‘Color’ Category Archives
by Shar Sitter in Color, Outdoor Spaces, Recent Projects, Redesign, Redesign Tips
You know that jingle…..”Gedney…It’s the Minnesota Pickle”. Well….if you are not from MN you probably don’t know it but it is a great pickle made here in MN and their commercials can stick in your head for awhile.
When I go to the MN State Fair I always stop by the Dill Pickle booth and get the Fried Dill Pickles stuffed with Cream Cheese. OH MY GOSH is what I say.
Okay….I digress completely. This really is a Design Blog! Not a Food Blog!! LOL
As much as I love Pickles and as much as my favorite color is Lime Green….there is a paint color by Benjamin Moore called Dill Pickle so how could it be bad?? And it’s not.
I have been wanting to paint this boring white outdoor table I have for 2 years. Plus the tin top had gotten very weather beaten.
I finally got a little break in my schedule and got going.
It was okay white….but it’s outside. Let’s have some fun!
So there is Dill Pickle the paint color for you. What do you think?
I spray painted the worn stainless nautical lamp in gloss white as well to perk that up. Much better.
This color is part of Color Preview by Benjamin Moore. A collection of bold, saturated colors that brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color.
Have some fun! Eat Dill Pickles and paint Dill Pickle. It’s only paint for crying out loud!
Be Inspired! Add some pieces that make you smile.
THEN RELAX. ENJOY.
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN
by Shar Sitter in Color, Redesign Tips, Staging Tips
Yes Irene..that’s what I said! Free paint on Saturday!
Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch paint anymore.
Or if you are like me and have been putting off painting an ugly pine bookshelf you can paint it now for free as all you need is one quart. Or maybe you have a small table, bench or chair that needs a fun color??
See how many things you can do with a quart of paint! Clark+Kensington has the primer already included so I won’t even have to prime my ugly bookshelf first!
And here’s another secret…..ssshhhh….on Memorial Day weekend the paint is going to be $7 off per gallon! So get a free quart this weekend to test your color and then get the paint on Memorial Day weekend and save big!
I love my local Ace store! They are friendly, knowledgeable and
most important….available to help you unlike some Big Box stores.
They are each locally owned so even better! Check out your local ACE Hardware today and see if they are giving out free paint on Saturday too!
Need help choosing your paint colors? Let Rooms With Style help!
by Shar Sitter in Color, Recent Projects, Redesign, Redesign Tips
Inexpensive Redesign Tips – Redesign in Minneapolis, MN
A client asked for my help in jazzing up her living room. She had great basic pieces but wasn’t sure what else to do.
Before: The space was light and airy which was great. The monochromatic scheme is very tranquil but she wanted a change.
Best way to do that…..COLOR!
She already had a great color on her walls so the cheapest way to add color in this case was throw pillows and a colorful area rug.
On our shopping day we first found our inspiration piece, the rug. After that we stumbled upon an upholstered chair in fabulous colors that complemented the rug for $129!!!
After: Full of Color!
It is best if all your furniture pieces do not match. Yes, I know they sell them that way in the furniture store but you don’t need the whole matching set. The less matched the better. In this case having one less piece of leather warmed up the room. The rug and throw pillows added the coziness.
Before: All Pieces Match
After: A variety adds character
See how inexpensive Redesign can be? I love, love, love finding bargains.
At Rooms With Style our Redesign Plans work mostly with what you already own. But if you need, or are open to, a few new additions we will assist in making a detailed shopping list or do the shopping for you and stay within your budget.
by Shar Sitter in Color
People are always looking to create a certain feel in a room. They may want energy in a workout room or calm in a bedroom. Many people do not know how to create that feel so let me help by giving you a little Color Knowledge.
Here is a list of colors and the emotion it will generate. The depth of the color as well as the hue and underlying tones will definitely play a factor in the degree of emotion created.
A bright orange wall versus a soft pastel tangerine, while both being energetic colors in the orange family, will bring a different level of intensity, drama and feeling into a room.
PINK: Gentles, acquiesces, promotes intimacy and affection.
ORANGE: Cheers, expands, promotes informality and activity. Declassifies.
BLUE: Relaxes, refreshes and cools. Supports tranquility and trust.
YELLOW: Expands, warms, promotes communication and anticipation.
RED: Empowers, stimulates, dramatizes, impulsive, increases appetite.
GREEN: Rests, balances, normalizes, encourages emotional growth.
WHITE: Lights, purifies, cleans unifies, enlivens other colors.
BROWN: Stabilizes and supports. Secures. Is friendly and receptive.
BLACK: Strengthens, authorizes. Denotes status. Elegance. Ominous.
PURPLE: Creates mystery. Enlivens imagination. Spiritualizes.
by Shar Sitter in Color
Choosing a paint color is not the easiest task. There are underlying tones in every color and not everyone can see that color clearly. I recently did a Home Staging consultation and commented that the kitchen and dining room should be painted. The response from the client was “we just did”. Ugh, not the response I would want to hear. The color was very pink. The client thought they were selecting a basic tan; there is no such thing in my opinion. This tan had a definite pink undertone which became even more apparent with their lighting. A pink kitchen and dining room is not a Home Staging “Do”, it’s a Home Staging “Don’t”.
Suggestions when choosing paint color:
1) Look at the paint colors on the entire card from the paint store. Some of the other colors on the card may give you a clearer idea of what that underlying tone really is.
2) The color you see in the paint store is not what you will see in your home. All lighting is different with the types of bulbs used and even the time of day. Check the paint in YOUR lighting.
3) As I stated above, the paint will look different during different times of the day, you need to look at it in ALL lighting. ALWAYS, ALWAYS pick two to three colors and paint them on your walls in various spots. In a dark corner, near the woodwork, next to the carpet or sofa. Then look at them for a couple days in different lighting. Sunny, cloudy, evening, etc. This makes a HUGE difference. If you don’t want to mess up your walls just yet, paint large pieces of tag board and tack them to your walls.
4) Hire a professional. If you are nervous or just want a second opinion, it is always nice to bring in a professional who may see tones that you do not see, or have ideas that you may not have thought about.
Do what I say, not what I do, ha. I learned my lesson on this subject years ago when I was painting my home. I was swamped and I described to my painter that I wanted a deep sage green for my living room. He bought a sample and painted it on different areas of my walls just as I recommend. However, I came home when it was dark, and woke up and left for an appointment when it was dark (one of those short winter days) and told the painter to go ahead, I loved the color. Oops, didn’t take my own advice. I woke up the morning after the painting was done on a bright sunny Saturday morning and walked down to a living room so green I thought I was a pimento inside of an olive! Thus, the repainting began.
Take the advice of a professional that learned the hard way. Choose two to three colors, apply them on the wall, and look at them for a few days in ALL lighting.
by Shar Sitter in Color
One question I get a lot relates to color. The answer depends on whether you are selling your home or looking to change the look for yourself. If you are selling, neutral does not mean white!! You need color to sell a home but of course it cannot be taste specific.
If you are refreshing your own home for personal enjoyment, don’t be afraid of color. Color is powerful and it can calm your mood after a hectic day or energize you in the morning. Paint color sets the immediate feel of a room. You need to think about how you use a room and what feeling you are trying to convey or want to experience while you are in that room. Is the room for rest and quiet time? Is it for cozy family and friends gatherings? Or is it where you want to be uplifted and energized.
One look I love right now is black and white. You can do so much with these two basic colors and combine it with almost any style. It can be extremely elegant, funky, or art deco. From black on white toile fabrics to popping it with hot pink, lavender or lime accents, there is no limit to what you can do. Use seasonal colors to change it throughout the year. Warm wood tones of furniture or flooring will ground and balance the room. And don’t forget about texture. This can be done with the fabric in linens, throw pillows, or sofa throws.
If you are nervous about using black and white, start small. I recently changed the look of my guest bathroom. Previously done with a fun kids theme for my visiting nieces, they have grown up and I personally needed a change. I kept the basic light café latte wall color, added a black and white classic patterned shower curtain with velvet, a couple of fun new prints and inspiration woods on the walls and black, white and tan towels. I LOVE those three colors together, very classy. What a transformation and I did it all for under $200.
Be inspired. Take a risk. Have fun.