Is The Placement of Your Paint Color Making You Look Old?

Did you know that color placement is as important as your choice of colors?  This is something I spoke a lot about in my recent Color Workshop here in Nashville.  You probably know that certain color combinations and undertones of neutrals can appear dated.  But did you know that the way you choose to place color in a room also can make a home looked either dated or current?

Color Changes Everything / photo by Matt Barker



This recent Brentwood Color Consultation illustrates this idea perfectly.  Let’s start with the color placement in the dining room.  When this family recently moved into their new home, the dining room sported two shades of green, above and below the chair rail.

Dining Room Before Color Consultation


Don’t feel bad if you have a similar look in your home.  But you should know that this kind of color placement looks a bit dated in 2012.  We chose an on-trend neutral for the walls above the chair rail and painted below the chair rail in the same color and finish as the trim.

Neutral Walls, Trim Color Below Chair Rail



Then, we put this luscious emerald color on the ceiling!

Emerald Green Ceiling



Isn’t this a fresh, updated look for a dining room with crown moulding and a chair rail?

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After Color Consultation



Here’s the very bossy trey ceiling in the master bedroom.  Yes, we know you are a trey ceiling.  Yes, we see you. Could you quit yelling at us, please???

Trey Ceiling Before Color Consultation


A more sophisticated and restful solution:  we chose a pleasing color for the walls only and painted the entire tray out white like the trim.  Another good option would have been to apply a whisper of a color on the flat, uppermost part of the trey ONLY.

After Color Consultation


Now here’s one that drives me nutty:  the ever-popular racing stripe!  This is the before of my client’s young daughter’s bedroom.

Before Color Consultation


If you have a dropped piece of trim that runs around the top of the room, simply fill it in with trim paint.  Now it looks like one big, expensive piece of crown moulding. 

Girl’s Bedroom After Color Consultation


Ring, ring, ring!  1988 called.  They want their bathroom back.

Before Color Consultation


We calmed things down with a neutral that works with the tile, countertop, and carpet from the adjoining bedroom.  Soooo much better.

Bathroom After Color Consultation


Can you see how much color placement effects whether a space reads dated or current?  The Decorologist thinks it’s as important as the color itself!  If you need help with choosing colors or color placement, check out my Color Workshop Video here.

So Much Decorating, So Little Time!

How are you guys doing this week?  I’ve been go-go-going like crazy lately, so I thought I’d catch you up on some fun stuff in decorology land!  I sometimes forget that the tidbits I share on my Facebook page never get to my readers on the blog.  Maybe you need to be following me on Facebook here!   Over the weekend, my “Front Porch Makeover” was featured in a 1 1/2 page spread in The Tennessean.

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 The Decorologist’s Front Porch Makeover!


 Good thing my kids were in the East Tennessee mountains running from bears and bungee jumping (who has grandparents that cool???) so that I could focus on making over a front porch in record time and 105 degree weather (yes, after 2 hours of styling a porch in the boiling heat I posed for a photo that ended up in the Style section of The Tennessean).  

My firstborn and my neice about to take the plunge


In spite of my being a hot mess (literally), the fabulous Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock, made my week by telling me she had a total girl-crush on me.  That’s a compliment I’ll take!

The Tennessean’s Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock


Last Tuesday evening, I spent the evening with about 30 of my newest friends to share 2 hours chocked-full of color advice at my first “How to Choose Just the Right Paint Color” class at Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling here in the Greater Nashville area.  

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The Decorologist’s Color Class - photo by Matt Barker


I had sooo much fun and am pretty sure my students did, too!  I hope to do another class like this sometime in the fall.


Benjamin Moore Color Class presented at Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling – photo by Matt Barker


As you may know, I’ve been writing for the premier design and remodeling website,, for the last  couple of months.   Check out my latest article on how to create an awesome hallway with pattern here.


In addition to all these exciting things, I have continued to meet with both new and ongoing clients working up new color palettes for their homes, better furniture and art arrangements, and shopping for just the right items to finish out their design plans.  Of course, I hope to share some of those results with you here soon.  I’m totally exhausted just thinking about the last couple of weeks.  Maybe I need a vacation???

Stop Living in the Land of Pinky Beige!

You know who you are!  Pinky beige was quite on-trend a decade and a half ago, but now there are better neutral paint colors you could be choosing for your home.




Don’t feel bad – it’s hard to stay on top of all the latest trends in decor and paint colors. That’s what I’m here for!  Here’s a “before” shot of a recent color and design consultation that started out with a wall color that looked like a band-aid:

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Before Consultation


The flesh-tone paint color did nothing for this room.  These are the paint colors that I helped my client choose to update her beautiful home:

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What a difference the RIGHT colors make!  If you want to learn how to make the right choices for paint colors in your own home, register today for my class at the Cool Springs Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling store in the Greater Nashville area on June 26th at 6:30 pm.  You will learn The Decorologist’s Top 12 Neutrals and how to add the right colors in all the right places.  Bring a friend and save $25 each- there couldn’t be a better Girls’ Night Out!  Click on the button below my logo to reserve your seat:

By the way, Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling is THE store in the Greater Nashville area to find Benjamin Moore paints, as well as an amazing selection of floor, window, and wall coverings.  Make sure you hop over and “Like” their Facebook page!
(Looks like you may have missed my Color Class.  That’s ok – I’m now offering a video of the Color Workshop online, so check it out!)

How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color for Every Room in Your Home

I’m getting excited about my June 26th Color Class that is being hosted by Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling and Benjamin Moore paints here in Nashville!

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If you attend  The Decorologist’s exclusive and limited class, you will learn how to:

1)  Choose paint colors that will tie in with your existing finishes

2)  Choose paint colors that will make your dated home feel current

3)  How and where to use color to create high-end, on-trend effects



You will also receive:

– Your own Benjamin Moore Paint Color Fan Deck

– The Top 12 On-Trend Benjamin Moore Neutrals & Coupon for 3 cans of paint samples

– Valuable Coupons for Benjamin Moore and Kirkland Floor to Ceiling products

– Some fun Decorologist swag!


There will also be multiple drawings throughout the class for free Benjamin Moore paint, a Design Consultation, & other great prizes!   Hors d’oeuvres and such will be served.  1/3 of the tickets have already sold, so don’t wait to sign up and reserve your spot.  You can do that clicking on the link below.