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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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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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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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Target’s New Paint and Wallpaper Line

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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Has anyone tried any of the paint colors from Target’s new Devine paint color collection?

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A reader wrote and asked me if I had worked with the paint yet. I have read a little about the new paint and wallpaper, but I have never actually used. There are 24 paint colors to choose from and to complement the palette, Devine Color Prints and Patterns wallpaper designs are coordinated to the paint colors. Each self-adhesive wall covering can be easily applied, removed or even re-positioned.

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Devine Color was invented by artist Gretchen Schauffler and developed by Miller Paint of Portland, Oregon.

I did find out that not all of the colors can be found in each Target store, but all can be ordered online:

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The prices run from $4.99 for a 8 oz. sample, 1 quart is $22.99, 2.5 liters is $29.99 and one gallon will cost you $59.99. The reviews are mixed, one customer stated how wonderful the wallpaper was and another wrote that the wallpaper was very difficult to work with.

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I think some of the colors are very pretty and might try it on a smaller project.

I am anxious to hear if anyone has tried the new paint or wallpaper. Do you think it will be handy at times when running into Target for errands, you can also pick up a gallon of paint? What do you think?

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

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