Three Tips to Selecting Exterior House Paint Colors

It’s time to select your home’s exterior paint colors.  Are you feeling overwhelmed by the countless color choices?  Do you make trips to the paint store only to find yourself more confused.  Are you accumulating numerous paint samples from the store?

Here are three things to consider when choosing exterior paint colors for your home.

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Choosing exterior paint colors by Christine Langlois, Keepsake Interiors

Architectural Style: Is your home a Craftsman bungalow?  Mid-century modern ranch? New American Style? (combination several styles)  Choose colors appropriate for your homes architectural style.

Planned Community Architectural Board Guidelines: Read and understand your community’s Architectural board guidelines before selecting exterior paint colors.  Stand outside your home.  Look to the left, then to the right and across the street.  Most community’s will not allow similar paint colors to your immediate neighbors.

Three Colors:  A house will have several paintable parts.  The main body of your house, shutters, trim, doors, and windows. A nice look is when you choose three colors, one for the main body of your home, trim and shutter and doors.

Recently it was time to paint the exterior of our home. My husband asked me how I choose the colors so quick.  It told him it was simple.  I picked colors that will make me smile every time I turn into our long winding driveway. Home Sweet Home!

 

Sherwin Williams 2017 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams just announced their 2017 color of the year.  Drumroll please.

The winner, a gray-brown color, Poised Taupe SW6039.  The warm Taupe paint color provides a nice backdrop to white kitchen cabinets and trim. The grayish-brown hue works well when you want to create an intimate space.

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Carrboro Kitchen Remodel

Today was the big reveal for the Carrboro kitchen remodel.  It began back in December 2015 when Amy contacted me.  Her current kitchen layout simply did not work. Husband Jeff loves to cook, but the kitchen lacked prep space and not enough room for two people to share the kitchen at the same time. When you opened the refrigerator doors you hit the oven wall. The kitchen cabinetry was dark and dreary.

Amy’s dream kitchen, clean white painted cabinets, light countertops, white farm sink and gas stove for her husband.  There was one caveat, I had to reuse the existing dark cabinetry. Tall order but doable.

On every project I always seem to have a “favorite thing”.  The pantry doors won the coveted award.  They are unique and so colorful.

Enjoy the before and after pictures.

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Carrboro Kitchen Before

AFTER

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BEFORE

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AFTER REFRIGERATOR WALL

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BEFORE PANTRY WALL

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AFTER PANTRY

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2016 Spring High Point Furniture Market Highlights

Just returned from the Spring 2016  High Point Furniture Market. Two hot trends this market, think Mad Men, with many of the major furniture companies introducing a Mid Century Modern furniture collection.  While Bedding and Art work companies are introducing a Let’s go to the Beach or Lake Cabin inspired theme collection, with Indigo Blue colors mixed with Bright whites, yellows and pinks. Think Lilly Pulitzer fun, bright colors.

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5 Things to Consider Before Starting Remodeling Project

Make a budget. Add a 10-15% contingency dollar amount. Surprises happen; The plumber finds a corrosive pipe requiring replacing, or you can’t stop thinking about the expensive, gorgeous gray marble bathroom tile.  Be prepared to make design selection trade-offs.

Set a reasonable timeframe for project completion. How many of us have watched countless episodes of HGTV design shows and believe a bathroom remodel can be completed in 60 minutes? I wish I could say it’s true.

Life happens. The farm sink you ordered from a reputable vendor calls you to break the bad new “the sink has been delayed at least 2 weeks”. Do you still want to wait?

Living in the House. Just remember there will be daily inconveniences. A bathroom sink may turn into a temporary dish washing area for weeks during a kitchen remodel.

Hiring Trade Professionals. Know when to hire a trade professional for the job. Ensure they have the required qualifications for the project. Ask for referrals.

Five Interior Design Trends for 2016

1. Mixing various materials, finishes and colors in the kitchen.

2. The Kitchen island will be the workhorse in the kitchen.  Most will have at least one main kitchen appliance, think prep or main sink, microwave, warming drawer or wine cooler.

3. Bathroom mirrors get an identity by ditching the bland plate glass vanity mirror.

4. A designated Living Space that is devoid of  technology.  Time to enjoy family and friends without distractions.

5. Bedrooms with a feature wall.  Think beyond just painting your walls with a color.  Think a rustic wood plank wall or a bold pattern wallpaper behind the bed.

Lovely Client Review on Houzz!

I received this nice review from a recent client on Houzz today.  Fun job and lovely family.

Houzz Review

My husband and I decided to renovate our kitchen, which was all knotty pine from 1959. It was a very challenging project due to a load bearing post that wasn’t discovered until after demolition. What we had in mind for design didn’t work due to the location of the post. I called Christine in a panic and she came right over and helped us think outside the box. Christine is awesome! She came up with some great ideas that we had not thought of ourselves. Not only is Christine great with design, she is also a great listener. She really listened to my husband and I when we told her the type of décor we wanted in our new space. She gave me several options for each item which was very helpful. Christine helped me with window treatments, rugs, light fixtures, granite, cabinet color, tile, etc… Some designers push you to totally change your style, but Christine really takes her clients taste into account when choosing each design element.
I highly recommend Christine!