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Three Signs You're Ready for a Color Consultant

I asked a paint contractor once, "what color do your clients request most for exterior painting?" He said, "Mostly, they just ask me to paint it the same color."  What?! Turns out, people often find it more painful to go through the process of choosing new paint colors that might turn out badly, then to stick with the original colors they already know they don't like. Given that most of us paint our houses just once every decade or two, that's crazy! The price tag of a nice paint job is a sizable investment, but the cost of staring at the same sad siding color for another ten years, or patching your house with 30 paint swatches only to end up overwhelmed and defeated,...

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New Workshops Announced this week!

A client once told me that she always felt like she had to apologize when guests came over. She loved her home but didn't know how to make it feel better.If you're feeling insecure or unsatisfied by the way it feels to live in your home, here's your chance this year to change that: HUE 1: Using Color to Create a Space you Love at Neighbor's Corner in San Francisco on Sunday, March 6th 499 Douglass Street @ 21st Street San Francisco CA 94114 In this interactive workshop, HUE 1, you'll learn how to use a paint deck, read a color wheel and discover three classic color palettes that you can personalize for your home. "I worried my husband would...

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A Rose by Any Other Name...

I had such a great time filming a new video series for Kelly-Moore Paints. In the last series, we covered interior home painting basics like how to paint trim, ceilings, walls, etc. This time 'round, we're using color as a design tool and I share the steps for two decorative paint techniques that will hopefully get your creative mojo going for every room in your house! The most interesting conversations we always have during filming are about the names of the paint colors. Having worked professionally with several paint companies, I know several paint decks intimately now and can recognize certain paint brands and colors immediately. I've come to appreciate and even enjoy the names of all these paint colors!...

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Un-Designed is the New Design

Maybe I'm getting a bit, ahem, old and cynical, but it just seems that most shelter blog articles these days feature homes with little or no design aesthetic at all. Sure, there's a smattering of popular items strewn across the room, like succulents by the window, teepee's in the corner, garlands of paper flowers strung overhead, a well placed family pet. But is this really good design? Is this design at all? Maybe this is a reaction to the 2% and the rest of us are saying, "Eh, just keep your fancy chandeliers, I'm fine using a dusty old rug I found on the street and badly painted little girl desk from the flea market. I can make this nice!"...

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Sun-Kissed Color Trend

I've been noticing a resurgence of sun-kissed glowing colors lately, especially these golden hues I call dusk and sunset hues. (I found this gorgeous image, above, on a lovely blog called Verdigris Vie. The Designer is Chad Eisner, the home was featured in House Beautiful) So, when Miranda Burski called to interview me for Leader-Post, we had a nice chat about this trend and a few exterior movements I'm seeing as well.   Thanks for the article, Miranda!

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