Defining Spaces

The latest issue of Antique Shops & Designersa must read magazine– is out and I thought I would share parts of my article, using projects we have just completed. Thanks to my blog friends for the topic!!!

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In today’s open floor plans, creating interest and definition can be challenging. Do you paint selected areas a different color or elect for one color throughout? By using paint colors effectively, you can open up spaces while allowing the home’s architecture, furnishings, accessories and art to shine.  In this entry, we wanted to give a bit a of personalty without having to go down the hallway with the pattern, so we opted for a hand painted panel design.

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The colors used complement the cabinetry and accessories in the home so everything flows together.

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In the same house this lovely homeowner wanted to define her master bath area while leaving the walls the same as her bedroom.  We decided to apply a treatment that is used in Europe. We painted the ceiling and continued the color 3 inches down onto the wall and then hand painted a pinstripe to add definition to the space, while leaving wall colors consistent. A panel done in colors that coordinate with the tiles adds an extra element to the inset tub area.

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Accent walls typically refer to one wall in a space that’s painted a different color. While this technique works well in offices or ultra-contemporary settings, accent walls can feel a bit severe. Your eye falls on the shape they create, where the walls and ceiling end, making the space appear more confined. A successful twist on this trend is to use the same background color throughout the room and then apply design in a complementary color on the wall you wish to highlight. This enhances the space’s flow by keeping a common thread in your surroundings.

 Thank you so much to my friend Karena who writes the fab blog Art By Karena for publishing a wonderful post about Segreto. Please give her a visit and have a chance to win a free copy of my book!!  Hope everyone has a happy Memorial Day and a great week!!!! xo  Leslie

 

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Comments

  1. Leslie your business does some amazing work I'm drooling over the painted finish in the first entryway. I;m also drooling over your "reclaimed" wood ceiling and might have to steal your idea. I'm off to see what else is in your shop!

    Happy Memorial Day!
    XXX
    Debra~

  2. Hi Leslie,

    I have to say your work is always so beautiful and restrained- it always is in the best of taste- a fine line with decorative finishes very few master- but you have, indeed!

  3. Hi Leslie, this post really shows the wide range of your teams expertise! Love the Entryway at the top, gorgeous design!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  4. Hi Leslie, this post really shows the wide range of your teams expertise! Love the Entryway at the top, gorgeous design!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  5. Hi Leslie, this post really shows the wide range of your teams expertise! Love the Entryway at the top, gorgeous design!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  6. Melanie says:

    All lovely. The master bath is a particularly elegant design.