A Most Fetching Friday: Pantry Envy

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features kitchen or kitchen adjacent pantries of brilliant design, functionality and visual appeal worthy of pantry envy.

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Hayburn & Co.

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Country Living

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John Lewis of Hungerford

Pantry Envy Accessories ~

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DecorPad

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Rafterhouse

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Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse Kitchen

As I perused the Places In The Home Facebook page this week an image posted by Traditional Home magazine immediately caught my eye.  The Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Charlotte, North Carolina Interior Designer Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design is visually captivating.

Junior League of High Point, North Carolina 2015 Designer Showhouse KitchenLisa Mende Design – Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse

Older homes have a history, a story to tell. Lisa Mende tapped into the home’s history as inspiration for her thoroughly modern interior design concept and execution. Distinctive details reminiscent of the emerging Art Deco times of the 19oos when the house was built, world events of the early 20th century and the sinking of the Titanic all played a large role in the kitchen design inspiration and influence.  Inspiration truly is everywhere!  Click on the link below the images to read the full story and view the gallery of images from the showhouse.

Lisa_Mende_Design_Showhouse_kitchen_1Lisa Mende Design – Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse

You never know when or where inspiration will strike or what home decor item will excite the eye.  Below is the swoonworthy beauty that did just that.

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The Pimlico Double Swing Arm Plug In  has found a place on my gotta have it list.

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Being the fan of art as a kitchen decor choice that I am, the above image speaks modern elegance to me.

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Abstract by Mayberry

The framed art piece and the swing arm lamp combination works, and works beautifully.

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I love keeping an eye out for designs, decorating applications and home decor that raises the bar, races the heart and inspires.

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Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

Texas_bluebonnet_plant_lupinus_texensis_with_dark_blue_flowers_with_white_topTexas Bluebonnet

Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.

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A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.

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Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.

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From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.

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kitsch
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.

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The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.

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On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.

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I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.

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Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!

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Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Holiday Drama: Home Decor Statement Pieces

Dramatic statement pieces aren’t expressly exclusive to holiday fashions. Decoristas never need an excuse to home decor accent and accessorize, nor do they shy from reminding Santa it’s perfectly fine to add home decor statement pieces to his list.  At this most festive and stylish time of year, home is the star of the meeting, greeting and eating holiday show. There’s no time like the present to add a few home decor statement pieces to your holiday wishlist.  I connected the dots to this Christmas wishlist conclusion as I sketched out a potential design alternative for a client.

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The homeowner wants several items that will stretch the budget tighter than tight, and realizing that fact commented, “I guess I could always ask for it as a Christmas present.”  Christmas bells went off and the Elves got busy dropping hints.  The piece in the image below stresses my tried and true belief that to complete a statement space you must include a statement piece in black.  The slender depth of the Pulaski Tara Hall Chest is a perfect fit for a breakfast area.  Accent chests offer superb storage and style options for dining rooms as well as kitchens and breakfast areas.

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Rustic lodge meets gotta have it list style with the Avery natural gray kitchen island.  Kitchens are on holiday parade this time of year.  I love to “decorate” my kitchen for the holidays.

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The polar opposite of boring-done to death-everybody else is doing it, mixing periods and styles is being embraced more and more as the new kid on the block in design style.

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The proof of the point hangs with this experimental pairing of an old-world charm of this Parisian white chandelier framed with two sleek and modern Hicks pendants in bronze and black.   

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We’re considering hanging this lighting trio over the island area.

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baxton-studio-trumbull-modern-setteeBaxton Studio Trumbull Modern Settee

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Baxton Studio Witherby Gray Linen Modern Banquette Bench

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Adesso High Back Chair by Ebanista

Home Decor Statement PiecesArgentario Panels by Uttermost

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Kitchen Cabinet Color Combinations

Summer is not only the season of outdoor living.  Warm weather and longer days come together to frame many a home improvement narrative. We here at Places In The Home are prime examples of this. If it’s summer, and it’s the weekend, and the normal home maintenance honey do’s have been met and mastered, Dave the Builder is looking for project to start.  This picture is from one such project, one I must admit I am glad Dave the Builder convinced me to approve. Dave convinced me that the refrigerator from our other house would be a better fit in our present home.  I took this picture the day we moved it in and before the panels were painted.  By no means is this my idea of striking kitchen cabinet color combinations.

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An email from This Old House appeared in my inbox last week with a subject line of targeted interest.  Kitchen design and decor makes the top five on my design and decor list, so you can only imagine how quick I opened the email when I read the subject line tag “Cabinet Color Combos That Really Cook.”  Some of the kitchen cabinet color combinations I liked, one I really loved (see below) and a few just didn’t do it for me. Different paint strokes for different folks!

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In my post I Spy Summer: Summer Trends, I sourced a pair of outdoor throw pillows in the classic color combination black and beige.  The color combination has stayed on my mind. Good interior design and decorating features will do that. Experimental color pairings come and go in the world of interiors and exteriors, but classic color combinations trump trend and time.  Most of us realize the white kitchen is not fading in trend or popularity.  As gorgeous as a white kitchen is when it is done right, painted cabinet doors and drawer fronts in show your true colors color can be the stars of the kitchen design show.  Paint grade cabinet door and drawer front materials put durability and affordability at the top of the let’s give this experimenting with  kitchen cabinet color combinations thing a try list.

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Coming back to the classic color combinations conversation, I could not resist the temptation to phone a client asking  if I could make an amended presentation for her decorative consideration.  Of course the answer was an enthusiastic yes.  We design and decorating minded never tire or bore of new ideas.

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Odd numbers even the look.

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Finding myself deep into kitchen cabinet color combinations territory, I thought it prudent to discover and share a selection of kitchen cabinet color choices.  Cabinet color choices usually complement the overall palette choice, or at the very least the decor style.

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Take the statement a step further with decorative cabinet and drawer hardware.   This instant update option brings the look together.  Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of cabinetry.

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The end result from testing and trying color and/or color combinations on kitchen cabinets and drawer fronts may color you impressed and inspired to make a kitchen redo your summer project.  In the life and the hands of the project minded,  the lazy days of summer are highly overrated.

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A Decorative Accents Obsession

I’m usually not one to hitch my wagon to the word of the hour.  Thank the 15 minutes of fame gods trending catch words (i.e. cray, cray or any other word(s) that has no business being uttered out of the mouth of anyone over the age of fifteen, imo) prove to have a short shelf life, but there are exceptions.  Finding myself in the middle of a decorative accents obsession has me staring an exception right in the face.  Warning! Trending Word Zone Ahead.

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I am crushing on the pitcher featured in the kitchen of Atlanta designer Susan Ferrier as featured in Veranda .  Unabashedly crushing on, loving it and totally obsessed with the pitcher from Formations.  Inspired and obsessed, the pitcher pursuit is in full swing.  Imitation, flattery and all the other gotta have it stuff feeds a decorative accents obsession.  The where’s it going question will be answered as soon as the cast of characters take the stage.  In other words…

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Yeah, you do!  How’s this for a creative process mantra?

An email delivered with inspiration in mind is always worthy of opening. Architectural salvage, authentic or in the likeness of, gets my attention. Decor Steals offered this distressed Fluted Corinthian Base Stand and I took them up on it as fast as I could add it to the cart.  The  6″ Square x 7” High dimensions give me the room to work/play with, and the vintage finish fits well with the intended look.  The “should I buy it?” litmus test is passed when Dave the Builder and I confer and realize we could not build it, find it or thrift it for a better price.  Sold!

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Wayfair, Anthropologie

I’ve always had a fascination with pitchers.  The Villeroy &  Boch water pitcher I purchased at an antiques auction for $6.00 in all its chipped, cracked and vintage imperfection is packed in storage, as is the 100+ year old pitcher my maternal grandmother gifted to me.  As great as these pitchers are, I’m really wanting to go with an all white or dirty cream color and no or very little pattern.  I want  the presentation to be focal point and not the pattern.  Less can be so much more, especially when it comes to pairing.

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Hopefully by the time I find the perfect pitcher for the pairing a bouquet of blooming hydrangeas will add the finishing touch, and a sought after, obsession driven decorative accent will be filled and fulfilled.

***Update***

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Found it!

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Kitchen Window Treatment Options

Staring out the kitchen window in the morning is one of my more practiced rituals.  I’ve stared out this same kitchen window at one time or another for practically my entire life.  Well, the same view at least.  When Dave the Builder and I tackled the kitchen renovation we replaced the 40+ year old existing single pane windows with ThermaStar by Pella®  replacement windows.  The next move was to consider kitchen window treatment options.

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A  window treatment does not always consist of fabric, sheers, shutters, slats or shades.  Yes, you read that right.  A window treatment placing the focal spotlight on the window(s) above the kitchen sink can be the window and frame itself.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the statement, “we paid a fortune for these windows and I just hate to cover them up.”  If privacy is not an issue, resist traditional temptation to cover them up and let the sunshine in!  

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Dave the Builder and I have had many fights conversations about this exact topic of design.  Design, fit, form and function always factor in ahead of decorative consideration.   Take a look at exhibit A in the image below (one taken before the repaint project and one after).  In the windows of the world of existing construction, a decision to work with what you have is not out of the norm.  No way was I on board for enlarging the width or height for a new window unit.  Too much sugar for a decorative dime!  We removed six(6) small side shelves from the existing wall cabinets on either side of the window.  Dave suggested we install new panels matching the cabinet doors to cover up demo blemishes and follow through with the look.  He also suggested the window was in need of a window treatment.  I suggested he needed to rethink his suggestion.  A decorative compromise was reached and up went the blind.

Fast forward to the ugly leftover shown above.  Dave redeemed himself  with his suggestion to use the corbels I had ordered for another install as decorative framing.

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Kitchen window treatment options o’plenty to consider that cover the pane area without covering decorative frames range from inside mount shades and blinds,

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a window within a window treatment such as hanging a framed piece of leaded or stained glass within the window, or

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  side mounted shutters that open and close.
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Options, like the architecturally outstanding windows available to homeowners, are a beautiful thing.

Holiday Household Hints and Tips

Home for the Holidays comes with its joyful share of pulling out all the decorating, baking, entertaining, and celebrating the season stops.  Here’s a few holiday household hints and tips that may prove to come in holiday handy, and here is a few more holiday hints and tips from holiday posts past.  I’m all about kicking off the holiday season in a no problem November zone.

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Remove wax drips from candlesticks by placing them in the freezer for thirty minutes.  The “drips” will come right off.

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Garlic belongs in the gumbo, not on your hands.  Handling garlic and onion goes with the culinary territory and with that comes the smell that is  left on your hands.  Rub your hands on a stainless steel surface such as the kitchen faucet to cut the smell.

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Remove coffee stains from a glass coffee carafe with a simple recipe of  1 tablespoon salt, a handful of ice cubes and 1 tablespoon of water.  Add salt, ice and water to the cool carafe and swirl until clean.  Rinse well with water and dry.

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Cloudy vase?  Fill vase with luke warm water and drop in a denture cleaner tablet. Let the tablet do its thing overnight. Pour out solution, wash vase with luke warm water and dry.  Do not use hot water- it can cause the vase to crack.

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Gunk, funk and baked on junk left behind on roasters and baking pans is not my idea of a welcomed holiday leftover. Baked on will be gone in two simple steps. Grab a couple of dryer sheets from the laundry room.  Fill the pan half full of warm water and place the dryer sheets in the warm water.  Soak the pan overnight.

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Pack guests a parting piece of  pie in these deluxe Wedge-Shaped Pie Box Kits from A la Modo on Etsy.  The kits include:

25  wedge shaped boxes

25  wooden forks

25  food safe parchment liners

14  yards of traditional red & white bakers twine

 

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Here’s a couple of helpful conversion charts to assist with the aforementioned pie and all your holiday seasoning and measuring needs.

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Suite Dreams: My Dream Kitchen Design Ideas


What comes to mind when you dream kitchen design ideas?  My dream big and go home dream kitchen design want it, need it, and must have it wish list is headed in the right direction to becoming a reality.

  • Unique design features that capture the personality of the Places In The Home house crowd
  • A rich and welcoming color palette
  • Great natural, ambient, and prep lighting
  • Accents big on vintage love
  •  5 star professional quality appliances with at home affordability and function

Inspiration is a beautiful thing!

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Design and decorative must haves vary from tastes to tastes and from decor to decor, but one consistent current that runs through the must haves of design is function.  A cook, baker, or family meal maker  is only as good as the functionality and quality of the appliances he or she has to work with.

Electrolux Suite Design Kitchen

Some people can tell you about the quality of a product line from first hand experience.  I can tell you about the quality of Electrolux from three generations of first hand experience.  Dave the Builder’s mother and sister swore by the power and durability of Electrolux.

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When Dave the Builder and I discovered original hardwood floors in pristine condition beneath the original carpet in not so pristine condition in our first home,  it was time to find out what all the Electrolux buzz was about.  Forget a cup of sugar, may I borrow your Electrolux floor polisher? Owning an Electrolux appliance soon became a family affair.  That was 20+ years and quite a few Electrolux products ago.

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Kitchen design has come a long way.  Today’s kitchen is the epicenter of the home, and the life lived within our homes requires more than a basic utilitarian space. Design, style, and size do matter.  A proven design testimonial to that is the Electrolux matching suites of appliances.  Kitchen form and function will beautifully co-exist with appliances that complement the design, style, and size requirements of the space. Electrolux offers matching suites of refrigerators, induction cooktops and dishwashers that are sleek, stylish, and designed to help you achieve professional results.

Electrolux French Door refrigerator

One of the biggest trends in kitchen remodeling is the “built-in” look. Electrolux offers a collection of counter-depth refrigerators designed to achieve that look. Electrolux French Door Bottom Mount refrigerators feature a versatile Perfect Temp drawer that allows you to store and serve items at their ideal temperature. The chill and the Ooh La La factor is at work to guarantee cool temps and a hot look.

Electrolux hybrid induction cooktop

Electrolux Cooktops have a clean, sleek look that features induction technology. Professional capabilities are a seasoning, sauté, or simmer away with an Electrolux Induction Hybrid Cooktop.  Professional quality paired with at home convenience makes getting in touch with your inner chef a delicious combination.

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Electrolux invites you to explore and discover the Electrolux “Suite Design” approach to kitchen design. Inspiring design is the key to your suite dream kitchen becoming a stylish and functional reality.

 

 

 

 

 

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Color Me Inspired: Choosing Paint Colors

Choosing paint colors can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Exterior or interior painting is by far one of the most inexpensive, impressive, and immediate options for changing and refreshing home decor. I like to think of color as personality plus in a gallon, quart, or sample size container.  It can infuse a space with decorative drama, calming appeal, or high octane energy.  It is proven that color affects our mood and how we perceive the feel of the space we are in.

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A couple of years ago on the eve of one of our trips out to America’s playground, I watched an interested show during Vegas Week on the Travel Channel.  The premise of the segment was how environment and interior design affects gamblers. Color plays a huge role in casino interior design, especially pertaining to the mood and behaviors of gambling guests. Blues are typically avoided due to their perceived calming effect, reds remains a popular color choice for the excitement factor, and purples evoke an intimate, warm, and inviting feeling.  Color holds the power to calm, excite, bore, and entice. It is a fascinating concept.

heirloom-tomatoesHeirloom Tomatoes~ Sherwin-Williams colors from top to bottom: Cherry Tomato, Daredevil, Quilt Gold, Luau Green, Real Red, and Auric

Color choices reflect our personalities and tastes.  Sure, there are implied and true rules for color selection in interior design.  Yes, smaller spaces appear larger when a lighter color is used, a softer paint color choice can be the better way to go in spaces with plenty of natural light, and a neutral palette is a focal points best friend.

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Between the walls of every space there is a colorful heartbeat. A color choice can come from a favorite article of clothing, piece of jewelry, home decor accessory or fabric, or a collectible.  I like this simple and logical principal- if a color makes a bold statement, the walls of a space can wear it well.

Schumacher IkatSchumacher Adras Ikat Print in Jewel~ Benjamin Moore colors top right to bottom: Exotic Red, Peony, Caponata, Mohair, Bavarian Cream, Abstracta, and Spring Purple

leather bound booksVintage Volumes~ Sherwin-Williams colors from top right to bottom left: Tricorn Black, Roycroft Copper Red, Cupola Yellow, Blue Mosque, Cerise, Spatial White, Gale Force, Auric, and Dutch Cocoa

 

When deciding what color to paint a space,  these are some of the things I take into consideration:

  • What is the overall feeling this space needs to convey?  Formal or casual?  Relaxing bedroom or high energy kitchen?
  • The visual flow and compatibility with the overall color palette.
  • Texture and sheen, or lack thereof.  Will it be flat matte or the soft sheen satin eggshell?  The glosses shine in the vein of durability- the choice range being the easy to clean sheen semi-gloss to the  woodwork, furniture, and high sheen, high traffic friendly high gloss.
  • Lighting.  A space blessed with plenty of natural light can support darker color choices.  Natural light will accent the prominent tone of the color. The color of the paint you see in the store will not be the color of the paint you see on the walls in your home.  Paint colors will cast different colors at different times of the day based on natural and artificial lighting (basically the same principal as photographing with natural light vs. night shots).
  • Small space + light colors= open up and say size.
  • Small space + the b&b principal (balanced & bold) = hello, gorgeous!

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  • Color is not just for walls. Painting a ceiling with a contrasting color or sheen creates a dramatic focal point that will spread the color love by guiding the eye to the wall color.
  • Hue you calling neutral?  White,  beige, black, and brown are no longer the only kids on the neutral block.  Flawless gray areas are considered a classic neutral.  A bold color can be the Switzerland of the space,  as long as warm and cool shades exist in colorful harmony while balancing the hue.

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All things do come together in a space to influence the whole of the look, and when the correct balance is achieved- look out!  A small space does tend to appear larger if lighter colors are used, but large patterns or bold colors balanced with the proper lighting can make a dramatic statement.  Painting is a great way to test the take a chance waters and step out of the decorative comfort zone. Most paint brands have paint samples for purchase.  Take the time to purchase paint samples of the color or colors you have narrowed your choice down to.

Roses~ Vincent van Gogh

Apply a couple of coats of the paint to an area on the wall you will be painting, allowing to completely dry.  Okay, turn on the lights, pull back the curtains or open the blinds, shutters etc… and let the light in.  Take a look, study, decide.  Hold that thought until later in the day when the light situation will be different.  Take a look, study, decide.  Now, hold that thought until evening when the light situation has once again changed. Take a look, study, decide.  The tones of the color will come to call at different times of day.  In other words, the color will show you how beautiful and right it is for you to live with at any time.

 

 

 

 

 

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