Choosing The Perfect Paint Colors!

Choosing The Perfect Paint Colors!

Hi friends! We are finally, FINALLY nearing the end of our big home renovations (YAY)! While we did not professionally renovate every room in our house, we did redo the interiors of each room to match my style and interior design vision. This cosmetic renovation came along with painting each room in our home to attain a cohesive look! Simply painting the walls and trim in our home made the biggest difference in making the space look fresh and new!

The two colors we used throughout our entire home are Benjamin Moore Collingwood and Sherwin William Oyster Bay. We used Oyster Bay for our kitchen and dining areas, and Collingwood for the living space, stairwell, bathrooms, and office. Both colors can be seen below!

While I absolutely LOVE these colors for our home, it is so tricky to pick out paint colors based upon someone else’s photos because every single home is different! The way paint looks in once space can look completely different in another based upon the lighting, wall surface area, shadows, and more! I am listing my top three tips when it comes to choosing a wall color, I hope is is helpful in your decision making process!

Tip #1 – Decide Yellow or Blue

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t want yellow or blue on my walls…”! Deciding between “yellow” or “blue” is just deciding the undertone of your wall color. Do you want a warm undertone (yellow) or a cool undertone (blue)? Even the most similar of colors can look SO incredibly different in a room if the undertones are different. The undertones can sometimes be difficult to identify, so I put some examples below to help!

Tip #2 – Bottom of the Color Wheel

If you are having trouble identifying the undertone of the paint color, grab a color wheel from your local paint shop and start flipping through. I find it challenging to identify undertones of very light colors, so once I spot a color I like I trace the color all the way down the strip to the darkest variation of the color. From here it is much easier to see the true root of the color. I find this especially helpful when looking at grey paint colors. When you trace a grey paint color down the wheel it could actually be very blue or very yellow!

Top #3 – Big swatches!

My final tip is to narrow down your options to around 3 colors and paint big swatches on all different sides of the room you are painting! It is absolutely impossible to pick a paint color based upon the tiny paper sample you find in the color wheel or store. The best way to see how the color will look in your room is to manually paint a swatch on the wall and see how it looks with the light and structure of your room!

I hope these tips help, if you use any of them when choosing your paint colors be sure to let me know!

Designing My Backyard Bungalow

Designing My Backyard Bungalow

Hello friends! I am back today with another home makeover post! One of my favorite parts of owning my first home is designing every room from the ground up. I’ve completed the design for almost every room inside our home, and I thought it was about time to begin on the design plans for our patio! Now we do not have the largest patio space, but it is such a cute and cozy area to relax in. I imagine drinking coffee in the mornings, and lounging under the stars in the evenings and I am just too excited!

With every room design I’ve done for our house, I always create a design plan. My design plans include colors for the space, patterns, and the pieces of furniture or decor I want to incorporate. I partnered up with Wayfair to create the design plans for my backyard bungalow, and I am seriously obsessed! As you all know, I am in love with the Moroccan tile design and all things neutral and grey. The decor in our home is greatly influenced by these design aspects, and I wanted our outdoor space to follow! I decided to stay with the main design element of grey Moroccan pattern, but also incorporate navy blue for a flare of color. I love how everything is coming together, and I already have some of these pieces on the way! I think it is important to keep a consistent decor theme throughout your home including the outdoor space! If you are planning to redesign a new room or outdoor space in your home, I highly encourage you to start with a design plan! This will help you ensure all of your pieces coordinate and fit into the aesthetic you are envisioning! Below are links to all of my top picks for my backyard design, happy patio season!

Garage Door Makeover

Garage Door Makeover

Hello friends! I am coming to you today with the EASIEST DIY tutorial! I love the look of farmhouse garage doors, I think they make a huge difference in the curb appeal of a home. While new garage doors are definitely not on the top of our home renovation list, I found the easiest way to mimic the look with magnetic hardware! I wasn’t quite sure how easy or nice this project would turn out, but I am SO happy with the outcome! Everything you need can be found on Amazon prime, and it took me 15 minutes to do!

Everything you will need:
Sponge
Cleaner
Painter’s Tape (1 inch)
Window Magnets
Hardware Magnets

Step 1: Clean Garage Doors
First thing first, clean! This is not necessary, but I wanted to make sure we were putting the magnets on a clean surface, so I simply took a sponge with some household cleaner and wiped down the areas I would be working on.

Step 2: Add Windows
Time to add our “windows”! Using painter’s tape, measure out a + on each of your garage door squares. Ensure that the horizontal line on each square is at the same height so all of your windows line up! You can use a measuring tape to assist with this, but I found that eyeballing it worked perfectly fine! Once your tape + is up, stick on the magnetic square to each quadrant. Peel away the tape and you have your windows! I am really impressed with the quality of these magnetics, the suction is extremely strong! Repeat this step for all “windows”.

Step 3: Add Hardware
Once the windows are up, it is time to add the hardware! Again these magnets are extremely strong, so they basically flew out of my hand and attached to the door! You can place the hardware anywhere you like, but I chose to place one of mine below the first row of the door and one above the last row of the door. I popped the handles in the middle and that is it! A completely new set of doors in under 15 minutes!

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Stair Riser Makeover

Stair Riser Makeover

This week’s DIY makeover has to be one of my favorites! When we first bought our house, there was an old, worn down, and discolored stair runner that NEEDED to go. When we got our floors refinished, we had the flooring professionals remove the runner, and refinish the stairs. While the tops of the stairs now looked beautiful, the backs were discolored from the original rug, and needed some help!

I had been seeing the trend of tiled stair risers, and was in LOVE! Everything in our home is modeled after grey moroccan tile, so I fell in love with the idea of adding this design detail to our stairs. Now the stairs definitely are not the focal point of our home, but I still believe carrying prominent design details throughout the entire house is really important to form a cohesive design.

Soon after researching tile for the stair risers, I realized it was not in the budget. What I did stumble across were tile STICKERS! Now I did not even know these existed, but I am completely in love. I decided to purchase stickers to adhere to every other stair riser, and I got them from this Etsy shop!

After finalizing our design plan, it was time to prep the stairs. We sanded all of the stair risers and removed any leftover staples still remaining from the runner. Next, any stair risers we were not putting stickers on we painted white. When it came time to apply the stickers, I was SHOCKED as to how easily they applied! It took me about 10 minutes in total, and the material of the stickers are durable and super adhesive!

We still need to touch up the white paint in spots above the stickers we did not get to before, but what do you all think of the finished result?!