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Great Wall Color For Light/Medium Kitchen Cabinets

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Five years ago, when we first moved into our new NH home, all the walls throughout the home were plasterboard white. Loving color, I wanted to paint the walls right away to make it my home. I was in love, like everyone else at that time, with the warm Autumn color palette:

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Around the same time, Benjamin Moore introduced their new Affinity colors and I fell in love with the color firenze AF-225:

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A very warm and neutral terracotta color. Our kitchen cabinets are maple which is a close color neighbor to oak. Look how nice this color works with our wood cabinets:

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The terracotta color enhances the wood tones. I have always loved the combination.

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Now we are starting a kitchen redesign. New countertops, new backsplash and now I want new paint! I really looked and thought back and forth if I should change it because it worked so well. But, everything else in the kitchen is going to be new, so why not a new wall paint color?

I never hung window treatments above because I could not find fabric that I loved enough. Someday, (right, Mike?) I would love to put a banquette against the back wall and flat roman shade window treatments in a coordinating fabric.

So if you have been looking for a paint color that will work well with your light to medium wood kitchen cabinets, give firenze or another terracotta color a try!

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

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Why Does My Gray Look So Blue?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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A reader wrote me the other day and said that she was so upset because her new gray paint looked like ‘blue’ on the walls. I asked which gray she used and she answered’, “Benjamin Moore Sterling 1591.”

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I told her that I think Sterling is a very pretty gray, but it reads more ‘blue’ than gray once on the walls:

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As I explained in previous posts, if the gray has a blue undertone, no matter how small, the ‘gray’ on your wall will look more blue than gray. A couple of other blue-gray colors are Coventry Gray HC-169 and Stonington Gray HC-170.

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If you were looking for a ‘grayer gray’ for your walls, take a look at Revere Pewter HC-172 or Thunder AF-685. They are more of a neutral, beige gray. No blue at all.

Revere Pewter:

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Be sure to always test your colors on a large poster board before you paint the walls. Good Luck!

I know this is a review for many of you, but it is good to keep in practice!

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

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I Disagree, David Bromstad

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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In the new June issue of HGTV home magazine, I read an article where David Bromstad, host of HGTV Color Splash, answered paint questions from homeowners. One of the questions was:

“What wall colors look good with dark woodwork? I don’t want to paint the trim that’s original to my house.”

David answered:

“Dark woodwork can be incredible, but only if the wall color majorly contrasts with it; otherwise it will look like a haunted house. That’s why I would go with white.The lighter the walls, the more high-end the trim appears.”

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This is where I disagree with the very talented David Bromstad. He is saying that you should use a white paint color for contrast to really make the woodwork stand out. But why would you want woodwork to stand out? ‘Hey, look at me’.

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When I design a room, I select a wall color to bring the furnishings, window treatments, rugs and accessories together for a cohesive look. But if you have that much contrast between the wood color and the wall color, that is all you are going to notice in the room. If that is the look you want, then I would advise you to go for it. But just be aware, there will be a high contrast, wood-bossy look in the room.

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If you want your room to look together and cohesive, I suggest using a color that works with the wood. That’s why I love the greens with stained trim, here and here:

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I think it looks natural and beautiful together. So I am really sorry David Bromstad, I do not agree with your white paint and dark woodwork combination. It is too high contrast for me. Readers, who do you agree with?

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

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Another Color Option For Pinky-Beige

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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This post was originally published in February 2012 and it was one of my highest read blogs ever. I thought I would dust it off a little and print again in case you missed it the first time around:

A reader wrote me a question the other day and asked, “What if you were trying to tone down pink undertones in a pink-beige tiled bathroom? Would you still want to use a pink undertone beige if you didn’t want a “pink” bath?”

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I thought it was an excellent question and I actually am hearing the same question more and more often. The average homeowner just does not have the expendable money right now for big purchases, like flooring, so we will have to keep our pinky beige tiles/carpet/furniture for now. So what other color works great with pinky beige?

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Beautiful neutral blue.

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Blue and pink/red beige work beautifully together:

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So my advice to you would be if you are working with pink/red beige undertones in flooring/walls/furniture/bedding and want to bring another color in the room besides beige, I suggest trying a shade of blue.

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Look at how nice the blue on the TV screen looks in an all beige room:

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We know the combination of brown and blue work so well:

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And we know brown has a lot of red undertones. So it makes sense that a pinky/red beige with red undertones will also work beautifully with the blues:

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What shade of blue do I suggest to work with pink/red undertone beige? I took a few photos below of different blues against Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige (red undertones):

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You can see that many of the different shades of blue are working well with the pinky beige. One of my favorite blues I have used with Shaker Beige is Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue:

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So pretty!

You can introduce blue accents with pillows, rugs and wall art. These less expensive pieces can easily change with decorating trends. Or you can change your whole room’s look by painting your walls (or ceiling) a pretty blue:

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What do you think? Do you agree that blue and pinky beige work great together?

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

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