The Right White

For those of you who are done with Gray as a neutral, white is, well…. the new gray.

Maybe you feel white is too easy but believe me, once you come to considering this colour as a decorating option, you will realise it isn’t straight forward. Like all other colours, white can go in many directions. What undertone are you looking for? A cool white that has a nodding friendship with blue or green? Or are you looking for something with a warm undertone to combat gray, rainy days? Here are three whites from Benjamin Moore, which I use repeatedly.

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 Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

 

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Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

Cloud white

Cloud White, CC-40, on the wainscoting and trim work. The “decorators darling” of whites, in previous decades. Very creamy, this is a very good white for rooms that want a little extra warmth.

If you are looking for a cooler white, I would suggest OC-51, Intense White or CC-30 Oxford White. (No images at this time.)

 

 

 

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Recent Work

Here are some examples of recent work. There may seem to be a common thread as the gray and gray/blue palette has been in such demand.

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Paint colours:

OC-51 Intense White, OC-52 Grey Owl

HC-169 Coventry Gray & HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Cabinet colours: CC-30 Oxford White & OC-65 Chantilly Lace

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Blue Christmas

No one is fonder of a cream, silver and gold-decorated Christmas living room, than I, but sometimes it can be good to change the traditional up a bit and challenge the eye. I have worked with other non-traditional colour palates previous years, in decorating my own space for the holidays. I change things up a little from year to year for my own sake. Some years my eye craves something out of my usual comfort zone, as winter and the darker days settle in.

Not at all intentional, but I seem to have a selection of blue Christmas vignettes  to show this year.

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Benjamin Moore Smoke 2122-40, one of the best pale blues I have found for north-facing rooms.

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Benjamin Moore Overcoat CC-544 – can appear more grey than blue sometimes but the pink accessories in this vignette at The Cross Design really bring out the blue here

This window display has Benjamin Moore Flint Af-560 on the back wall. The pops of orange emphasize the blue.IMG_2128

Tables in a new Benjamin Moore product Vintage Chalk paint. More about that at a later date. Colour CC-40


Old World Look in New Tile

I came across these tiles at Tierra Sol  in Burnaby a few weeks ago, when working on a completely different project. Cementine tiles look very much like salvaged treasure from an old villa, located somewhere exquisite in Europe. Made by Fioranese in Italy, Cementine tiles would be perfect for a farmhouse kitchen, a conservatory/sunroom, or perhaps wall tiles on a focal wall in a foyer. They are available in several colour ways but would also look good if mixed randomly.

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Gorgeous Bed Linens

Bella Notte Linens.

These are the most beautiful of linens. Made primarily from organic cotton and hemp, their overall look manages to combine sumptous elegance with casual ease. The textiles are so soft: each piece is garment dyed. If the look of relaxed, slightly rumpled linen, with trims of lace and velvet, appeals to to you, then do consider adding one or two pieces to your bedding. The prices are not inexpensive so a couple of cushion covers or a throw may be all you want to start off with. This bedding can be added to over the years. Bella Notte’s linens are made in the Bay area of San Francisco. I understand the lace is imported from Belgium(?)

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