Choosing A Paint Color Is Scary

Written by Kelly on 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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Simple Lighting Tip

Written by Kelly on August 2nd, 2014

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One of the first questions I think of when purchasing a new lamp, is if it has a three way switch. I like being able to adjust the lighting from high to low depending on the mood and purpose at the time. So when I wanted to purchase new bedroom lamps recently and found out they did not have a three way switch, I found a little device for $16.99 that fixed the problem:

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Genius! You just plug any lamp into the dimmer which plugs into the wall. Works by a little slider. Simple and easy!

I don’t know how long they have been around but now that I have found them, I will never have to worry about a three way switch again. Slide up bright for reading, slide way down for ambiance.

Has anyone used this type of dimmer before? Pretty smart idea don’t you think?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Williamsburg Collection

Written by Kelly on 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

Written by Kelly on 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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