It’s really cool to do color and design consultations with those in a similar realm of work, but a recent color consultation I did an online with Natalie Gallagher of Refined Rooms was particularly interesting to me. You see, Natalie and I have a lot in common! She was previously a clinical psychologist, but is now working in the field of professional organization and home staging. And she’s a blogger, too.
Ok, before you say a word, I realize that organization is NOT my strength, so we have some differences! But like for many people in the design field, it can be a difficult thing to make decisions for yourself that you make every day for other people, and that certainly includes choosing paint colors. I altered psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to illustrate how important I deem paint color choices:
So Natalie contacted me to consult on a new color scheme for her home. She had already painted her master bedroom, bathroom, and daughter’s room in colors she felt good about. But she needed some objective guidance as to which paint colors would work best in her open-concept areas, as well as some specific recommendations for color placement that would really make it all come together.
Here is the “before” and “after” of her dining room:
Did you notice the dark ceiling paired with the lighter walls? Here’s a photo of the office in process as the backs of the bookcases are being painted to add some drama against the main neutral we decided upon, Benjamin Moore Sweet Spring.
Hop over to Natalie’s blog, Refined Rooms, to see her entire article and photos, as well as great advice about organizing your home!
Before I go, I wanted to show you this:
No, it’s not a bruise from a horrible injury, it’s the purple dye I can’t get off my hands after tie-dying camp t-shirts! I’m off to pack for my 7th year as a counselor at Camp Sonrise. The designated color for the 5th grade girls this year is LAVENDER. Here is some of what I’m bringing to spruce up the cabin:
Wish me luck this weekend! Better yet, wish me a few good hours of sleep . . .