Getting ready for my design board

I am all set to work on my design board. And then I thought visualizing the way I want it to go would make this exercise fast and furious (hopefully)!

So I picked color schemes screaming for a makeover, put some gorgeous tile samples together and created a new look. I was excited by the whole idea and here I am taking it on as if it were a live project!

Let's look at Remodel A.  The wood color in this pic is pretty and soothing. Period. Everything else in this space is off. Don’t you agree?

I imagined a harmonious blend of styles to create energy and appeal. My take on this would be to:

1.       Paint the cabinets and wall area in Timid White, BM OC- 39

2. Replace the backsplash with a vintage greenish grey tile

3.   Replace the countertop and island top with a wave patterned marble

4. Replace the invisible floor with stained hardwood planks (An expensive proposition nevertheless).

What do you think of the perspective?

Remodel B is also a kitchen. The cherry oak cabinets look great and then it goes awry.

To set the comfort and balance right, I would first:

1.       Replace the entire backsplash with beige and off-white tiles in check pattern. Don’t you think the rough look would be cool against the wood’s smooth finish?

2.      Replace the countertop with beige marble

With silver appliances, cream and red dinner plates and light beige or off white rectangular marble flooring, the job would be done. How about this?

Remodel C:

The design is functional so I would work on the colors to maintain the spark the simplicity.

The options are:

1.       Paint the wall with White Opulence, BM OC -69

2.      Replace the backsplash with silver and grey mosaic tiles

3. Redo the cabinet in taupe wood

4.     Replace the cabinet top with grey marble 

What do you think of the overall look?

I had fun playing with color and am feeling inspired. How about you?

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Some TLC for your room’s sixth side

We have grown up with the impression (presumably) that ceilings must be white. Even so, my daughter who is a product of the millennial generation can’t think any different.

Recently she decided to paint her room white, which meant the ceiling and trim had to be white too. With plain white furniture already in the room and zero texture, I had to contrive.

The floor tiles in her room had a yellow undertone, so my options for white must have a yellow undertone. I picked two options and suggested the lighter off white (my “trust me I am color consultant’ hat was convincing). We went with BM OC-122, Cotton balls. It was an off- white that would appear almost white in her well-lit room. While the bright white ceiling and trim was untouched, I was happy that the overall effect was not dull and boring.

The essence was minimalism yet pops of color made the space livable and warm.

How about this bedroom below?  The walls and ceiling in one color make the room appear larger than it is, enhancing every piece of décor.  What if the ceiling was also white?  I can imagine the eye resting on patches of color and the beauty of the décor and design getting lost in the mix.  

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Tender loving care (TLC) towards the ceiling will create incredible appeal. How about a wooden ceiling, wooden windows and décor combined with white and black….?

….Or a white and wood ceiling coordinated with wooden flooring, staircase and white walls? Don’t you think a variety of texture in this living room makes it more interesting?

Industrial design in coffee shops and restaurants seems to be trending. What do you think of this “dressed-up” white ceiling?

When ceilings are ornate or busy with crown molding, the design elements need to stand out. Here, white would do the job. Of course there are churches, palaces, mosques and museums where you want to stare at those artistic and colorful ceilings forever.

Dark furniture, for instance cherry oak, would work well with white walls and ceiling. On the other hand, what do you think of pleasing pastel color combined with white to bring out the ceiling elements in the hotel below? Don’t miss the marble border above the trim connecting with the pillar so that it is not singled out.

If you want yellow walls, then white would work on the ceiling. In this older home below, don’t you think the white and yellow are well balanced? I love the crown molding on the wall; it takes away any overt attention from the ceiling.

High ceilings create a formal environment in a traditional or modern home. For warmth and coziness, you could have a dark ceiling to lower the room’s height while white walls give largeness to space. Do you think this innovative shophouse in Southeast Asia though expansive, creates warmth?

How about you? What color would you pick for your ceiling?

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Accessories to accent

Accessories to accent

Color design completes a full circle with eye-catching accessories. They make a difference whether it’s a stool, a rug, pillows, shelf, dresser or just flowers and fruits.


Take a look at the bedroom below. Each décor piece holds its own yet blends in with the one next to it. Think about this – Although the colors are different, the neon pink dotted box offsets the fuchsia pink flowers and the brown vase looks great next to the red-brown lamp base. The white side table is perfect with the lampshade. And then these hues flow through the pillow, again in different shades, enhancing the calming green, grey and white.

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Enhance the outdoors with the inside

It is wonderful to make your home look natural by blending the inside with the outside. You could use natural wood accessories, fruit, vegetable and floral wallpaper in the kitchen or just replicate the colors of the environment like in the pic below.

How about lounging in this room?  Would you enjoy the view from these tall windows?

For the moment, let’s turn the old story to new. Think about enhancing the outdoors with the inside of your home?  Are you ready to give a personality to your home?

To begin with, here are some things to do to make a difference to your living

1.       Identify your home’s architectural style –Is it a modern apartment, an Arabic villa, a modern Arabic villa, a clean lines row house, a Mediterranean style villa, etc.

2.       Where do you live? – Is your home on a busy street or facing the sunny beach? Is it surrounded by a garden, pool or is it a exclusive mansion on a stretch of green and so on

3.       Remind yourself to NOT pick green for your home if the outside is green or blue if your apartment faces the beach.

4.       Identify the colors for your home - Think about your likes, dislikes and personal style. What colors make you calm and comfortable, are energizing and overall give you happiness?

If you were driving past, would you stop by to admire the scenic beauty below? The rich red appears to enhance the lushness and the effect is captivating.

Which of these houses are you tempted to take a peak?  Would you notice the grey one if it was by itself?

Take a look at this charming vignette. While the bright orange table and the ombre rattan chair hold their own, they seem to draw your attention to the surrounding green and clear blue.

The pastel shades of the bedroom below heighten the beauty of the environment. Even so, the greenery has a healing effect on the senses and the hues in the room calm the mind.  Don't you think?

How would you design your home? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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