I know there are too many choices when you’re looking for just the right paint color. I’ll make it easy for you by sharing the blue shades and white shades that I use over and over again.
It’s full of ideas, but before we get into it, some housekeeping to give credit where credit is due.
The designer of this year’s HGTV Dream House is Brian Patrick Flynn. Brian did a great job of designing every room to be gorgeous, livable, warm and very, very inviting. The photographer of the fabulous photos in this post is Robert Peterson of Rustic White Photography unless otherwise noted.
During my two hour design consultations, I’m often asked about where to hang the art that lucky people have collected over the years. This post will give you some direction and inspiration.
The fact that it's January seems to make me focus on color. I really miss my leaves. So I scrolled through my photos and look what I found:
When you see that purple, don't you want to just fall into it? Wouldn't you like to see some of that color every single day?
When I heard that Pantone had named Ultra Violet as their Color of the Year, I was thrilled. The world needs more purple. I probably wouldn't paint my walls with it, but I definitely look for this kind of purple--strong, vibrant, saturated--in accent pillows, on throws, in art and definitely in fresh flowers.
But maybe I would paint my walls with it. Here's some serious inspriation:
It's the prettiest kitchen I have ever stepped into and I'll never forget it. Those walls! Look at how they're balanced with white, light wood finishes and sparkling natural light. Using soft neutrals: gray, taupe, cream and white gives the eye some relief when using a showstopper color. The eye always needs some relief, otherwise it's hard to take it in for a sustained period. At least that's how I am.
After the flowers in the first picture were gone, I still had a reminder because...
I painted an old frame to create a vignette with art! That pop of purple on gray walls sure does make me happy. That's what vibrant colors do--they make us happy.
Then there's this:
A friend is using color to put his own stamp on a beautiful old home and the above pics show two of his rooms. is this something you could live with? I didn't think I could when he started painting, but now I can see they would make me incredibly happy. And creative. Like, all the time. The picture on the left lets you peek into an adjoining space. The moldings in that room are painted the orange you see in marigolds and they're gorgeous with the red walls. The guest room (pic on the right) is softer, but still unexpected.
You can get vibrant colors into any room with accessories, paint or fabrics. Whatever suits you best.
The top photo in the above group shows drapery panels in a vibrant pattern on red wall - I need to tell you about that color-happy client in another post. I wrote about those sassy office chairs in this post and the blue chair with the cute-as-a-button orange pillow was in this post. The gorgeous blue walls showed up in this very recent post.
Look for a favorite color that gives your brain a little jolt of happiness and put it in your house!
I've heard from several clients over the years that their Kitchen chairs are a little too short to be comfortable at the table. They feel like little kids sitting at the grown-up table. We had the same problem at our house!
The answer is to reupholster your chairs using thicker foam on the seat. We like our Kitchen chairs, above. They're by Amisco and made of white metal. The cheery floral fabric on the seats wore well for a number of years, but then just looked dirty, so I decided to reupholster the pads myself and finally raise them up with thicker foam to get a better height. Big mistake.
The mistake was thinking that I could do the job myself. I didn't take a picture of the messy side of my work, you'll just have to believe me when I say they looked like a child had done the job. If you look closely, you'll see some lumpy stuff going on because I made every mistake in the book. After wrestling with 3 out of the 4 chairs, I didn't have the heart to go on, so left the 4th in it's original state, dirty fabric and all, and stepped away from the project. For about 2 years. What can I say? Time flies.
They're finally fixed and looking great.
A short time ago I discovered Revolution Performance Fabrics, made right here in the USA. This fabric is bleach cleanable, well priced and comes in all sorts of nice patterns and colors. I used their Ombre pattern in the Flannel colorway. Off the chairs went to my oh-so-awesome upholsterer and they returned looking as you see above. Fantabulous. Tailored. Bleach cleanable (that bears repeating).
And with 5" foam on these seats, we sit high and proud at our table. Very comfy!
Formal dining room furniture need not be banished to the thrift shop--it just needs an occasional update! Read on to see how we went from drab to fab in a recent project.