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Showing posts with label charcoal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label charcoal. Show all posts

8/14/13

BETTER CURB APPEAL

What is it that gives a home curb appeal?
I think it boils down to just a few elements.  
Think about that home that everyone loves in your neighborhood or town.  
What makes it the envy of the community?

1. Maintenance
denotes pride of ownership when your home is
well maintained and updated
2. Landscaping
not overgrown, or under-planted 
scale is important
well tended, green, healthy
well lighted
3. Charm
the touches that say 
"I'm a well loved home, 
not just a house".

How does your home measure up?

3/19/13

REBIRTH



Keep Calm and Carry On .... turned out to be good advice.  Our first day in London I injured my knee.  The question became: stay there injured or go home...?  We applied ice packs, Advil, and anti-inflammatory medication - and prayer - and decided to stay.  We rented a wheelchair and changed a few plans.  My DH was amazing - pushing me all around London, which is not that wheelchair friendly and was definitely an adventure.  It could have been a disaster - but the group we were with was amazing, DH was amazing, and how can London NOT be amazing?  Even in the snow.  In a wheelchair.  

7/27/12

CRAZY FOR COLOR

ADD A LITTLE DRAMA
 
In decorating its not the objects as much as the contrasts that make a room interesting.  
There are a million and one ways to decorate a room, but unless you have a little drama - a 
strong contrast - it can still be boring.

7/17/12

CHARCOAL GRAY MASTER SUITE


LISA'S BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM SUITE

I am way behind on posting on the projects I currently have in the works, but here are some photos to catch you up on Lisa's Master Suite....

I posted about it first here:

We chose a palette of charcoal gray, white, pale gray and beige with deep dark woods - a very soothing, serene color scheme.

3/27/12

PAINT COLOR

NEW COLOR FOR A FAMILY ROOM



For a while, dark walls were all the rage.  Furniture looked amazing against them, as did artwork.
They were dramatic and fun.  A whole room could be dramatic - or just one wall. 
 I noticed lately, that there are less and less 'accent' walls, 
and that dark walls are giving way to lighter, fresher colors.
Sometimes how we feel is reflected in the smallest of ways.  Like paint color.  
Things have been a little tough - economy has been down - we want change, 
we want something new and fresh and we want our burdens to be lighter
Could that be why things are lightening up around the house?

9/13/10

HOME DECOR: DOES YOUR HOME SAY 'WELCOME'?


With the holiday season fast approaching, begining with all the little visitors you will have for Halloween, its a good time to take a minute to look at the front of your house, and particularly your front door area, to see if it says 'Welcome' 
or 'Go Away'.  

Yikes!

 (Or in extreme cases "Yikes" 

or "a crazy person lives here" - hope you don't fall in that category!)


I recently had a friend ask me a question I thought would make a great subject for a blog post:

..."wish my front porch wasn't so sloping. . .with-an-ugly-white-front-door...ish.   I can't . . .fix the porch yet, but maybe I could paint the front door, if that would help at all. What do you think would be a good color with the reddish brown brick and white trim?. . ."
Low contrast 'white' door - while it doesn't look bad, it doesn't exactly stand out or look warm and inviting...

Another low contrast door - it's hard to see where the house ends and the door starts

The most important thing about painting a front door is that it should stand out - it should say 'here's the entrance, please come in'.   It should not blend into the house and leave people wondering where it is.  Choose a color that will coordinate or complement your home, but that has a deeper or brighter value.

YELLOW AND MUSTARD

creamy yellow doors look best with lots of white trim around them
on a darker house
Mustard is strong enough to stand on its own.  I must say, I am liking this mustard!


The second important thing is that it should look well cared for.  Make sure the paint or stain is fresh, not peeling or faded. 

this french style is a little faded

this could look amazing in a deep color, but looks weak in white
I like the color of this door, but there needs to be a bigger contrast to the house color

 (Remember, this is the first impression people have of your home, and sometimes of you).
Polish that doorknob, and the porch light - 
or replace them if they are beyond help. 

REDS

a bold red door shouts confidence and 'look at me'
can't miss the entrance here


the brass handle and kick plate are a traditional touch
that brightens an entrance

a glossy door and beautiful hardware make a good impression
with red brick and white trim - a red door looks just right
and I love the black threshhold and shutters



A new trend is vinyl lettering on doors
family names, street numbers and welcoming phrases are
easy to apply and an inexpensive decorative detail
you can order custom vinyl here

leenthegraphicqueen


Red door with white trim on a soft grey house - elegant!
A good example of the same door in different colors

Which color to you prefer?

Now this says 'welcome'!

Thirdly, add a little charm.  Put a wreath on the door, or a few potted plants. 


BLUE, TEAL, TURQUOISE

Blues are a little more tricky - but this one looks good against the red brick and white trim - and patriotic


classic blue and white
you can never go wrong with a classic

country blue

Turquoise is a strong color and looks best against cool neutrals - no red brick for this one
the reason the teal on this door looks wonderful is that it is a natural complementary color for the orange of the leaves, brick and pumpkins
A lighter colored door works when the house color is dark

this purple door is a richer, deeper shade of the brick of the house
the glossy finish is a nice contrast to the brick


A stone house can handle a white door
the contrast makes it pop against the stone


a grey toned stone is a great companion to turquoise




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
another favorite of mine is this beautiful charcoal grey




but I'd have to say my all time favorite is the classic glossy black door

which looks good on light grey houses, white houses and red brick houses








so, friend with the door query - your house would look clean and classic with a glossy black door, black porch light, and a brass kick plate.  You could add a  couple of potted rounded boxwood shrubs and a couple of other pots with flowering plants for a more welcoming look. 
Red or mustard will look nice, too, if you want to go bold.  (Plan on extra paint for red and yellow - they need several coats to cover well.)



TAKE A LONG OBJECTIVE LOOK AT YOUR FRONT ENTRANCE.  IF IT DOESN'T SAY 'WELCOME' THEN GET SOME PAINT AND SPRUCE IT UP!