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Is Your Home Driving You Nuts

Do you find yourself tired of a room and not sure what to do to change it? In an ideal world, we would get rid of everything and start fresh, right? Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case, and we have to work with what we have. You would be amazed at what you can do with what you already own and a few tweaks. Let’s figure this out.

What don’t you like?

What is the one thing in your room or home that you love that brings a smile to your face? The things we love offer us inspiration. Let’s say it’s a rug, a beautiful pillow, a cherished vase or piece of art. How can we draw from that and carry that feeling of “love” into a room?

Pick a theme

Choose a color and material combination that you like. For example, if you love the look of metallic, why not pair your favorite metallic with a color you like, then sprinkle that look in the pillows, throws, candles, vases throughout the room. As in this stunning bedroom where gold metallic and black offer a completed look:

Look at What you Own Differently

Can you take what you own and modify it to look completely different? For example in my article, Desk Transformation, I took a timeworn dark wood desk, had it cut down and painted to fit into a new space. Another example detailed in, How to Transform Old Furniture, I took my old mahogany bedroom furniture and had it painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give the room an entirely fresh and new look.

Find the Perfect Rug

Nothing ties a room together quicker than the right rug and the correctly sized rug. That is usually the issue I have found with clients; they don’t realize how big a rug should be. Review my decorating article on How to Buy the Right Rug for more information on this topic. I believe this comes down to what you like. Houzz offers an excellent guide for matching furniture to rug styles, click here to view. However, you can mix styles if you maintain a theme or a way to tie all the design elements together.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of paint can completely offer you a new look and is a good start to any redesign. What color to choose? If you are unsure and want something that will go with anything, “greige” may be your best option. Greige is a warm combination of gray and beige and the spectrum in that range can go from light tan to dark gray. You will want to try the paint in your room, with your lighting before making a choice. A few paints that have been popular are:

Benjamin Moore 2137-60 Gray Owl:

Benjamin Moore 11548 Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter

Sherwin Williams Kestrel White SW 7516

I know the DIYer loves to take on these projects; however, if you find yourself stuck, something just doesn’t feel right, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a color consultation. In an hour or two I can help answer your questions and coordinate wall, flooring, fabric, furniture, and accessories for a perfect look.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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What is a redesign and why do I need one?

Welcome to October and this beautiful Fall Season!  Being from New England, I love the changing of the leaves and all the vibrant colors that surround us.  As we embrace Fall and start to think about the holiday season, guests and entertaining do any of these statements resonate with you?

  • I have relatives coming soon I have to get this house pulled together!
  • I can’t stand my guest room.  It has become the dumping ground of all things that we want to keep and don’t know what to do with, I have to get it organized!
  • My paint is over 10 years old, I’ve got to do something but I don’t know what and I can’t choose a color, I have no idea where to start.
  • I have some beautiful things from my grandparents, sitting in storage, and I would really like to incorporate the items into my living space but I don’t know how.

If you find yourself thinking about any one of these topics I have the solution for you!  A redesign!  Now you might be asking yourself, “What is a redesign?”  Let me explain …

Redesign Collage

What is a redesign?

First, we would schedule a one-to-one consultation.  This is where I meet you and your home. During this time, we would go over some of the challenges within your home.  After learning about your lifestyle, tastes, hopes and dreams; I would find out how you use your space and how you would like to use it.  Working within your budget and time frame and using what you own, I can help establish a strong foundation that flows with the proper accessories that create pop and excitement.  By integrating your treasured items into the décor, I can help preserve individuality and reflect your personality.  By keeping within your budget, using what you already own and love, I can transform a space from one that is dull and uninteresting to an area that you will fall in love with again all in one day!

What’s involved in a Paint Color Consultation?

As part of the initial consultation if you wish to decide on a paint color, I can help you imagine and create the perfect paint palette for your entire home using over 8,000 paint swatches, which I will help you narrow down to two or three samples to choose from.  The color of the paint in a room has a powerful and direct physical effect on people.  Many people are color sensitive and do not realize the impact color has on them.  Often times choosing a paint color is not about matching the color to a sofa but how a color makes you feel.  Choosing color for a home is one of the most crucial decorating decisions you will make, it can determine whether you will feel comfortable or uncomfortable in your home.

If you would like to transform your space into a home that you love again before the relatives come, call 610.955.8202 to schedule an appointment with Debbie!

Testimonials:

“Wow, this room is a 100% improvement. I love sitting in the room now. Debbie, you are a true artist and very gifted. Without a doubt, this has been the most important investment to our home.” –Nicole, West Chester

“We love the entire room and now have more room to sit. Love it, Love it. Debbie you’re so easy and fun to work with! Thank you.” –Susan, Wilmington, DE

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

New Year’s Resolution – Redesign and Organize

Redesign Right Happy New YearIs 2013 the year you’re going to do it?  Put all excuses aside and forge ahead with that one trouble area in your house, or that room that hasn’t been painted since you moved into your house?

At the start of each New Year, there are always two primary topics that are discussed the most as needing change.  They are organization and de-cluttering.  Real Simple Magazine has dedicated 2013 as the year to focus on various “problem” areas as reported by readers.  Click here to read more about those tips from RealSimple.com.

This month Real Simple suggests focusing on the kitchen.  Does your cupboard look like the one in this photo?  If not, than perhaps this challenge may be the right goal for you to accomplish in 2013!

emerald paint chipAnother top New Year’s resolution for your home is painting.  Are you still living with builder white?  Are you still stuck in the 80’s with mauve walls?  Picking a new paint color can be daunting! Click here to review a past blog post that many of my readers found very helpful when weeding through the sea of colors! Check out some of the ideas and helpful hints.  If you are looking to add some of the newest Emerald Green into your space, click here to read a great blog with wonderful photos to conjure up some inspiration!

If you are overwhelmed with all of the ideas in your head and the many things you want to accomplish, the first task would be to sit down and create a list of what areas bother you or need an update the most.  Sometimes a room redesign can make all the difference to how you feel when you enter a room and live in that space.  Whether you need help selecting a new paint palette or reorganizing the items that you have; contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you check those items off your 2013 Resolution List!

Picking a Paint Color Can Be Intimidating!

Sometimes picking paint colors for your home can be frightening!  There are so many decisions to make and you don’t want to make a mistake.  Understanding some simple design color principles will help you get started.

Most interior decorators use the color wheel to set up basic color schemes when designing homes.  All colors arise from the basic three primary colors. The Primary colors are yellow, blue, and red.  All secondary colors on the wheel are achieved by mixing any two of these three basic colors together in various ratios.

Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel.  These colors when placed together create excitement and drama. For example, violet placed next to yellow or orange placed next to blue are good examples of complementary colors achieving drama in a room. With this in mind, each homeowner must decide which color trends is more appropriate for their individual needs.

Analogous colors schemes are colors that reside next to each other on the color wheel.  For example red and purple, yellow and orange are both examples of analogous colors. These combinations tend to be a bit more soothing than complementary colors and work well in a more casual informal area.

Monochromatic color schemes feature one color in varying shades, tones and tints.  Most of the time these color schemes are restful and sometimes almost monotonous.  However, I have seen shocking pink monochromatic color schemes that were anything but restful!

When choosing your color scheme keep in mind how you want the room to feel, who is going to use the room and what colors are already in the home. If you are unsure what colors to even begin with, look in your closet.  What colors do you tend to like, feel comfortable in and are drawn to?  Once you decide on a color try the different color scheme suggestions above to help you formulate your plan of action.

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you choose the right color for your next project contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Need a summer time refresher? Try a new paint color.

Are there rooms in your home that are tired and need refreshing but you don’t have the time or money to spend on major changes?

One easy fix is to paint the room. There are many online tools now to help you pick out a paint color. House Beautiful has a great tool by room, click here to give it a try.

Another great paint selector tool is located on the Benjamin Moore website, click here to try it out!

Once you choose your color the big decision then becomes what finish to use.
The difference between Satin paint and Eggshell – in case you don’t know:

“Satin paint gives a very warm sheen to any wall which is painted with it. It is somewhere between a glossy and silk finish. When you paint using satin, it produces a layer of paint which can easily be removed in the future. However, one of the less useful sides of painting with satin paint is that it has a surface which is very easy to ruin and if washed consistently, it will begin to wash away from the wall. Because of this, it should not be scrubbed at all.”

“Eggshell paint is very hard-wearing and is almost explained by its name. An egg has a shell which acts as a protective coating to an unborn chicken. Eggshell paint behaves in a very similar way in that it will not wash off walls easily. You can scrub it and it will not deteriorate. However, like with Satin paint, the down side of eggshell is that it will absorb stains and they can become extremely hard to remove.”  (Quoted from www.doityourself.com.)

Keep in mind that the more shine paint has the more surface imperfections will show.  “When you just want a room to be “warm white,” meaning not too yellow or too peachy or too anything else, then go with Benjamin Moore Ivory White (925)” says Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman of Southern Living Magazine.

If picking a paint color overwhelms you, contact us at Redesign Right to help you choose the perfect paint palette for your home.  We carry over 10,000 possible paint choices!

Happy Painting!