Posts filed under: INTERIOR DESIGN

Picking exterior paint colors is the scariest part of their project for most homeowners.   The process seems fraught with peril:  What if your house ends up looking garish and (even worse) everybody sees? What if it goes from “old,...
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Painting cabinets two different colors can elevate a kitchen to a whole new level, design-wise.  While it used to be considered a bit daring or even eccentric, we now see two-tone kitchens quite often.  But is there a reason to...
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Visualize an excited homeowner who just moved into her house, and is opening the door for the color consultant to come in and work her magic.  As a color consultant, I know exactly what the homeowner is probably thinking.  She...
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Ever want a little help picking a paint color, but you’re not sure who to call – an interior designer, or a color consultant, or your stylish neighbor, or your mom?  Especially when it comes to interior design and knowing...
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Before I got trained as a color consultant, I used to stress over picking paint colors.   I’d come home from the paint store with ziplock bags full of paint chips and color strips.  Too many choices?? No such thing!...
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Wondering if an accent wall is a good idea?     We often get asked to weigh in on this, since we’re asked to paint them!  Here are my do’s and don’ts for accent walls, from an interior design perspective....
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Working with an interior designer is the surest way we know to guarantee a beautiful, updated home that reflects your tastes.  We love working with designers, and your project will be in good hands. . But homeowners can unknowingly make...
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White paint is the go-to color for most homeowners in Austin, TX, and with good reason!   (It’s quickly become the go-to color in San Antonio, TX as well, although San Antonio kept its beiges and tan colors a lot...
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If you’re picking a paint color for your home, first browse online for some inspiration photos, right?  Yes, but that’s only a starting point!  Finding photos online can point you in the right direction, but it won’t get you to...
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If you want a fresh, white kitchen, selecting the right white kitchen paint color for your cabinets can be massively frustrating! So much so, in fact, that many of our clients opt for our complimentary color consulting services, to take...
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Are interior colors getting warmer?   Is brown coming back?  And what does this mean for you?   I’m often asked if brown is “coming back”. This photo is my answer to that question. Yes, brown is being incorporated back...
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If you’re ready to start updating your Tuscan brown home, where do you begin?  What will have the most impact immediately?   Do you start with painting the walls?  (Not a bad plan!)  New rugs?  Furniture??  Moving out of the...
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After seeing light, fresh interiors everywhere in stores, on HGTV, and in your friends’ houses, you’re ready to freshen up your home, especially if it’s still in what we call the “Brown Phase” of the past few decades.  You’ll be moving...
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Painting crown molding is usually straightforward – just paint it the same color as the rest of the trim or woodwork in the room (the baseboards, door casings, and window sills).  But if we’re painting kitchen cabinets in a new color,...
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Perhaps you’ve noticed lots of black painted trim – doors, windows, woodwork – in interior design magazines.  The problem is, not ALL the trim is black, which makes it hard to figure out the pattern.  Maybe all the baseboards and...
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Most of us know by now that the “Brown Phase” of interior design is (thankfully!) over.  It lasted a good long while… through all of the 90’s and into the mid-2000’s.   White and gray are tied for the “new...
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Over the past few weeks, some of my clients have really struggled to pick a paint color.   These people were decisive professionals in their business lives, yet when sifting through hundreds of colors in dozens of paint charts, they froze.   So many colors are...
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“Which paint sheen should I use?”  “Does it really matter?”  “Is there such thing as a sheen mistake?”  I hear these questions all the time. What is paint “sheen”, exactly? Loosely defined,  “sheen” is the amount of “shininess” of any...
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