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5 paint colors that are stressing you out

With our country in the grips of some life altering changes you may be feeling rather stressed. Just turning on the news or scrolling social media can raise your blood pressure and bring on a headache. Its been said repeatedly that our homes are our sanctuary and we should take the steps to actually make it feel like one. Now is the time to consider how your home’s colors may be adding to your anxiety. While you may have noticed that certain colors alter your mood, you may not realize that color affects your subconscious as well. Certain cultures use color to promote health and wellness. Known as chromotherapy, color and light are used to restore imbalances in a persons physical, mental, emotional or spiritual energy. Here are my tips on colors to avoid and the best alternatives if you want to create an oasis at home.

Yellow: Often associated with happiness, yellow can also activate the anxiety center of the brain. Bright yellows, especially neon shades, should be used sparingly as an accent. Try buttery, yellows that remind you of summer days or deep golds that connect you to a sense of the past.

Benjamin Moore Seahorse
Benjamin Moore “Seahorse”

Red: Studies have shown red rooms increase our heart, respiration and blood pressure rates by activating the pituitary gland. Red is a showstopper, making it a powerful design tool for creating drama. Used in excess though it will inhibit relaxation and should be kept out spaces you want to chill out in. Shades of peach and coral will still stimulate creativity and interpersonal interactions without the revved up feeling associated with red.

PPG Hush Puppu
PPG “Hush Puppy”

Black: Talk about dark and gloomy. While black rooms can be so chic, they will do little to make you feel uplifted day in and day out. Try instead cozy charcoal grays which can still feel dramatic though less oppressive than a true black.

Farrow and Ball Plummet
Farrow and Ball “Plummet”

White: On the opposite end, stark white feels clinical and not at all relaxing. Opting for a warmer white, can still feel clean and modern while producing a relaxing vibe.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Sherwin Williams “Alabaster”

Green: Popular yellow greens make fantastic accent colors especially when combined with neutrals, however steer clear of these bright yellow greens as they can be mentally overwhelming. While green has been well documented as a relaxing color to be around, stick to softer tones that lean more blue green like Sherwin Williams “Sea Salt”

Our Vintage Nest

Mr. H says: Color can speak to the soul in many ways-Enjoy!

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Five projects to tackle when you are stuck at home

Take advantage of social distancing with some small changes that can make your time at home more enjoyable.

Set up a home bar. Your probably beginning to limit your public interactions now and that includes trips to the local watering hole. Treat yourself to a “quarantini” from a stocked home bar. It doesn’t have to be a large dedicated space as a bar cart can serve the same purpose. Check out our bar cart tips here.

Bar cart
Hurtado

Clean out your closet. With endless days at home, now is the perfect time to tackle your closet. Begin by taking everything out and sorting into three piles: keep, donate and toss. Return the “keep” items by following these tips from the experts at California Closets.

Create an accent wall. While tackling an entire room redo may seem overwhelming at this time, highlighting one wall can transform a room as well. Either with a splashy paint color, removable wallpaper or a gallery wall, creating an accent well can be achieved in a matter of hours.

Sherwin Williams

Organize your spice cabinet. You’ll most likely be preparing more meals at home so now is the time to get your spices in order. Spice bottles are tricky to store, especially in a cabinet, where you spend a time digging around in search of the cumin. If you have a drawer to spare, consider fitting it with a spice organizer to keep your herbs in easy reach. Shelf risers or over the door organizers are a must if they must stay in a cabinet.

KraftMade

Update Your Bathroom. Bathrooms are the work horses in most homes. Besides the germ factories they are they tend to look shabby fast. After you’ve given it a good scrubbing update the cabinet hardware and towel bars with a modern look. Install a new shower curtain and replace the towels and rugs with a fresh color.

Designers Guild

Mr. H says: Home is the place we love best and grumble about the most-Enjoy!

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color interior design

How To Choose Paint Colors To Sell Your Home

Are you downsizing or relocating to a new city in 2020? There are lots of tips out there advising sellers on how to make their home appealing to prospective buyers. On the top of the list is the interior color palette. Don’t let your home sit stagnant on the market because of some questionable paint choices. Here is our color guide to getting the most for your investment.

Avoid Dark Colors

While you love your dramatic dark chocolate living room, others may think it feels too cave like. Lighten up dark rooms as much as possible so rooms appear spacious.

Rugo Raff Architects
Photo by Rugo/ Raff Ltd. Architects

That bright turquoise accent wall in the kitchen looks great with your retro dining chairs however possible buyers will not appreciate your bold choice. Paint feature walls the same color as the rest room.

Photo by Gacek Design Group, Inc. 

Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper has enjoyed a renaissance over the last few years and as a designer it is a favorite design tool. When selling a house though, you are better off taking down the wallpaper and painting. The only exception may be in the powder room especially if it is a current pattern trend and is in excellent condition.

Thibaut Wallpaper
Thibaut

Stick to Neutrals

It’s good practice to stick to a neutral scheme throughout. The goal is to create a blank canvas so people can envision themselves living there. A neutral palette doesn’t necessarily mean white walls though. Depending on your furnishings choose either shades of gray or taupe for an updated look.

Neutral master bedroom

Mr. H says: A new home means new beginnings-Enjoy!

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6 Proven paint colors for every room

There our countless scientific studies on the impacts of color on human beings. The color of a room affects our mood, blood pressure and even digestion to name just a few . It makes sense that the right shades of paint can enhance your quality of life. So before you head to the paint store, check out the research!

Kitchens-Butter Yellow

For the non morning person, this hue boosts your appetite while enhancing your energy levels. Eating breakfast in a yellow kitchen may motivate you to seize the day.

Sherwin Williams Butter Up
Sherwin Williams Butter Up

Dining Room-Citrus Orange

Orange radiates warmth and happiness. It is invigorating, interactive color that encourages spontaneity and a positive outlook. Perfect for you next dinner party.

Benjamin Moore Orange Appeal
Benjamin Moore Orange Appeal

Bedroom-Deep Blue

Dark blue walls provide a sense of inner security, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It slows the metabolism, prompting feelings of calmness and order, components we need to induce deep sleep.

PPG Silent Night
PPG Silent Night

Bathrooms-Light Pink

The color pink has been used, for over forty years, in detention center to keep inmates calm. Since bathrooms tend to be busy spaces, this soothing hue reminds us to breath and slow down. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. Bonus: soft pink is flattering to all skin tones and everyone wants to look good in the mirror.

Sherwin Williams Intimate White

Home Gym-Bold Red

Red is the color that can boost physical performance, making it the perfect choice for a home gym. The color red is energizing, excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

Behr No More Drama

Creative Spaces-Lavender

The color lavender encourages creative pursuits and assists those who seek spiritual awareness. Artists, writers, musicians and even crafty people can find inspiration in this unexpected color that promotes the harmony of the mind and emotions, contributing to mental balance.

Benjamin Moore Iced Lavender
Benjamin Moore Iced Lavender

Mr. H says: Color has a dramatic effect on your well being so choose carefully-Enjoy!

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Steer clear of these 6 bath design trends

Enormous bath tubs

For decades we all heard we needed to have an enormous, master bath tub for resale. While you may have never get into it, the next owners will. Unfortunately they won’t either and I seriously doubt being sans tub will be a deal breaker. If you are a bath taker, opt for a smaller profile free standing tub or a standard size drop in. Under no circumstance, add steps. The safest way to get into a tub is to sit on the edge and swing your legs over.

Large tub with step

Bright colors

Some people think intense colors are a great way to jazz up a neutral bath. Bright colors can feel overwhelming and can be reflected back onto your skin or cause issues with color matching. Choose a calming spa like color that works with your tile. Some of my favorites Sherwin Williams “Sea Salt” or Benjamin Moore “Silver Crest”. Consider an accent rug or a bright shower curtain if you are looking for ways to add color.

Bright color bathroom

Busy patterns

Wallpaper in a bath can be fabulous. Bold patterns work well in powder rooms where the occupant isn’t spending a lot of time. Master and guest baths though should feel subtle in texture or tone on tone patterns.

Busy bath wallpaper

Pedestal sinks

While they look attractive, pedestal sinks don’t offer any storage, especially in a bath that’s used for bathing. Their limited surface doesn’t leave much room to spread out grooming tools such a hair dryer or even a razor and shaving cream. The most versatile and valued solution is a vanity cabinet outfitted with an under mount sink.

Pedestal sink with no storage

Protruding wall cabinets

Wall hung cabinets make an already small space seem even smaller since they project into the room at eye level. Opt for a recessed cabinet with a mirror to make the bath feel larger or even open shelves for an updated feel.

Wall hung bath cabinet

Too much tile

Decorative tile is fine in small doses, but covering the entire bathroom is too distracting. Competing tile sizes and patterns create the same issue. Tiling a bath completely, which allows for easy care, can be attractive when large format tiles of the same pattern and color are used.

Bathroom tile

Mr. H says: If you forgo a bath long enough, even the fleas will leave you alone-Enjoy!

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The Hottest Interior Design Trends for Spring

It may still be rather cold and dingy for some parts of the country, but cheer up!  Spring will arrive eventually and we have some great trend to look forward to this Spring.

Gelato Colors

Easter eggs are not the only thing that look good in bright pastels.  Once confined to children’s rooms, these spring time shades are surprisingly versatile.

Jan Showers for Curated Kravet

Geometric Patterns

A bold design comes from mixing geometric patterns with lush florals.  Wallpaper, decorative tiles and fabrics with strong contrasting colors can be used to create a striking effect.

Thibaut Design

Live Plants

I’ve blogged about plantscaping before and this trend is hotter than ever.  Indoor plants bring an ever changing living element to a space that are believed to be good for health, and help clean the indoor air.

photo by Jason Leung

Iridescent Finishes

Perfect for spring, subtle iridescent finishes that catch the light and create instant glamour in a room.  Shimmery wallpapers and decorative paint effects are just a few ways to integrate this hot trend.

Osborne & Little Lovelace wallpaper

Gold

After several years, this trend is still going strong.  Look for warm gold accents on furniture, lighting, cabinet hardware and bath fixtures to incorporate this design movement into your space.

photo: 24 Design Construction

Tropical 

This global trend took hold last year and will continue well into 2018.   Perhaps it stems from our desire to escape this chaotic world to luxury tropical vacation…

Pier One

Mr. H says: Don’t be afraid to sparkle a little brighter-Enjoy!

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Ten new fabrics for Spring

Spring is toying with Charleston this week, running hot one day and setting in a frost the next.   Get inspired to tackle your Spring design project with these gorgeous Spring fabrics, culled from the newest fabric collections.

Drawn from within the extensive F. Schumacher archives, the “Fashion Forward” print collection celebrates the exuberance of the early 20th Century master couturier, Paul Poiret.   The brightly colored “Juin” floral print captures the joie de vivre that was Poiret’s signature style.

F. Schumacher

Little Carlotta printed sheer from Osborne & Little casts an array of dahlias, poppies and berries on a washable wide-width sheer.

Osborne & Little

Reminiscent of the plumage of an exotic bird, Beacon Hill’s “Plumassier” is a bright creation on luxurious silk.

Beacon Hill

From the Giardino Segreto collection by Designer’s Guild, the “Papillons” fabric features delicately drawn butterflies with watercolor hued accents. Printed on cotton this is a versatile home design print.

Designers Guild

Kate Spade New York: the name is eponymous with crisp, bright colors and bold patterns.  The new Kravet collections embrace the brand’s signature style and it’s motto: live colorfully.

Kate Spade New York for Kravet

F. Schumacher believes you can have it all when designing your outdoor spaces.  Beautiful prints in a performance fabric.  Charming and whimsical, Josef Frank’s beloved 1947 print is a colorful, cheery addition to alfresco decor.

F. Schumacher

Famous for its hand screen printing of fabrics, Clarence House, is considered a style-setter in the decorative fabric industry.  The “Pagode Enchante” print embodies the spirit of this iconic fabric house.

Clarence House

Scalamandre’s “Jardin de Chin” is an intricate Chinoiserie print on a luscious green background that is both soothing and electrifying.

Scalamandre

A floral and leaf pattern, printed on a flowing cotton, transforms into a printed wild garden.  The fuchsia color way from Zimmer + Rohde feels like Spring.

Zimmer + Rohde

Always exotic, the Gastón y Daniela fabric house presents their 2018 Librería Collection, featuring the Print Collection.  The “Ikat Azul” is a vibrant take on the well loved global pattern.

Mr. H says: The fabric of existence weaves itself whole-Enjoy!

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Five stunning shades of orange

Orange is an intense, livable color that shouldn’t be relegated to just Halloween.   Orange is a blend of yellow and red that can range from the softest peach to a hot cayenne.   Research suggests that orange stimulates activity and appetite and encourages socialization.  Since it pairs beautifully with other colors it can be used to create any number of stylish iterations.

In this Folly Beach house, we used Sherwin Williams Tangerine in a satin finish on the wood ship lap walls of the guest bedroom.

J. Rhodes Interior Design

A light and bright kitchen. Cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove look crisp against orange-red Fire Dance walls.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Soft Pumpkin

Benjamin Moore

Farrow & Ball Charlotte’s Locks

Farrow & Ball

If an entire orange room seems daunting try an accent walls for a burst of color.  Sherwin Williams Coral Reef

Sherwin Williams

Mr. H says: Orange is the happiest color in the world-Enjoy!

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Six expert painting tips

Use these professional, no fail tips when you embark on your next interior painting project.

Give it a test run:  Paint several large samples on the wall around the entire room.   Never paint several sample colors side by as your eye will blend all the colors together.  If you are considering several shades, isolate each one to get an accurate read on how the color looks. See how it appears in all light levels including at night and on overcast days before deciding.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Colors

When it came to interior colors, Frank Lloyd Wright, organic restraint, formed his aesthetic vision.   Inspired by the colors produced in nature, Wright’s leading philosophy in architecture and design was the integration of the inside and outside world.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints has produced two distinct color palettes celebrating two of Wright’s most famous residences:  Fallingwater and Taliesin West

Completed in 1939, Fallingwater was designed by Wright for the Kaufmann family as vacation home.  Built partly over a waterfall in the mountains of Pennsylvania, it became an instant architectural icon after is was built.

Fallingwater Frank Lloyd Wright
Fallingwater House. Image © Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

At Fallingwater, Wright used a limited palette of restful yet intense colors.

Fallingwater PPG colors

Fallingwater
Christopher Little, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home and school in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1937 until his death in 1959.  This sprawling National Historic Landmark is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The original 1955 color palette that Wright created for commercial distribution, was inspired by the desert that surrounds this architectural complex.

Taliesin West PPG colors

Taliesin West interior view Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin West interior Frank Lloyd Wright

Mr. H says: (channeling FLW) “Form and function are one.”-Enjoy!