Whole House Paint Colors

A young couple that recently moved to Richmond from Charleston, SC contacted me to help them in their home.  They wanted to start by selecting new paint colors for each room to give the house a fresh start and to make it feel more like them.  They knew they wanted blues and grays throughout the house, but they did not have a lot of furnishings and rugs that were dictating specific colors, so we had a lot of choices to select from. Here is what we decided:

Gray and Blue Whole House Paint Colors

whole house paint colors

(SW = Sherwin Williams   BM = Benjamin Moore)

SW Sleepy Blue 6225 ~ We started in the living room.  One of two rugs they did bring with them is going in the living room.  We used that as our starting point, and pulled this blue to coordinate with the rug.

SW Mindful Gray 7016 & SW Mountain Air 6224 ~ The living room opens to the dining room, so we chose two colors that complement the Sleepy Blue.  Mindful Gray is for the walls and Mountain Air for the ceiling.

BM Quiet Moments 1563 ~ Off of the dining room is a sunroom that leads out to the back yard.  Quiet Moments is a nice soft blue, green, gray that changes colors with different amounts of sunlight, but looks great at any time of day.  The kitchen also connects to the dining room, so we decided to repeat Quiet Moments in there.

SW Snowbound 7004 & SW Online 7072 ~ They have a sunken den with a fireplace that does not get a lot of natural light.  The room is a blank slate right now, and they wanted to keep it as light as possible.  We chose Snowbound for the walls, and Online as an accent on the backs of bookcases and on the brick fireplace that was already painted.

BM Brittany Blue 1633 ~ We selected Brittany Blue for the first floor powder room.

SW Passive 7064 ~ For the downstairs hallway, stairway, and upstairs hallway, Passive was the perfect gray to tie the two floors together.

BM Beach Glass 1564 ~ They wanted the master bedroom to feel calm and cozy.  Beach Glass is the darker version of Quiet Moments, and is one of my favorite paint colors.  It, too, can look blue, green, or gray depending on the time of day, and is perfect for a bedroom.

SW Mountain Air 6224 ~ We repeated Mountain Air (from the dining room ceiling) upstairs in the master bathroom and hall bathroom.

SW Nebulous White 7063 ~ For a guest bedroom that right now is a blank slate, we stuck with a white to give the room a fresh feel.  Accessories, window treatments, and bedding will eventually be added to give the room color and personality.

BM Misty Memories 2118-60 ~ Misty Memories is a gray with a purple undertone to it. When they told me they wanted gray for their daughter's nursery, and they already had purple and yellow bedding, I knew this was the color.

SW Snowbound 7004 ~ We repeated Snowbound (den) on all of the ceilings (except the dining room) and on all of the trim.

BM Dream I Can Fly 769 ~ Where did we use Dream I Can Fly? On the front door, for a fun pop of color, and welcoming entrance to the house!

So, there you have it - a whole house paint color scheme.  Why did I specify so many different shades of blue and gray?  Every room has different lighting and different fixed elements (rugs, existing furniture, countertops, cabinets) to take into consideration. Finding the perfect wall color is a balancing act of all of the pieces in the room.

A huge thank you to the wonderful team at Barden's Decorating for completing all of the prep and painting on this project!  Selecting the colors was only the first step, executing the plan with talented painters is just as important.

ο Have you used any of these paint colors in your home?

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Client Reveal ~ Window Treatments

Hello and Happy 2015! The end of 2014 kept me busy with client work, and I had two big installs for clients last Friday.  The first install I want to share is the home of a couple with two young boys.  They are a busy family and recently completed a few renovation updates in their downstairs. They contacted me to help them with the 'finishing touches' of a few spaces.

Clients frequently ask me, "Are custom window treatments worth it?"  My answer is always: "Yes!"  They make such a big impact in a room, and with the perfect fabric and beautiful hardware they are an investment clients are always happy they made.

Here are the three rooms we worked on in their home to bring the perfect window treatments to the space.  (Each room still needs a few pieces and accessories to finish it off, but the window treatments give them a good place to start and find inspiration).

Family Room

Here is their family room, before:

family room before

They had already selected transitional chairs (with a complementing sofa on the other side of the room), a geometric rug, and aqua and tan pillows throughout the room.  The windows were just too bare, and they wanted a functional treatment to close for privacy.

Their family room, after:

aqua and tan family room

A fun, aqua and ivory 'wave' fabric compliments the other fabrics and patterns in the room.  We also selected a sheer that can open and close to allow for privacy when needed.

aqua window panel and sheer

Satin nickel hardware coordinates with the hardware on their built-in bookcases.

aqua window panel and sheer header

The sheers, closed:

aqua window panel and sheer

or open: aqua and tan family room

Either way, these window treatments help to complete the family room!

Living Room

The living room is "Mom's room" - a place to read, relax, and make phone calls to dear friends.  She choose shades of teal and gray for the room, and she plans to bring in art work with greens and pinks.

The living room, before:

living room before


teal and gray living room

teal and gray living room

When we held up the fabric we selected for this room, we knew it was 'the one'. It has an updated-traditional feel to it, and the color palette matched perfectly with the space.

teal bird fabric window panel

We also selected satin nickel hardware in the living room to coordinate with the satin nickel nailhead trim on their gray leather wing chairs.

teal bird fabric window panel

Dining Room

Their dining room is a mix of traditional, family pieces, with more contemporary accent pieces.

Here is the before (and you can see some of the fabrics we were debating between):

dining room before


gray floral dining room window panels

This gray and white floral fabric is the ideal balance of formal with a little bit of playfulness and youthfulness to complete the space.

gray floral window panels

The black hardware coordinates with the chandelier and helps draw the eye up in the room.

gray floral window panels header

In these three spaces, the window treatments are beautiful highlights that help each room feel closer to being complete.

Stayed tuned for the second install!

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Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray has been a popular color for interior spaces for a little while now. What I have noticed recently though, is a new batch of colors that are being paired with gray.

colors to pair with gray

Soft, ‘sherbet-like’ colors and gray are a popular combination right now both for interiors and in fashion.

gray mint green & yellow dress


Gray & Mint Green

For years, the popular greens have had a lot of yellow in them.  This year though, mint green has hit the scene in a big way.  It is crisp and cool, and paired with gray it feels fresh and modern.

gray and mint green dining room


gray and mint green living room


gray and mint green bedroom


A few ways to use mint green in a room:

-          Paint a piece of furniture -          Use it as the accent color for a stencil -          Upholster one or two pieces of furniture in a solid fabric or a fun pattern

Mint greens to try:

gray and mint green paint colors

Gray & Coral

Coral is a fun color and can have pink undertones or orange undertones.  It is a softer alternative to Pantone’s 2012 color of the year ‘Tangerine Tango’.  Paired with gray, coral really pops and adds a sense of vibrancy to the room.

gray and coral living room




gray and coral nursery


A few ways to use coral in a room:

-Accent pillows, artwork, and an area rug -As an alternative to pink for a baby girl’s nursery -Fun window treatments

Corals to try:

gray and coral paint colors

Gray & Yellow

The combination of gray and yellow has been popular for a while, but it is still current and I do not see it fading away any time soon.  Adding yellow to any room instantly makes it feel brighter and happier.  It can be overpowering, however, so pairing it with gray is a good way to balance yellow’s intensity.

gray and yellow eat in kitchen


gray and yellow dining room


gray and yellow bookcase


A few ways to use yellow in a room:

-Paint the back of a bookshelf -Paint your kitchen walls yellow -Upholster dining room chairs or seat cushions in a fun gray and yellow fabric

Yellows to try:

gray and yellow paint colors

Gray & Purple

In my opinion, purple looks great with anything ;)!  Try pairing different shades of purple with gray – light lavenders will blend with gray, while deep, rich purples will really stand out and make a statement.

gray and purple dining room


gray and purple hallway


gray and purple living room


This is probably one of my favorite rooms that I’ve seen recently!  I think it was made for me ;): a lavender chaise and lamp, a grey chevron rug, and turquoise chair!  So soft and feminine, yet comfortable and livable ~ I love it!

A few ways to use purple in your home:

-Paint your front door purple – a grey house with black shutters, white trim, and a purple door = wow! -Paint a ceiling purple -Upholster a headboard in a soft, purple velvet

Purples to try:

gray and purple paint colors

Gray is a modern neutral that pairs well with so many colors.  Beiges and tans can still feel fresh, but if you are ready for a change, go with gray.

A few grays to try:

gray paint colors

º What color do you like to pair with gray?

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Galaxy Diner Lounge

My recent window shopping trips have put 1950’s and vintage décor on my mind.  I’ve mentioned before that in our next house I hope to have a 50’s inspired eat-in kitchen area.  We’re not moving any time soon, so I decided to create a vintage lounge mood board to channel my vision. For more ideas and inspiration, I headed to one of my favorite diners ~ Galaxy Diner, located in the heart of Carytown.

Photos of Galaxy Diner, Richmondphoto of Galaxy Diner courtesy of TripAdvisor

Galaxy Diner serves classic diner food with a ‘cosmic twist’.  Try the ‘Knock me up Scotty’ (fried pickles and ranch dressing with a hardboiled egg and a side of ice cream), the ‘Big Dipper Double Burger’, or my personal favorite – the ‘Black Hole Pancakes’ (pancakes with an Oreo center).

The décor inside the diner is a perfect match for their name and menu items.  When you enter the restaurant, the comet-like pendant lights are the first thing you see.  They immediately provide the fun and funky vibe that is echoed throughout the restaurant.

galaxy diner lights

Once your eyes travel back down to earth level, you’ll notice their diner bar stools.  They’re covered in sparkly red and silver vinyl and create the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or a late night drink with a friend.

galaxy diner bar stools

If a booth is more your style, they have plenty of those as well.  The same red and silver vinyl is used, and a swirly design on the table tops makes me think of outer space.

galaxy diner booth

After my visit to Galaxy Diner, my head was full of ideas for a 50’s inspired lounge.  I knew I wanted to use three main elements as my inspiration:

  1. the hip pendant lights
  2. the red and gray color scheme
  3. the bar stools
Galaxy Diner Lounge Mood Board

1. I started by finding these sparkly red pendant lights from Lumens.com ($300).  When the light is turned on, the bubbles in the glass look like tiny little stars – perfect for my Galaxy Diner inspired room!

2. I covered one wall in the room with the gray, black, and white ‘Walldots’ wallpaper from One Stop Modern ($110 / roll) to serve as a feature wall and to be backdrop for the red pendant lights.  A traditional printing technique is used to make the pattern appear as though it has been hand painted.

3. Every lounge needs a bar, so I chose this vintage cocktail bar from Metro Retro Furniture ($2900).  The wood parquet pattern adds warmth to the room while staying with the retro theme.

4. A twist on the traditional bar stools, the Swizzle Bar Stools’ low profile keeps the bar from being blocked (red ~ $61, silver ~$75).  I chose a red one and a silver one in honor of the alternating stools at Galaxy Diner.

5. &  6.  No bar is complete without bar tools ($20) and Old Fashioned glasses ($52).  Both of these are vintage pieces I found on Etsy.com, but you could easily find similar items at your local antique store.

vintage bar set

7. To truly lounge in your lounge, you need comfortable seating.  The grey Sutton loveseat ($460) in Renu leather is comfortable and durable, and provides the perfect spot to relax with friends.

8. Two Bradstreet Chairs ($303 / pair) add more seating for entertaining.  With their clean lines and multi-colored stripes, they reflect the mid-century modern vibe.

9. Pillows are always easy items to mix and match.  I loved the mod chain link pattern of the two Shape Up Retro Taffy Pillows ($55).  On the loveseat, I continued with  geometric prints and paired a square pattern ($21.95) with a playful owl ($10).

10. In order to carry the color red around the room, I choose the Red Sasquatch wool rug ($327).  Keeping with the geometric theme, the chevron pattern provides an alternative to stripes.

11. Have you heard of CB2?  CB2 is Crate & Barrel’s online sister store.  They describe themselves as “affordable modern for apartment, loft, home.”  I loved the round shape of their Reprouvé Coffee Table ($299).  The white top keeps the piece feeling light and the wood details reflect the wood in the bar.

12. Another modern light fixture, the Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp ($595) is from a local store – Metro Modern – and adds another fun and funky feature to the space.

13. The Gathering is an original painting by artist Will Wieber ($700).  The bold colors and shapes reflect his take on mid-century modern art.

14. If you splurged on the painting, save money with this DIY sunburst wall clock tutorial from HGTV.

15. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter ~ HC-172 completes the space with a soft silvery grey backdrop.

Funky light fixtures, a red and gray color scheme, and mod bar stools were my inspiration for this Galaxy Diner themed lounge.  By adding warm wood tones and mixing and matching geometric patterns, the room comes together into a lounge that would stay hip for decades to come.

º What is your favorite diner décor element? º Have you seen funky light fixtures in other restaurants?

*Comment on this post with your answers to the questions for a chance to win a Galaxy Diner gift certificate valid for lunch or dinner for two.

A big thank you to the team at Galaxy Diner for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Emily ~ she was the winner of the Galaxy Diner gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Monday, July 23, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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