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Color Tip For White Ceilings

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Did you notice that sometimes white ceilings look gray? Especially in the corners?

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If the ceilings were painted in a pure, clean white such as Benjamin Moore Decorators White, that could be the reason. I have learned to never use a pure white on the ceiling because the blue undertone will often appear gray and flat.

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Why? Because white has no where to go except to gray when the lighting is dim. And who shines a bright light onto the ceiling? That’s why ceilings can look so dingy even after they are freshly painted. Another clean white paint example is Benjamin Moore’s Pure White.

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Just a color tip to consider next time you are choosing a white for your ceiling. Have you ever painted a clean white and thought it looked gray?

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My Color Aha Moment

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

I am always working to improve my color skills and practices and trying new ways to work more efficiently. One obvious color tool I work with often is my fan decks. They are great for quick reference:

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And when I need to show a larger color sample, I am blessed to have Maria’s large color boards! They are fantastic to work with clients:

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Since I have trained and earned my certification as a True Color Expert, I have continued to learn more about color skills these last few years taking classes, much reading and performing color consultations. And I have discovered that I continuously use the same colors I know will work in a particular situation:

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When conducting a color consult for a client, I certainly never look at colors that I have never used and trust. So… my aha color moment is that I am going to choose 150-200 paint colors total, that I have used and are trusted, and make myself color boards for just those favorite colors!

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Benjamin Moore Acadia White

I have my lists of best gray green paint, best whites with yellow undertones and all my beige colors broken down into undertones. Plus the best red paints, browns, and turquoise blues, etc. I am going to paint sample pages that will fit into a binder so that I will be able to look at my color samples quickly instead of jumping all around in the different fan decks.

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No more carrying around heavy color sample suitcases so I can leave a 3 x 3” color sample with the client. No more hesitating when choosing that perfect color for a client’s home. I will always have my favorite and best colors at my fingertips.

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I am still throwing ideas around but don’t you think it is a practical idea? Say I am looking for the perfect gray green paint color. Instead of going through all my fan decks to make sure I am not missing any other perfect gray greens, I already have pulled them out and have them in my collection. Big timesaver! Do you see any drawbacks to this process? Any other thoughts?

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Stained Deck Project Before & After

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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I just love when my online clients send me after photos to share. Thank you Marsha! I have worked with Marsha on many paint and decorating projects, interior and exterior, in her home the last couple of years. We did a project last year where I helped Marsha choose a new paint color for her front door and accessories for a beautiful new entry:

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Her latest project was fixing up the back and transforming the deck. She asked if I would help choose a stain color that would work well with the siding:

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At first, she asked for a brown color suggestion that you typically see on decks. But I told her I would try a paint color with a little more personality. I had given her a few sample colors to try and Martha and her husband decided Benjamin Moore Sparrow AF-720 was the winner! I also suggested using the Sparrow for the door and windows to bring it all together.

Here is the after:

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So pretty! Amazing transformation. Here was the deck in the beginning:

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During:

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And the completed deck project:

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What a huge difference! The deck looks more updated and the space they have now is amazing! Don’t you think they did a great job? Love it!

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Update: Connie asked about the stain and Marsha wrote this:

“I just read your blog. You did a wonderful presentation of our deck re-do! We are very happy with the paint color choice. You were spot on when you suggested the Sparrow. The Benjamin Moore product that we used is called:
ARBORCOAT Solid Deck and Siding Stain (640)

It is available in any BM color.

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

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Trending: Red and Teal

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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Have you noticed seeing more of the beautiful color combination of red and teal/turquoise?:

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Not just for retro kitchens anymore:

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This sunroom was designed by the talented Lindsey Hene Interiors:

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So gorgeous!

Don’t you think the red makes the room look fresh and energetic?:

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I am not sure I would want this vibrant color combination in my bedroom!:

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Notice how yellow is also incorporated in many of the red and teal schemes:

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Is there a color that does not look good with teal?:

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So what do you think of red and teal together? I think I am really loving it after looking at these rooms. Maybe a new bedroom combination? Using a soft turquoise color for myself. Or a dining room would also look fabulous!

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

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