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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Selecting a wall paint color you won't regret.

Before you head to the paint store

1) Don't back yourself into a corner by selecting the wall color first!  Consider your overall plan, begin with drapery fabrics or rugs. Rugs & fabrics need to fit a lot of criteria: style, durability, pattern, budget, and there are thousands of paint colors that will compliment them. 

2) Consider the color tone. For example, in selecting an “off white”, one quickly learns that there are many to choose from! Look for underlying tones – does it have a grey or peach cast?  You probably won’t notice the underlying tone on a 1” square, but it will be painfully obvious once you paint the entire room.

3) If you bring home sample jars, I recommend you apply it to a poster board instead of the existing wall. Try to look at the new color without the current wall color next to it, since the current color can distort the way your eye perceives the new color.

The bronze silk drapes inspired the bronze ceiling paint 

The fabrics and rug were the inspiration for the green wall paints 

4) Know that a qualified Interior designer can advise how to  tweak paint, by adding drops of color, or by reducing or increasing the strength. My best clients have been the ones that spent thousands repainting their rooms several times before they found me!  The exciting thing is, the right color can completely transform your room for very little money!  and Greensboro paint stores have sample size cans available. 
Sherwin Williams Paint Fan 
 The exciting thing is, the right color can completely transform your room for very little money!  and Greensboro paint stores have sample size cans available. If you try out 3' x 2' sample areas, you'll have a much better chance of selecting a paint color you'll love. 

To find art in the right size, see these beautiful photos!

Finding art that is the right size can seem like a challenge, just know that big is good! A large piece of art will actually make a small room look larger (in most instances). If on the other hand you put lots of pieces of art on one wall, it can tend to feel cluttered.

large art can make a small room feel larger 

notice how this art fits the entire wall area that is available

One large piece of art creates a clean soothing style
After bench under Art 
Our 70" long custom bench looks great in this foyer entrance  

Art in foyer

Art is a great step one,  you can paint the walls with
a complimentary color that accentuates the colors in the art. 

 People tend to pick both canvas art & framed art on one criteria - 'how does it make me feel'? But there's more to consider!

1) The size & shape of art will greatly affect your room. A tall vertical piece will trick the eye to make your ceilings appear taller.

2) Contrary to popular belief, a huge piece can make a small room seem bigger!  That never ceases to amaze people, just how much bigger the room feels once you add large artwork.

3) Consider mixing styles. If your furniture is traditional, you'll can achieve a fresh updated feeling through contemporary art.

contemporary art blends well with traditional furniture

If these pieces are too contemporary for your taste, know that there are many options, and the right art can really transform a room! We added the art above to a Greensboro, NC home to update traditional mahogany furniture. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Should the wife or the husband makes the decorating decisions?

·         According to a October 2010 NHFA Retailer article: "women are the chief operating officers of the household, controlling more than 80% of the purchasing decisions.

     Their desire to consult with a husband doesn't mean they're indecisiove, it means they want people with whom they have close relationships to be pleased." Maybe these men don't feel it's necessary to get involved in lots of details, ....such as which window treatments. I think a lot of men would rather deal with technical issues, such as which car is safe or will hold it's value better. I think if a woman spends a great deal of time in the home, raising children and working out of the home, it's important that her environment has pleasing colors and is clutter free.  

    What's that famous saying? "If momma isn't happy, then NOBODY's happy!" And in those cases where the husband and wife both have strong opinions (and if their taste is not at all similiar), a designer can often find a middle ground where they can meet, so they'll both be happy.