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Pink & Yellow Are NOT Friends

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

Pink & Yellow Are NOT Friends

Every color has an undertone. Neutrals have undertones too, and when these work well together, you have a good start to a well designed space. A very common mistake is to pair pink beige and yellow beige undertones in hard finishes or paint colors…..they are not friends and should not be together! I often look at new homes to see what finishes are being used in my specific area (and just for fun!).  In addition to lots of whites and grays, I’m also seeing some beige tones again. The challenge is to select those that work well together. In this new kitchen, the pink undertone of the backsplash does not complement at all the yellow undertone of the granite. This granite needed a tile with a yellow or green undertone. Not a yellow or green tile, but a tile with a yellow or green undertone. This Yellow Beige would have been a better choice. Do you see it?  yellow beige Settle differences in undertones make a huge difference! So often a homeowner will walk into their kitchen or bathroom and say there is something they don’t like, but are not sure what or why. The granite by itself is great, the tile by itself is nice, they like the paint color, but when it’s all put together…not so much. I see this over and over, even in new homes, even in design centers. So what do you do if you already have these finishes and are not planning to remodel?  Style! Use accessories, paint color or other finishes to be the “mediators” between undertones that don’t work well together, and enhance what you already have. If you are buying a new home or remodeling, before you choose hard finishes and paint colors, know  your colors and undertones, or hire someone that does. Investing time at the beginning of a project is always worth it, to be sure all your finishes and colors work well together.  You will not only have a well finished next level home, but one you will be happy with for many years to come! Did I say we must look at the undertones? 😉 Eleida Certified Color...

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Creatively Wrapped 🎄

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016

Creatively Wrapped 🎄

      Enjoy gift giving and make gift receiving more fun! Wrapping gifts creatively brings joy and fun to the holidays.  Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity … Accent with cut out shapes that relate to the holiday. Add a cute ribbon or cord to complete the look. For music lovers, choose their favorite music or one that relates to the holiday.   Craft paper is a blank canvas for all kinds of ideas. Here a little color is added with greenery and a floral accent A shirt as gift wrap? Creative indeed and sure to catch the attention of the recipient.  The broche is a great extra touch.       these ideas from countryliving.com...

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Beautiful Wreaths

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016

Beautiful Wreaths

Holiday decor is not complete without a front door wreath!  These are some wreaths I like because they have something unexpected, either a different shape, materials, or themes.  Which is your favorite?           ...

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For the Love of Sports

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016

For the Love of Sports

If you are a sports fan, or someone in your home is,  why not have a room dedicated to your favorite sports team? Basements, game rooms or kids rooms are great spaces for this, and here are a few of the products I have found to give my clients a next level sports-themed space! Area rugs are a great addition to the space,  whether you want a border or overall pattern, a specific logo or just the right colors. There are many choices to add just the right look.                                  Wall art is extremely versatile – pictures, wall decals, framed T-shirts, shadow boxes with all kinds of memorabilia.  Be creative! For more finishing touches add pillows and window treatments.  Even the curtain poles can tie into the theme          ...

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What not to Show

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016

What not to Show

What to Show and Not to Show You have selected a great design and fabrics for your custom window treatments but how it is installed is also a very important detail. I saw this picture online and it caught my eye. Although the design and fabrics are beautiful, the top of the window frame should never show.  They should have either been mounted higher or the treatment should not scoop down as much.     This next one we made for my client is a good example of a similar treatment. We measure all spaces around the window to know where we should mount and how the treatment should be...

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Color

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016

Color

Which color speaks to you?

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Let there be Light

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

Let there be Light

To select the right lighting for a room, ask yourself what happens here?  A room that is used as an office needs different lighting than a bedroom, than a craft room, a game room, a kitchen, and so on. Think of three different types of lighting: general, task and accent.  Specific task lighting, such as reading lamps, are important if you read frequently, have low levels of natural light, and especially if you ever work in the room. Low-level table lamps and floor lamps help to create a cozy atmosphere, especially at night. Accent lighting may be used to focus on an architectural element, such as a fireplace, bookcase, painting, or plant.  Use all three types of lighting varying the amount of each according to the use of the room…and let there be light!...

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It’s not Just Gray…It’s not Just Beige

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016

It’s not Just Gray…It’s not Just Beige

Often when we want a neutral paint or fabrics, we think we want just gray or just beige and it will go with all our other beiges or grays. Not so!  A neutral decor is many times the most difficult to accomplish if you are not paying attention to the undertones. If you walk into a room and something in the color palette seems off, it’s usually because of conflicting undertones in the paint or fabrics.  It is critical that you choose a paint that has an undertone that works with your other undertones in the room.  For example, a beige sofa that has a pink undertone (and there are many!) will not look right against a beige wall that has a yellow undertone. Gray, which has been a go to neutral in the last few years, will have undertones of blue, green or purple. Gray paint with blue undertones will look a lot bluer on the wall than on a paint chip, so make sure you like blue. If your eye is not trained to see undertones, the best way is to compare colors side by side.  Then you will start seeing that some look more green, more purple, etc.  If you are adding new upholstery, window treatments, rugs, or other softwood pieces, choose those before you choose your paint.  Then choose paint to go with the new items. Don’t be afraid to call a decorator for a fabric and/or color consultation. It will save you a lot of money in the long run....

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Color Color on the Wall

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Color Color on the Wall

  Paint color is one of the hardest decisions for homeowners to make, partly because there are so many choices it’s difficult to know where to start and determine what will look best on your walls.  Even neutrals are tricky because the undertones must work with the furnishings in the room for the room to look right. Here are a few tips to help you with color selection:  – Determine the undertones that are in the existing                   furnishings.  Why? it immediately narrows down the number of colors you should consider. – Know that a gray with a blue undertone will look much more blue on the wall than on the paint chip.  Why you should know? you can end up with baby blue walls instead of gray. – The color’s undertone will be more visible if paired with it’s complementary color. For example, a color with a red or pink undertone will look more red or pink if paired with green, its complementary color. Why is this useful information? if you are trying to minimize a pink undertone on a tile, sofa, or other finishings, you should not paint the walls green. – Gray undertones can be blue, green, or purple. Beige undertones can be yellow, green, red/pink, and orange. Why is this useful? If you want to mix different grays or beiges,  you should stay in the same undertone or use no more than two undertones per room. – The hardest beige undertone to work with is pink-beige. Why? It does not pair well     with yellow beige or orange beige, undertones in so many of the furnishings available today. – If you are buying new furniture or window treatments, choose those before you paint. Why? It is much easier to find paint to go with a fabric than fabric to go with a specific paint. -Dark colors don’t make a room look small, contrast does. Why you should know? It’s ok to paint a small room or bathroom a dark color. If you walk into the paint store to choose the perfect paint colors but walk out overwhelmed by all the choices, schedule a                          Color Consultation. 678-935-NEXT (6398)     Feel confident about your color decisions with next level colors for a next level space! (Southern...

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

                Mirrors can also be used as wall art. Always consider what they will reflect when they are on the wall. They are great in rooms where you want more light reflected, or simply duplicate a color or wall art from the opposite wall.  Keep it simple and repeat the same mirrors, or vary the mirrors and size for an unexpected look. A good mirror collage can look outstanding and take your space to the next level!   ...

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