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How can you tell when one color is too much? 

If you want to get creative and add a lot of color to your room, making it the main focus – it works wonders to choose another color as a bold contrast. You can choose either way to focus the room using white walls and a splash of color, or painting your walls a bold, bright color and adding a more subtle color to break up the room.

Color choice can vary depending on room size, windows, and light fixtures. If you’re searching to make the space feel cozy or more spacious also makes a difference in what paint or fabric color may be best to add that pop.

If you’re unsure about what way to add color to your home is the best, call Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room Interiors for your personal design constultation: +1-603-770-1535

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We’re changing it up! #PaintTipTuesday [009]

Soooo we’re changing it up from Wednesday to Tuesday simply because it sounds a lot more catchy! #PaintTipTuesday ~ tell us it doesn’t, we dare you!

And on that note, we’re going to talk your ear off about Stencils. How to stencil. Why stenciling is awesome. Where you should stencil. Why wouldn’t you stencil?

Through the power of Google and the world wide web, we have stumbled across a few “not-to-miss” Stencil projects and how-to videos. Let’s review.

1) Professional decorative artists Janna Makaeva and Greg Swisher show how to use an interlocking wall stencil, teach a simple stenciling technique and give expert stenciling tips and design ideas. Reusable stencils are a good investment if you want to tackle a large project like a wall in your home.

2) HGTV posted a beautiful article about how to create a focal wall with the stencil of your choice! Bring a Original_Janell-Beals-Stencil-Wall-Beauty_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.822little flair to those solid colored walls, and spice up whatever room in the house you feel needs a kick! For the deets, just click on the photo to the right >>

3) But where can we buy stencils, you ask? Why not check out some of the beautiful stencils on Etsy! And if you’re feeling artsy, just use some of these beauts for ideas and then go ahead and make them yourself.

4) For more fun guides and how-to design projects ~ check out DesignerTrapped.com for her post on stencil floors. I’m sure you’ll keep clicking back for more!

5) And if you have pesky, textured walls – don’t miss out on the article from Stencils & Stories about what to do regarding all things stencil!

 

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Ever wonder how the professionals get the streaky, but artsy look while painting walls? It’s a technique called dragging – and although the name makes it sound quite easy, there’s some special work that needs to be done to acheive a well painted “dragged” wall.

What we’ll need for our project: tut_dragging

1. Walls in good painting condition! 
2. A quick hand! Must paint fast.
3. Paint tray
4. Rags
5. Water
6. Benjamin Moore / California Paint latex glaze
7. Benjamin Moore / California Paint eggshell sheen
8. 2″ and 4″ china bristle brushes + Paint Pad

Now, to the fun stuff . . . 

Once the walls are prepared for painting (primed, dried, and base coat applied – let dry again). You’ll mix the glaze with two parts waters to one part glaze for the perfect ratio.

You’re going to moisten the paint pad with water before dipping it into the paint mixture – make sure you don’t put toooo much onto the pad as it can cause unblanced streaking. Start from top and apply the paint in one long, continuous vertical stroke.paint-fabric-x

As soon as you finish your stroke with the paint pad, take a DRY paint brush and run it through the mixture, using only the smaller brush for hard to reach spots. Make sure you remove the paint from the paint brush after every stroke to keep it dry for the entire project.

Apply the next paint pad stroke and repeat with the dry paint brush until the wall is finished. Overlapping the paint pad strokes will give the wall a continuous and professional look.

For a crisscrossed look, use the same steps to apply the effect horizontally.

A home away from home in the mountains

‘Tis the season to head up to the mountains for a little weekend (or week!) getaway. And of course, even though we’re leaving our home — we still want to feel at home wherever we go.

We’ve made a list of things we’d like to see in our home away from homes . . . do they match what you wish to see??

1) Fireplace, Woodstove, Outdoor Firepit

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2) Cozy, rustic kitchen

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3) Cozy beds

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4) Tough windows

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5) Large decks

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So, basically >> wood, wood, wood !

Being in the mountains and in the midst of the forest makes us even want our home to have that cozy feeling of being surrouned by wood floors, walls, furniture, and the smell of burning wood in the fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor pit!

Do you all feel the same? 

Photos found on pinterest — from top to bottom, left to right:

1) via twinfarms.com
2) via fahrenheitstoves.com
3) via highest.heels.tumblr.com
4) via hookedonhouses.net
5) via indulgy.com
6) via digsdigs.com
7) via thefrisky.com
8) via vickeys-home.blogspot.com
9) via decoholic.com
10) via nely-bluehortensia.blogspot.com
11) via indulgy.com
12) via gallerihonshuset.blogspot.no
13) via Sherry Copeland
14) via locatiarchitects.com
15) via clipzine.me

Holiday Decorations

We’re jumping ahead of ourselves, but when this time of season rolls around, it’s hard not to think of our holiday plans! And with those holiday plans usually comes decorating!!!!

Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room, LLC collects her inspiration for holiday center pieces on her pinterest page. Below are our favorite three!

For more design ideas by Nina, visit her pinterest page or better yet, give her a call for a free constulation and she’ll give your home a touch of holiday spirit! 



A Beautiful Room, LLC | Before & After Session

Introducing in-house interior designer, Nina McCarthy & her company: A Beautiful Room, LLC. 

New to the blog we’ll be adding posts featuring Before & After photos of previous projects Nina has completed, along with recommendations of her beautifully done renovations and designs.

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*You can find a link to her website and more information about Nina on the menu bar above. 

Chalk Paints | Giving Your Home a Velvety, Matte Finish

We’ve heard of the chalkboard paints and how fun and easy they are to use to create a useful space within your home –  but what’s all the buzz about chalk paint and what’s the difference?

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While chalkboard paint gives us the traditional school-age, black, chalkboard look, feel, and usability, chalk paint comes in a large variety of colors made for painting furniture, floors, and walls to give a matte, velvety finish.

At Exeter Paint + Exeter Paint West, we are proud to carry
Uniquely Exquisite Tintable Chalk Paint. With this brand exclusively available at the Exeter Paint stores you can come in and choose from a wide range of colors for your next outdoor or interior project. Chalk paint can be used on almost any surface from wood to metal to plastics.

Use Chalk Paint in a fun DIY project to revamp an old piece of furniture . . . or your car! 

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Jason Barrat shared his amazing paint job using Chalk Paint with Exeter Paint + Exeter Paint West on Facebook! He chose purple and black tinted chalk paints and revamped his wife’s car.

You can recreate his beautiful, velvety, matte finish with Uniquely Exquisite Tintable Chalk Paint from Exeter Paint! We can mix any range of colors for you at either of our store locations.

Would you be bold enough to paint your car with chalk paint? What about old kitchen cabinets or a dresser? Tell us your Chalk Paint stories in the comments below!