The New Home Must List

The New Home Must List

If you’re just moving to Bloomington and trying to get your new house in order, you’re probably feeling the overwhelm pretty hard. Packing up your old stuff was probably hard enough and chances are everyone in your home got to the point where they’re just shoveling stuff in boxes to get it done. Now in your new home, you’re dealing with the consequences. 

Here are three things you can put on your must list to get a handle on moving in.

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A Guide to Creating an Award-Winning Yard — Even When You're Busy

A Guide to Creating an Award-Winning Yard — Even When You're Busy

Summer is looking good! Fireflies flash morse code in the gloaming, and all’s right with the world. However, if your yard looks more like an unkempt grassy bed than a welcoming oasis, fear not! It’s possible to create an award-winning yard fit for royalty without spending a king’s ransom or all your free time on its maintenance.

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Give Your Home A Facelift With These Remodeling Projects

Give Your Home A Facelift With These Remodeling Projects

There’s room for improvement in each room of your home. Here, we will take a look at a few remodeling projects that will have an impact both on your quality-of-life and your home’s value. We’ll also point out which projects you should tackle on your own and which to pass off to the professionals.

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From around the internet: “Feng Shui For Your Bedroom: What To Do & What Not To Do”

  Image via   L’essenzial

 Image via  L’essenzial

I see a lot of clients who struggle to figure out how to arrange their bedroom. Where does the bed go? What do I do with this extra space over here? Where should the accent or statement wall be? I recently came across an article that uses Feng Shui principles to get the most out of your room. 

Here’s an excerpt: 

“I always tell my clients to opt for wall colors that are skin tones to promote maximal rest. Off-white, creams, chocolate browns, and peach tones are great. These colors are thought to promote maximum sensuality and peaceful vibes. One word of caution: Don't overdo it on the peach! It is thought to be very effective at attracting a partner—so effective that we need to use it with care. If you paint your whole bedroom in peach, chances are that you will attract someone, and then someone else, and someone else... If you're married, you might attract unwanted attention. Consider instead using peach as an accent tone on pillows, throws, and small objects. While accent walls and wallpapers can be tempting, they should be kept to a minimum and also have gentle colors and limited patterns.

Crisp white walls should also be avoided because at night they can become too activating. Stark white is a color of the metal element, which is mentally stimulating and not conducive to rest.” (Marianne Gordon, mindandbodygreeb.com, “Feng Shui For Your Bedroom: What To Do & What Not To Do, Feb. 10, 2018)

Continue reading this article at mindandbodygreen.com

Color Theory of Bloomington Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

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Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

Bloomington, Indiana, January 18, 2018 – Color Theory of Bloomington has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The color and design focused panting company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“At Color Theory, we feel like it is our divine mission to help people love their homes through the use of color,” said Torlando Hakes, CEO and founder of Color Theory. “Winning best of houzz in 2018 is a special achievement that couldn’t have been done without our fantastic team of craftsmen painters and their devotion to our mission. This award is clearly a sign of their friendly demeanor and willingness to serve the customer.“ 

 

"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."

 

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About Color Theory

Color Theory is a painting and color consulting company headquartered in Bloomington, IN dedicated to craftsmanship and customer service. For the last 10 years Color Theory has been a devoted servant to the community, uplifting homes and buildings. Color Theory’s enthusiasm for color and appreciation for homes helps homeowners create a home that they can truly love and cherish.

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

 

 

5 Takeaways From Our Last Painting Experience

5 Takeaways From Our Last Painting Experience

When the homeowners called Color Theory, they initially wanted a quote for painting, but also learned about our color consulting service and were interested in what help that might bring. They had already started working with an interior designer but were still a little back and forth on the new colors. We brought our colors with us and developed a scheme that would work beautifully with the lighting of there home.

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Color Inspiration From Frank Lloyd Wright

At a Craftsmanship Conference through the PDCA I attended recently, we were priveleged to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s first home. As a group of craftsmen it was hard to temper our trained eyes and not scrutinize every little fault created by the age of an historic home but overall we were very impressed by the detail and craft put into the home.  

I made sure to document the trip and use the original colors of Wright’s home as timeless inspiration.  

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The home and studio built by Wright at the age of 22 was built on a $5,000 loan in 1889. A few additions and remodels expanded the space to accommodate Wright, his wife and six children. The current home has been restored to its 1909 rendition to the time the home was last occupied by the Wright Family. 

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Located at 951 Chicago Ave in Oak Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, the home is unique and built ahead of its time and in many cases built ahead of the available technologies of the day. Although it started as a smaller building, two major renovations expanded the kitchen and living quarters as well as an impressive octagonal home studio that could house around ten architects working together.  

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Victorian in nature, classical replicas of statues and freezes adorn the home with several items that would have been found somewhat inexpensively in a catalog, the home was built somewhat on a budget and so we see a combination of decadence, prudence and early genius.  

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The plaster work in a Wright home would often go unpainted as Wright himself would select different sands with a variety of specs of color, however here we see a layered olive green which would have had several coats building a depth of color you can almost see into rather than just look at. While not an astoundingly attractive color it may have been flamboyant for its time. The woodwork frames the painted wall recognizing the plaster and paint work as an art piece and not just merely a backdrop. 

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Natural wood with a stained finish is thoroughly displayed throughout the home. This fireplace is put in a tiny alcove, a little cramped, but would keep the cozy area extra warm in an age where temperature regulation was a chore. “Truth is Life.” it says, “Good Friend, Around these hearth stones speak no evil word of any creature.” A reminder to speak kind words in the home. It reminds me of a print in my own home which we prominently display, “Good Vibes Only”.  

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Two commissioned murals find themselves in the Master Bedroom and a children’s play room. After the home was sold the murals were painted over. As part of the restoration process back to the 1909 state, restoration artists removed layers of paint with an exacto knife bringing back to life two works of art packed with meaning and metaphor. In the second mural the abstract figure in the cloud is a genie being summoned. 

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An intricate wood piece installed in the ceiling of this room diffused the light source. In many of the rooms lighting is sparse. Today, light and openness is the quest in a home. Not the case with Wright’s first home. Natural lighting seems curbed until we get to the studio addition. 

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We took an outside path to the studio where Frank Lloyd Wright built his early legacy. Holding up the entry are crane sculptures guarding diligently the engraving of the house plot. A nice homage to his own handy work. The details are striking. 

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Around nine or so drafting tables line the walls of the inner studio where around ten architechts were employed as assistants and apprentices to Wright’s company.  

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The structure itself is octagonal in shape and is well lit. The upper balcony is not supported with beams on the ground but rather the framing of the roof holds the balcony floor up with an intricate chain system. Wright had a knack for outpacing the technology of his time and often threw caution to the wind when it came to soundness of structure. Before the restoration, the upper level had been walled off, covered with ceilings and partitioned off into studio apartments; which is quite aggravating to hear. 

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Above, you can see the chainlink spun around the ceiling space and the fine woodwork that served to support the weight of the upper balcony.  

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Probably my favorite color choice in the entire home was found in the tour of his studio with its gold walls.  

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The metallic sheen of the gold brings out every natural inflection of the plaster work giving it depth and authenticity. With the dark wood finish and teal ceramics this room could be right out of a 2018 Color lookbook. 

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The gold looks amazing with the wood. It’s so hard to find colors that match wood trim work. I saw this and thought “of course, how come I haven’t thought of this sooner?” 

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I left the tour believing that I must bring gold to the people! This house was a special house and some people, like Frank Lloyd Wright are just special people. 

Where to Begin with Decorating a Small Space

Where to Begin with Decorating a Small Space

I just ordered a new book for myself by my favorite author on design, Terence Conran. The book itself is maybe a decade old by now but Conran has never been out of date. The book, How To Live In Small Spaces, walks us through the des ign, furnishing, decoration and detail of living in small homes.

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Why you'll never choose colors without a consultant ever again!

Why you'll never choose colors without a consultant ever again!

I was talking to a fellow contractor friend of mine not too long ago and they told me, "man, our clients could have really used your services". He told me how the customer bought $800 worth of a single paint color and his team got the entire first coat of the project complete (around $2,000 in labor) when the client came in and burst into tears because she hated the color.

There is your reason. Need I say more?

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7 Necessary (but not evil) Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects - Checklist Included

7 Necessary (but not evil) Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects - Checklist Included

Something truly magical happens the day Spring arrives. Bloomington feels different. It's like breathing is fuller and my eyebrows feel lighter. It's finally time to get outside and become a real person again. Unfortunately, the winter has turned your house into the setting of the Walking Dead. It's time to get to work.

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How To Know If Your Exterior Needs Painting

How To Know If Your Exterior Needs Painting

Not all exterior paints are made the same. There are different quality levels that make a real difference in terms of how long a coating will last.  

As a rule of thumb we direct our customers to a higher quality paint that will last a long time and provide a fine finish.  

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Valentine's Day Inspired Pinks - Best Shades of Pink to Paint a Room

Happy Valentine's Day - Let's paint something pink!

Today is a great day for remembering the people we love. In America, 25% of the cards sent each year are Valentine's Day cards. People love emotive cards, decked out in pinks and reds. 

Why is pink and red the color of Valentine's Day? Well, in general reds are associated with passion and pinks associated with flush skin. So, when you feel the warm rush and pitter patter of love, that all too familiar rosy blush surfaces and you know that the feeling is mutual.

Pink Paint Colors great for any room, not just a little girl's bedroom

 
 Wheatberry 2099-70 Benjamin Moore

Wheatberry 2099-70 Benjamin Moore

This light pink paint is called Wheatberry 2099-70 by Benjamin Moore. Kind of a dusty pink; this color is a great choice for girls bedroom ideas, but is muted enough to surprise guests as an appropriate color for an eclectic den space.

You may consider using this pink color in a high gloss on a sliding barn door. I took this idea from a friend of mine who just built their home. I think her husband took a leap of faith with her on it but it paid off big time. Click on the paint drop for more info.

 
 Sea Salt CSP-95 Benjamin Moore

Sea Salt CSP-95 Benjamin Moore

Consider pairing Wheatberry with a light neutral gray like Sea Salt. These two colors would look great together in adjacent rooms. Use Sea Salt for your entry and Wheatberry in a connecting Dining Room for a feminine look that isn't too overwhelmingly pinky.

Gray neutral paint colors anchor more daring color schemes and allow you the flexibility to choose something a little more off-beat.

 
 Spice Market CSP-925 Benjamin Moore

Spice Market CSP-925 Benjamin Moore

Now warm up the palette with Spice Market. This deep gold is strong but won't over shadow your understated pink and grey. Bedrooms, Kitchens and Bathrooms would look dynamic and vibrant when found at the end of our pale pink and light gray path.

Used as an accent color, not on walls, but in furniture. That's where I think this color might find its stride. Add to that the return of brushed brass lamps and table legs and you'll have a home decor look that is current.

 
 Dark Pewter 2122-10 Benjamin Moore

Dark Pewter 2122-10 Benjamin Moore

Last, somewhere in your scheme find room for our boldest choice of all Dark Pewter. Color Theory's Color of the Year. What I love about Dark Pewter is that its just so dark. But it also has this really pretty shade of blue that comes out mid-day.

There is a depth to it that will make your room feel endless, while paradoxically making an oversized room feel smaller and cozier. Paired with any of the other colors in this scheme and you'll have a dramatic, sexy home.

 

Get help choosing a color scheme for your home by setting an appointment with our Color Theory Consultants.

Kitchen Design - What to do with your Kitchen Cabinets

Coming up with a good kitchen design idea is equal parts fun and overwhelming. Here are a couple of things you can do with paint to overhaul your kitchen without ripping everything out.

Color - White Cabinets

Always a classic look, never going out of style, painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets white is a clear win for a modern, clean look. White is a little tricky because there are so many shades. However, there are a few colors of note that we really like on cabinets.

First, is Cloud White OC-130, Color Theory's neutral color of the year. Cloud White offers a warmth in a tone of white that avoids sterility and lack of creativity. We find that painting cabinets with a Satin sheen in the Cloud White provides a smooth finish with added durability.

Simply White OC-117 has some of the same aesthetic qualities of Cloud White, yet in certain lighting conditions fares a little better. As a simple test, swing by your local paint store and pick up the two whites and tape them to your kitchen wall side by side and see how you like them over the course of the day. Do the colors change over the course of the day? If so, which color do you like best?

Last, Chantilly Lace OC-65. Chantilly Lace is the chalkiest of the trio. With the first two white paint colors, the warmth in them can sometimes become amplified by incandescent lighting which may be a turn off. The Chantilly Lace doesn't have that problem. While in a natural day light it will exude vibrance and cleanliness, throughout the evening it will maintain a pristine whiteness.

 

Change up your kitchen island

Going with a more dramatic darker color for your kitchen island will provide your kitchen design with an anchor, contrasting your lighter scheme all around. With the desire for more kitchen cabinet storage, sometimes the kitchen starts to enclose in on itself and it starts to look like some kind of mammoth. Especially if your current cabinets are a wood finish.

Painting your kitchen island just might add the variety you need. This two tone look has become very popular with modern kitchen cabinets.

 

Where to begin painting cabinets

The most important thing to get right in this process is cabinet paint. You do not want to skimp on paint when it comes to cabinets. The best paint for kitchen cabinets right now is a waterborne alkyd. As paradoxical as it sounds, waterborne alkyds are a somewhat newly formulated product that combines the durability and hardness of an oil based paint with the environmental standards of a water-based latex paint. 

We've had success with the lighter colors with Benjamin Moore Advance. Advance dries very hard but struggles with darker colors because of the amount of colorant necessary. For cabinets going from wood to paint, its best to start with the Advance Primer.

 
 

For darker colors and a faster dry time, you may consider Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic. While the Pro Classic doesn't dry quite as hard as the Advance and sometimes requires additional coats in lighter colors, we've still had excellent results with it and air towards using it on our cabinet projects.  Extreme Bond primer is the recommended primer to go with the Pro Classic on cabinets.

 

Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

 

 

The decision is up to you on this one. This is definitely an advanced project and one that many DIY'ers report that they probably wouldn't attempt on their own again. The tedious factor is high as well as the elbow grease factor. But the time commitment is doable. More than a single weekend but it's easy enough to break up.

To Learn More about Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets with our DIY Guide to Painting Cabinets

What Kitchen Remodel Ideas do you have? Post in the comments!