Friday, November 11, 2011

Top 5 Tips To Choose Paint Color

Tip 1. Think about color psychology, or the "mood" you would like to achieve. For a restful calming space choose soft, cool colors. To energize a space choose dramatic, warm colors.

By using neutral colors you can create a soothing atmosphere, 
add pops of color and mix smooth and rough textures to create intrigue!

Tip 2. Select a color scheme using inspiration from fabrics, photographs or nature. The 3 main color schemes are Monochromatic, Analogous and Complimentary: A Monochromatic color scheme is achieved when using different values (light or dark) of a single hue (color). You can create a calming atmosphere by using different shades from the same color family.

An Analogous color scheme is created when you use an array of colors found directly next to each other on the color wheel (i.e. green, blue, purple) this color scheme is most commonly found in nature and is said to be intuitive and soothing.

Complimentary color schemes are created when colors found directly opposite each other on the color wheel are combined (i.e. red and green). The effect is active and lively. 

Tip 3. Consider lighting: Think about the daylight that enters the room. Do you have incandescent or fluorescent light fixtures? Incandescent lights give off a warmer glow where as fluorescent lights give a space a cool blue. The type of lighting can be very deceiving and affect the way we perceive paint colors. Use the appropriate light boxes provided at the paint store when looking at paint samples to choose the correct colors. When painting the exterior don't forget to look at paint swatches in the daylight!!!

Tip 4. Do you want the space to feel bigger or smaller? Ceiling to feel shorter or taller? 
Light colors make a space feel larger. Dark colors do the opposite! Consider adjoining spaces and coordinate paint colors so the rooms flow from one into the next. If you are painting the exterior, look at your neighbors homes and try to coordinate your paint color with the existing street scape.

Dark walls give a dramatic and intimate feel. 
These green drapes add a beautiful burst of color!
Tip 5. Test the colors in the room: Choose 2-3 colors from the small paint swatches and paint directly on a large portion of the wall or paint sample boards that you can lean up against the wall. Observe for a several days in the changing light conditions.
Last but not least: Think about the paint sheen, do you want flat or glossy? Glossy bounces light around the room whereas flat paint tends to holds light still. Light paint colors with a glossy sheen make a small space feel expansive. Glossy paint in a dark color adds major drama! Typically I use a hi-gloss finish on furniture, semi-gloss on trim and cabinets and satin or eggshell on the walls. Always remember that it is just paint and it is the simplest and least expensive change you can make to the design of space.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Entryway Inspiration...

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! Today I am in search of entryway inspiration. After painting our house over the summer we now need to: paint the door, add a kick plate and knocker, find unique house numbers and a new nickle doorbell.

After months of planning, the house color still turned out a deep navy blue rather than the charcoal gray that I had in mind (I will be posting ideas and tips on choosing paint colors later in the week). When searching for design inspiration I like to walk through beautiful neighborhoods to get ideas for my design. I take bits and pieces from many sources and mold them into my own creative design. Here are some of my inspiration photos, mostly found on Pinterest for my front entry and door. I love feedback and suggestions so please comment on any of the posts or email me at anytime!

This house has beautiful symmetry, I really like the color choice for this cottage style architecture.
Great landscape architecture with the rock pathway and wood trellis on either sides.
I love the lantern style entry lights!

This front entry is very well composed. Cool vintage mailbox and a very unique light.
I love the painted wood decking and those cool rocking chairs.

Yellow Door...
Check out these huge house numbers, interesting and modern choice for this cute bungalow cottage. 
The color is nearly the same as mine. Maybe I should paint our door yellow!?!

I love everything about this entry: the light fixture, the knocker and the numbers work so well together.
Design tip: Potted plants always look best in groupings of three!

Turquoise Door...
The chevron pattern and color of the door are so refreshing. Great knocker, latch and house numbers!
The lights need to be different style and definitely a larger scale with a dark bronze finish.

Black Door...
This entry is amazing! The lights are perfect. They are simple and remind me of yacht club / dock light fixtures.
The lanterns on the stairs are so cool...

Red Door...
I have always loved the idea of a red front door. It seems so welcoming.

How about this red door? The color of this home is similar to ours.
 I think this is beautiful and it really makes me want some snow!!!
What do you think? I promise to post my photos as soon as I make some design updates. I will also post some before photos so you can see where we started.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dream Home

 I hope you all had a great weekend. I was busy joining Pinterest  (finally, it is an online pin board) and landscaping our front garden beds. I planted hydrangeas, Winter green shrubs and a few different types of grasses and nearly 100 tulip, iris and narcissus bulbs. I will be photographing the progress through the seasons to see how they all work together.

Today I wanted to share a home designed by Tiek Built Homes. They specialize in restoring traditional style homes that are absolutely amazing. Their passion for design, architecture and quality craftsmanship is evident and I am absolutely obsessed with the design of this home. The interior design was done by Caitlin Creer and suits the Cape Cod style architecture of the home very nicely. Enjoy the photos and be sure to check out Tiek Built Homes Blog or their Pinterest for more information and inspirational photos.

I grew up vising my family in Connecticut and have always loved the Cape Cod Style homes that line the shore. This cottage style greatly influences my personal designs and I am inspired by life near the sea. In this home the lantern lights hint to a nautical theme without being overly "themey" and the yellow door is perfectly charming! This is my Dream Home...

 I love the gray paint color with the bright white trim. The roof line is detailed and compliments the Cape Cod style architecture very well.
Check out all of the windows and natural light. They really succeeded in bringing the outdoors in! That is a great ceiling fan, very simple and understated and the paint color is soft and serene.
The architectural details are classic traditional design. The detailed chevron brick pattern inside the fireplace is so creative and the small glass tiles add a bit of sparkle.

This window seat is genius, I am a huge fan of natural light and who doesn't enjoy an afternoon nap in the sun? These pillows are so cute too...

Tiek Built Homes
 On to the Kitchen...and it just gets better...I am in love with the high ceilings, the light fixtures and the farm house sink. These are all perfect components for a cottage style home.
Tiek Built Homes
I love using free standing furniture in unexpected ways, a vanity made from an antique dresser or cabinet or an armoire used as a shoe closet. In this home the kitchen island has been designed to be free floating, giving an airy and open feel. I think it is a perfect choice!

Tiek Built Homes
Master Bedroom - The Paneling behind the headboard is so dramatic and the gable roof gives the ceiling an organic "curved" shape, I love how the scroll bed mirrors the line of the ceiling.

Seating nook in the master bedroom. The furniture was custom made and gives a dramatic and cozy feel to the master bedroom.
I hope this cape cod style dream home inspires you as much as it does me! Remember to check back to see photos of the landscaping I did over the weekend! Also find me on Pinterest, where I will be posting even more inspiring designs as well as recipes and travel photos...