Last summer, I worked with Jennifer on developing a color palette for her home. She's a girl who loves color, but felt that her previous paint color selections were not giving her the look or feel she was hoping for. So she called on me for a Color Intervention.
Color Palette by The Decorologist
The challenge was that Jennifer lived half-way across the country! Was I able to help her? Let's see what you think. She started out with a tan beige color in her entry and felt that it was boring. I agreed.
She wanted a more sophisticated, updated look for her home. We came up with a plan that makes the entry something extra special:
Now let's rotate to the left of the entry. In an effort to inject more color into her home, Jennifer had previously chosen a rich blue color for her dining room. The result was a vivid contrast to the yellow tan color in the entry and adjoining office area.
Dining Room Before
What a difference the right paint color can make! This new gray with a blue-green undertone was applied across the dining room, entry, and office. Goodbye, choppy colors – hello, graceful and inviting flow.
Dining Room After
The other issue we addressed were the columns and trim. Jennifer was open to the idea of adding some crown moulding in critical places, and this made a big difference in the outcome of this space. Can you see below in the photo how the drywall area boxed around the ceiling of the entry is painted out in three colors (white, yellow, and blue)? Is it drywall, is it trim, do we know? This is an issue I tackle a lot, especially in large neighborhood homes built in the last 10 years or so. When the paint was originally placed incorrectly by the builder, it's hard for a homeowner to see past that to a better solution.
Jennifer had the crown moulding added to the interior of the "box" on the ceiling of the entry, then I suggested she paint out the entire drywall beam white like the trim (columns and crown moulding). Now it all reads like architectural trim, and gives a very high-end look.
Entry After Paint Color Consultation
Here's the before, facing from the dining room, through the entry, into the office: Stripedy-stripedy.
Previous View from Dining Room to Office
The differences between the before and after of this space from this angle are the change in trim and wall color, the lovely new window treatments, and the hanging drum fixture (this is mirrored in the dining room). Gorgeous and fresh:
Entry to Office After
Coming full circle now (from the view of Jennifer's camera!), we are back to what you see when you enter the home – office to the right, dining room to the left, family room straight ahead. Before, the family room as a dark sage green with red accents. And keep your eye on the upcoming change to the stairway handrail.
Color Placement Before
The view from the entry is much more pleasing to the eye. There's a great flow of color with accents in the right places. Notice how the entry ceiling and the powder room are the same color? That's the way to create flow without chopping up a space and making it feel smaller and chaotic. And look – the dated oak handrail and newel posts went black and sophisticated.
Color Placement After
To give Jennifer even more variation, we decided on a more neutral grayed tan for the back of the house, which includes the living room and kitchen. Red will still be an accent color, and what she'll find is that she can move her furnishings, art, and accessories all around this level of the home and everything will still work together. I think that flexibility is important to consider when planning your paint color palette. This was the way the kitchen appeared before our consultation:
Below is the kitchen after the new neutral was painted on the walls and the light fixture I chose for Jennifer was in place. After she completed all the "homework" I gave her to do last summer, Jennifer contacted me again to consult on the second phase of her remodel – guess what that entails?
Kitchen After New Paint Color
She's up for remodeling the kitchen now! I was excited to see her progress and give her specific paint colors and design direction for the next phase, which includes painting her cabinetry, new countertops, kitchen flooring, and completion of the living room area. This is the lovely email she sent me after our second online consultation earlier this week:
Thank you for talking with me this morning. I had so many areas that I felt stuck and couldn’t move forward. While we chatted I was taking notes-and if you include the first 2 pages that were filled with questions that I jotted down before the call—I now have 6 (front/back) pages of notes that allow me parameters to work within.
I am such a huge fan of your blog and follow you on Pinterest and Facebook so I can get all the juicy details from your experience! Thanks for bringing some style to my home. I can’t wait to share some pictures as I go!
That pretty much made my week! I have really fantastic clients who listen to what I try to teach them and trust my recommendations enough to follow through, even though I may never meet them face-to-face! I'll let you know how Jennifer's kitchen and living room turn out. If you want to learn more about how to choose just the right colors for your own space, stay tuned for the upcoming launch of my Color Workshop Video (within the week, I hope!) Sign up for my emails and my exclusive newsletter today. You can also follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter to stay on top of the latest design and color inspiration.