What Inspires You?

July 18, 2017

We are around color every day whether it’s at a client’s home, out and about in town, or out in nature!  I find a lot of inspiration from nature especially.  Here is a great tool from Sherwin Williams  called
Color Snap.  You can snap a photo and the app will pull up corresponding colors from the paint line.  Often we have an inspiration piece such as a rug, piece of art or a patterned chair and this to can help to find that perfect color or colors!

I created these color palettes using ColorSnap® Visualizer for iPhone by Sherwin-Williams. What do you think?

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Color ProjectBy Kelly DuByne

Over the years I have done hundreds of color consults. The basis of all my home designs – whether hanging art, furnishing a room, or doing a remodel – starts, and essentially ends, with color. Most people love color, but they are overwhelmed by all the possibilities, and thus choose to do nothing. And then they are forever unhappy with their white walls. Let’s get out of that rut and add some color to your home with these simple tips.

1. Get Inspired!
What colors are you attracted to? What items in your home are you drawn to? Sometimes I ask clients to show me their closet, as we often wear colors we’re attracted to. I alo ask to see their dishes as they can be another indicator of preferred color.

2. Get a little help.
Check out for inspiration. When doing an interior design project, I request that clients make us a file of their favorite inspiration images on this website, and you certainly could do the same for color as well.

3. White paint costs the same as colored paint!
Take a chance on a color, you might like it! If not, it’s only paint. And remember: colored paint costs the same a white paint.

Hale_mstr_bath_1_LoRes4. Go bold in the bathroom.
Unsure about going with a darker color? I encourage clients to go with a bold color in the powder room. It’s usually a small room, but it can have great impact. Do the ceiling in the same saturated color for a dramatic effect. Starting with this small room is a great indicator to see how well you like a deep, saturated, or bold color.

5. Accentuate the positive.
A house needs to have a variety of values – not all light colors, not all dark colors. One way to achieve this contrast is to paint an accent wall that is different in color and value from the other walls. The accent wall in a room needs to be a focal point wall where your eye is naturally drawn, whether it is an architectural or environmental feature.

6. Always use a neutral.
In every home in which I do full color consults, I always use a neutral. Neutrals are a must in some areas of the home. I recommend a neutral in hallways and stairwells. I always caution against doing a bold color in those areas, as our eye needs to rest, and often those areas call for neutrality to let in some light.


7. Separate the ceilings.
A crisp white ceiling is my preference on most ceilings. It helps to define the wall color, and down the road if the wall color is changed, the ceiling does not have to be repainted. However, sometimes in bedrooms, bathrooms, or dining rooms, I do play up the ceiling with color.

8. Choose a good quality paint.
Use the best quality paint you can. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive paint. A designer, painter, or paint store can help lead you to good quality paints.

9. Double up!
Two coats of paint are best, and I always recommend two coats on my projects. Generally the first coat goes on a little thicker, and the second coat is a lighter overcoat.

10. Hire a good painter.
Designer and paint stores are great sources to ask for detail-oriented painters. It’s important for a painter to take care and time to be respectful of your home and furniture, and to do a fabulous job that will last for many years!


Update Your Space with a Pop of Color for Spring

March 22, 2017

Spring is finally here and as I joyfully emerge from what feels like a winter hibernation, I am so happy to see color peeking out everywhere; in the sky, the ground and in the natural light of the longer days. This is the season where I love to wear dresses and colorful jewelry and shoes. Do you […]

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Backsplashes Add a Splash!

January 29, 2017

By Kelly DuByne Tile is almost always involved in our remodels.  For kitchens in particular, there is always a backsplash of some sort.  Backsplashes are most often the last of the finishes selected after the cabinets, flooring and counter selection.  Backsplashes can be subdued and blend in with the other finishes or the wall paint, […]

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How the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year Can Benefit You

December 18, 2016

By Kelly Dubyne Pantone announced the color of the year for 2017 in early December.  You may not think the color of the year has much significance but I am going to share with you how you can use it to make a positive difference in your life. As a designer, I get downright giddy […]

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A Step in the Right Direction: Shoe Storage Solutions for Any Space

May 17, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Cinderella wasn’t the only woman to ever have problems keeping track of her shoes. In fact most of us have a frustration over our shoe collection and our inability to keep them neatly organized. If you are like me, you probably have the original shoebox your pumps came in, and you try […]

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Doors: Opening Design Possibilities

April 26, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Windows and floors and doors, oh my! Windows and floors and doors, oh my! We all remember a similar rhyme from childhood (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), but now that we are adults, this revised version is probably a more accurate depiction of what scares us. Of these three design […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

March 15, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger We all know the line, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ No matter what the answer returned by the all-knowing reflective oracle is to that question, the unmistakable effectiveness of a mirror to add detail, form and function to a room is a sure thing. Mirrors can […]

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Not One, but Two to Color Your Year!

January 19, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Wrong again!  We’ve been wrong about the Color of the Year before, but this year, we not only guessed the color wrong, but also the number of colors that would be named. In November each year, Kelly DuByne and I like to take a shot at guessing which color Pantone will name […]

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Centering in on the Holiday Décor

December 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger I LOVE to check things off of lists!  I appreciate the finality of the act and my holiday decorating is no exception.  Whether actually on paper, or just a mental list, I have definitive areas of my home I want to decorate and, when they are completed, I CHECK, CHECK, CHECK them […]

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