4/21/13

WHITE WASH

I THINK I COULD LIVE IN THE SOUTH
Prior to this, when anyone said 'whitewash' I thought of Tom Sawyer whitewashing Aunt Polly's fence.
Whitewash, or calciminekalsominecalsomine, or lime paint is a low-cost type of paint made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) and chalk (whiting). (Wikipedia)

While researching painted brick homes, I came across this treatment for transforming nondescript red brick into something else entirely.     

4/18/13

CURB APPEAL


UPDATE FOR OUTSIDE

So you have probably heard a lot about curb appeal in terms of selling your home - making it inviting, welcoming, well maintained.... etc., etc.    But its also the first impression visitors have of YOU when they come to your home - when you are NOT selling - when you are living there.  What does your home say about you? 

4/16/13

COLORS GO COASTAL


BLUE UNDERTONES WITHOUT BEING OVERTLY BLUE....


Undertones are tricky beasts.  For example, grays are nothing but undertones - except for the pure concrete colors - it is what makes them beautiful and versatile.  Sometimes the undertone shows up more strongly than we like.  A blue undertone, for example, may be too blue on the walls.  Or is it?  Wall color, especially in an empty room, will look much stronger before furniture and furnishings are added.  Sometime it just pays to wait a little.  The wall color will fade to the background as you add your furniture and decor.

GRAY PALETTE



CREATING COLOR SCHEMES


Choosing a color palette for your home may seem daunting, but doesn't have to be all that difficult to achieve.  Just remember you are creating a backdrop - one that will compliment, but really fade to the background once you have furniture, rugs, draperies, pillows, lamps and accessories in place.  The best wall colors do.  They should sit softly in the background, supporting the overall design, but not trying to grab your attention or upstage your furniture.  Unless that is your design - but that's a whole other story...  Remember the word 'backdrop' and relax....  it's only paint....

COZY BUT NOT DARK

NEEDING OOMPH.....

Sometimes the wall colors we choose are just too saturated for the available light in a room.  If you crave light and wide open spaces - but are stuck with smaller rooms and lower ceilings - you may like to try some of the very light, barely there, grays and greige paint colors to lighten up your space.

4/2/13

TWINS!!!



I'm not overly fond of blue, green or pink for a nursery.  Too typical, I guess.   I do believe wall color should be soothing and calm - so I'm fond of neutrals on nursery walls.  Wall color grayed down a little, or a lot.  Lots of fresh white.  The word is soothing, or soft, or calm.... like the photos I've posted.

USING A PAINT FAN DECK


FINDING YOUR UNDERTONES
There are thousands and thousands of grays.  From the beige grays to the blue grays, if you can see the undertone, you can pick your perfect color.....

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