White is white, right?

Unfortunately, picking the right white paint can be an unforeseen challenge.  Except for stark white (get out your sunglasses!), all whites have undertones of blue, yellow or red and each of these can give your room a very different personality.  For a warmer, cozier feel, try whites with a hint of yellow.  For a crisp, modern look, choose a white with a subtle blue or green undertone. Of course, it’s not that simple.  Natural light also plays a key role in any paint color's appearance. Rooms with a northern exposure take on a bluer natural light, so white paint with a cool undertone can make your space feel cold and dingy.  In this case, choose a warmer white to soften the light and brighten the space.   Whites with cool undertones (blue or green) work well in a bright, well-lit space and can create a clean, contemporary look.  My best advice is to always paint a 2’ x 2’ sample on each wall of the room and see how it looks at different times throughout the day.  You’ll be amazed how the same color will vary greatly from room to room and even wall to wall. Some of my designer picks for versatile whites….Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, Simply White and White Wisp, or Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White.

S P A C E Planning

The term “Interior Designer” often conjures up thoughts of pretty fabric swatches and paint color wheels.   The foundation of great design, however, is not sourcing the hottest new wallpaper, but in proper space planning.

A designer who is well versed in space planning can help address the dilemmas that many of us face:  How do I make this small space more functional?  Should the distance between my furniture increase as the size of the room increases?  How wide should this passageway be and what is the focal point of my room?

Before giving your room that next face-lift, ensure your space is living up to its fullest potential. A well-planned space will be inviting and visually appealing before you even apply that perfect Color-of-the-Year.

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FALL reFRESH

Can your home use a Fall reFRESH?  Are you ready for holiday entertaining? Simple changes like updated pillows, new or re-upholstered dining chairs and accent lighting can make all the difference in the look and feel of your home. Check out my design services for the package thats right for you.  

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