Color Talk | 2018 Blue Hues

We know!  You're sick of grey...and beige...and grey beige.  You want color.  But you don't want to be overwhelmed by color so you're trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it without overdoing it.  Blue is a great color for a;,pst amy space.  Depending on the shade, ti can be dark and moody for a bedroom or light and airy for a common area like a great room or dining room.  Accoring to Houzz, there are certain go-to blue hues that are guaranteed to make the statement you want!
 

We still love muted blues with grey in them so Skylight by Farrow and Ball is a great option.  It can really work in common areas or bedrooms because the mix of blue and grey make it versatile.

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If you want to go with a little brighter that can be more bedroomy...although we've seen it used throughout entire homes, Retiring Blue by Sherwin Williams is a clear blue-green (mostly blue) that leaves your home feeling light and bright and almost beachy!

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This next blue is very mature and would be perfect for a master bathroom or even a guest room.  It has almost no green in it but isn't too powdery or baby-blueish like a lot of pale true blues.  It's just nice and calm--First Snowfall by Benjamin Moore,

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Going much more green and feeling super springy is Watermark by Behr.  Again, we see it as a bedroom/bathroom color but it's calm enough to  work in other spaces too.

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The perfect dining room color is Winter Ice by Benjamin Moore and we can't forget about one of our favorite go-tos---Silver Strand by Sherwin Williams.

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All-in-all, we consider blue to be a neutral and love mixing it in.  Blue is classic and can really work in almost any part of the home as long as it's paired with the right mix of other items.  It really is one of our favorite colors!

Got the Blues?| Selecting the Perfect Blue Paint

White walls are still hot...and the minimalist look isn't going anywhere for awhile but color is coming back onto the scene for 2017.  Wall colors are getting darker and more interesting and people are ok with that.  

There's so much more to selecting the perfect wall color than people think.  Especially now.  Colors have evolved so much that picking that perfect color is hard.  What's the base color mixed with?  Black, white, brown, yellow?  Is there a hint of red?  Is it a clear color or more muddy?  Black or grey mixed in with colors usually makes them more "mature-looking" while brighter colors with more white can sometimes feel juvenile.

All that to say that blue is definitely a solid color choice for walls.  However, not just any blue will work.  There are certain blues that are a more elevated version of the color and it's important to pick the right one for your space.  We love black walls, but they sometimes scare people.  Blue, on the other hand is "safer" and also considered a neutral--it works well for a feminine or masculine space and blends well with almost any other accent color--so it's also versatile!  So today we're sharing an article with you that we found on Houzz about some beautiful blues!  Thanks, Becky Harris, for the great color choices!

The blues that Becky discusses are inspiring and come highly recommended by designers.  So be sure to take notes!

For something slightly powdery but still expensive looking, try Benjamin Moore's Sea Star 2123-30.  It's a type of colonial blue but works well with a light space to create a statement!

Blue Note 2129-30 by Benjamin Moore is one of our favorites!  It's rich and bold and screams strong and successful!

Similar to Blue Note but with a little more black in it, Hale Navy 2063-10 by Benjamin Moore has more of a nautical feel.  Pair it with white trim, stripes and brass and you've got a cozy space perfect for any season.

Going slightly darker is In The Midnight Hour 1966 by Benjamin Moore.  This color is one you'll definitely want to pair with whites and texture to lighten it up but don't be afraid to use it to make a statement.

We'll be honest.  Different brands of paint offer better selections in certain color families.  Sherwin Williams has a great selection of greys and grey-beiges while Benjamin Moore is definitely a competitor in blues!  Remember that when paint shopping.  Sometimes shopping in different brands is necessary to find the perfect color.

Tips & Tricks | Paint

Picking paint is hard.  Real hard.  Even designers can struggle with the right paint color.  There are so many variables that affect how paint looks in the end.  To  begin with, what is the lighting situation?  Is there a lot of natural light to make the color appear brighter or is the room dark where highlights and undertones won't be as visible?  What color are the floors?  Do they have undertones that will create a reflection on the walls and ultimately change the color?  What color furniture will be in the room?  Again...will there be reflection issues?  Really, picking paint isn't just picking paint.  It's analyzing the space and deciding how it will all work together.  It's tricky.  We get it.  So today we're sharing some tips for picking paint.  Explaining what the process should look like and doing our best to give you a little more confidence for your next color selection endeavor.

For starters, we'll tell you from years of experience....the paint color never looks the way it does on the chip on your walls.  This is true for a thousand reasons.  Nevermind what they are.  Just trust us.  When choosing paint, you have to think bigger picture.  It may be great on a little sample card, but on 10' walls?  Let's think about this.  If a little is good, a lot isn't always awesome.  If you like the color on the chip, it's usually a safe bet to go with the color one step up--a little lighter, more-muted version.  That way when you put it all over the walls, it doesn't overwhelm you.  

Once you've narrowed it down to one or two colors, test them on the wall.  But not just anywhere on the wall. Test them on a spot near the floor in an area of the room where an average amount of light is hitting the sample.  You want to see it in an area where you'll see how it will look with some of the floor color reflecting on it AND will have a good idea of how the light in the space will brighten or darken the color.  Also, don't be stingy when painting the swatch.  Do a nice-size square...maybe 12" x 12" so you can really see a big chunk of the color.  Important thing to remember too---paint two coats!  Unless you're painting on white walls, you're going to need to fully-cover the existing color to get a good idea what the new paint color will look like.  So paint the sample like you would the wall--2 coats.

Finally, check your lighting.  If you have plans to change your lighting sometime in the near future, we highly recommend changing that first before selecting a color and painting the walls.  Lighting makes a big impact on the way a paint color looks so it's important to know what you're working with.  If your lighting isn't what it will be, you have no gauge on how the paint color will turn out in the end.  Trust us.

Like we said at the beginning, paint colors can be hard.  And the even harder thing is that paint makes such a big impact on the space that if you get it wrong, you're going to be forced to re-do it.  So try to follow these tips---do a little more prep on the front end so you're not wasting time on the back end. :)

 

We're Looking Up! | Ceiling Colors that will Brighten Your Day

Most of us have been taught that dark colors make a room feel small and light colors open the space up.  We've carried this idea on with ceiling as well by keeping ceiling colors light in order to avoid feeling like our ceilings are falling down on us.  This thought process is true, to an extent, but is not always the case.  Think of your ceiling as an alternative way to add color to a space--use it, but don't overuse it.  Here are some suggestions of ways that ceiling colors can work well in a room.

Consider keeping the walls white or some pale neutral and only applying color to the ceiling!  When selecting the color, choose from the rest of the items in the room--bedding, window treatments, pillows, art, so that it coordinates.  This can make for a really interesting space that doesn't feel like a cave because there's color on the ceiling.  Instead, the neutral walls open the space up but the ceiling gives you a little punch of color.

Painted ceiling in the bedroom

Most of us don't have this issue, but some homes have smaller rooms with really tall ceilings.  This can make you feel like you're living in some sort of tunnel.  In a situation like this, paint on the ceiling can actually balance out the space and make it feel a little more even.  Take a look at this room.  The paint color extends from the ceiling down onto the walls to short the visual appearance of the walls and make the room feel less tunnel-like.

Pink and orange bedroom with painted ceiling

Your home may not have very much wall space for various reasons.  In a situation like this, color on the ceiling may be your only option.  When implementing this technique, make sure the color coordinates with the rest of the room--art, softwoods, flooring, etc. so that it flows, but don't miss out on having color in your home because your wall space is limited!

Family room with orange ceiling

Maybe you just have a normal home with normal wall space and normal ceiling heights but you're still interested in adding color to the ceiling.  You can!  When selecting the color, though, try to avoid something bright and excessively vibrant.  Instead, good with a more muted color--something rich could be nice, but keep it tamed.

One other thing to consider when painting your ceilings--a painted ceiling is less common than painted walls so you want to make sure it's done right.  Try framing it out with molding to make it look finished.  You don't want it to look like you just just slapped a coat of paint on the ceiling as an experiment.  Make it look intentional and it was make the whole space feel like it fits!

Master bedroom with blue ceiling