Friday, October 21, 2016

The Color Purple is the "2017 Color of the Year"... says Benjamin Moore Paint!

This not so new color  "Shadow" combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. At first sight it's rather dark. But when used in conjunction with amber, green or white it commandingly comes to life!
The color purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic!

As seen here on the Benjamin Moore Paint deck strip above,  it's 3rd down from the deepest of purples called Carbon Copy. Used effectively in a whole room color pallet, some degree of white or a lighter shade of purple will  set off the color and make it sing.

Used most effectively with pure white! The high LRV in the white helps carry the low LRV in the purple.
LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, is a measurement commonly used by design professionals—such as architects and interior designers—that expresses the percentage of light reflected from a surface. LRVs range from 0-100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black.
Shadow 2117-30 has a LRV of 9! 9 out of 100 tells me that this will reflect very little light. So if you've a room with little natural light only use is as a "one wall" accent featured wall.
In the Bedroom, as an accent wall behind the headboard, in purple shades of pillows, lamp shades and rug.
Purple is not just for little girls rooms or the nursery room any more. It a sophisticated and dramatic color that won't blend into the background. It commands your attention and it will get it!
Again used with amber in the patterned area rug and on the back wall. Notice how the rug is right up against the purple wall so it runs seamlessly up the wall carrying the color!
It's a beautiful color....but not everyone can go this dramatic!
Like to give it a go? Call for a "Color Consultation" with Toni at Marie Antoinette Interiors
or email
Have a question about "Color"? Any color...just post it in the comment block below!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Restyle Your Kitchen Now

Looking to refresh your kitchen? Take a peek at
interior design magazines for a little inspiration.
New valances add pizzazz to this kitchen I restyled.
Be sure to refresh your kitchen before winter arrives!
There are many ways to add extra spice to your kitchen.
Details like lighting and window treatments transform a kitchen.
It’s officially autumn, and we’re naturally spending a lot more time indoors — even here in sunny California. As such, the kitchen is such an incredibly important gathering space in the home, and I am sure you will agree — it can get kind of boring and rather bland during the winter months.

Although you can spend a lot of money on new appliances, cabinets or flooring to switch things up this season, I suggest some easy (and not so pricey) changes to add instant allure to your kitchen.

Check out this recent kitchen restyling I did: A new valance in Robert Allen Fabric over the sink area (middle photo) added color and pizzazz. Window treatments are a fabulous way to freshen any kitchen, and new counter décor such as a small accent light, a pretty fall arrangement or new dinnerware will also add some spice to one of the most popular spaces in any home.

Consider adding new kitchen table linens, runners, placemats, cloth napkins and rings, and chair pads. And don’t forget to replace area rugs: Choose runners if you have a galley kitchen and/or a round rug under the old table to give it importance and prominence in the room.

At the same time, you can also replace the knobs on the cabinets in your kitchen to completely change the mood. New under-cabinet lighting and light fixtures on the ceiling work wonders as well.

As you can see in this photo, my client’s almond-colored cabinetry is quite beautiful. It was originally yellow oak, and the counters were tiled with large black grout lines that I replaced with granite. New valance at the window, drapery panels on the slider and long runners were put down. We painted the old yellow walls in Benjamin Moore’s Stone House, and everything elegantly came to life.

For this client, I also removed all the counter and ledge-top accessories (dusted and cleaned them) and edited out the ones that were dated. I then re-arranged the keepers to pare down clutter and make the kitchen more functional.

My client absolutely loved the restyling in her kitchen, and so did three of her neighbors. (In fact, they copied the look in their own kitchens.)

Call me today at (925) 862-9064 or email, and let me refresh, renew and revitalize your kitchen now — before the temperatures drop even further. You’ll be glad you did!