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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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What’s Your Style?

» 09 October 2013 » In Decorating, Style » No Comments

 

White Contemporary Decor What’s your style?  I have been asked that question numerous times and I have to honest, it has evolved over the years.

When I was a newlywed, (1980’s) I was into the opposite of what I grew up with…greys, apricots, sage green and LOTS of brass and glass, white carpets and couches! I was on the verge of contemporary…

As the children came along, brass and glass end tables, white couches and light colored carpet did not bode well with small hands and sippy cups.

 

Jewel Toned Living Room Our home became more jeweled tones with hard wood floors, area rugs, and durable fabrics. I chose darker colors and lighter walls (although I had a Navy living room) to hide spills, finger prints, etc.

 

We have never been a “Formal” family.  Never has a room gone unused for “Special Occasions”.  Over the years, my love for everything French has evolved.  I’d say “Country French” without the reds, blues and yellows.  To me, Country French is more weathered pieces like stone, hardwood floors, muted and earth tones – browns, beiges, terra cotta and muted greens…

 

Country French Decor

I love the weathered furniture.  Not to worry if something gets nicked or scratched a little because it adds character to the piece.  I do love faux finishes…Venetian plasters, textured fireplaces for a stone look, painted and weathered fireplaces, and book shelves to give those pieces a look of their own.  You can mix in some lighting with a little bling in certain areas.  I also bring in color through fabrics and art.

Your style should reflect you and your family.  Yes, the “It” color was Emerald Green, however, trends come and go.  Take a look at your wardrobe.   What pieces are your favorites?  What colors do you gravitate toward when you are selecting clothing?  It’s similar for your home.  What colors make you happy?  Do you like the very bright colors or do you tend to go more neutral?  Do you like antiques or a more streamlined contemporary look?  Do you like an eclectic look?  Mix and match?  When starting a project, pictures are worth a thousand words.  The more Pinterest Boards, Houzz boards or magazine clippings you can pull together…the more you will see your style evolve.

So don’t panic, everyone has their own unique style, and it may take time to find the style that is your favorite.  What matters most is when you come home, you are happy.

*N.B: These are not photos of my actual home.

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