Tuesday, August 19, 2014

4 Gray Paint Colors That Work Any Where

Many times we tend to go beige in our bathrooms if we have beige in our tiles.  Try Revere Pewter instead!

Why has gray paint been on the rise for the last few years?  Trending or not, this color, done in the right tone, can make a room look chic, soft, and shine in a way, that only gray can do!  I have been asked by almost half my clientele over this past year to change their boring beige to a gray.  Let me tell you which grays I have used the most and why:


GREIGE PICK


Revere Pewter is one of the most popular 'Greige' colors used.  If you haven't heard the word 'greige', it is the not so new gray beige interior decorating term.  Greige is the new beige!  If you are fearful of going to gray, than this is the color for you because it has lots of creamy beige mixed in.   





This color plays well with others!  Just look at the bathroom pic and the living room pic above.  It picks up on the beige tones nicely.   In the living room pic you can see how well the paint color blends the deep gray upholstery with the soft browns of the cream pieces, the sisal rug and dark wood furniture and beams.  

GRAY PICK


Ozark Shadows is more gray and deeper than Revere Pewter yet still has a little beige in it.  I have used this color probably the most.  I have done entire open floor plan homes in this color.  And I painted a lobby in a chic loft apartment building in Ozark Shadows.  It fits the bill for a light yet warm feel!


This entire home was beige.  Nothing popped and it looked ho-hum.  So we repainted it all in Ozark Shadows and it turned into a brighter contemporary space!  

I was asked to turn this master bedroom into a glamorous space.  They had tried to paint the room gray but used a gray that only made it darker and dull.  You have to be careful with what gray shade to use!  You want one that has a reflective quality if it is going on all the walls.  We used Ozark Shadows and added this beautiful wallpaper, and silver accent!

GRAY PICK FOR PAINTING FURNITURE


Grays Harbor is a wonderful color to use for painting furniture, like kitchen cabinets, a kitchen island, a bathroom vanity, or a front door!  It is deep with a nice hint of gray blue!



This kitchen renovation is not only smart but adorable with the use of Grays Harbor on the lower cabinets!  They kept the upper cabinets bright and clean, then made a conscous statement on the lower ones!  This color works well with silver or oil bronze hardware!

GRAY PICK FOR WALL TREATMENT


I could not miss sharing my fave color to use as part of a wall treatment like stripes or chevron, or stencil!  Uncertain Gray works well for both genders because it doesn't show a hint of blue or green.  It stays pretty true to a kind of cement gray.  


This pattern using the Uncertain Gray is simple and clean lined!  It allows you to add whatever accent color you want like this turquise, then change the accent color in the room without messing with the wall!


I used Uncertain Gray in this teenagers bedroom.  I wanted to trick the eye from seeing the slanted wall so I added stripes.  The Chartreuse adds a fun bright accent to the gray stripes!












Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 Hot Wall Decorating Ideas For Renters


Above picture uses Moroccan Grey Peel & Stick Fabric Wallpaper Repositionable from Amazon

Many rentals do not allow you to paint walls but that does not mean you can't put your own personal stamp on your home.  There are many ideas out there.  My three favorites are listed below.  They give the quickest splash of color and charm, are inexpensive, and can be temporary on a wall.  

You can also watch this short TV segment explaining these ideas from WFMZ 69 News at Sunrise morning show that aired July 16, 2014.


Peel and Stick Wallpaper.

My new obsession!  I am NOT talking about peel and stick decals; its like wallpaper that comes in a roll!  It is so versetile;  And easy to use!  


 

Chevron Aqua/White Removable Wallpaper


Wave Grey Peel and Stick Fabric Wallpaper


Use peel and stick wallpaper in a bookcase!

You can use it as wallpaper like I did recently.
 

CLICK HERE to see my project (it is a work in progress right now).  You can also use it to turn a bookcase into a focal point.  Just search under 'peel and stick wallpaper' for tons of online sources including Home Decorator, Target, and Murals Your Way.

Tip - Lining one wall or the back of a bland bookcase looks impressive, and then can easily come off!


Big Bold Wall Organizer.


Organization and beauty in one is so HOT!  That's a 'win win' in small rental units.  This adorable white and gray quatrefoil welcome shelf from Hobby Lobby brings multi practicality by storing mail, gloves, purses, and has hooks for keys and coats!  It is 36" long and 16" high.

Tip - Even small entry ways can use wall hooks, but keep it looking hot, not boring, with a fun hook system! 





Flamboyant Curtains.

This is the oldest trick in the book for adding temporary color. I love this ollie eclipse curtain from Wayfair because it has vibrant color in a paisley pattern.  It really 'pops' against white walls, bringing in an array of fun colors.  

Tip - The key is to have the right ratio of window to curtain.  Single windows need 2 panels, and larger windows need more!  I sew 2 panels together to make it look like a larger panel on either side of a double window.  You can also have your dry cleaner do this for you inexpensively!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Renovating My New House

I have not blogged in a while because I have moved!  I found my dream house, and of course that means is an old home that needs a lot of TLC.  The move happened a few weeks ago and we are blogging about the entire process!  Please check out our journey of posts with a ton of photos-  Gosselin Project. We are having such an adventure!


GOSSELIN PROJECT



A few photos from the blog:

















Friday, May 9, 2014

New Dining Room Chair Ideas

Give your dining room set a face lift with new dining chairs!  Keep the table and change out, re-finish, re-upholster your seating.  Get new color, new chicness, get funky and creative! Its amazing how different a dining table can feel with new chairs around it! 


Here are some fun ideas:




Give your dining chairs a makeover.  A new finish and/or reupholstered seat completely changes the table set.  I love this spray painted look!


I love this DIY project!  See all the steps to do it yourself DIY SET-DINING SET MAKEOVER.


Reupholster side seats in one fabric and head chairs in another fabric for a layered look in your dining area!




Modernize your dining area by using leather contemporary chairs like these Zip chairs that feel simple and elegant.




Here are the chairs!


Mix a stained table with painted chairs to add a touch of color to the set.


Use flea market chairs or second hand chairs as side chairs and 2 head chairs that totally look cozy and fun.  

Tip-– make sure your head chair arms fit under the table apron.


This is a beautiful take on a traditional wingback chair from Grandin Road.  It is sure to go with any side chairs you find!


Woven chairs give a casual feel, and creates a wonderful coastal vibe, like the Hamptons or Nantucket!



This is an affordable woven chair option from Pier 1


Eames Eifel chair gives a dining set a retro look.  It comes in many colors and can lend itself to different styled rooms.


Here are the chairs!





Mix up finishes using an X back chair in a light stain around your deep brown finished table.  Goes really well in a traditional setting!


Here are the chairs!


More chairs I love!