How to Choose the Right Wood Floor Color (9 Designer tips!)

Choosing the right color for your wood floor is a big decision. You want to love the look of the floor itself but the bigger goal is to love the whole effect that it will create in your rooms and your home.

Start by deciding what overall style do you want in your home? Do you like strong colors, white and light rooms, bold contrasts or soft neutrals? Once you have a vision for that, it’s a lot easier to start seeing the kind of flooring that will fit your look.

Here are some well-designed rooms with hardwood floor and why they work so you can see how to make a good choice for your home.

5b87232a97daf52e4354a9805842363dWHY IT WORKS: The flooring color is reflected in the wall and backplash color. It provides a deeper base color to ground the white cabinets in the room, It is the darkest color in the room but is just a medium, muted shade so the room still feels calm and soft and airy. Love how the planks are set at an angle.

101945457.jpg.rendition.largest.550WHY IT WORKS: This kitchen, with its very dark floor, sets up a dramatic contrast to the modern white cabinets. It’s all about creating design impact in small space. Very Clever.

7-Studio-GYZA-Vilnius-House-Photo-Antanas-Minkevicius-and-Gzegozas-Volkovskis-870x579WHY IT WORKS: This sitting area is surrounded with such interesting architecture that the floor just needs to complement it and provide a base for it to sit on without overtly grabbing the attention. Perfect harmony.

25-Stunning-Living-Rooms-With-Hardwood-Floors-7WHY IT WORKS: This room is rescued from being stuffy by this eye-catching multi-colored floor choice. But notice how the gray cast to it ties in perfectly with the gray and taupe tones in the room. Seemingly a marriage of opposites but the color connection is what makes it work.

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WHY IT WORKS:  Architecturally there is nothing in the room the color of the floor but having one main piece of furniture reflect a similar version of it is enough to do the trick.  Very effective.

39517204055ca1f3_9039-w250-h250-b0-p0--home-designWHY IT WORKS: The warm toned floor warms up an all gray room. It is kept light so as not to intrude too much in the gray color scheme. And then the artwork frames pick-up on the floor color. It just a detail but it makes all the difference in letting this floor color work in this space.

LivingRoomsUpdate8_EL_13apr12_pr_bWHY IT WORKS: This floor is such a perfect backdrop it almost disappears as our attention is allowed to be drawn to each purposefully selected item in the room. It is kin to the soft wall color so it has a reason to belong in the room. Love it.

living-room-apr27-172017-04-27-at-12.46.49-PM-5WHY IT WORKS: A great way to decorate the ceiling in  tall room is to reflect the flooring. (It looks different in the photo but it is likely the effect of additional lighting from the windows on the floor.)  Cozy-up what could have become a slightly cavernous space.

GrahamandGreen1_EL_12apr12_pr_bWHY IT WORKS: What could have been a flat white room has real personality with the dark, rich floor setting off the (almost) all white decor.  And then bringing it all together with tabletop wood color and the chandelier. Perfection.

One last design tip or two…  bring the flooring samples home to test them in your lighting. Do it during the day and at night. And check the flooring with anything that is staying like fireplaces, wall color, cabinets as well as other flooring it will meet up with.

Find out ways we can also help you love your home without doing any major renovations by clicking “Curated Options” and “Collaboration“. Or call Mary for a free 15 minute consultation at 760-84-1200 or by connecting online.

 

 

New Years Home Improvement (Designer ideas to make your new year bright!)

Once the holiday decorations are down, its amazing how easy it is to see your space with new eyes. How, without all the tinsel and lights it’s seriously hoping for a fresh start in the new year. Besides, this is a great time to get an indoor home improvement project done because you get to enjoy it while you wait for spring, and beyond!

Here are designer ideas that will give your space a face-lift you’ll love:

GIVE YOUR ENTRY A FRESH START
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Paint your entrys ceiling! It’s a grand way to add style without taking up any valuable floor space. Perfect.

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Find a large, showstopper piece of art you love, add a gorgeous chandelier, a floor plant (and a several smaller ones) and your room will come alive.

GIVE YOUR BEDROOM A FRESH STARTBedroom-Accent-Wall-applicationGet fabulous new bed linens, pull out the accent color and paint it on the wall behind the bed. Done and done! Love it.

GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A FRESH START
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Does your kitchen seem like too big a project to even seriously think about re-doing it? But look what can happen by updating it while keeping the same footprint.

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Cabinets were updated with paint and hardware, and an updated countertop, backsplash, range hood, dishwasher, sink, faucet and window blind were added to complete it. Since no walls were knocked out and the room wasn’t gutted no utilities were moved. All that meant a lot less mess, time and expense making a kitchen refresh do-able!

GIVE YOUR OFFICE A FRESH STARTgallery-1508795565-accessoriesAdd new accessories!  This brass lamp, waste basket and paperweight plus a pencil holder and plant make this mini office feel new and fresh. So simple, so classy.

Get inspired and get going on that room you would love to love!

Find out ways we can also help you love your home without doing any major renovations by clicking “Curated Options” and “Collaboration“. Or call Mary for a free 15 minute consultation at 760-84-1200 or by connecting online.

 

 

Updating Your Bathroom (The secret to maximizing your budget)

No one likes living with an old bathroom but the thought of remodeling the second most expensive room in the house might have kept you from even considering it. But the secret to maximizing a bathroom remodeling budget is to simply keep the same footprint.  Just replace the old with the new: keep the tub or shower, sink and toilet in the same place. That will save you thousands when you don’t have to relocate the plumbing and electrical wiring.

By saving there, your budget can be used for all the new things that will make your bathroom gorgeous.  And for using pro’s instead of deciding to DIY things you may never have done before, that may end up costing money to fix.

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Another way to maximize your bathroom remodeling budget is to not feel like everything has to be a “show stopper”. In fact, it is better if it isn’t. Bathrooms are smaller rooms and can look overdone if too many things are vying for attention. Instead, decide what will make the biggest impact that you really would love. Is it a  fancy tile backsplash with a matching accent on the floor? Or a frameless walk-in shower? Or gorgeous vessel sinks and faucets, a certain vanity style, or fabulous wallpaper?

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Speaking of vanities, take a look at yours to see if they might still have a future in your new bathroom. Because if you like the style, and it is still sturdy, having them painted and adding new hardware will totally transform them.

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Lastly, have a plan and all materials selected and purchased before any work begins. That will avoid any costly, time-consuming scenarios of having to change course in mid-stream. You will know you have everything that beautifully goes together to create a bathroom you will love!

Find out ways we can also help you love your home without doing any major renovations by clicking “Curated Options” and “Collaboration“. Or call Mary for a free 15 minute consultation at 760-84-1200 or by connecting online.

How to Choose the Best Interior Paint Colors (6 Designer Tips!)

Choosing the best interior paint colors for your home can be exciting and frightening all at the same time! And since the walls and ceiling are the largest amount of design surface in your home it’s a great chance to transform spaces without major renovations. So lets talk about how to choose the best paint colors to create the rooms you love.

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TIP# 1: CHOOSE YOUR ROOMS MOOD
What kind of mood do you want to in your room? Do you want your dining area to feel family sociable or more proper? Warmer, brighter and contrasting colors are lively and grays, blues, and neutrals will be more elegant.

How about the bedroom? Want it to  be calm or dramatic? Soft colors and cool colors (blues, green, gray, white) are usually calmer feeling and strong colors are more dramatic.

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TIP #2:  LIGHTING AFFECTS PAINT COLORS
The kind of lighting you see you color in will affect the way it looks. So if the paint store has a light box test your color chips there first:
– Natural daylight shows the true color
– Incandescent lighting is yellow and makes colors look warmer
– Fluorescent lighting is blue and makes colors look cooler

See how the color changes in the dining area by the window compared to the seating area? It works beautifully here because it looks like two shades when there was actually only one that needed to be painted to give the effect.

A strong color on the other hand, might be too bright and overpowering by a large window but could be just the thing as an accent wall away from the window or on all walls in another room with indirect lighting. So don’t be disappointed if your favorite color doesn’t work where you first try it, walk around and try it in other places.

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TIP #3: TEST PAINT COLORS FIRST
Once you have looked at the paint chips at home, then it’s time to test the actual paint colors. (The paint chips are made with printer’s ink and not real paint which is why they typically aren’t exact matches.)

I’m not a fan of testing on the walls because:
– The color tests can be hard to hide when painting over it later
– It only lets you to test the color in one setting instead of in various lighting conditions.

My favorite way? Use a product like SureSwatch*, an adhesive paintable clear film that is removable. You just paint two coats of paint on it, let it dry and stick on any wall/ceiling) anywhere.  So you can check it in every space you need to see how it looks with the lighting. Plus you can easily check it with any large furnishing or decor for color compatibility. (*Available at Home Depot and Amazon.)

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TIP #4:  CREATING GOOD COLOR FLOW
Look at where your room opens into other rooms or spaces plan how the colors in one room will look when you see into the adjoining space.

An easy way to do this beautifully is to choose a neutral signature color for your home. Then use several accent colors in the varying amounts in the different rooms. Or if you want to keep to a neutral palette, use the same neutral  in various shades of light and dark like this space.

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TIP #5: EASY WAY TO CREATE A PERFECT COLOR SCHEME

Use a fabric in the room for your color scheme inspiration. This medium gray bed cover is  perfectly complemented by the dark gray accent wall and the light gray room walls. Love it.

(Take a swatch of the fabric with you to the paint store for color reference.)

 

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TIP #6: SECRET TO CHOOSING NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS
Neutral can be both calm or dramatic! It all depends on what neutrals, what shades  and what finishes you use.

You can make the room low-key like this one with by using light neutrals that vary subtly such as a slightly darker or lighter wall color than the sofa. Then accent with neutral fabric patterns and various textures like the metal and glass coffee table and the woven rug.

If you are more dramatic in your style you can still use neutrals by either using light and darker high contrasting neutrals. For instance painting the window trim and interior doors charcoal and the walls and ceiling a medium to light neutral walls.  Add vibrant light and dark patterned pillow on the sofa. And keep the floor light with a dark area rug.

9 Designer tips for choosing the best paint colors for creating rooms you’ll love!

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