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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:


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.


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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Great Deal On Planters!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

In case you are looking for outdoor planters at a good price, I found them!


I was in Lowes last night walking through the garden center when I spotted these planters for $4.00 through $9.00! The largest size at 18” was only $4.12 for the red container and $8.00 for the large blue. That’s a bargain! They had many different sizes, shapes and colors. I bought a couple matching sets that can be used indoors or out. I am sure other garden suppliers are also having good sales.

Just thought I would share a great deal with you. Have a great weekend everyone!

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

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Tip For Finishing Painted Edges

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

As careful and neat as you try to be, doesn’t it always seem that when painting a room, you end up with rough looking edges?:


You take such care in using the best tape to try to get a nice, straight even edge without the paint bleeding through. But most of the time, it still comes out with edges like this:


So my husband and I thought of an idea to clean up those bad edges. We used a bead of silicone to run along the trim edge:


Doesn’t the edge look so much better now? A nice clean, straight edge:


Just a couple tips to remember:

*   Use a silicone in a color that matches your trim well and will blend in. There are many different shades and tints on the market today.

*   I would not use a shiny silicone for the job. A flat or matte finish would be best. If the line is too shiny, that will call attention to it which you do not want.

You just want to look at a pretty window without the distraction of badly painted edges!

A good idea? What do you think?


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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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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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beige and 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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