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New Construction: Choosing Colors for the Exterior

By |2018-12-19T14:56:26-05:00October 11th, 2013|Accent Colors, Case Studies, Exteriors|

Blue Siding with White Trim Exterior This brand new house was under construction when the client called me to choose colors for the exterior. It was a corner property and the house would be seen from the front and side. It is in a neighborhood with lots of charming older houses. The couple knew they did not want the typical taupe/beige color scheme. They wanted something a little different that would stand out from the rest but look inviting and classic There was a lot of wood trim on the [...]

Using an Accent Color in a Study/Office

By |2018-12-19T14:57:11-05:00September 7th, 2013|Accent Colors, Case Studies, Dark Colors, Light Colors, Living and Family Rooms|

This room had several uses. Mostly it was a study and office. It was a long narrow room filled with books and art. There were so many interesting things to look at in this room that it was hard to know where to begin. It needed a focal point, a place for your eyes to stop. The use of a strong color would help create that focal point. But which wall to accent? The architecture of the room had some interesting features. A sloping ceiling line started from the entrance doorway and [...]

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Adding Pizazz to an Entrance and Stairway

By |2018-12-19T15:15:07-05:00April 4th, 2013|Accent Colors, Case Studies, Dark Colors, Hallways|

We were using a similar palette throughout the first floor, warm beiges in darker and lighter shades. The client wanted to do something a little different somewhere. I suggested to paint the wall going up the stairs in the entrance an accent color. You would see it from the living room which would add some drama and pizazz to the look of the house. Red Accent Wall with Beige Walls We chose Benjamin Moore HC50 Georgian Brick. On the landing at the top of the stairs was a niche. I [...]

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Using a Color to Make a Huge Space Inviting

By |2018-12-19T15:24:22-05:00February 5th, 2013|Accent Colors, Case Studies, Dark Colors, Dining Rooms, Light Colors, Living and Family Rooms|

The house had an open plan with rooms adjoining one another.  It was important to keep that nice open flow.  The living room was a huge space with a large stone fireplace as the focal point. The room was painted white with the fireplace wall painted a putty color. It was cold and uninviting. The clients had not chosen furniture yet. We needed to choose neutral colors that would look good with whatever furniture they chose. We discussed what their preferences were, so that I would have an idea of what direction [...]

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Painting Bedrooms a Dark Color

By |2018-12-19T20:32:52-05:00December 17th, 2011|Accent Colors, Bedrooms, Case Studies, Dark Colors|

For some people using dark colors is a very scary thought. Most people choose the “safe” way and paint the house Linen White. But I’m not only talking about choosing a color, I’m talking about choosing a dark color. When and why should you do it? A dark painted room can be dramatic and exciting. However, the room should be thoughtfully planned out. You don’t want it to look like a dungeon. If the walls are dark, the woodwork and moldings should be light. That will make the wall color pop. [...]

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Dark or Light Color for Trim

By |2018-12-19T20:35:00-05:00December 3rd, 2011|Accent Colors, Bathrooms, Case Studies, Dark Colors, Light Colors, Living and Family Rooms|

Trim is the molding around doors, windows, floor, and sometimes ceiling called crown molding. It is also called woodwork. Traditionally, molding is painted a light color, white or off white. If your walls are painted a deep color, painting the molding white will make the wall color pop and be a nice contrast. If your walls are painted a very dark color it is probably better to use an off white instead of a stark white. You don’t want a blinding contrast just a nice gentle one. If your rooms open into [...]

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