As I mentioned in a previous blog post, whenever the Christmas season approaches and I see snow, Currier & Ives is the first thing that comes to mind. They are old fashioned colors yet still very classic that can be used today.
December 3, 2013
As a Color Expert in Charlotte, I have to consider so many factors when entering my clients home. I have to consider the lighting, decor and what the client wants as far as look and style.
Probably #1 on my list is to find out what culture they are. There are colors that I may think will be a winner but to them, may be the color that represents mourning. That would be a huge mistake!
So those color charts that say use yellow because it's a happy color or red in the dining room because it promotes eating - I throw them right out in my circular file (garbage can) because they are way to generic to use to choose color for a home. Are they helpful to get you pointed in a direction? Yes but there is so much more to consider that those charts and that's people. People.
I find out what colors are important to people first before I decide what will look amazing in their home. I'm not one of those Color Experts that come into your home with the latest and greatest blues for you to see and tell you that you need them in your home. Do I have them with me? Of course! But I let YOU tell me what YOU want before I suggest the perfect color for YOUR home.
Thanks for visiting this blog but be sure to visit my main blog at Decorating by Donna where there is TON of color information just like this.
November 30, 2013
Every time I see snow outside on a field or in pine trees, you know the scene where you stop and say “wow, now THAT looks beautiful!” I think of Currier and Ives. Just a tad old fashioned but so very classy, it's the winter scene that forever stays embedded in your mind the very first time you lay your eyes on a print. Here are some that are just beautiful.
Want to get this look for your home? Think about a burgundy and deep blue and of course the soft off whites and warm grays of the snow that has faded from time.
November 17, 2013
Choosing color for you ceiling is not as easy as you think it is. It's more than just saying “oh I want a blue ceiling and I like THIS blue so blue it is!”
When you're choosing color for a ceiling you have to look at all the other colors in the room. Will it coordinate or will it clash? Will it stick out like a sore thumb and just look like someone wanted color on the ceiling or will it blend beautifully and complement the room?
Should you make your ceiling darker than the wall color or lighter? Again keep in mind if you make your ceiling darker, it will be the first thing you notice as you enter the room. Do you want the ceiling to be the feature item in the room? Is it that great that it needs such a beautiful color?
COLOR TIP: Before you decide on ANY ceiling color, make sure you view your color chip upside down. In other words, hold the color chip up over your head and look under it just like it'll be viewed on the ceiling. It's all about how the light is hitting the ceiling color and you'll be amazed how different it looks.
So study your space, look at the height of your ceiling, choose a color and if everything looks good, go for it! Paint your ceiling and remember, if you don't like it you can always repaint it. It's just a gallon of paint and some time. Keep in mind to have fun with your color choices and if you really are stuck for suggestions, call a Color Expert for help. That's what we're here for!
November 4, 2013
Any color you want to! Really, the bathroom is the one room in the home where you can have a little fun with.
I had a client today in Fort Mill, SC who asked for a fun color in the bathroom. Her small loo was on the same level as the kitchen and living room so it had to coordinate some what but still we chose a fun hue for the loo!
This amazing color is Salmon Run by Valspar. Isn't' it great? I love it and it will of course work well with so many other colors that you bring into your home from gray to green.
Give it a try and have fun in the bathroom!
October 31, 2013
99% of the time my clients as for Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore paint for various reasons. There's a part of town here in South Charlotte where many of my clients are and it's in the Lawson subdivision in Waxhaw. This subdivision happens to be right down the road from Lowe's which means they have access to all the Valspar colors.
My client today on Periwinkle Drive has a very dark home and she wanted colors to lighten and brighten her home. Here is her new palette and keep in mind seeing these hues on the computer is very different from the actual chips but you can get the idea. The second color is actually very light and cream by unfortunately the monitor shows it much darker, at least on my end.
Anyway, my point is, give Valspar a look when you are searching for a new color palette for your home. It really has a nice selection to choose from unlike Sherwin Williams who has a very limited palette. That's just my opinion. Benjamin Moore has a great color palette but they are in a higher price bracket than other brands. Having said that, you always have an option to color match IF you have to.
October 6, 2013
I just started a Pinterest board you all might be interested in seeing. On this blog, A Color Specialist in Charlotte and my main blog Decorating by Donna, I talk about color - a lot!!! However, to balance out conversations you have or should have a balance of positive and negative.
In my Pinterest board named cleverly enough, BEIGE RAGE, COLOR RAGE you'll read some snip-its about the colors that are not my favorites and I tell you why.
I also invited Color Guru Lori Sawaya to pin and she shares the same views when it comes to honesty about color; the good, bad and ugly. You can read about her color views and expertise on The Land Of Color .
So in it's infancy for now, here's Beige Rage, Color Rage. Bookmark it because it's going to get interesting and you'll be reading things about color you probably wouldn't be reading anywhere else.