of the blue and how it reminds me of a true sky blue. Another popular blue choice for ceilings is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue:

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Gorgeous!

One other blue I love for ceilings is Benjamin Moore Pebble Beach 1597:

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Although we see blue ceilings with white walls often, (because it looks fabulous!) do not think you can only use blue ceilings in an all white room. I also love beige walls with a blue ceiling:

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What do you think of the beige and blue ceilings?

So don’t forget your ‘Fifth Wall.” Ceilings are a blank canvas for your creative expression. It is a quick and easy way to give your room a fresh new look! It is not a new or trendy look, blue painted ceilings have been around for a few years. What do you think of using soft blue ceilings in your home?

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

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Simple Lighting Tip

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

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One of the first questions I think of when purchasing a new lamp, is if it has a three way switch. I like being able to adjust the lighting from high to low depending on the mood and purpose at the time. So when I wanted to purchase new bedroom lamps recently and found out they did not have a three way switch, I found a little device for $16.99 that fixed the problem:

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Genius! You just plug any lamp into the dimmer which plugs into the wall. Works by a little slider. Simple and easy!

I don’t know how long they have been around but now that I have found them, I will never have to worry about a three way switch again. Slide up bright for reading, slide way down for ambiance.

Has anyone used this type of dimmer before? Pretty smart idea don’t you think?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Guest Bedroom Update

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I recently finished an online design plan for a family guest bedroom:

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Mary Ellen wanted a new and fresh guest room for her parents who stays with her a few months out of the year. And she specified that she wanted the room to look pretty! Everything in the room was going except for the carpet and ceiling fan. It is hard to see in the photos, but the carpet has a yellow undertone.

I had suggested twin beds, which I think is a great option for guest rooms. She decided to go with a queen size bed. Here is her final headboard selection:

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I wanted to brighten the room as much as possible, so I suggested white bedding:

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With a beautiful, colorful duvet folded at the bottom of the bed:

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I also suggested placing the headboard centered against the window to balance out the room:

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She is going to look for a small dresser for the wall on the right above. One trick I use to save space in bedrooms, is to hang the tv up on a wall bracket and out of the way:

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There were several different ways we could have gone to select a paint color using the duvet cover:

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She decided she loved Benjamin Moore Lavender Wash CSP-515:

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Especially with the window treatments she chose:

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I wish I could fast forward and show you the after pictures! Mary Beth said she would share photos after she finished the room.

I think it looks marvelous! And so does Mary Beth which is what really matters. What do you think of the plan put together for the guest bedroom?

If you need help planning your room redesign, contact me today.

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Aren’t Trey Ceilings Grand?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

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I have not worked with many trey ceilings in the past until recently. This week alone I had two colors consultations with trey ceilinged rooms. One was in a new contemporary home:

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And just today I started working on this dining room trey ceiling below:

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I have never had a trey ceiling,  but I really love the drama of the architecture:

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Depending on your preference, there are so many different ways to paint this area:

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Some homeowners like a lighter trey ceiling:

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Which are beautiful, but the trend now seems to be a darker ceiling at the top:

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Love, love, love this room:

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Another option is to paint the trey ceiling the same color as the walls:

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Which is your favorite way to paint the trey? I have to say that I really like the darker color. Look at this beauty:

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Wow! Don’t you think trey ceilings can be dramatic and grand?

Linking up at Serenity Now Blog here. Great ideas- check it out!

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