April 1, 2014 •
Lately I’ve noticed TONS of “Please Help Me with My Exterior” postings on Houzz. Here is one example.
The story is generally- “I will be repainting/restyling my exterior. The cost is substantial and I have no idea where to begin with color/design. How do I coordinate roof, siding, brick, fascia, shutters, etc? I tried using the paint company’s visualizer but it confused me even more.”
Next there’s a long stream of advice offered. Everyone is trying to help, but the web gets very tangled y’all :)
Consider hiring a professional/designer (we can help) to recolor/restyle photos of your home, using better programs than visualizers.
Even though we specify color everyday, exteriors are complicated, and usually require more attention than calling out numbers. There is an art to balancing surface materials/colors/textures/contrast.
For a very reasonable price (small fraction of the total), you can move forward knowing your choices will justify the investment and IMPROVE curb appeal in a major way!
I’ve been called into too many exterior color interventions, after work is half-complete and homeowners have lost sleep.
Sometimes people simply do not know services like this exist!
Well, Happy Spring readers. I hope to fuel your renovations and fill you with visual inspiration. Cheers!
(thank you This Old House & Pinterest for the photos)
March 24, 2014 •
India, China, the West Indies, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, California, Morocco. The places client’s have told me- forever changed their sense of color & boundaries.
I’m going to have to agree. I’m not a frequent traveler, nor do I flow the best away from home. But, I have long believed that something magic happens when you burst out of your routine to explore something new.
We have returned from a Spring break adventure full of sun, ocean, and jasmine blooms. 2 little boys who played joyfully in the sand. And a renewed attitude. Now let’s create some colorful, travel inspired rooms that put beige catalog vignettes to shame. Call me ;)
March 11, 2014 •
Refreshing! It’s neither an “accent wall” or the old chair rail trick…
It’s a new way to double-dip your room, and I give it a thumbs-up.
Why? Because it’s creative and free. No rules in terms of where you drawn the line- somewhere near the middle will do. And the “color bars” add a graphic design quality that feels modern and fresh.
The color combos dictate whether the look is bold or soft. And I admit, even if one of the colors is straight out of the blue, it still seems to work?
The line in-between the colors can be either straight or imperfectly blended. So don’t worry if the edge isn’t razor sharp.
And the commitment level is very low. If you tire of the combo, you can just paint over it!
♥ Who is going to let me two-tone their walls? :) Cheers readers!
(thank you Pine Cone Camp, Elle Decoration France, Apartment Therapy, sweetiepiepumpkinnoodle.com, Apartment Therapy for the photos)
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.