From Blah to Bold to Calm

From Blah to Bold to Calm

Guest Bedroom Phase 1 : Guest Bedroom Phase 2 : Guest Bedroom Phase 3 From blah to bold to calm, this bedroom is like a chameleon. This room started out and remained a guestroom for quite a while until recently when it became more of a craft room/office with an occasional guest. Phase 1 of this bedroom with the white walls, borrowed furniture, and Ikea bedding and cabinet had that just moved in look since, well, I had just moved in. Once the time came for painting this bedroom, phase 2, I was in a crazy color mood and things became a bit bold. Grass green walls and futon, electric blue cabinet and rug, green and yellow accents, and lots of stuffed animals. And, yes, this was used as a guest room still. Phase 1 to Phase 2 changes included: Upgrading the twin mattress to a full-sized futon Painting the walls a grass green Upgrading the small cabinet to a large cabinet to hold blankets and sheets and guest-type things Adding lots of accessories including stuffed animals and pictures The current design, phase 3, reflects a calming of my personality. The 5 color elements used to design the room are: sage green dark brown brushed nickel white medium brown This room still has a ways to go, but it is currently...

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Dots

Dots

I was watching an episode of The Stagers on HGTV and I saw the coolest wall decor. A whimsical way to update the look of a room – minimal cost and reusable. The product is called DottiLicious by WallCandy Arts. DottiLicious consists of 80 circles of various sizes (1″ to 10″) and colors (pink, blue, green, yellow, brown) that can but stuck to a wall and then removed and stuck again when a change is wanted. On the episode of The Stagers, they decorated a baby room with the dots, but I think they could be used just about anywhere. What I think is really cool is that these are removable. The dots can be moved from one room to another or taken from one home to another. Also, this is a nice way to decorate a rental when painting is not allowed or putting too many holes in the walls is discouraged. The company, WallCandy Arts, has other removable wall decorations...

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Blue to Brown

Blue to Brown

I was visiting with friends this weekend and I mentioned painting my living room again. I started talking about what color the living room used to be and what it is now. While I was on my way home, I was thinking about the conversation and realized that I should start writing about all of the color changes of all my rooms. Most of the rooms in my house have been painted twice and some will soon be painted for a third time. I am not indecisive (well, not about interior design), I just like change. So, the previous living room color change that happened in January 2006 will start a string of posts to follow. 1st painting (Behr ShipSide) : 2nd painting (Behr Traditional/Oakwood) Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your room a completely different look.  And if you don’t like it, just...

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Tribute to Color: Purple

Tribute to Color: Purple

Purples are my favorite color group. Purple is the general name for the colors between red and blue. On the basic color wheel, purple is called Violet. In my Color college art course, I was told by my professor that purple is not a real color and we were only allowed to call it Violet. It is called Violet on the artist color wheel, so I could see from where he was coming. I still tend to use the names interchangeably, but in that class, I tried my hardest to only say violet. According to some online research, Violet is actually a specific color and purple is a general term. Personally, I tend to favor the blue-purples, but recently started liking certain colors within the red-purples with the purchase of our couch. Purple is seen in nature in flowers: Iris, Pansy, Azalea, Violet, Lavender, Orchid, Lilac, and so many more. In interior design, purples can be used as main attractions or accent colors. It can either cool down or warm up a room depending on if you are on the blue or red sides. Purples can be paired with lots of other colors. If your purple doesn’t go quite right, a slight shift in the blue or red direction will make all the difference. Purple can be used at good gift wrap also. Above is a purple scarf and ribbon wrapping up a boxed set of DVDs for a family member for Christmas. Who said Christmas presents need to be in green and/or red? Another way purple can be used is an alternative to the pink that many female babies are put in to make sure that everyone knows they are little girls when really...

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Tribute to Color: Red

Tribute to Color: Red

Red is the color of fire, trees in autumn, strawberries, tulips, roses, fire trucks, apples, birds and so many other things. It is a color of warmth and vibrancy. No matter how small something is, if there is red on it, it will be noticed. Stores like to use red for their signs like Target and Michael’s Crafts. There are so many variations of red from the red-oranges to the red-violets. I prefer the red to red-violet range since it is deeper and subdued in its vibrancy and feels warmer to me. In homes, some people use red as an accent color while others make it the main attraction as in the paint on walls. We use red as an accent color in many rooms while our hallway has red walls. Clothing is another option where red really comes in to play. Ever heard of the power suit? Many government and high ranking people wear the power suit that a lot of the time includes a red tie or scarf. So, if you want to make a statement and stand out, red is the way to go in many aspects of your...

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