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Majority of U.S. Homeowners Believe Now is a Good Time to Renovate, Houzz Survery Finds

Majority of U.S. Homeowners Believe Now is a Good Time to Renovate, Houzz Survery Finds

| April 16, 2013 | Reply

Houzz, which bills itself as “the leading online platform for home remodeling and design”,  has released the results of its recent survey on home renovation. As we’ve all been hearing, the housing market is gaining momentum at a healthy pace as the economy strengthens and a majority of homeowners now feel ready to tackle home […]

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Design for Aging by Carina Ngai

Design for Aging by Carina Ngai

| March 29, 2013 | Reply

Carina Ngai created this informative and well-crafted  SlideShare presentation on “Design for Aging”, LinkedIn. She exposes stereotypes about seniors and focuses on who the population really is today, what’s important to them and how we create objects and services to meet their needs and desires. As a color designer, I’m learning how to become more […]

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Links

Links

| March 27, 2013 | Reply

Enjoy some of my favorite links: color and design related topics, helpful articles and prized associated products and services.

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Staging – optimal presentation for resale

Staging – optimal presentation for resale

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

Staging makes the most of that valuable ‘first impression’ of prospective home buyers. We used much of the homeowner’s furnishings and accessories here to create an inviting living room that prospective buyers find appealing. Editing out clutter and creating clean, attractive spaces potential buyers can imagine themselves in is key. Please note: I no longer […]

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The “fifth wall” – color on the ceiling

The “fifth wall” – color on the ceiling

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

These homeowners felt lost in the vaulted spaces of their entry, front living and dining rooms. We added warm clay accent to the dining room ceiling, pepper gray to emphasize the architectural features. In the living-entry areas, we continued the harmonizing neutral and painted the ceiling a rich, nutty brown. The effect is inviting, modern […]

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Art works and wall color

Art works and wall color

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

The right ‘value’  (lightness or darkness) is often as important as the ‘hue’ (color) when selecting wall color, especially when considering how to best showcase art and collections. In this case, the rich yellow-orange painting showed weakly against the background white wall. We chose a deep teal for this accent wall, paired with a soft […]

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Light tan is not always “neutral” on exteriors

Light tan is not always “neutral” on exteriors

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

Exterior color is seen in the context of its surroundings. This Lyons home, perched high and visible on a hilltop, is surrounded by red rock and Ponderosa pine. When first built, a light ‘default neutral tan’ paint color was applied. Because of its light ‘value’ (light to dark scale), it contrasted too much with its […]

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Color makes a difference – adding curb appeal

Color makes a difference – adding curb appeal

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

We livened up the color palette for this exterior, creating warmth and distinctive personality. (The owners declined to have the front and garage doors painted. I would also suggest shutters for the upper left window.)

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Cozy guest bedroom with cottage feel

Cozy guest bedroom with cottage feel

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

Adding a quilt made by the homeowner put the finishing touches on this cozy, vintage style guest room.

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Color scheme reflects our personalities.

| March 26, 2013 | Reply

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Cathy Rivers of RiversColorworks+Design on choosing colors for my home.  Cathy asked all the right questions and listened attentively to my answers.  The result is a beautiful color scheme that reflects our personality.  Cathy also provided advice on decorating using items we already owned. It was a […]

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