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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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Benjamin Moore Acadia White OC-38

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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Project Updates

Monday, August 11th, 2014

I have been extremely busy with online design plans the last couple of months.  One project I first shared with you here, is moving along very well. I am working with a gentleman wanting to update his kitchen:

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When I work with clients online, I give them several choices for each decorating decision so they are also part of the process. For instance, the first item on the kitchen agenda was selecting a paint color. I gave Jeff a few choices that would all work well and he chose Ben Moore Agave AF-420:

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We decided on a green and blue color scheme here. Next, I offered a couple different selections of rugs for him to choose from to bring color in the room:

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We are now looking at art to fill the back wall. Here was one suggestion I gave him I thought would work well in both color and size for the room:

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We are still looking for lighting, table and chairs and window treatments. It is a step by step process allowing you to pick a favorite from all of the perfect options I present you with. That is how we work together! I do not put a design plan together for you and hand it over to you. My skills combined with your personality = A Beautiful Room.

Another project I am working on is my kitchen redesign. Remember my stressing about changing my kitchen paint color here?

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Well here is a peek of the new color:

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We are so happy with the color! I do have to credit my husband who choose Chelsea Gray for the walls.

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So excited! I will absolutely post photos after we are finished painting. Hurray! Do you like the new color better? It just looks fresher to me. Are you working on any interesting projects?

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

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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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