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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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Working With That Bossy Bath Fixture

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Can you pick out which item is the ‘bossy’ one in the room? This ‘custom designed’ bath was very popular in the 90’s. This color was very common. Why is the tub considered bossy? Because it is so large in the room you can not overlook it and the color is so bold:

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Can you see all the pink undertones in the tub color? The tub color is not what is wrong in this room, it is the yellow wall paint with the pink tub that is not working together:

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Thankfully the wall tile also has the pink undertones so it is playing well with the tub. The toilet and sink are also this taupe color:

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The homeowner does not want to get rid of the tub, but does want to replace the toilet and sink which is a good start.

So the tub is staying and we must work with it because it has such a demanding presence in the room. The tile floor is also staying:

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Which is obviously filled with pink undertones. So, what can you change to make the room look beautiful? Why paint of course!

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A couple good color choice for the walls here would be Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC-45 or Benjamin Moore Cedar Key 982. They are a safe color choice, they both will blend with the tub,  the room will look more cohesive and either choice would look beautiful.

Another option you might want to look at is the color in the tile:

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I see a lot of gray color. Gray is a great neutral so that would be a good color choice to look at. To pull the gray out of the tile even more, I would use a stronger shade of gray such as Ben Moore Rockport Gray HC- 105 or Boothbay Gray HC-165. There is also white in the tile, but I think a white would look too pale in the room and to me, make the tub stand out even more.

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Do you have a bathtub or other bossy piece in your home that has prevented you from redoing the room? Always work with it, not against it, (and do not ignore it) or it may stand out even more. A fresh coat of the right paint color will help update the room quickly and inexpensively. The magic of paint!

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

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Best Trim Color For Revere Pewter

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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I received another email the other day inquiring which white trim color works best with Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter:

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Since Revere Pewter is such a popular color, I thought maybe a few of you would also like to know which trim color I have found works best.

With Revere Pewter, depending on the light, you may sometimes see more gray:

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And sometimes more of the warm beige of the color (why Revere Pewter is considered a griege color):

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So which is my favorite trim color to use with Revere Pewter? My answer is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove OC-17. With its warm undertones, it works beautifully with Revere Pewter in all types of  lighting.  And although White Dove would not be the best trim color choice with all wall colors, I’d say in this case it is the perfect trim match!

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If you need help selecting the best paint color choices for your home, contact me today.

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Benjamin Moore’s Flower Box

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Have you used any of the colors from Benjamin Moore color collection Color Stories? They are all such beautiful paint colors:

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A couple years ago I painted a wall in my home with Baltic Sea CSP-680:

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It is such a beautiful color. (I keep forgetting to take more updated pictures of this wall!)

One color I have loved from the first time I flipped through the new fan deck, is called Flower Box CSP-530 from the ‘Violet Twilight’ collection. Ben Moore’s description explains the color story best:

‘Like the layers of color in an evening sky, this palette creates a sensational narrative on the violet-purple theme. Ranging from deepest amethyst to a dream-like pale violet, a story unfolds that includes beautiful blue-tinted variations.’

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I suggested this color for a children’s playroom recently and wanted to share the photos to give you another great color option for your home.

Before:

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After:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I love it and best of all, so does the client! I can picture this color in a bedroom or office also, can’t you? This color works so well with the white trim, but I think it would also look great with stained trim.

Before:

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After:

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The magic of paint! Thanks for letting me share Rosie! And thank you for trusting me to choose a great color although it is not a tried and true popular color. I hope we have inspired others to give this color a try!

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

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