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Gray: The Elegant Neutral

» 15 March 2017 » In Planning, Uncategorized » No Comments

Gray Paint Samples, Photo Credit: Unknown

Gray Paint Samples, Photo Credit: Unknown

Choosing the perfect gray can make your head spin – brown-ish gray, blue-ish gray, black-ish gray. You only have a few thousand options at your local paint store, so how do you choose?

Gray remains a popular color for interiors. As one of the elegant neutral color options, gray is a fan favorite because it can warm up or cool it down your space. Therefore, when selecting the perfect gray we like to focus on the color temperature. If you prefer warmer tones look for a yellow or beige based gray, or greige, as the trade likes to call it. If you prefer cooler tones you may opt for a blue or green-based gray.

Remember, lighting plays a large role in how your color will look in your room. Do you have a lot of natural lighting? Which direction does the light come from? North, south, east, or west? Do you use lamps in your space? What color is the shade? A colored shade may need to be transitioned to white. All of these elements can impact how the color appears in your space throughout the given day, and being mindful of these elements is half the battle to selecting the right color.

The best way to evaluate any paint color is to live with it for a few days. Paint a sample wall and then determine how you like the color at various times throughout the day. How does the color change when the lighting in the room changes? How does the color change when switching out lamps or lamp shades? When you find a color that checks the box from sun up to sun down – you have found your winner!

Ready for a couple more tips for selecting the perfect gray?

  • Gray can absolutely be paired with an accent color – the undertone of your selection will help you determine the best color partner
  • Flat paint may be your best option for gray walls. Flat paint also helps to hide flaws & smudges
  • Gary walls – Cream trim. Sometimes stark white can be too bright when paired with your gray. Evaluate cream colors that have either a brown, yellow, or red tint and see how that pairs with your gray selection – it may provide just the right amount of warmth and color balance

Lastly, don’t let selecting a paint color stress you out…have fun and enjoy the process! Remember a paint color can always be changed!

Happy painting!

Kelly Kirkpatrick

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And the Pantone Color of the Year 2017 is….

» 03 February 2017 » In Uncategorized » No Comments

Each year, the world patiently anticipates the Pantone Color of the Year, as this announcement sets the stage for all creative design fields.

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery Photo Credit: Pantone

But what is Pantone and why do they get to select such an important color?

Pantone, founded by Lawrence Herbert in 1963, is the world-renowned specialist on color. They are the provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. From designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, Pantone is the trusted source for color accuracy. When selecting the color of the year, field experts make a selection that is symbolic of the world’s attitude and current state.

The stage was set in 2016 with the selection of Rose Quartz and Serenity. The combination strived to create an environment of order and peace. With the stress of the election, the world seemed to yearn for mindfulness and tranquility as we transitioned into 2017. The announcement of Greenery felt like a refreshing choice.

Greenery surrounds us every day from our backyards to our tabletops and fills the need of positive energy many pursue in design. Psychologically, we tend associate greenery with nature, providing a refreshing sense of health and well-being.

Are you thinking about a bold way to implement Greenery into your design? Consider diving headfirst into this trend by painting a statement wall, and accenting with corresponding blue and purple accessories. A more subtle option may be to add a punch of color to your favorite room by implementing accessories featuring our color of the year. Either way, this healthy punch of color is sure to brighten your home and your mood! How are you going to add greenery into your life this year?

Greener - Accent Wall

Accent Wall – Greenery
Photo Credit: Eye For Design

Accenting with Greenery  Photo Credit: ttdecor.net

Accent with Greenery
Photo Credit: ttdecor.net

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Back in Blogging Action!

» 11 April 2016 » In Uncategorized » No Comments

We're Back!

Have you ever reached a point where you are super busy and ‘BAM!’ something hits you like a ton of bricks? Well, this happened to us recently when we realized it’s April and we haven’t shared any updates with you!?! Whoops!

So no, we haven’t been hiding under our covers waiting for spring to arrive (Although Mother Nature if you’re reading this we are ready when you are) instead we have been busy creating, designing, educating, and staging and we can’t wait to give you a glimpse into the past few months.

Stay tuned for updates on our projects, helpful life hacks, cool trends, and staging stats. If you haven’t followed us on Twitter or Facebook – join in the conversation today. How? It’s easy, you can click here for Twitter or here for Facebook.

We only came up for air and to give you the scoop on where we have been – so back to work for us and more fun things are headed your way soon.

XO friends,

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What’s Your Theme for 2015?

» 22 January 2015 » In Decorating, Organization, Planning, Style » Comments Off on What’s Your Theme for 2015?

Well, I don’t know about you, but the end of 2014 went by with a flourish.  So here we are, January of 2015, a new year, new beginnings, new promises, new resolutions.

New Years ImageYes, it’s the month of People Magazine’s biggest losers. I’ve posted articles about organizing, staging, and new design projects.  As I have been researching new trends for 2015, I came across a great article from Forbes by Kathy Caprino.  So for this blog, I’m adding her seven questions to ask yourself for your theme you would like to focus on for 2015 (myself included).  Other than eating healthy, diet and exercise (which is a given and a struggle for me every year after coming down from a sugar coma over the holidays).

Not that I consider myself a “deep thinker”, but no matter where you are in your life, age, etc.  I don’t think it hurts to have a plan (for those who know me, I’m all over plans!).  This especially hits home for me as I watch our children moving forward onto different phases of their lives:  first jobs, grad school choices, under grad choices, major choices, (can you sense a theme here?) and lastly our “Empty Nest Syndrome”, which is getting closer.  Whether it’s your career, where you are in life, family, etc., I think these are great questions to come up with a great theme/plan for the year.

Here are seven critical questions to ask yourself that will help you choose the best theme for your life going forward and identify clearly what you want to focus on in 2015:

1. What do you care about the most in life – from everything you read, hear, watch and attend to?

2. What agitates you most in the world that you desperately long to transform or improve?

3. What do you want to accentuate, amplify and build on in your life?

4. What key words describe the people you find most inspiring, impressive, compelling?

5. What do all your dreams for the future have in common – the critical threads and recurring patterns?

6. What is the most outlandishly wonderful fantasy you have for your life, and why would that bring you so much happiness?

7. Now, who do you really want to become in 2015?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/12/30/whats-your-new-theme-for-2015-these-7-critical-questions-will-tell-you/2/

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