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Great Wall Color For Light/Medium Kitchen Cabinets

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Five years ago, when we first moved into our new NH home, all the walls throughout the home were plasterboard white. Loving color, I wanted to paint the walls right away to make it my home. I was in love, like everyone else at that time, with the warm Autumn color palette:

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Around the same time, Benjamin Moore introduced their new Affinity colors and I fell in love with the color firenze AF-225:

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A very warm and neutral terracotta color. Our kitchen cabinets are maple which is a close color neighbor to oak. Look how nice this color works with our wood cabinets:

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The terracotta color enhances the wood tones. I have always loved the combination.

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Now we are starting a kitchen redesign. New countertops, new backsplash and now I want new paint! I really looked and thought back and forth if I should change it because it worked so well. But, everything else in the kitchen is going to be new, so why not a new wall paint color?

I never hung window treatments above because I could not find fabric that I loved enough. Someday, (right, Mike?) I would love to put a banquette against the back wall and flat roman shade window treatments in a coordinating fabric.

So if you have been looking for a paint color that will work well with your light to medium wood kitchen cabinets, give firenze or another terracotta color a try!

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

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5 Tips I Taught Our New Local Paint Store Today

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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I stopped by a local hardware store today that just started carrying Benjamin Moore paint products. I don’t want to name the store or who was working, not important. He was very new to paint and Ben Moore so I told him I would give him a few helpful hints when helping customers, which he told me was sometimes a nightmare!

* Suggest Benjamin Moore White Dove when asked for the best/favorite trim and cabinet color. A good white without obvious undertones.

* Suggest to the customer that they bring in a piece of fabric or inspiration to help choose a color, NOT a cell phone picture.

* When they have no idea where to even start, ask if they are looking for a warm and cozy room (beige,red, orange or yellow) or a bright and cool room (white,blue, green or violet).

* A great place to start looking for colors is in Historical Colors. 95% of all paint colors chosen are from the Historical Collection. Tried and true! Or show them the Candace Olsen Fan Deck and tell the customer how popular she and the colors are.

* Push those paint samples! I strongly suggest buying just a small sample and testing on poster board before you paint on walls. The color will change from that small paper sample to up on the wall. Even I always do:

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He was very appreciative! My good deed for the day. Do you have any other quick paint tips I could share with him to help a beginner with his new job? Thank you!

If you need help selecting paint colors for 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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Weekend Ombre Project

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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A project I have always wanted to try is to paint one of my sets of stairs with something different and unique:

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I had no trouble convincing my husband of my idea, even though is not always crazy about all of my painting ventures. :)

I showed him a picture on Pinterest and he agreed it was a great idea:

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I needed to select another color that would work well with my top green wall and also Ben Moore’s AF-575 Instinct, which will soon be painted on a nearby wall:

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I choose Ben Moore’s color strip # 090. The only problem was that there are eight stairs to paint and the paint strip only has seven colors:

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I did not want the color to go any lighter or darker than the strip, so I choose In The Twilight # 1434 which color falls right between Irises and Amethyst Shadow:

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I bought the smallest size available which is a pint. The paint store told me the small pints only come in a flat or eggshell finish. I thought I was going to do the stairs in semi gloss, but I am so glad now because I love the non-shine look of the ombre!:

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That was my fun weekend project! How about you? Are you working on any decorating or painting projects right now?

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

 

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