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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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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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Choosing A Paint Color Is Scary

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Indecision, uncertainty, stress! It does not matter who you are, everyone gets nervous when getting ready to paint a new wall color in their home.

Since we are redoing our kitchen with granite counters, backsplash and new cabinets, I decided I would like to change the wall color also:

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Not such an easy decision is it? Too many colors, not enough time.

Taking my own advice, I painted my first sample poster board with the color I thought I would like.:

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I looked at it for a few days then painted on wall:

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I still was not sure it was the perfect color! Then the decision becomes even more difficult especially when you have more than one person’s opinion to consider. Take my husband for instance who did not like the color at all!

So I asked him for any suggestions because I was tired of stressing out about it! Which of course seemed very easy for him. We had painted our master bedroom this color in our last place, Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, and he loved it.

So, another paint sample and poster board:

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I do like it and I am going to live with for a few days. I just want you to know that you are not alone when it comes to stressing out over paint colors. Scary business! Stayed tuned….. I will show you the results soon!

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

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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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