Before & After: Jamie's Perfect Palette
Feb 22, 2010
One of the services I offer is color consultation, either in your home or online, long distance. After finding my site from Southern California, Jamie wrote to me in a panic. She was having some insurance repairs done on her home, and the crew was suddenly ready to begin. She had to choose wall and ceiling colors for her foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room… immediately!
Here's the house, before. There had been some water damage, and the insurance fixes gave Jamie the perfect opportunity to inject the space with more personality.
Rounded openings and coved ceilings presented a challenge for color separation.
The stained glass in the foyer inspired its new wall color.
The kitchen has original cabinets and tile! That little stripe of blue-green tiles inspired a whole new look.
I took on the challenge. Jamie filled out my online questionnaire and sent me photos of the rooms and some of her favorite possessions. I noticed her spunky personality and love of art, music, and color. She wanted a bold, saturated look that would show off her art collection and vintage furniture— a dramatic space that was uniquely "Jamie." And of course, it all had to flow together to create a colorful, but not jarring, environment in her Wartime-era bungalow.
The work is now finished. Jamie has added her own touches on top of the new color palette, and her personality truly shines through. She was kind enough to send me photos of the finished space. (Thanks, Jamie… that's good for $25 off your next Dwelement Home Design service!)
The foyer sets the colorful scene with a shot of sunset orange called Emberglow.
The muted gold in the living room (Sherwin-Williams Sequin) complements the intense colors of Jamie's collection of Shag prints.
Sun fills the space, making a bold palette that much easier to pull off.
For contrast, an almost-black shade of green called Juniper was applied to the built-in fireplace surround and the insides of the built-in corner cabinets in the dining room.
Working from the accent stripe in the original tile, I chose three shades of blue-green for the kitchen. The deepest shade (Sherwin-Williams Rocky River) covers lower cabinets, the middle shade (Halcyon Green) is on the walls, and the lightest (Windowpane) is on the ceiling. My favorite shade of white, SW Alabaster, was used on trim and upper cabinetry. Jamie wanted a new shade for the island also, so I punched it up with Jalapeño, off the same swatch as the foyer color.
For an added fun surprise, Jamie requested a contrasting color for inside the cabinets. I chose SW Gleeful, a clear chartreuse. (Shown here before the paint was dry.)
The laundry room walls are the same color as the kitchen ceiling.
Here you can see the effect of the dark paint on the backs of the corner cabinets, and how the dining room shade (Sherwin-Williams Baguette) serves as an anchor in the middle of the whole color scheme.
See the whole color plan in detail! Download the eDecor Plan PDF below for a look at the detail that a Focus on Color consultation includes.
I loved this project! Seeing results and happy clients is so satisfying. Thanks for the opportunity, Jamie. —Diane
A little investment now can save you a lot of time and money spent on wrong decisions. Color consultations (online or in-home) are $75 for the first room, and $30 per additional room in the same house. You'll get a PDF showing the entire integrated color scheme that can be applied to walls, furnishings, and accessories. It includes special tips for achieving custom results like transitioning from one room to the next. Exact paint colors are specified, and for no extra charge, extra-large paint swatches can be mailed to your home to guarantee your satisfaction before you buy the paint. Need more info? Email me.
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