Adding color with wallcovering…

May 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

Wallcovering can really transform a space with the use of color and pattern.  The pattern you select can set the mood of the room and inspire your room’s style or design.  Using a large scale pattern, while keeping the rest of the room simple, will have the most impact.  Here are a few of my favorite wallcoverings from Thibaut.  They have some great colors!  Thibaut’s patterns are available in fabric too, if wallcovering is not your thing.

Damask Resource Vol II, Manhattan Damask in Aqua, by Thibaut

Cypress Collection, Orissa in Aqua, by Thibaut

Natural Resource Collection, Parkland in Yellow, by Thibaut


Want to add color to a neutral room?

May 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Neutral color schemes are very popular, but adding a bit of color to a neutral color scheme can really enhance the beauty of the room. Try painting the ceiling in a great color to add drama.  These three rooms are great examples of how adding color, in an unexpected way, can really change the look and feel of a room.

by Turner Davis Interiors

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Some tips for pulling off this great look… 1. Use a great color.  2. Only use darker colors if you have high ceilings.  3. Keep the rest of the room neutral except for a few accessories (match them to the ceiling color or use one shade lighter).

Another great trick…try using a pale color on the walls and a darker version of that color on the ceiling.

Three great paint colors to try in your home…

May 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

I love the calm that blue and green bring to a room.  If you’ve been looking for a great shade of blue or green, try one of these Benjamin Moore paint colors in your home …

Photo: Martha Stewart

Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: House Beautiful

These three rooms are simple, yet dramatic.  Get this same feel by using yellow or golden accents with your favorite shade of blue or green.  Repeat the colors throughout the space.  To create drama, always make sure you have a strong focal point for the room.  Recommended paint colors are listed below.


For the first room, try Thousand Oceans #1645.  For the second room, try Jamestown Blue #HC-148.  For the third room, try Hancock Green #HC-117. All paint colors are by Benjamin Moore.

Simply Beautiful…

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

The dogwood tree in our yard is finally starting to bloom.  It is one of my favorites, the flowers are so unique and beautiful.  I never noticed how striking their colors were, until today.  The centers are a perfect light green.  If you look closely, the white petals have a pink or reddish hue on the edges.  What a great combination.

These rooms capture the same simple beauty…



Photo: House Beautiful


Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: House Beautiful

Feeling blue?…..go gray!

April 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

When selecting blue or green paint colors for the home it’s easy to go wrong.  The colors in the ‘blue’ and ‘green’ section are very saturated.  My secret is to go to the ‘gray’ section and find one that leans blue or green.  Then I bring in deeper shades of the color through fabrics, patterns, and art.  On my last project, my husband asked jokingly, “What did you select… another Gray Gem?”  He knows me too well, of course he was right!  Using color in this way can give your home a more sophisticated look. Here are some great examples of blue and green color schemes that use gray…

Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: Martha Stewart

Photo: Calico Corners

Get inspired with colors from Spring…

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Although here in New England we are still waiting for it to warm up for good, many of you are already enjoying the arrival of Spring.  It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year.  I love seeing the flowers bloom after a long winter.  Hmm, spring…new beginnings…great time to start a new design project, right?  What better way to get started than using colors from nature.  Take a picture that you love and pull out some of the colors to create your palette.  Keep in mind, some of the colors of spring can be quite bold.  I would recommend pairing one bold color with two lighter tones, or perhaps two midtones with one lighter tone.

Tea Time Bedding, Land of Nod


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