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A Few Of My Favorite Sherwin William Colors

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Rainwashed SW6211:

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Rainwashed, from the Sherwin Williams paint collection, is one of the most perfect turquoise colors I have ever seen. That is why it has become one of my trusted go-to paint colors.

Look how pretty Rainwashed looks with these gorgeous coral chairs:

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Speaking of coral, Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW6606 was named the paint color of the year for 2015. That was the only color announcement for 2015 I was excited and pleased about!

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So gorgeous!

And you know how I love coral and navy:

 

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Sherwin Williams most popular gray is Agreeable Gray SW7029:

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I love a paint color that changes in different lighting and what surrounds it. I consider this color a favorite greige and looks great with white as well as stained trim.

Naval SW6244:

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I am actually thinking of using this blue on my door. Isn’t it so pretty?

A beautiful blue green is SW Oyster Bay6206:

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Sherwin Williams Ryegrass SW6487:

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This is a beautiful green that works well with both white and stained trim also.

These are just a few of my favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors! Take a look at them next time you are looking for that perfect paint color. Any of your favorites I forgot to list?

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A Beautiful Greige- BM Grant Beige

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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I never wrote about a specific beige before. But lately, I am drawn to this neutral medium beige with a touch of gray in it. Benjamin Moore’s Grant Beige HC-83 is nothing fancy, just a beautiful soft color for the walls:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I just recently took the time to really look at it and see how subtle this beige is but with strength to not get lost in the room:

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Grant Beige has green undertones which makes it easier to work with than the beiges with red or yellow undertones. Green undertones do not scream out, “ Look at me!” and will often work well with red or yellow undertones.

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I love how well it works with whites, black, gray, red, green and blues. I am starting to design a room now with a color palette of grant beige, white and navy. Gorgeous!

And I love how it looks with stained trim:

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What a beautiful room, isn’t it?

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So, are these photos demonstrating why I am loving the Grant Beige color? Plus, this greige works with contemporary and transitional settings as well as traditional. What more can you ask of a beige?

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I hope you enjoyed. Next time you are looking for that perfect beige, take a look at Grant Beige HC-83!

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Sneak Peek Of Kitchen Redesign

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Hi everyone! I love to look at before and after photos, don’t you? I was thrilled to receive these after photos from an online client I have been working with:

Before Kitchen:

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After Kitchen:

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Before:

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And After:

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Amazing transformation. He is so pleased with the results which makes me happy. I will share more before and after photos and details later this week. The magic of paint!

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The Ten Most Common Decorating Mistakes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Recognizing the most common decorating mistakes and how to correct them, can turn a cramped and chaotic space into one that is organized and tranquil and can create a sense of order and balance. These invaluable lessons I learned from my teacher, mentor and friend, Lauri Ward, president and founder of Use What You Have Interiors® (UWYH).

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Lauri Ward revolutionized the interior design business with a simple idea – using what people already have in their home as the foundation to create a fresher, updated, more elegant look, without spending a lot of money.

This time of year, I like to look over my old notes and files for review and ideas for the coming year.  One of the most valuable lessons I learned from training with Lauri was The Ten Most Common Decorating Mistakes:

1.  Not Defining Your Priorities: Before you begin your room design, you should know what the room will be used for, which furnishings will be kept in the room and of course, your budget.

2.  An Uncomfortable Conversation Area: Can you and your guests have a conversation without straining your neck? A U-shaped furniture arrangement is best for conversation; least favorite is a L-shaped arrangement. And beware of the sofa/loveseat combination!

3. Poor Furniture Placement: Avoid placing all of your furniture up against the wall, but be sure there are open pathways to walk through the room.

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4. A Room That Is Off Balance: A room will look unbalanced if you have all of the taller, heavier furniture on one side of the room with smaller, delicate pieces on the opposite side of the room.

5. Furniture of Different Heights: If the seating heights of furniture are varied and/or artwork is hung at different levels, the effect creates a ‘roller coaster’ effect that causes the eye to travel uncomfortably up and down around the room.

6. A Room That Lacks Cohesion: A room without unity or a ‘pulled together’ look is easily solved using pairs of furnishings such as two chairs, two lamps and/or two end tables that will add symmetry to the room.

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7. Ignoring The Focal Point In The Room: Well-designed rooms have a focal point — the first thing your eye sees when you enter. Without it, the room lacks interest and direction.

8. Improper Use of Artwork: Hanging your artwork too high or scattering your artwork around the room is two of the most common ways artwork is displayed incorrectly.

9. Ineffective Use Of Accessories: As a general rule, less is more. Use larger accessories and keep the smaller pieces together as a group.

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10. Using Lighting Incorrectly: Every room should have general illumination, task lighting and mood/accent lighting. Lighting is one of the most important factors in a room and the right choices can make a great impact. Dimmers are invaluable!

These simple decorating principles are the basics in design to help find what is not working in your room and how to correct them.

If you would like to learn more about Lauri Ward and training for ‘The Use What You Have System’, read here.

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