Before and After

Who doesn’t love a good before and after? Whether it’s a new hair style or new room styling, a fresh approach is always welcome. In my opinion the easiest way to update Interiors comes down to these three basics:

Fresh Paint – especially for wood trims
Replacing carpet with hardwood
Updated lighting

These photos beautifully illustrate these ideas:

Fresh paint – replacing the “builders white” with a soft grey creates good contrast for this space.  Note the wood banister has been painted to give a more uniformed look.

Hardwood flooring visually expands this interior,  but appropriate sized area rugs can be added to anchor a space also.

A modern lighting fixture updates and completes the look.

A few more examples:

Easy as one, two, three! Paint, flooring, light fixtures.

Color of the Month – Creekside Green

I can honestly say I have never met a color I didn’t like.  However, there are some I adore. Creekside Green (Benjamin Moore) is just how it sounds. It reminds me of a lovely spring walk by a creek. In my opinion it is the color of spring!

I chose this color for my kitchen over 8 years ago and I still love it. Like my favorite friends, “it plays well with others”. It is so versatile it is almost a neutral:

It is appropriate for any room:

bedroom.

A dining room.

A bathroom.

It is a great way to create contrast when paired with cream or white.

Also, it is great for exterior applications as well! If May were a color it would be Creekside Green. What could be nicer than a walk along a creek on a beautiful spring day?

Looking Up

I have been to NYC more times than I can count (lucky, I know!). Still more often than not, I end up with a sun burn on my neck. Crazy, first because I should remember to use sun screen, and second, because I look like a tourist – at risk of all touristy pitfalls – but I digress.

I am always looking up in NYC to see the amazing architecture. The same is true in Interior spaces. The ceiling is often overlooked but a great opportunity to add a statement.

Here are some great options to consider:

  1.  Simply paint the ceilings

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2.  Add wallpaper

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3.  Apply Tin

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4.  Add a coffered design

5.  Or add your own design

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So basically, just when you thought you were finished decorating (btw you are never finished) “look up” the opportunities are endless!

 

 

Colors for 2017

Benjamin Moore and Pantone both recently announced their picks for color of the year.  Benjamin Moore’s pick is “Shadow”: deep and moody from the purple family.  Pantone’s pick is “Greenery”: lively and rich from the green (duh) family.  How can this be you may ask? Two colors of the year?   Well, while different, they do have some similarities.   Both are beautiful jewel tones.  Just think of amethyst and emerald! They work beautifully together.

Let’s look at Shadow:

Amethyst, aubergine, shadow,  all beautiful soft muted colors! I love to use them all on interior walls and accents.  As a matter of fact I used a very similar aubergine for a historic show house a few years back:

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It is a timeless color that can be historic or contemporary.  From a design perspective it’s a great backdrop for furniture and accessories.  Much the same way jewelery stores will use dark backdrops to display gems to their best advantage, this wonderful jewel tone does the same for your interiors.

Let’s look at “Greenery”.  Fresh as newly cut grass, full of promise.  Here is what Pantone has to say:

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“Greenery”, also a beautiful jewel tone, is reminiscent of emerald, peridot, and tourmaline.  A timeless and elegant look:


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These 2017 colors are absolutely wonderful and will go the design distance.  Use them boldly and with confidence!