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Quick Crown Molding Paint Question

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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I recently received a letter from a reader questioning if she should paint her crown molding the same color as the ceiling paint color, the trim color or the wall color to make the ceiling look taller and NOT look lower.

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I did not have a picture of her room to base my advice on but gave her an answer that is the general rule for most circumstances:

A crown molding that is painted a different color than the walls may make the ceiling seem even lower because the highlighted molding draws the eyes to it. Also, if the molding is painted a different color than the walls, especially if the molding is painted the same as the ceiling color, it will make the ceiling look lower.

My advice to her was in this case, you might want to paint the crown molding and walls to match so the molding will be a continuation of the wall and the ceilings will not look shorter.

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See how the room looks taller in the above photo with the crown molding painted the same color as the wall?

I hope this helps. I love crown molding and believe the extra detail in a room looks stunning!

If you need help decorating 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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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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Why Does My Gray Look So Blue?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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A reader wrote me the other day and said that she was so upset because her new gray paint looked like ‘blue’ on the walls. I asked which gray she used and she answered’, “Benjamin Moore Sterling 1591.”

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I told her that I think Sterling is a very pretty gray, but it reads more ‘blue’ than gray once on the walls:

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As I explained in previous posts, if the gray has a blue undertone, no matter how small, the ‘gray’ on your wall will look more blue than gray. A couple of other blue-gray colors are Coventry Gray HC-169 and Stonington Gray HC-170.

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If you were looking for a ‘grayer gray’ for your walls, take a look at Revere Pewter HC-172 or Thunder AF-685. They are more of a neutral, beige gray. No blue at all.

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Be sure to always test your colors on a large poster board before you paint the walls. Good Luck!

I know this is a review for many of you, but it is good to keep in practice!

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

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