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Williamsburg Collection

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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I have to admit that I was confused why Benjamin Moore would introduce another historical color paint palette when they already have the tried and true Historical Collection:

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How are they different? Well, I did find out their difference and it is actually interesting. The Historical colors are inspired by the popular colors of the 18th and 19th century. With the new Williamsburg Collection, the colors are from the 18th century and more vibrant than the original Williamsburg colors because new research revealed the colors were actually more saturated than originally thought. This discovery was a result of new technology used to revisited paint samples, period documents and fragments of wallpaper and other architectural items to discover more vivid and intense colors.

Basically, they took these old colors from the 18th century and broke them down to the true color pigments they used back then and are now what the paint colors looked like back in history. Pretty cool!

If you compare the two collections, you will notice the Historical Collection colors are more subdued/duller than the new Williamsburg Collection.

HC- 143 Wyeth Blue:                                  CW-590 Williamsburg Wyeth Blue:

benjamin moore wythe blue                  william wyeth

 

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CW-590 Williamsburg Wyeth Blue

HC-1 Castleton Mist:                                       Green Umber CW-460:

HC-1                     green umber

The colors shown here are not very accurate, but they do show how the Williamsburg colors are more vibrant and intense, lighter and brighter.

Here are a couple of my favorites from the Williamsburg Collection:

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The houses of Colonial Williamsburg are currently undergoing a color transformation inside and out since the creation of this new line.  Although the colors were 250 years old, the collection is being marketed with a ‘trend meets tradition’ theme.

I am glad I took another look at the new color palette. Some very pretty colors to try. Grab a brochure or fan deck of the Williamsburg Collection and check them out. I know you will be pleased at some of the colors! Has anyone used any of the colors yet? What do you think?

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

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Green and Blue Combination

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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A couple years ago( 2010!), I wrote a post about loving the color combination of green and blue here:

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I still love the grouping of the two colors as a combination. Especially green and navy blue:

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I am working on an online kitchen design project now with a gentleman that needs help with color choices for this type of similar kitchen:

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I still think that green is the absolute best color to work with light wood cabinets:

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And to make the kitchen more interesting, I suggested a color palette of green and navy blue:

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I think it will look fabulous! I am waiting to see what he decides. I will keep you updated!

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What do you think of the green and navy blue color combination?

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

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Helpful Camera Tip

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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Another reason I love summer is because I am able to find time to do those things I enjoy most. Such as taking photography classes.

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I picked up a tip in class this week that I never knew and thought I would share with you because it is smart and useful.

You know how you usually delete your photos on your camera with the little ‘delete’ trash can button? It asks if you want to delete this photo or all photos?

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Well, that is how I have always deleted my photos from my memory card. But I found out in class, that every time you delete your images this way, it is corrupting and damaging your memory card and will eventually render your card useless.

The correct way to delete your photos that will not damage your card is to go to your camera’s menu, then setup and then choose Format Card. It will ask if you want all images deleted, select yes/ format.

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Formatting permanently deletes all the data on the memory card. The deleted files can not be recovered so be sure to transfer important pictures to your computer!

I hope you have learned a little something new about your camera. Another photography tip I have found so helpful is to find, or order online, a User Manual for your camera. I have been reading page by page while playing with my camera and I have learned so much.

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer! Be sure to take time to do those things you love. Time goes by too fast.

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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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