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Sometimes you want to incorporate a color into your home that’s fresh, colorful and trendy. That’s when you may consider the Pantone color of the year, which for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

Let’s take a look at this color and discuss ways you can incorporate it into your home to update your décor.

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

As you can see, Radiant Orchid is in the purple-pink family, rich but not too bright or dark. It works well with neutrals, especially taupes, grays, and creams. According to Pantone, “As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.”

Pink has been ascending in popularity, especially among trend-savvy customers. Not just orchid shades are on the rise, but pinks of all descriptions, from brights to pales.

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

You can add a pop of Radiant Orchid to your home by adding throws, pillows and household accessories (think bowls, lamps, candle sticks and vases) that include the hue. You could also have a chair upholstered in Radiant Orchid. If you have a room that has neutral colors and you want to make a bigger statement, you could also paint one focal wall the vivid color. You can visit your local paint store for a wet sample of the matching color.

When you feel like you want to add some extra pizzazz to your home without going overboard, incorporating the latest color in small splashes is a great option. Pantone also says about the color, “Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.” Sounds perfect for updating your home in the year ahead.

 

Hope all of you have been enjoying the holiday season!

After taking a much needed break from all things internet… here is another beautiful color combination by yours truly :)

Sea-Urchin

 

~mg

Sounds like something we could all use right? Less stress…

Here a some quick tips for decorating this holiday season.

Elegant Holiday Table -

Elegant Holiday Table -

I want my Yuletide outlook to be “Joy to the World.” Unfortunately, most days I feel more like “Mommy got run over by a reindeer.” This time of year is so busy and full of to-dos and parties and shopping and hosting and baking, it can be overwhelming. I have to intentionally remind myself that these are all fun things and should not be a cause of stress. When it comes to decorating my home for the holidays, I want it to be an activity that is fun and joyful. Here are some ideas on how you can make decorating for the holidays a fun activity rather than just another “to do.”

Alter Expectations
First off, there is only one Martha Stewart, and you are not her. I am not her. Only Martha can be Martha—so why do we kill ourselves aiming for perfection? Instead, let’s look at our life and be realistic. If you have young children, a crazy job, a health struggle, a sick parent—whatever your current life issue, acknowledge it and adjust your expectations. For example, if you have a toddler (or kitten or puppy), you simply cannot have a tree that is decorated with exquisitely gorgeous breakable ornaments, because those ornaments will all end up trashed. Let’s all give ourselves a moment and choose to skip decorations that simply do not mesh with our current life stage.

Prioritize
Since we’re going to skip certain decorating tasks, next up is prioritizing. Think about the decorating that really matters to you. Is it the tree? Focus on that. Will you be traveling out-of-town on Christmas and your tree will die? Spend your time decorating elsewhere in the home. Or decorate the two rooms in your home where you spend the most time (family room and kitchen, for example) and skip the rest.

Get Help
Shared hands make light work—so find extra hands to help you. Even if your spouse, sibling, parent or friend is also not named Martha, enlist them to help you. Crack open a nice bottle of wine, make some sipping chocolate or buy some local craft beer, put on holiday tunes and make the decorating more fun with some social time.

Remove Obstacles
Don’t try to decorate your home on a Thursday night when you’re supposed to take Susie to hockey, Johnny to Scouts and you have a board meeting. You’ll drive yourself nuts! Wait until you have a nice chunk of time set aside, put the kids to bed if they’re small and remove pets if necessary to reduce stress.

“Good Enough” is Good Enough
Again – is your name Martha? Is your last name Stewart? If not, remember that good enough is good enough. We all know (and tend to ignore) that the holidays are not about stuff. This time of year is about fun, family, friends, faith, and the wonders of life. Skip what causes you stress—so that you can focus on the joy.

 

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

cartoon canUsing wet samples to choose the perfect paint color for your home.

So, you’ve narrowed down your search for that “just right” color for your home to a few candidates. Now what? How do you select the final color with confidence?

Many paint stores not only offer advice, but also wet samples. We at Miller Paint offer samples of the colors you choose in quart sizes for only $5. This allows you to paint a small section of the specific color you’re considering onto a wall in your home.  Or, if you aren’t ready to paint this weekend, find a large piece of cardboard to paint so you don’t have a big square of paint on your wall until you actually get around to painting.

It’s key to paint two coats and let it dry for at least two hours—that way you’ll get a true color sample (one coat would be too light, and paint changes in appearance from when it’s wet to when it’s dry). Then wait a day or so to see how the color changes in various lighting situations. See how the color looks in morning light, afternoon sunshine and artificial lighting at night. You want to make sure that you like the color throughout the day and that it works for that space with different light sources.  And if you decided to paint a piece of cardboard or other item you can put it up to different walls and see how the light hits that color from different directions as well.

Wet sampling also gives you an opportunity to see how your top paint choices look with your furniture, floor, wall hangings, window coverings and other décor in the room. This knowledge will help you make your final paint selection with confidence.

If you’re ready to spruce up a room in your home and update it with a new color, there are lots of resources available to help you. Before you know it, you’ll have a new look and a new appreciation for a space in your home.

~mg

Beach-Wood

 

~mg

Rendering: http://www.behance.net/gallery/ARCHITECTUREINTERIOR-DRAWINGS/1196301

Rendering: http://www.behance.net/gallery/ARCHITECTUREINTERIOR-DRAWINGS/1196301

 

There are many advantages to an open floor plan—but figuring out how to paint such a large space can be a challenge.

When you’re choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan, start by thinking about the colors that you love—what speaks to you and makes you happy. Next think of the space and what atmosphere you’re trying to create—cozy and warm, cool and clean or fresh and light. Think about the furniture, floor coverings and other items in the room and your purpose for the space. It’s a good idea to choose your color so that it will complement existing furnishings.

When it comes to painting, there are a couple of strategies to follow. One strategy is to choose varying shades of your favorite and have the color change at a doorway, corner, staircase or other transitional spot within the open floor plan. Help the space look and feel cohesive by keeping the same color on trim, doors, windows, baseboards, molding and wainscoting.

A second option is to choose a neutral paint color, add one complementary darker color and have your favorite color come into play as a bright accent color. A neutral could be warmer or cooler beiges, various shades of grays, browns and whites. Your pops of color can be anything from a claret red to a sky blue, kelly green to a burnt orange, with pillows, throws, and other accents in the room incorporating the color as well.

Next, look at all of the options for hues, shades and tints within your favorites. When you have your top choices picked out, go home with paint chips or swatches and look at the colors at different times of day, next to each other and in both natural and artificial lighting.

When you’ve narrowed down your choices further, paint your top two or three colors on a large piece of cardboard or on a square directly on the walls in your home. Once the colors are dry, check them again in lighting throughout the day. That should help you finalize your choice.

For more interior paint tips, visit your local Miller Paint store—there are plenty of experts on hand to give you pointers that will help you create the space that’s perfect for you and your home.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.