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Finding Colors For Open Concept Floor Plans

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Most homes built within the past ten years have been designed with an open floor plan for a more relaxed, but busy lifestyle. As a color consultant, one of the biggest concerns my clients have is how to use color with an open floor plan.

I am working with a couple now that wanted to update their home color palette. Their first floor is an open concept floor plan. We are working in stages throughout her home and we are now working on stage one:

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Which is helping them select new colors for their entry, hallway, dining room and living room:

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The only furnishings that we had to incorporate in our color scheme is their new set of furniture for the living room:

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Even though homes may have an open floor plan, each home color palette varies according to many different aspects of the design. In this home, the entry, hallway and living room all are open to each other. The dining room is off to the left side when you enter the front door:

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In this situation, I chose a neutral  to go from the front entry, throughout the hallway on the first floor and nto the living room.

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I felt it looked choppy with the different existing paint colors and by using a neutral it would make the space look much more open. I also thought a soft neutral would give a more high end look to the home.

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They are thrilled with the color choice of Ben Moore Manchester Tan HC-81. This beige works well with many colors, including whatever new color we select for the dining room. It also looks great with their living room furniture and is just a beautiful color all around! After the dining room color is selected, (maybe blue!) and the rooms are all painted, the homeowner promised to send after photos.

My client is over the moon with happiness which makes me very happy! Thanks for letting me share Rosalie. Please share your after pictures!

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

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My Furniture Arrangement and Why

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A reader friend recently wrote and asked if I would show the other side of my condo living room to see how the furniture was arranged:

“What do you have on the other side of the room from the large window?  Is there a wall there?  What furniture did you place there, if any?  Does your little side table sorta overlap the fireplace or is there room between it?”

Well, here is the other side of the room across from the windows:

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This is a large, long living room area. Our TV was a main factor in deciding what the purpose of room will be used for. I am not the greatest fan of the TV over the fireplace, but it does make the best sense for arranging this room. (Plus, that is where all the cable and wires were.)

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My first goal for the room was to walk in and have your eyes drawn to my pretty chairs, the windows and beyond:

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I will tell you, that when I took photos to show off my new chairs in front the window, I had my husband move ‘his’ chair out of the way. No one wants to see that big, clunky chair in my nice photo shot:

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This is my husband’s favorite comfortable chair to watch TV and movies. He lives here too, so it is only right. lol. I push it out of the way the best I can and try to disguise it with throws and pillows.

My spot to watch TV is on the sofa. There were not a lot of options where to place the large piece. Either in front of the windows, or maybe between the living room/dining room area:

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But I thought that big, empty wall was just crying out for attention:

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So that is why the furniture was arranged this way. It is comfortable, pretty and functional. We also entertain in this room, but we seem to hang out more on the other side of the room with guests which I will share later this week.

Does anyone else have these ‘special’ (man-chair) pieces to work around?

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Reupholstery Magic

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Remember these chairs I found by the side of the road and wrote about reupholstering here and here?:

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Someone just threw them away! I found a fabric I loved at a good price and had them reupholstered to these beauties:

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I just love them. Love the fabric. Love walking in and seeing them. I love chairs.

The room is finally coming together!

Before:

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After:

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What do you think? I also wanted to let you know to check your local grocery store for the azalea plants just coming in. I bought these below for only $10.00 at Stop & Shop:

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Such a happy room now!

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

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Connie’s Mantel Transformation

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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Amazingly, Connie finished her mantel makeover within days! She read all of our suggestions and comments here and got right to work. This is the note she wrote:

Dear Kelly,

I finally did it! The fireplace is painted. Cannot image why I waited so long…although I suspect it falls into the “laziness-getting-my-own-projects-done” category.

It was an easy fun project. Took a little time, but it was worth it. Cleaned with a Magic Eraser (the magic is TSP, ya know), glued on a wooden applique from Hobby Lobby, then painted with a paint + primer. Allowed to dry, then very lightly hand-distressed. Voilà! A fireplace that fits the room.

Thanks for all your readers’ comments. Sometimes it takes a little nudge for us all, every now and then to ‘get to it’…even though I honestly knew I should have painted this two years ago when we acquired it.

Regards, Connie

Here again is Connie’s Before:

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And her beautiful After:

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Just gorgeous! And did you notice the detail she added:

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I love the little details that make a piece stand out individually, don’t you? I am glad she distressed the finish also, looks soft and unique. I was truly astonished that she finished it so quickly. I think she already knew she wanted to paint, she was just looking for a little confirmation that was the way to go. We all run into those situations when it is our own home, always second guessing ourselves.

Before:

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After:

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Thank you Connie, for sending in a real dilemma for us to solve and/or make suggestions for! You did a wonderful job. Another project down.

Do you all agree that the mantel looks gorgeous and works in the room better? You can see even more photos of Connie’s mantel transformation here.

Anyone else need a little ‘nudge’?

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

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