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Traditional Living Room Design

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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I recently enjoyed putting together an online living room design plan for a traditional home that I thought I would share with you. The client sent me a photo of a living room photo that she loved and wanted to use it as her inspiration starting point(which is a great way to start):

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The only furniture that would be staying in the room was her newly purchased cocktail and end tables and also her sofa:

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A new paint color was chosen:

 Benjamin Moore Muslin 1037

And here is our traditional living room design board:

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Of course I always include the source list of products we select, which can easily be bought online. Items can be purchased all at once or a few at a time, budget and time allowing.

The client was very happy with the results and even told me she thought it looked ‘fantastic!’ Love that! What do you think?

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

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# 1 Hue Is Blue

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Have you noticed that most all of the major paint companies has chosen the color blue as one of their top colors of 2014?

Benjamin Moore’s Breath Of Fresh Air 806:

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Breath of Fresh Air is a barely-there soft blue. Very clean and cool that works well with clean whites. I also think pairing with navy would be an excellent color combination. It is part of Benjamin Moore’s “new” neutral palette, in which the company brings together 23 neutral colors that work in harmony when connecting rooms with color or in enhancing a room’s décor and accessories.

Pantone’s Placid Blue:

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Another soft pastel, the color of the sky, this hue of blue brings a sense of openness and peacefulness to any room. Pantone’s 2014 color palette is a “colorful twist on traditional Spring shades”, including Radiant Orchid, Violet Tulip and Hemlock, which is a summery ornamental green.

Valspar’s Winter in Paris:

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This blue is from their Zenergy palette that serve to restore spirits with a return to simplicity. Colors range from serene cool hues to grounded earthy tones to bold traditional colors, offering a wide variety of color choices to refresh any room in the home. Trend colors in this palette include serene greens and blues and cool hues that are restorative and unpretentious.

Sherwin Williams’s Capri Blue:

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Brighter than the other pastel blues, Capri is a beautiful turquoise.

The new palettes seem to shift away from gray to more blues, greens, lavenders and pinks, don’t you agree? Do you think you would like to use these lighter blues in your home? Now you do not have to take my word for it- blue is the #1 hue!

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

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Another Color Option For Pinky-Beige

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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This post was originally published in February 2012 and it was one of my highest read blogs ever. I thought I would dust it off a little and print again in case you missed it the first time around:

A reader wrote me a question the other day and asked, “What if you were trying to tone down pink undertones in a pink-beige tiled bathroom? Would you still want to use a pink undertone beige if you didn’t want a “pink” bath?”

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I thought it was an excellent question and I actually am hearing the same question more and more often. The average homeowner just does not have the expendable money right now for big purchases, like flooring, so we will have to keep our pinky beige tiles/carpet/furniture for now. So what other color works great with pinky beige?

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Beautiful neutral blue.

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Blue and pink/red beige work beautifully together:

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So my advice to you would be if you are working with pink/red beige undertones in flooring/walls/furniture/bedding and want to bring another color in the room besides beige, I suggest trying a shade of blue.

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Look at how nice the blue on the TV screen looks in an all beige room:

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We know the combination of brown and blue work so well:

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And we know brown has a lot of red undertones. So it makes sense that a pinky/red beige with red undertones will also work beautifully with the blues:

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What shade of blue do I suggest to work with pink/red undertone beige? I took a few photos below of different blues against Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige (red undertones):

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You can see that many of the different shades of blue are working well with the pinky beige. One of my favorite blues I have used with Shaker Beige is Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue:

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So pretty!

You can introduce blue accents with pillows, rugs and wall art. These less expensive pieces can easily change with decorating trends. Or you can change your whole room’s look by painting your walls (or ceiling) a pretty blue:

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What do you think? Do you agree that blue and pinky beige work great together?

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

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Working With That Bossy Bath Fixture

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Can you pick out which item is the ‘bossy’ one in the room? This ‘custom designed’ bath was very popular in the 90’s. This color was very common. Why is the tub considered bossy? Because it is so large in the room you can not overlook it and the color is so bold:

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Can you see all the pink undertones in the tub color? The tub color is not what is wrong in this room, it is the yellow wall paint with the pink tub that is not working together:

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Thankfully the wall tile also has the pink undertones so it is playing well with the tub. The toilet and sink are also this taupe color:

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The homeowner does not want to get rid of the tub, but does want to replace the toilet and sink which is a good start.

So the tub is staying and we must work with it because it has such a demanding presence in the room. The tile floor is also staying:

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Which is obviously filled with pink undertones. So, what can you change to make the room look beautiful? Why paint of course!

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A couple good color choice for the walls here would be Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC-45 or Benjamin Moore Cedar Key 982. They are a safe color choice, they both will blend with the tub,  the room will look more cohesive and either choice would look beautiful.

Another option you might want to look at is the color in the tile:

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I see a lot of gray color. Gray is a great neutral so that would be a good color choice to look at. To pull the gray out of the tile even more, I would use a stronger shade of gray such as Ben Moore Rockport Gray HC- 105 or Boothbay Gray HC-165. There is also white in the tile, but I think a white would look too pale in the room and to me, make the tub stand out even more.

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Do you have a bathtub or other bossy piece in your home that has prevented you from redoing the room? Always work with it, not against it, (and do not ignore it) or it may stand out even more. A fresh coat of the right paint color will help update the room quickly and inexpensively. The magic of paint!

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

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