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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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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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Acadia White

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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Hi Kelly,

Have just been reading your blog post about choosing the right white paint here. It was very helpful and I was pleased to see a photo of Acadia White which I’m planning on using.

We’re remodeling our home in California and I’m looking for a white paint to use for the trim. I’m going with BM Acadia White for the kitchen cabinets (we have brown/beige granite). Is it OK to paint the walls Acadia White too?  I’m going with a shell/linen color subway tile splash back to help lighten up the room as it’s a little on the dark side. The kitchen opens into our new dining & living room which I’m painting (walls) Acadia White.

With so many whites to choose from, I’m not sure which to use for the trim. And should the ceiling be another different white or same as the trim just in a different finish?

Any help would be appreciated :)

Many thanks,

Jennifer.

Hi Jennifer,

I would use Acadia White for the trim also. The cabinets and trim look best in a semi gloss finish and the walls in an eggshell finish. That way they work perfect together and the contrast of the semi gloss against the eggshell works well.

As far as the ceiling, have you thought about painting it a light blue? Or another color?

Hope this helps!

Hi Kelly,

Thanks very much for getting back to me so promptly. I have found choosing a paint color the hardest part of our remodeling thus far :(

I have a love of all things white (I built my business Whiteport in Australia based on it) but the number of whites to choose from here in the US is overwhelming.

Re ceilings, we only have 8ft ceilings and I’m trying everything I can to visually make them appear higher. I haven’t heard of using light blue – what is your thinking behind that?

I love Acadia White – it’s very creamy and soft without being yellow and works well with our granite. I saw an entire house exterior painted in it on our recent trip to Carmel CA. It was gorgeous so I knocked on the door and asked the owner what color it was !

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So I wrote back to Jennifer and shared this link showing her photos of rooms with blue ceilings on Houzz.

Thanks for letting me share this email letter Jennifer. She said, “Hopefully it might help someone else in my position!”

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

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Choosing A Paint Color Is Scary

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Indecision, uncertainty, stress! It does not matter who you are, everyone gets nervous when getting ready to paint a new wall color in their home.

Since we are redoing our kitchen with granite counters, backsplash and new cabinets, I decided I would like to change the wall color also:

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Not such an easy decision is it? Too many colors, not enough time.

Taking my own advice, I painted my first sample poster board with the color I thought I would like.:

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I looked at it for a few days then painted on wall:

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I still was not sure it was the perfect color! Then the decision becomes even more difficult especially when you have more than one person’s opinion to consider. Take my husband for instance who did not like the color at all!

So I asked him for any suggestions because I was tired of stressing out about it! Which of course seemed very easy for him. We had painted our master bedroom this color in our last place, Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, and he loved it.

So, another paint sample and poster board:

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I do like it and I am going to live with for a few days. I just want you to know that you are not alone when it comes to stressing out over paint colors. Scary business! Stayed tuned….. I will show you the results soon!

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

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