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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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Welcome to Spring!

» 06 March 2014 » In Decorating, Organization » No Comments

Groundhog

mags

bedding

Garage Mess 

After this last bout of crazy weather, I have always been tongue and cheek in going “Ground Hog Hunting”.  Today, as it’s sunny and approaching a heat wave of 50, I decided to Google “Ground Hog Hunting”.  It’s amazing what came up!  I read one blog of a man who gave a detailed description on how to approach and decide where to hunt ground hogs.  There are topics on lock down to where you have to become a member to find out the “How To’s.” As I am sure many of you are just like me, I have a serious case of spring fever.  I am longing for the days of flip flops, sandals, clothes with color, the smell of new grass and the vivid colors of spring trees and flowers in bloom.

 

As I am slowly thawing out, I am gravitating toward the calendar and busy with the countdown to Derby (yes, it’s less than two months away), not to mention Ash Wednesday just started.  I’m giving up as many carbs as I can and soda and trying to get back into an exercise routine.  It’s going to be a long 40 days…

 

On the flip side, we’re now starting to get spring catalogs for clothes, plantings and outdoor furnishings.  We’re also starting to think about our spring and summer projects or maybe even putting a property on the market. Perhaps we are even thinking about creative ways to freshen up our home for the change of seasons or those projects that we have been putting off due to weather.

 

Just like clothes, home design changes with color, fabrics, and textures.  During the winter months, I have been (other than eating) cleaning out, reorganizing, and updating with changes that don’t require gutting a room.  These changes can be as simple as updating new bedding, painting a room, refinishing and recovering some furniture, update some lighting, as well as adding a few new pieces, which can give you just enough of a fresh look without a total redo…

 

All of the above also work toward selling a home and getting the most bang for your buck.  However, the biggie, as soon as it’s warm enough, whether you are moving or not, is to CLEAN OUT!!  We’ve started with our garages and we’re going to hit the basement AGAIN.  If you haven’t used something in the last year, GET RID OF IT!  That box of clothes you are saving to donate, fill it up and TAKE IT!  Those bikes and skateboards the kids have outgrown?  OUT!  This is the time for new beginnings, refreshment, and updates.  It’s a great feeling and you will be glad you did it!

 

So, as we turn our clocks forward this month and count down to the first day of spring (March 20), what’s your plan for the season?

  Adam's barNM Dining Room Newmarket Family Room After

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