It seems to hit at about the 10 year mark.
Suddenly you can no longer stand the outdated colors or style of your room.

For me it was the colors -
I was so tired of the same colors everyday that I craved change.
It was almost overnight -
one day they didn't bug me, the next -
I hated them.

I think that looking at so much color all day
had me craving calm neutrals to come home to.

For Kathleen, it was both - she wanted to gray down her color palette
and she wanted a nice, clean-lined contemporary look.

We started with a new color palette.
Soft grays, taupes, creams, navy
and a pop of mustard
and went from this....

to this...

We used neutral fabrics with pops of color
and in another 10 years or so, when Kathleen tires of this color scheme, 
it will be easy to add new colors - simply change the accessories

The result is updated, calm, casual and inviting.  


I'm looking for a paint color for second floor hallway. Wall to wall carpet is navy blue. Wood trim and built in wood linen closet is Benjamin Moore white wing. I'd like a color that would be good so we hang pictures on the wall.

Right now walls are white wing. There is no exterior light to the hallway, just painted white wing paneled 1900 doors to bedrooms and bathroom.


Hallways can be dark spaces, so I'm recommending (sight unseen, of course) a lighter palette, but also a definite color so that the pictures you hang will have a nice background.    With navy, I recommend Sherwin Williams AMAZING GRAY or ACCESSIBLE BEIGE.   Of the two, Accessible Beige is the lighter, but in a hallway area, it will appear darker than on the paint chip. (Actually, the family room in the post above is painted Accessible Beige). It has a little more beige but is still a cool beige and will be lovely with the navy.  

Amazing Gray has more gray, is a little cooler and a little deeper color, but has a beige undertone, so again, will be nice with the navy.  

Give them both a try as a sample on some poster board you can tack in place and see which one is more appealing in your space.  Both, in a hallway, will be darker than the paint chip, but with adequate lighting will be very nice on the walls.

Best wishes,



I love peeking inside homes.   I confess, I'm a regular at the website Hooked on Houses.   My favorite thing, though, is checking out model homes.  I always like to see what they've come up with,  and what's new in tile, flooring, lighting, fabrics, etc.

I found I had a free afternoon so that's exactly what I did....and took pictures, of course!  These models are in a new neighborhood with these particular homes starting at over $1M and 3,000 sq. feet.

Isn't it interesting how our lifestyles have changed?  These new homes showcased open floor plans, with living, dining and kitchen all visible to each other, and no formal areas.  Gone are the formal living rooms and formal dining rooms.  I'm a little sad at that change - just because it was nice to have the formal room in the house, especially when we had little ones around, that you could keep clean and tidy to receive guests.  I guess it was a bit of wasted space though - seldom used.  These homes are for living in - with large family areas and hang-out rooms upstairs for teens and family.

I was actually a little disappointed in the upgrades, though. I kept looking for wow moments, new materials, unique colors - and really didn't have many.  I just expected more in this price range, I guess. There were no stellar ideas and in a home they are asking over $1M, I felt there should have been.

They were very nice, though.  
All featured rustic wood flooring.
Much use of linen and reclaimed wood furnishings.

I hated that they didn't take the cabinets to the ceiling here,
and put a lame box-like cover over the cook-top vent. 

They used horizontal planking in some models - love that.

A pop of color makes a huge difference
in a white kitchen

The wall color was perfect.  
The beach poster - Loved it.

Some of the models had a board and batten high wainscot,
one of my favorite wall treatments

I really liked these bedside tables.
I think I saw this in Ballard Designs, but never pictured it used at bedside.

The bathroom was pretty simple
and while I feel that is a good thing, I wasn't impressed with this design.

One thing I did notice, was the use of very unique lighting.

This dining room had a very cool and unusual chandelier

comprised of clear beverage bottles

I wouldn't mind having this spacious home office.

I always say your artwork doesn't have to match your decor.
But it is very pleasant when it does.

They did finally get a little creative with tile in this dressing area.
with tile applied to the floor in a rug pattern

this was my favorite kitchen - spacious and cabinets to the ceiling...
no lame box to cover the vent...
The ceilings had to be over 10 feet here,
the one drawback being the island was so wide you'd need to crawl on top to clean it.

I loved the wall and tile color of this laundry

and this was a pretty great shower

Mind you, it was tastefully done.  
With the exception of one model that was too brown for my taste, they were all appealing.  

I liked these bedside cases as well - I guess I was looking for something unique!

game room with cute vintage posters...

Am I expecting too much?  Are you blown away by these rooms?

I did save the best to last...
This, I felt, was worthy of a 'wow' moment...


art and handcrafted light fixture
pretty cool

What do you think?  Many 'wow' moments?
Any ideas you'd take home?


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