2nd Most FAQ About Painting

Once the question of color is complete, I’m always asked about paint sheen that is most appropriate.   A quick google search will reward you with quick guidelines and lists of rooms that match this sheen with that room.  There was a time when these were rules to follow because the only way to get the cleaning properties for your walls was to go get a high gloss paint.

Today, with technologies advancing in all areas, it is possible to get a nice soft flat paint look that allows for cleaning your walls without all that high gloss.  Both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have eggshell or matt formula that allows for mild soap and water cleaning and resistant to mold and mildew allowing for use in kitchen’s and bathrooms.

Color also plays a big part in choosing a sheen.  The darker the paint color, the flatter you want to paint, because high gloss with dark color can show every single imperfection on your walls.  Additionally, high gloss will reflect light differently and can change how it looks on a sunny day versus a cloudy day.

While some specifications even say that the flat versions of these paints can be cleaned, if you are looking for something that will hold up to kids and pets, I suggest the following:

Eggshell/Matt – this is a medium durable sheen that works great in most rooms, so if you are painting one color throughout the house, this is a safe bet.

Satin – this is a more durable sheen that is great if you have kids and/or pets and need a bit more protection in a hallway or family/kid’s playroom.

Semi and High gloss options are the most durable and great for use on cabinets, trims and doors as it allows for good washing and regular dusting.  Some will tell you these are best for kitchens and baths, but I believe they have too much shine for walls.

My final recommendation whether talking in general like above or in specifics whne working with a client, is to purchase a quart of your desired color in the desired sheen and putting it up on the wall to confirm that it’s going to look like you want it to look.  While a quart of paint will cost you $10 – $15, that’s much cheaper than buying gallons only to find that it is not right.

P.S. Don’t forget next week I’ll announce the winner of one free hour of consultation, so don’t forget to comment on how you would use that hour to be entered in the drawing!

A Little Irish Tribute

How are you celebrating this day of all things Irish? Due to some temporary dietary restrictions, I’m having to skip my usual corned beef and cabbage and baking some whole wheat soda bread this year, but I  thought I would highlight an Irish furniture designer and self taught designer/architect who is regarded as one of the most influential of the 20th century.

Her name is Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976) and she was born in the south-eastern Irish market town of Ennisorthy. She spent most of her career in Paris and London, but always wished that her work would go back to Ireland. That wish is granted with a permanent exhibit in the National Museum of Ireland.

Ms. Gray was a pioneer of her time and her work inspired both Modernism and Art Deco styles. Reproductions of her furniture are still produced today in London by Aram Designs. These furniture designs are timeless modern pieces that still fit in contemporary spaces today. One of her most recognized designs is the adjustable chrome table E1027 (reproduction pictured here).

Eileen Gray Adjustble Chrome Table E1027Eileen Gray Adjustble Chrome Table E1027

If your interior aesthetic is modern, chances are, some of your pieces were influenced by this Irish designer!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

p.s. – don’t forget to check out my first blog post to see how you can win the 1 hour design consultation!!

Welcome & Give-Away!

After a number of years with a beautiful website that was static information, I’m excited to launch a new site that, I hope, brings you back again and again for new information and a little interaction along the way.

I’m also happy to share that I have some new services coming your way.  I’ll be highlighting more information on those in the coming weeks, but one that is available today is my new retainer service called “Designer on Call”.

“Designer on Call” allows you access to design help and input as you navigate through implementing your design via email, phone call or text messages.  This new offering allows you to pre-purchase design time that can be used for meetings, electronic or phone communications.  It’s also perfect for the client who is out of my regular service area!

As a celebration of the new website and in anticipation of the new services coming your way, I’m going to be giving away one 1-hour design consultation.  It’s super easy to enter.  All you need to do is sign up to follow my blog at the bottom of this page and leave a comment on this first post on how you would use that hour.  Winner will be announced on Monday April 10th!

Explore the links here on the new site and watch information on some new services, they might just inspire you to subscribe and win the design giveaway!