One of the perks of getting a press pass to a Designer Show House is getting the full paint schedule for the whole shebang. As a paint color consultant, I always love seeing what paint colors other designers use and the effects that are achieved with their choices. Let’s start with one of my favorite rooms in the house, why don’t we? The master bath:
Sherwin-Williams has really been ramping things up this year, appealing more to designers, bloggers, and homeowners alike. Most recently, they acquired the largest paint company in Mexico. They really seem to be taking over the world of paint. Yesterday they announced their 2013 Color of the Year, Aloe 6464:
Recently I had coffee with entrepreneur Julie Boney of Small Wall Paint Sample Boards. She invented a fabulous product for testing paint colors in your home the right way, which are sold in Sherwin-Williams stores and on her website. I am the featured Color Specialist for this month on the Small Wall website – check out my pro tips for choosing the right paint colors here.
I also wanted to let you guys know about the guest post I did for Erin over at the uber-fabulous House of Turquoise last week. I forget that I often post things on The Decorologist Facebook page (hint, hint) that some of my blog readers never see! It’s the full tour of the coastal-vibe design project I recently completed, so go check it out here.
I’m getting ready to head to the Bella Rustica Barn Sale on Saturday, and I’m so excited!!! I’m sure to find lots of one-of-a-kind finds and decorating inspiration to share with you next week. Make sure to say “hey” if you see me there!
Who wouldn’t want to spend every morning in a bathroom that feels like an oasis of calm?
So you have a drab, neutral bathroom. It’s your typical builder-grade bathroom – the cabinets and hardware are fine, just nothing special. You’re tired of it, but you don’t have the budget for a major rehab.
Want to make your bathroom feel like a hotel spa without the expense of a weekend get-away? Is that even possible?
Builder-Grade Bathroom Before
What this bathroom needed was the right paint color, which was then repeated in the accessories to create a calming, spa-like feel.
Bathroom After The Decorologist
The best color for a spa-like feel is a blue with a hint of green, like the one I chose for this Nashville bathroom. There’s no one perfect color that will do the trick for everyone’s lighting conditions and existing elements – you have to try several in that color family until you find just the right one. Some good ones to try are Benjamin Moore Beach Glass or Gray Cashmere, or Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt.
If you need helping choosing paint colors, contact The Decorologist for a Color Consultation that will change the way you feel about your home.
This modern little powder room was previously a vicious red – my client thinks it was called “Satan Red.” I haven’t been able to find a paint named that, but she swears that’s what it was named when it was painted a decade ago! Well, now it’s painted a much friendlier Sherwin Williams’ Tupelo Tree.
A powder room can be a great place to showcase an interesting grouping of art. This client has lots of really cool modern pieces like the ones we hung on this wall.
Modern Art in the Loo
What do you think about art groupings in a bathroom?
As a paint color consultant, one of the things I always explain to my clients is that paint colors appear lighter on the ceiling than they do on the wall. I’m not sure they always believe me.
The reason this is true has to do with the way in which lighting hits the ceiling vs. the wall, and we all know that lighting greatly affects the way we perceive paint colors, right? [Read more...]
The Southern Living Showcase Home was open to tour here in Nashville through this last weekend, and it did not disappoint. I love the exterior - the REAL shutters with actual shutterdogs, the gas lamp above the entry, the gray gutters.
Southern Living Show House in Nashville
Let me get the bragging out of the way so that you can tour the rest of the home. As a Nashville paint color specialist, I had the honor of being called in to assist AB Home Interior’s Amanda Burdge in choosing paint colors for the guest room.
Southern Living Showcase House Guest Room by AB Home Interiors
|Jackie Jordon, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin Williams, is forecasting the latest “it” color of the year: SW’s Indigo Batik (SW 7602).|
Jordon believes our country is “a blue jean nation” and this color represents that sense of relaxed traditionalism in America. In addition, prints and fabrics in ethnic batik and ikat prints are increasingly popular in this hue all over fashion and decor.
I have specified quite a bit of inky blues in Color Consultations lately – sometimes in combination with lighter blues or blue-grays. Some of my favorites include Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue HC-156 and Newburyport Blue HC-155.
Inky blue can definitely be dramatic, especially in a high gloss lacquer. This is a big trend in libraries, dining rooms, and even living rooms. And I love it as an accent color in the backs of bookcases.
Traditional navy or inky blues pair beautifully with more fun, edgy colors – like Honeysuckle Pink:
Looks fabulous with gray and lavender. I wrote about pairing blues and lavenders here. Inky blue works great with kelly or avocado green, but not sure I would have put the lavender and green together with the blue like they did here:
I love it with limey greens and yellows, like this living room by Jamie Drake:
So the question is, will you do inky blue?