Design Advice & Inspiration

SOME OF OUR DESIGN ADVICE FAVORITES!

 

There’s a lot of “content” out there!  We know – when it comes to keeping up with design trends and sound advice, we get overwhelmed too.  Here we’ve picked some of our favorites in the “design advice and inspiration” category, to help cut through some of the noise.  Hope it’s helpful!  🙂

Two tone blue green and white kitchen renovation

Your Guide to 10 Popular Kitchen Styles  –  Houzz

 

Whether you’re planning a kitchen remodel with the help of a kitchen designer, architect or contractor, knowing which style resonates with you can be a big help. Read on for the need-to-know details about 10 popular kitchen styles, including color palettes and key features of each look.

Jacson Design blog post on 2019 design trends

12 Design and Remodeling Trends We’re Forecasting for 2019  –  Jackson Design & Remodeling

 

Trends for 2019 suggest two distinct approaches for home design, one centered on the comfort and warmth of simplicity connected to the natural world and one boldly expressing a dramatic and glamorous point of view.   Here are our design team’s picks for the top trends this year…

Design advice post on selecting cabinet hardware, Paper Moon Painting, cabinet refinishing, with black hardware

How to Mix and Match your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware  –  Houzz

 

Choosing the right knobs and pulls for cabinets is often something that catches people off guard. The options for style, size and finish are just so abundant, and many kitchens need a carefully thought-out combination of knobs, handles and other hardware to convey the perfect look. Here’s how you can get your cabinet hardware just right.

Maria Killam new build planning blog

10 Steps for Planning your New Build  –  Maria Killam

 

If you’re planning a new build, you should be aware that colour decisions for the exterior need to be made FIRST. So don’t wait until the last minute (which often happens).  The order of the decisions that need to be made is very important! Once you make a few key colour and design choices in the beginning,…

Maria Killam design advice trend forecard for 2018 blog photo

Trend Forecast for 2018  –  Maria Killam

 

The guiding theme of the trends I’m looking forward to seeing in 2018 is one of polish and refinement. From warm mixed metals, pretty millwork and pearlized tile, to dramatic black and tailored feminine details, 2018 is all about indulging in a bit of luxury.

But here’s the thing about trends…

White kitchen with open shelving example from Houzz

The Pros and Cons of Upper Kitchen Cabinets and Open Shelving  –  Houzz

 

It’s a tough decision: to have upper cabinets or not? There are several advantages to going with uppers, but there’s also a lot to say about open shelves or nixing both entirely. To help you decide on what’s right for your kitchen, here’s a guide to the three most popular approaches and other options available to you.

Countertop options artcle from Houzz

What Color Countertop Should You Choose?  –  Houzz

 

These days there are countless materials available for kitchen countertops. But instead of giving you the pros and cons of each material, I’m going to break down six popular color styles so you can achieve the look you want…

design advice blog about baseboard sizes, Paper Moon Painting, San Antonio house painting

Trim:  It’s All About the Size!  –  Kelly Bernier Designs

Updating your baseboard trim is a quick way to update any room in your home. When deciding which size baseboard to go with, my standard rule of thumb is to have at least a 5 1/4” baseboard, white or stained, for a standard 8 ft. high ceiling. If you do not want to go through the hassle…

taupe paint color blog post by Maria Killam. Paper Moon Painting, painting contractor San Antonio

What Everyone Should Know About Taupe   –  Maria Killam

You asked for it and here it is! Drumroll….. a discussion of one of the most challenging neutral colour categories, taupe.

When Sherwin Williams named Poised Taupe as their colour of the year I was not convinced.

We are seeing A LOT of taupe these days. Taupe is ubiquitous in flooring, furnishings and stone products and makes up a huge proportion of standard builder offerings at the moment…

white kitchen from blog on how to avoid the 5 most common kitchen mistakes by Maria Killam, shared by Paper Moon Painting, San Antonio

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Kitchen Mistakes – Maria Killam

Here’s a brown kitchen that has clearly been recently renovated (not the pretty white one in the header – that’s coming later!).  While the outcome is not terrible, I don’t think you will find this kitchen popping up all over Pinterest.

So I thought we could pick it apart, not to be critical or mean, but because this is such a common scenario, and then we can gain some useful insight into why so many renovations fall a little short of expectations…

white kitchen, Paper Moon Painting, current trend

Trend Forecast for 2017 – Maria Killam

The colour for 2017 is kelly green (hooray, I’ve been waiting for this green for a long time) and the look is refined and generally warming up.

Move over cool industrial edginess and laid back rustic everything, 2017 is the year we return to warm, cozy and luxurious layering!…

cabinet refinishing San Antonio, Paper Moon Painting

Kitchen Confidential: Painted vs. Stained Cabinets  –  “Houzz”

Kitchen cabinets are largely about the finish. Whether you’re buying cabinets for the first time or you’re a seasoned kitchen remodeler, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that stain and paint are two totally different slices of pie. Not sure which one you prefer? Here’s the scoop on the perks and pitfalls of both finishes…

Great article - Best Wall Color for Walls amd Trim - The Decorologist

The Best White Paint Color for Walls & Trim – The Decorologist

This space felt choppy and small because of all the color shifts in the room. Notice all the changes, starting from the top of the photo and going down: yellow family room ceiling, white crown molding (in family room), green room header between family room and kitchen, yellow kitchen ceiling, white crown molding (in kitchen), green wall, white countertop, brown island, orange wood floors…

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Maria Killam's blog on updating a Tuscan style home with custom wall finishes

How to Update Your House from the Tuscan Brown Trend  –  Maria Killam

I was recently in a Mediterranean style home that had been built and decorated completely inside the Tuscan Brown Trend. Dark (pink beige & butterscotch) Travertine floors throughout the main floor, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark wood stained cabinets throughout, yellow walls everywhere and 8 bathrooms outfitted in very expensive finishes, most with conflicting colours in floors and countertops…

Want more design advice and inspiration?

 

We’ve learned a few lessons of our own along the way, and we’ve written a few of our insights here.  Our “Kitchen Painting Before and After” page is also worth checking out.

And feel free to visit our Interior Painting, Cabinet Painting, and Specialty Finishes galleries for photos of our work… after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!