{real kitchen remodel: connecting colors, cabinets and window treatments}

Your kitchen is the center of your home. It’s the hub of activity, the congregation place for your family and most importantly, where you break bread with others close to you. So, when undergoing a kitchen remodel it’s not uncommon for homeowners to explore updates to the surrounding living spaces. One of the easiest and most significant updates that can be made is the color of the walls in the kitchen and the adjoining rooms.

Remodeled Kitchen

The colors you choose for those areas depends on a few key factors. Our family recently bit the bullet, threw our lives into turmoil, underwent a kitchen remodel, and updated paint color in two rooms. In determining the new colors, we took into consideration 4 features of our home: Read the rest of this entry »

{paint selection tip: choose a color family}

After looking at the scuff marks and chipped paint on my basement walls I am considering re-painting, though it seems a bit futile considering my third grade boy will continue to play knee hockey and indoor baseball, basketball, and football with his friends over the winter.  I used to dread picking out paint colors — I would agonize over different shades and have a dozen paint samples scattered over the walls.  I don’t feel that sense of dread anymore.  Over the years I have found my ‘color family’ that I like and I tend to stay within.

I remember when I was decorating my first house in California and my designer advised me to pick paint colors that match the color scheme in my closet — that the colors I wore the most would be the colors I would most likely want to surround myself with.  That worked to an extent — I know I like paint colors in the natural color scheme versus the bolder primary colors. What I found more important is knowing how much energy you derive from your living space.  I painted my first living room in a beautiful sage color.  While it was pretty and complemented my furniture nicely, I found it to be too drab for me — like a constant cloudy day.  I must say, my husband has been very understanding with the many painting re-dos I’ve had over the years! Read the rest of this entry »

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