March 4, 2014 •
This post comes to you as a friendly encore to the reader favorite, Modernize Honey Oak, Yes We Can :)
“What should I do with my trim?” The question I hear most frequently! It usually leads into this conversation… “My home is very traditional, and I love contemporary, but I feel like I can’t mix styles.”
To which I respond, yes you can! Don’t let the wood hold you back.
What to do- Keep all wood natural, paint some portions white, or paint all trim white. There are no rules, I’ve seen all options work beautifully. The key is consistency- develop a pattern and keep it uniform throughout.
If you keep wood trim natural- Give your paint colors extra consideration. Complex, muddy tones and shades of white complement wood best (in my opinion). The photo above is a great example, check out this entire post from Design Sponge.
Then to create the contemporary twist you love, here are my favorite tricks…
1. Clean Lines. If you notice in the photo examples, all decor is kept very minimal. Wood trim does add the busy factor, so balance with open space and large accents.
2. Light to Balance Dark. If your wood is medium to dark, keep 1/3 of the room light. This could be your walls, or if your walls are darker, your rug and furniture.
3. Modern Art. Even in an ultra traditional room, one piece of oversize, modern art can shift the entire mood. Don’t be afraid to make a statement. Etsy & minted.com are a few of my favorite spots for art prints.
4. Simple Window Treatments. Not a swag to be found! Keep things feeling contemporary/clean/modern with simple shades and a curtain panel or two.
Need help sorting through these points? Call me. Cheers readers! Spring has to be coming soon.
(thank you Design Sponge and Houzz for the photos)
February 18, 2014 •
Several weeks ago, a very nice couple contacted me in the midst of an unfortunate siding 911.
They own this cute bungalow which needed new siding. So several weeks prior, they sorted through the contractor’s somewhat limited swatches to select a color they believed to be a versatile light tan.
But as they watched the siding application, they noticed it was looking quite yellow. The color of butter really.
Not thinking too much of it, they let the process go on. Though once a large portion was up, they both sort of got that pit in the stomach. Don’t you hate that feeling?
As thoughts settled, they realized they really disliked the look… The butter color was surely enhanced by the contrasting white snow, but nonetheless, it was heading in a country direction. And this is not a country couple :)
Rationalizing the situation, they contacted me for help. We decide to halt the current siding application and work on some Photoshop renderings. See if there was a better answer…
And there was!!
Something about this warm gray siding, crisp trim, and a touch of green accent to incorporate the roof color, felt just right. The answers are surprisingly clear sometimes, when you can view options on your computer screen.
We also explored tweaking the current siding/trim/accent plan to make it work. Not too bad really…
But the warm gray won everyone over. The clients decided to redo the work and move forward on a path that would make this large investment feel justified!
Thankful for the fast-turn help, they asked me for a pile of business cards to give to their contractor, hoping he could save others the anguish. This is not the first time I’ve been called into a siding scenario! For a small percentage of the total cost, consider hiring a colorist/designer to help you feel confident in your new plan. You know where to find me.
I will let you know how this turns out! Landscaping and all…
Cheers to resolution! I think they will be much happier this time around.
February 11, 2014 •
Today, I’m graciously working with a client in Guanajuato, Mexico.
She sent me a kind note, asking for help selecting paint colors & decor. With Mexican and French backgrounds swirling, a love for rustic, bold color, and quite a mixture of styles, she expressed the frustration she and her husband were experiencing, trying to pin down a palette.
I nonchalantly began to browse the web for background on Guanajuato. You really need to transport in order to provide appropriate answers sometimes. In this case… you need to be REBORN :)
A city known for color- how have I never met Guanajuato before? Can I tell you honestly what these photos made me want to do (beside visit the city)?
Throw away every shade of gray and tan I’ve ever specified. Shut down business to cleanse. Then reopen in screaming technicolor.
Filled my soul in the happiest sense… Amidst the coldest, grayest, longest Midwestern winter ever. I mean ever.
So I went to work, with a renewed sense of boundaries.
This is a photo of the newly painted office (before I entered the scene). Clean & cute. Surprisingly tame right?
I incorporated this warm gray and white into the palette, but introduced some COLOR (as would only be fitting).
We discussed decor too. I love these dashandalbert.com rugs for this home! Perfect way to incorporate the wall color(s).
And a little of this… A touch of that…
Can you feel it coming together…
Pure joy- rich color and warmth from around the globe.
(thank you dashandalbert.com and Etsy shops for your decor ideas)
January 21, 2014 •
It’s as if we’ve dropped a white sheet over the “let’s go bold” color movement of the 2000′s.
Light-toned wood, black & white, with shades of gray in-between. That’s the show stopper.
If you want to get a little CRAZY… you throw in a light or pastel paint shade like blush.
What keeps the look interesting, is pattern & texture. Also, the stark contrast between dark & light lends a classic, artful touch.
Confession: I’m almost embarrassed to come to your home and offer you this?
Because your partner may ask how the consult went/what color was suggested. When you reply white… you may get the eye-roll, lol.
But I’m here to keep Milwaukee and beyond at the top of the design list ;) And many of you request the trend colors anyway…
Though if you’re not interested in trends? The rest of my fandeck is waiting…
-Don’t worry, color will be back.
(thank you Pinterest for the photos)
January 16, 2014 •
Happy 2014 readers! I feel good things coming on… :)
Before the busiest season begins, I’m taking time to sort through business and figure out which updates to prioritize. This year, I would like to freshen my website to include services like branding and product coloring (as I’ve taken on some exciting projects along these lines (love it!), bring you fresh gallery photos!!, and offer 2D room rendering via OLIOBOARD. Check out the website, this is such a great tool…
I’m always creating “moodboards” for clients. Basically, a collage of ideas- paint colors, artwork, furniture, rugs, window treatments. Super helpful in visualizing the overall look. Or to help you decide between 2 different directions.
I thought it would be of great value to also offer real room views! Here are examples I created…
You choose from a variety of room backgrounds, then layer furniture, artwork, rugs, accents, anything and everything. You could literally spend days playing, lol.
What I like the most about Olioboard, is it allows you to pull products from any website. You can test the REAL deal. For example, I pulled this sofa (below) from roomandboard.com, well because I want it, and this room design confirms my love.
I think this will come in extremely handy for some clients! Always working to expand offerings… Color Zen continues on, right?
If you would like to see your room in a new light, call me. Cheers readers!