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10 Tips For Selecting an Interior Paint Color

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Selecting interior paint colors can be tricky and expensive if done wrong. So what is a person to do and how can they make selections like a professional interior designer?

The reason paint colors are hard to select is because the colors change with the lighting in the space that is being painted. The color can appear different in the same room depending on how much natural light is hitting the area. If an area is shaded the exact same color can appear different, usually darker, than a sunny area. Lighting can affect color too, as can the type of bulb being used. So it is imparitive that a sample be tested in different areas of the room before painting the whole area. Usually a 2’x 2′ area is enough to get the feel for the color in the room.

Here are some professional tips to help select the color that you love for the room:

1. When looking at color chips put the color chip on a piece of white copy paper or something similar. The white paper helps you see the true color better.
2. Always buy a sample of 2 or 3 colors to test in the room first before getting purchasing large quanties. See the colors in different lighting and night and day.
3. Paint 2′ x 2′ patches of the sample colors on different walls and look at them over a 24 hour period. That way you can see the color in the natural light and artificial light that is in that room.
4. Number each wall sample in pencil and write the number on the paint sample can. Use pencil lightly and not ink, as ink will not come off easily.
5. Stand back from the samples so that you can see the colors with other colors that are nearby. Be sure to include floor colors, ceiling colors, wood colors, tiles, fabric colors, window coverings or anything that will be in the same general area.
6. Also consider the sheen of the paint as a flat paint will look different than a semi-gloss paint of the same color.
7. Many of the paint companies have online computer programs that actually will show the color painted in a room. I never trust that because it because the color is not in my room with my lighting. I kind of use it as a guide and then do the above tests to see what the color really looks like in my exact room.
8. It is ok to check magazines, google, popular websites and see what others are using, but my biggest tip is to test, test, test first so that you are not shocked by the outcome. Because, believe me, it can be a shock and very expensive to repaint or change later.
9. As far as selecting your personal colors, it is fun to find out if your personal colors are warm based (yellow undertones) or cool based (blue undertones). If your skin tone is warm based, choose warm base colors and if your skin tone is cool based, choose cool colors to surround yourself with.
10. Sometimes I use a favorite piece of my neutral clothing that I love on me for color inspiration. If it looks wonderful on me. It could look beautiful in the room. Lord knows, that is important! But seriously, we do feel good with colors that are right for us surrounding us.

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Interior Design Ideas – Comfy Leather Chaise Lounge Is Great For Rest and Relaxation

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Want a comfy lounge chair?  Here’s one that is on the casual side in brown or black leather.  It is fun to be at the furniture market and try out the furniture.  I keep notes of the “great feeling” ones.  This is a crowd pleaser, many try it out and I hear many “oh yeahs”.  Take your shoes off, kick back and relax in sheer comfort.  The metal frame of this wonderful leather chaise lounge offers a little give that makes it feel so fantastic!  This awesome piece can also have a pillow on it for looks, but it doesn’t need the pillow for comfort, it is fine as is.  This is something I am recommending to my clients for their media room.  This is a great alternative to the recliner if you have the room!

Comfy Leather Chaise is Casual Comfort For Great Rest and Relaxation

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Interior Design Ideas: Lighting Elegant

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There are several types of lighting.  There is task lighting, room lighting, natural lighting and ambient lighting or mood lighting.  The fixture I am showing here is ambient or mood.  This is a beautiful hanging fixture made of glistening cappa shells.  It is lovely and dramatic all at the same time.  I love the look and feel of it.  It makes me want to put a hidden fan at the base of it for a constant glisten.  Very pretty indeed.  I just like the statement it makes in a dramatic room.  A pair could be used on each side of a sofa or something you want to accentuate.  It will definitely bring your eye to the focal point!  Pretty indeed!

Beautiful Lighting For Dramatic Rooms

Have a wonderful day!

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Interior Home Decor For Babies

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My daughter was home from college this last week and it was so wonderful to see her and her boyfriend.  We had a great time together.  We were at lunch a couple days ago at the House of Nanking in San Francisco – by the way, a fabulous restaurant, and I said to them after some chit chat, “Sure would love to be a Grandma.”  Me and my big mouth!

They laughed and my daughter’s friend said her mom asked her the same question.  That was a relief.   Since they aren’t even married yet it looks like I have a while to wait.

You see, there is this lovely baby furniture that I have had my eyes on for years that I think would be perfect for a nursery.  I didn’t tell them about it since they won’t be needing it soon, darn.   I like it because it is different, great looking and very well made.  It is very feminine and would be perfect in a little girl’s room. Who knows what they will choose, but it sure is lovely furniture, so I thought I’d show you, to see what you think.

The bassinet is so beautiful.  It has a stand and hangs from hooks, so great for rocking.  It is extremely well made.  These pieces are heirloom pieces that can be handed down from generation to generation.  The bassinet is custom made iron and the round crib with canopy made of wood.  They can be ordered in pretty much any custom color and the iron can have brass or silver accents.  This takes the custom order time,  but I like that it can be made just the way you want it.

The crib is round and can come with a canopy.  That is definitely unusual.  It is just fun and I have always loved it !

The sweet upholstered occasional chair is cute, cute, cute and kid sized.  Any fabric can be used on it and I just think it is precious.

It is still fun to dream.  I know my daughter and I will have a very fun time when the time comes.  If it’s a boy…future post.

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