Thursday, January 29, 2015

How to Choose Your Paint Colors, the Elle Decor Interview

We recently read an article on Elle Decor's website that interviewed designer Scot Meacham Wood, (formerly Ralph Lauren, currently creator of eponymous design firm) on how to choose your paint colors. Here was our take away. You can find the full article at Elle Decor.

Even Wood has had trails and errors on paint colors. Paint colors can be very tricky. He has some great tips that he uses when choosing paint colors for his own projects.

  • First he determines the color palette of the room. Don't try to make the room into something that it is not.
I always try to think what personality I want the room to have, then I select colors according to that!
  • Bring along inspiration pieces when picking out paint. Bring along a sample of your cushion fabric or even the piece of clothing that gave you the inspiration to hold next to the color. This will help tremendously. Wood has been known to buy up to 20 different samples of paint to bring home and try out. 
  • Paint the samples on the wall to see it in different lights throughout the day. He wants to see how it works in the room in all shades of light.
A local store called Guirey's here in Denver has small samples that you can buy for $2.99 to take home and try. These are great if you can decide
  • Wood prefers an eggshell finish for most walls. It provides a little sheen which looks great at night. He finds flat to be too chalky for his taste. And lacquer? Loves it, but must have a perfect wall to put it on.
I personally LOVE using lacquer paint as well. I use it on door, ceilings, and fun furniture pieces

Thanks Elle Decor for sharing such an insightful interview!

Are you doing any painting? We would love to see. Please share with us!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Design Resolutions!

Happy New Year!! Now that we have had a few weeks to settle in the new year we thought the space around you deserves your attention too! Sure, your resolutions for working out and eating right are important, but so is designing the space around you! Here are a few resolutions we have for ourselves this year.

Let art fill thou space
Look around your space. Do you have blank walls staring back at you? They are waiting to be decorated with art! Surround yourself with your favorite paintings, pictures, and artifacts.

Create a space that speaks to you
Are you an enthusiastic reader? Can’t get enough of the Broncos? Or possibly you enjoy your night cap baths? Create a space that speaks to your strongest interests. Choose a spot where you spend most of your time and personalize it with those things that make you happy.

Clear the clutter
Repeat after me, clutter is not your friend. Things that you have no attachment to can go. A tip when decorating is choose a room you want to refresh. Take all your accessories down and then re-decorate with them to give them new life. All the items you couldn’t find spot for can be either stored or donated. You will not only have a new take on your space, but also weaved out those pieces you may have been growing tired of.

Backyards are spaces too

It might be hard to think about your backyard when its covered in snow, but let your imagination run wild! Spring will be here soon and now is the perfect time to start thinking of the projects you want to accomplish. Decorate the outdoors as you would inside. Use patterned pillows, plants, and rugs to set your stage. Go beyond the standard patio set up and treat it like a living room. You will be enjoying the warm weather in your backyard before you know it!


Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Pantone’s Color of the Year!!

2015 Pantone’s color of the year: Marsala!!!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. We wish you all a colorful, happy and prosperous new year.....Speaking of colorful, have you seen the 2015 Color of the Year?? Here is is and here are 
4 things to know about this rich color, Marsala!!


1. Same color family, different name

Marsala is Panotone’s color, but there are some many other colors that closely resemble. Use the color that speaks to your needs!

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2.What goes with Marsala?

Think creams and pinks that have a slight purple undertone, blues with an aqua undertone, and forest greens beautifully compliment the Marsala’s ‘purpley’ red.

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3. Real Life
Two different takes on Marsala colored walls. One in a bedroom accented with a crème and blue colored bed. The other in a living space accented with crème, and golden browns. Both feel like a throwback to Victorian days while keeping a modern approach.

Or how about the color of the year show up in your furniture. A marsala colored couch pops out when the walls are a luxurious aqua blue. Bright and fun for any living area.


4. Get Inspired by nature!

Look around, Marsala pops up in the most unexpected places. It appears in our flowers, our pomegranate seeds, and our favorite wine. Grab inspiration from your natural surroundings and apply in your home.

Do you think Marsala will be popping up in your home this New Year??
Tell us where....