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Old 06-10-2012, 01:21 PM   #51
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I, too, prefer neutral tones. They seem much more restful and calming. Any "wow" colors in our home come in the form of accessories and/or artwork.

I was a decorator and owned my own business for many years and saw many homes decorated in a manner the owner thought was House Beautiful worthy but, in reality, was more like a disaster.

People can get carried away with bold colors and when it comes time to sell their property those vibrant colors can be a real turn-off for prospective buyers.

One of my dearest friends is a very successful realtor and she always counsels her sellers to declutter their homes and, if there are what would be considered "decorator colors" on any of the walls, she recommends spending the few dollars on paint to change them to a neutral tone.

I like vibrant colors, but tend to restrict them to my dress and prefer that my castle be a place of peace and calm.
I know that if I put the house in the City on the market, because of the purple walls, I will have to repaint the entire house. Paint is cheap. I would hire s/one to do it, but in the meantime, I live with the colors I like. I live here. I too like vibrant colors, but in the house, I like pastels.
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:37 PM   #52
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Personally, I detest chalky white old walls, like I had seen in so many apartments here in Madrid ... When we saw the Loft, that was it ! Pale Sand dune color walls throughout ... Much softer and calming than chalky white ...

As individuals we all have a different take on colors ... I dislike grey ... I like it fashionably however, not on my walls --- very depressing, and reminds me of the Grey wet weather and Rain ... Bleak ...

This is an interesting post covering a whole new field.

Have a nice Sunday.

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Very interesting post and creative subject matter ... Thanks for posting your lovely wall hanging too ... Very elegant.

Ciao and have nice Sunday,
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PF--I waited 17 years for that closet. The closet is 11.5 ft x 8 ft. It was built in sections, much like one would build kitchen cabinets. The bottom drawers are very deep (I think 28" and 16" high) and the doors are standard 80" doors, 34" wide. The interior stuff is set back 8.5" so that I could stand on top of the drawers to reach the top cubbies. And, the clothes are color-coordinated in the cubbies--all my purple tops are together--oh, I guess that has nothing to do with the design. I'd have to open the doors to give you an idea of how I designed the inside. It holds all of my clothes, and then some. And those bottom drawers are great. But I like that things don't fall on my head and that I can reach to the very back of the uppermost cubby (the ceiling is 8 ft 3 ", and the closet utilizes all of the space. There is no dead air in this closet. I canceled the closet to the bedroom and built this along the wall. The bedroom closet then was opened up to be part of the living room. Obviously, the people who design closets don't think outside of the box. This closet is to die for. I threaten to take it with me if I sell the house.
Well, when I ever get my own house I will take you up on the offer of the plans. And I will have one purple wall...
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I have a three foot wall the has a light switch and the landline phone jack on it. It's on the outside of the kitchen entry from the dining room. Nothing will fit there except a bookcase. I painted it and the bulkhead above the cabinets in the dining area Navy Blue. Then I found gold frames for some pictures and a mirror above the bookcase. It's the only elegant looking spot in the apartment.

The wall above the back slash and fridge I painted Cherry Red. Such small spans of space really accent and don't detract and I've been told it looks nice. Before we move from this apartment, I will have to cover them with the same dreary beige they were before I got bored with it. When you live in a place for 12 years, you have to change things up sometimes.
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Well, when I ever get my own house I will take you up on the offer of the plans. And I will have one purple wall...
I hope you do take me up on that offer. And only one purple wall??? I absolutely love the closet. Not only because it uses all the available space, but it also meant I could eliminate having dressers in the bedroom. I also have the bedside tables built in--they are cubes mounted on the wall and the headboard of the bed is floating shelves (negative and positive). Cleaning the room is a breeze--the IRoomba fits under the bed and the bedside tables. I have space for a chair, if I want one, but I rather like the minimalist look, easy to clean and keep organized.
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