Our Favorite Wall Paint Tricks

Posted by: Jessamy on March 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

I repeat this statement often, but it always remains my #1 inspiration to continue with Color Zen >

Used in the right ways, wall paint is a miracle worker.

Last week, a client sent me photos of her completed paint-over. She owns a lovely suburban home but was struggling with a sea of beige from last decade. Lack of contrast issues. We specified a warm gray and an off black for some built-in shelves surrounding the tan stone fireplace. The off black was a leap of faith.

I knew it would be a big change, but the results were even better than anticipated. Instant modernization! I can’t wait to go style her shelves next week.

Through the years, I have tucked away wall paint tricks that seem to prove themselves over and over. Here are some of our FAVORITES-

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1. Do not live with your outdated mantel one more day  ;)  Sometimes we are fearful, but let me tell you… a coat of white, black, or even a color, will clean the lines like no other. Not sure what color? Would love to help.

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2. Avoid awkward floor to wall transitions by painting your floor trim white. Does not mean you must paint all woodwork white. The white trim provides a happy division and opens up wall color possibilities immensely.

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4. Sherwin Williams neutrals can be scaled beautifully. Did you know you can have Sherwin paint colors mixed at percentages like 75%. The percentage scales the pigments mixed into the paint base. I use this trick ALL the time. It solves the too light/too dark push and pull.

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5. Add one dark moment. Often when clients can’t figure out why their room is falling flat, it’s lack of contrast. I love to add one dark moment with paint somewhere in the home. Powder room, dining room, closet, even a furniture piece. Provides drama in the best sense.

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6. Add special effects. Who knew stenciling could rebirth into the most minimal, modern beauty? Stamping, stenciling, and two-toning can uplift your room for pennies. Wallpaper effect without the labor or commitment. Pinterest is a dream for inspiration.

Now go have some fun* Cheers readers!

(thank you Pinterest for the never-ending image source/inspiration)

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Inspiring Color: Oscars 2015

Posted by: Jessamy on February 23, 2015 • 0 Comments


This morning I said to myself…. Girl, please get out of that drab, gray, uniform. The work at home days, the yoga pants. Actually, I don’t even know if you can give them yoga status, lol.

There was BEAUTIFUL color at the Oscars last night. Especially in the way accessories and makeup complemented clothing. Above were a few of my favorites.

The trends appeared to be- red, white, ethereal silver/blue, nude and blush, with a side of summery hues.

My husband asks how I can tolerate watching award shows :) The show is dry, yes, but I truly watch for creative inspiration. And I always find it.

There is work behind those ensembles. Such as in any design related accomplishment- hard work…

In my case, exciting work I hope to share soon. A few large projects are wrapping up! Spring is on the way and the phone is ringing.

Cheers readers!

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Amazing Paint Transformation

Posted by: Jessamy on January 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

My friend Mike & I have been working on a paint color plan for his new but old :), historic home. It’s a beautiful place, unique and grand, so it took us a while to settle on a scheme. In his last home we did sort of a bold # with different colors in different rooms, but this time around he wanted neutral subtlety.

We decided to paint the main living area rooms, hallway, and entrance the same SW gray, just different values from light to dark. We choose a stark white shade for moldings and ceilings, and a warm off-black shade for a few details.

Here is the “office” before and after…

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And part of the dining room before and after…

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We knew the paint would so change the look but I don’t think we truly realized how DRAMATIC the transformation would be. It seems the paint colors have completely shifted the style/feel/and design quality of the space. Like they’re already half decorated.

We love how the wall color is complemented by the crisp white trim and wow, painting the small portion of cabinetry off-black added such depth.

Anyway, please join us in swooning over the power of paint and the AFFORDABILITY of the world’s best home pick-me-up.

Cheers readers!

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Color Trends for 2015!

Posted by: Jessamy on January 8, 2015 • 0 Comments

I stumbled across this tweet-

I love new years day, even if the timing seems arbitrary, I love the fresh blank pages starting at zero.” -Astro Pistachio

I felt the words, especially in relation to business. As a designer, you always want to immerse in the new. I took some time between holidays to fill my inspiration tank…

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One component I’ve been yearning to share, are the big color & design trends for 2015. I went to Sherwin Williams annual Color Mix presentation a while back and felt it was one of their best!

Sherwin’s designers travel the world to hunt trends in art, design, economics, color, etc. It’s a brilliant tool for all designers- so interesting to watch the crowd react. Some are smitten and some do not get it at all. Like a runway show- you see trends in the most outrageous form. The imagery is stunning… They break down color trends into groups. Here are the notes I took for you-

1. Paint sales went through the roof last year. We are building once again! BUSINESS GROWTH. The color forecast last year was quite somber (gray, white, black, peach). This year’s colors are a lot more optimistic.

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2. Chrysalis (1st color group)- The monochromatic, zen, peaceful spa look. Natural | calm | earthy | balanced. Pulling away from the fast-paced lifestyle… Cream, pearl, beige, green-gray, muted blue-green. Soft…

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3. Voyage- Color & design inspired by undersea developments | sci-fi | space travel | unusual atmospheric events like aurora borealis. Who knew the Hyatt already has an undersea hotel? This is a huge trend- full developments- hotels, apartments, etc. under sea. Very interesting palette | water hues (blue greens), citron, amber, violet. Sort of hotel decor-like.

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4. Buoyant- “A new optimism” expressed through bright floral patterns | tropical vacations | a mix of city life & nature. You know the modern, urban apartments with greenery pouring out? This is it… Glass half full, kind of whimsical. Gray, coral, squash, vibrant violet hues, bright green, teal, black/green.

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5. Unrestrained- Carefree spirit of the gypsy. Ethnic, carnival, globally-inspired, bold colors and patterns mixed at random. Major influences- Bohemian, South African, Rio de Janeiro (2016 Olympics). Literally the colors of the rainbow with no gray mixed in ;)

I stayed after the presentation to ask the presenter for her thoughts on the next big neutral. For some time I’ve been trying to figure out where we’ll go beyond gray. I’m usually pretty intuitive about these things… But I can’t see past gray. Well she confirmed my thoughts… gray, gray, gray. First it was warm, now it’s cool. It’s not going away!

I was not surprised to see Pantone select Marsala as color of the year 2015. My guess was coral/copper. One of my client friends laughed when I guessed coral/copper and a day later Sherwin announced this was their color of the year. She said, you really do pay attention! Yes… I do.

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Last year I specified many coral, copper, terracotta, & salmon paint shades. This is not a color range we’ve been using for some time, so it feels fresh and new. I’ve been noticing lots of real copper metal accents & light fixtures too.

2015 is off to a bright, dynamic start. I hope to collaborate with you. ★


(thank you sherwin williams, Levis, and pinterest for the images)

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2014 Holiday Giveaway & Gift Cards!

Posted by: Jessamy on December 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

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As we sweep into 2014′s holiday season, I would like to announce an exciting giveaway! ***

Do you have a friend or relative who; loves interior design/and or color, who does not have the means to hire a designer, or has had a difficult year in some manor, and would find the gift of ONE HOUR OF COLOR ZEN CONSULTING to be uplifting! ;)

If so, send me an email at, briefly explaining your friend/relative/their story and I will choose 1 lucky winner. This consulting may apply to interiors, exteriors, or an office space.

I can’t wait to announce and assist the winner. It feels good to give after a lucky year in business.


Also- we have holiday gift cards! That I just designed this morning- we don’t waste time around here, ha.

Every year clients ask if they can purchase consulting hours for a loved one. Yes you can! Contact me anytime to discuss, I’m happy to customize a plan to meet individual needs. Here is a list of our services.

Readers, I hope to get back to you soon with announcements and design inspirations. I’m working on a really exciting flip project and many other things…


(thank you Crate & Barrel for the tree image)

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