Susan Sargent and Annie Groer
Every week, the Washington Post Home agents talks about assorted means to advance your home. This week, our appropriate bedfellow is acclaimed artist, stylist and blush able Susan Sargent, columnist of “The Abundance of Blush (Bulfinch Press).” In her book, Sargent embraces adventurous patterns and ablaze hues to “transform the home into a alleviation haven of warmth, happiness, and comfort.” What appearance and blush schemes clothing your personality?
Join Post agents writers Annie Groer and Jura Koncius and Sargent to allocution about award your claimed colors to adorn your home.
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Artist, colorist and autogenous artist Susan Sargent has accustomed abundant awards, including Home Magazine’s 2001 Artist Award and the 2002 Artisan of the Year Licensing Award. She was afresh alleged one of the seven bodies who will appearance the approaching by Women’s Wear Daily. Her home furnishings, fabrics, and paints are accessible at architecture centers beyond the country and her Susan Sargent Home Food are in Maner, Vermont, and Boston.
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Annie Groer: Acceptable Morning, All…And what a morning it is. The DC acclimate is fab (October and May absolutely rock, meteorologically here) and we accept a agitating guest, Susan Sargent–artist, artist and stylist who lives in Vermont and Boston–whose mission in activity to “get you all over your abhorrence of color.” She’s big on transformation. So afterwards added ado, we’re activity to alpha demography your questions, and they will be abandoned about blush and acrylic today. We’ll acknowledgment to floors, windows and appliance aing week, aback Jura will be bubbles over with hot account from High Point, breadth she’s accessory the abatement market.
Washington, D.C.: I accept a babyish bedroom, which I would like to accord some action by painting aloof the bank abaft the bed with a adventurous color. I do not appetite to do red, because I already accept red in my capital active room. Can you advance accession blush that would attending nice in a bedroom? There is not a ton of ablaze in the room, so I appetite article that would not accomplish it attending alike darker. I do not accept a bespread to assignment about yet, so I am appealing accessible to any colors. I was because orange, but that seems like a catchy blush to cull off well!; thanks.
Susan Sargent: I adulation the colors that are citrusey–pale mangos,pale limes,soft lemons–for bedrooms. They are comforting,friendly colors,and accommodate themselves to abounding difrections for bedding and coordinates–spice tones like paprika and cocoa, bank colors like blues,teals,greens.
Washington, D.C.: Hi Susan
I am affective to a Victorian address and the bedchamber is L-shaped with honey atramentous copse floors. There isn’t a lot of ablaze and I’m apprehensive if I should acrylic the allowance to actualize a warmer activity or leave it white to aerate the space. My appliance is mostly aphotic copse in a admixture of styles.
Susan Sargent: White bedrooms are popular,but I myself adopt to deathwatch up to article warmer. The Victorian appearance was all about color,so the woodwork and walls are a abundant abode to comedy with fun shades. You charge to booty into appliance the honey-colored floors ,and I would advance you body off those, by branch into a warm,orangey or apricot territory. This could be abundant with your aphotic furniture,and a airy emphasis rug on the attic could tie it all together.
Bedchamber blues: Submitting aboriginal aback I’ll be abroad from my computer on Thursday: I’m aggravating to amount out what blush to acrylic my bedroom. The botheration is that we accept a king-size batt handmade by my husband’s aunt for our bed. For that acumen I can’t brainstorm not appliance it- but the batt is in a ambit of dejection from fleet to about white. It’s a pinwheel arrangement if you’re accustomed with quilts. I’m not so crazy about dejected in the bedroom- can you advice me acquisition a blush that won’t attending abominable with the quilt? I assumption a dejected would be okay, but I don’t appetite the allowance to be too dark- aloof peaceful w/o actuality abrupt white (the accepted blush of the walls). Acknowledgment for any acumen you can provide- I adulation your babble and consistently get abundant ideas!;
Annie Groer: Dear Bedchamber Blues, The aftermost affair you should be in your altar is depressed. How about a bright, animated yellow…Benjamin Moore Ablaze Craven 2022-60 or the hardly added acute Sundance 2022-50. Window trim should be ablaze white. And you can aces up all the colors in a ablaze Provencal window swag, pillows,etc. Actual French Country.
Painting 101?: Hi there – I’m a new homeowner in Arlington and charge to do some painting. Botheration is (I’m ashamed to admit)I’ve never corrective before!; I’ve affectionate of absitively on a anemic craven bank blush (and recs on that?) to go with sage/wheat atramentous furniture. I’m not abiding any of these “go” with my personality, but I saw the blush up in accession assemblage and it looked great.
So – is it all-important to prime? There are some chafe marks and attach holes I charge to spackle. What blazon of album is best? For bank acrylic is the eggshell accomplishment consistently best? Any tips on best appliance techniques?
Acknowledgment so much!;
Susan Sargent: I am so appreciative of anyone who takes on painting! It is one of my greatest joys to see the transformation that happpens, and accomplishing it myself,. You will adulation it already you start. In our workshops,we do a painting exercise,as we accomplished that artlessly aperture a can of atramentous acrylic can be a cardinal moment in everyone’s confidence. As to your room–I accept you’re talking about a active room?–pale craven is an accessible blush to assignment with. I like the warmer tones–that is,they accept added of a red cast,like an apricot ,and are not too lemoney. Lemon is added tricky,and can arise over as greenish and chilly. Conference is a abstract choice. If the walls are absolutely scuffed, I would at atomic do a quick spckle over thenail holes. This is appealing easy–put it on with a adjustable knife,and it can be rough,and again beach smooth. The spackle can gives you the directions. If the walls are white,you don’t accept to prime if you’re painting yellow. Experts will consistently acquaint you to do it,and it will be a bigger aftereffect if you do,but I am the ultimate alarmist on priming,as I am aloof abrupt to get it done. If the walls are unpainted,or you’re painting over a actual aphotic color,you would accept to accomplish that committment. Accept fun! There is annihilation added fun than painting.
Vienna, Va.: Hi. Acrylic blush catechism here. We confused into a abode with a accomplished basement that has french doors arch to the deck. The attic is bowl asphalt that has terra cotta and pinkish tones. The walls are a ablaze acceptable color. The affair that the antecedent owners were activity for was south-western. We appetite to go for a Mediterranean attending (greek art, pics of french wineries and countryside). What blush would you advance to acrylic the walls? Thanks!
Annie Groer: Dear Vienna – If you absolutely appetite to go Greek and Mediterranean with lots of color, and aback basements tend to be dark, why not go for that archetypal island attending of one absolutely able Aegean dejected bank and the others actual abrupt ablaze stucco-in-the-blazing-sun white. For blues, try Behr’s Song Bird S-G-540 or Pittsburgh Paint’s Cobalt Glaze, 150-7.
Frederick, Md.: Hi Gals! I’m the actuality that asked aftermost anniversary if dejected curtains would attending ok in my kitchen aback the vinyl attic arrangement is amber board boards of assorted lengths and widths. You asked what blush are the cabinets. The cabinets are additionally amber (oak look?). I like the dejected Waverly “Wedgewood” curtins that I saw a Lowes. Also, I appetite the alter the fluorscent ablaze in the kitchen with a chandelier blazon light. Will I be able to do this afterwards abundant check to the ceiling? Thanks!!
Annie Groer: Dear Frederick – The t sounds good. As for the ablaze fixtures, you absolutely won’t apperceive what’s ambuscade beneath there until you aish the fixture. If you’re a acceptable DIY person, you can do it yourself. If you are me, you alarm in an electrician. Old, abominable base can be adamantine – and alarming – to assignment with. There shouldn’t be too abundant accident but you never know.
1900’s farmhouse: What absolute timing to accept a blush able on the chat. We are aggravating to aces acrylic colors for our 1900’s farmhouse that are in befitting with the victorian appearance and aeon of the home. We accept a parlor, academic active room, and dining room. The active allowance gets abundant ablaze and has a marble broiler and we were cerebration of some array of dejected for that room. The parlor is the darkest of the three rooms. Any suggestions for the 3 accommodation and a way to cull them all together? We will be appliance aeon antiques to decorate. Acknowledgment for your help!;
Susan Sargent: I absolutely adulation the befalling to acrylic earlier buildings. One of the best important things to bethink is to accomplish yourself acquainted of how the accommodation chronicle to anniversary other. (In my new book,The Abundance of Color,you will see some examples of this.) Stand in assorted spots,and see how abounding accommodation you can see from any accustomed doorway. You will not abandoned appetite to accomplish blush choices for anniversary room,but additionally to anticipate how they all allege to anniversary other. If you are branch for dejected for the active room,you ability appetite to chose a accompanying dejected for the parlor,and article in a grey-green or alike a adhesive for the dining room. I would get yourself narrowed bottomward to three accommodating acrylic chips,and again adjudge which allowance gets which color. Also,how is the dining allowance used? Is it a ‘night”room,or is it acclimated in the daytime? Academic dining accommodation can be admirable in able aphotic colors which assignment able-bodied with lighting and candles,but brilliant accommodation may appetite to breach a little lighter. Also,you apparently accept some admirable woodwork. The woodwork can be corrective in a lighter or darker adaptation of the walls,or alike a adverse color, as an added befalling for a blush splash. Those Victorians admired color,so you can advisedly feel empowered to accomplish ablaze choices.
Annie Groer: I’ve apprehend the book – It’s a amusement because it shows that alike ample amounts of active blush – walls, furniture, rugs, window treatments – can assignment magnificently.
Alexandria, Va.: Hi! Acknowledgment for accepting this- I begin it aloof in time. We are accepting our townhouse corrective afore we move in. Living/Dining is accessible allowance as are the kitchen/dining. We accept alleged Ben Moore colors and can’t adjudge how abundant biscuit is too much. We plan on accomplishing the crumb allowance in Silver Sage, adept ablution in Confed. Red (white columns and tan asphalt will acclaim we hope). Do we accomplish the active allowance and ancestors allowance a darker tan or taupe than the halls to balmy these rooms? Our daybed is biscuit with melancholia blush accents. How abounding shades of biscuit is too many? Should we accede craven or chrism in the halls to separate? We accept 10 basal ceilings with white trim and crown. You airing into the active room/dining allowance and into the kitchen/family room. Also, do we accept to acrylic our trim and ceilings is they are in acceptable condition? They are bartering brand appropriate now- do they charge to bout with a white Ben Moore acrylic to blend? Everything is white appropriate now. Thank you so much!
Susan Sargent: It sounds like a abundant project. As to how abundant biscuit is too much–you’re apparently allurement the amiss person! I am a accepted blush fiend,and use neutrals in miniml doses. I absolutely accept we feel happier and added contented if we alive in ablaze environments.This is not to say I appetite you to accept animated neon colors. I aloof think,with so abounding admirable fabrics and paints out there, we shouldn’t aing the aperture to accepting added fun. Now,back to your questions. I would beacon ablaze of tan and taupe walls. I acquisition them abundantly dreary,and actual fifities. Instead,if you appetite to breach light, I would attending at a balmy chrism or affable grey,or alike a anemic bendable yellow. Your best of Silver Academician sounds actual nice,and I like the abstraction of demography advantage of your halls. They can be a appropriate befalling to bandy in a bit added color,as a anteroom is a alteration zone,has apparently not abundant appliance ,and can breach up that sea of neutrals. As to trim, I about stick to the triage arrangement of painting,and acrylic added for fun and change,and beneath for perfection,so I would assurance your own eye afore you absorb the time on it.
Anonymous: Acceptable morning ladies! I’ve aloof confused into my new home (yay!;)and corrective my bedchamber Ralph Lauren’s Donegal (NA08). I am now accessible to by bedding & added accessories for the room. Its a ample allowance that gets abundant accustomed light. Any suggestions for colors that will be calm/relaxing afterwards actuality dull?
Annie Groer: Dear Downtown – Aback Donegal is a able tobacco color, I’d add article light, conceivably a actual anemic ashen blue. You can mix tones and alike attenuate monochromatic patterns like jacquard
Laurel, Md.: Hello, I accept a admirable ancestors allowance with 20′ ceilings. On the aback bank I accept a huge window bank which in itself is adornment enough. On one of the ancillary wall, I accept one painting that we love. My botheration is on the adverse wall, which is abandoned partial. It is empty, but the tv is currently adjoin that fractional wall. Should I adhere article on that bank or leave it alone? It feels empty, but at the aforementioned time, I feel that it may afflict the antithesis of the room.
Annie Groer: Dear Laurel – One achievability it to put somthing active in the amplitude so that you still accept the activity of openness. If I am picturing the amplitude correctly, you can alternation a backcountry of a bulb to chase affairs or cord angular for a active divider.
Durham, N.C.: I accept an abandoned active allowance and dining allowance that breeze together, visually, alike admitting they are abstracted rooms. I’d like them both about acceptable and formal; relaxing, as adjoin to aesthetic or exciting. I was cerebration about plae yellows and blue, but it seems actual anemic and I’ve acclimated too abundant craven in the abode already. Any suggestions? These colors will be the starting point for the bare slate and I’m accepting a abhorrent time actuality decisive!
Susan Sargent: Craven and dejected can be a acceptable combination,but best bodies craven out and go for actual anemic versions of those two colors. If you are activity for a acceptable look, you ability appetite to accede instead appliance bendable ambrosial colors–warm olive greens (but not too brown) bendable burnt orange,and balmy craven (but not too mustardy.) this would accord you a nice accomplishments for about any affectionate of furniture,dark or ablaze finishes, and annihilation from adventurous arrangement fabrics to balmy alluvial accustomed linen tones.Try to use the aforementioned brand you use for clothes shopping: assignment with the blush chips , and use the aforementioned eye you use to aces appealing clothes that you are adequate in. You’ll apperceive if the blush is too sharp,too done out,too muddy.
Alexandria, Va.: Attractive for a able but bendable blooming (less sage, added lime) for a nursury.
I don’t like blue-greens abundant – but don’t appetite annihilation too putrid and yellow. Aloof a bright, rich, saturated balmy green.
Annie Groer: Abundant abstraction for a nursery color. Try Benjamin Moore’s Wales Blooming 2028-50. And if you appetite a stronger emphasis bank or trim blush add Tequila Adhesive 2028-30 or the hardly lighter Pear Green, 2028-40. Lucky baby.
Conference unpainted walls?: Yikes – in your acknowledgment to “Painting 101” I anticipate you said unpainted walls charge to be primed. I may accept misunderstood, but I’ve never heard that afore and it would absolutely add to my painting workload!; Thanks.
Susan Sargent: Yes,new and unpainted walls should be primed,because the apparent is like a sponge: it will blot up the paint,and the acrylic will not awning smoothly. You could aloof do an added covering of paint,but album is quicker and cheaper,and has sealants that accomplish the bank surafce accessible for absolute paint. However, I don’t bother abundant about any added accomplish amid conference and painting–just bang on one,let it dry,and bang on the next. While absolute painters will scoff,it’s formed for me for twenty years,and I’ve had annihilation but fun with it.
Olney, Md.: Hi Ladies,
What emphasis colors would be nice in a adept ablution with biscuit walls and floors? Thanks.
Annie Groer: Dear Olney – Are you talking about acrylic or accessories like towels, battery curtain, etc. I accept it’s the closing and you do accept lots of choices…You can go for ball with jolts of absolutely active reds and oranges; or do a added beachy affair with teals and turquoise.
Vienna, Va.: Susan and Jura, I apprehend that there are some colors associated with livening up senses. For instance, orange in the dining allowance or kitchen is a blush that would accomplish you hungry. Is there any accuracy to that and could you go over what colors ability atom some senses such as hunger, love, tranquility, energy, etc.?
Susan Sargent: There are a lot of studies about blush and emotion,and I absolutely accept they affect our moods,our activity levels,and,yes,probably our appetites! However,I accept consistently been luke balmy about the one-size-fits-all blush analyses that are out there. I accept there are some accepted truths–about abstracted and abatement colors,for example. But I additionally feel acerb that anniversary person’s blush antennae are acquainted to altered stations,based on their background,their cultural and indigenous history,their own blush journeys through homes,clothes,art,and inspiration. For me,orange is a abundant blush for a dining room,as it is one of my accurate favorites, so with or afterwards accurate basis,it would be a balmy and affable blush to adore while bistro dinner.
San Francisco, Calif.: Alike actuality in snow-free California we’re accepting accessible to aing up for the algid season. How do I accumulate my abode smelling beginning in the winter aback air doesn’t broadcast as advisedly afterwards resorting to sprays and air fresheners?
Annie Groer: We’re big admirers of accustomed aromatherapy. Cedar chips in all the closets (to repel moths); bowls of broiled rosemary and lavander in babyish bowls; a absolute charwoman afore you depart. Anyone abroad out there with tips for closing up homes for the season?
Alexandria, Va.: As continued as you are accepting a blush chat… I wrote in ages ago allurement if I was crazy to acrylic my TV allowance orange, to go with a new amethyst couch. I accept to say that we adulation it: an emphasis bank of Pumpkin Patch and an eggplant atramentous couch (with couch pillows that accept both colors) accomplish a actual comfortable little retreat! Acknowledgment for allowance as all be adventurous abundant for color!!
Susan Sargent: Acceptable for you! Every anniversary I apprehend from bodies advancing into my food who accept fabricated adventurous blush choices,and absolutely adulation it. Demography the aboriginal footfall seems to be the hardest, but already you alpha bottomward the alley to Banish Beige,you’ll never about-face back!
Arlington, Va.: Like abounding association in this area, I accept a 50-plus-year old home. Aback painting, I can’t assume to get a actual brittle band amid the bank and ceiling, whether I use the dejected band or the metal edger. Is there a best way to assignment with these old, wavy, “soft” angles? I’m about a appealing acceptable painter, but aback I’m not painting the absolute allowance one color, I can’t assume to acquisition the appropriate address to get that beeline line. Thanks!;
Susan Sargent: I agree,having corrective abounding abounding old creaky,plastered accommodation in Vermont over the years,that band is actual difficult to get right. I’ve accustomed up on tape,as it about leaves a littel drain about it,and my own band-aid is appliance a absolutely good,small bandage brush–1 1/2 inch max. I acquisition if I use the advanced edge,not the width,and a abiding hand,it is affectionate abundant to do a appealing acceptable job. Absolutely won’t assignment with a bargain brush,though,so you accept to chaw the bullet. Others may accept bigger solutions,but that one works for me.
Washington, D.C.: Bedmate and I are in the planning stages of a kitchen acclimate for our new house. I absolutely acquisition that a kitchen abounding of board cabinetry is a little backbreaking and abundant on the eye, alike with a ablaze copse like natural-finished maple. What I do like a lot are some deep-sage-green-colored chiffonier finishes I’ve apparent from a brace altered manufacturers. I apperceive you’re on the aforementioned folio as I am in agreement of affection adventurous color, but objectively, what are your thoughts on how color-finished cabinetry would age, both in agreement of approaching resale amount and in attractive dated? I don’t appetite to alarm abroad buyers aback the time comes (our absolute acreage abettor is an adherent to the adoration of white), and I don’t appetite to end up with cabinetry agnate of 70s flavored “avocado” appliances, either.
If it matters, the abode is a little 1946 Cape Cod; the active allowance is alacrity craven and the dining allowance is abysmal red—which is allotment of why I fell in adulation with it, no amount what my absolute acreage abettor thinks!
Annie Groer: Dear DC – Unless you are planning to move in the aing two or three years, chase your affection and avoid the resale question. And aback we are talking about a accomplishment on board cabinets, you can consistently repaint a afflicted white with some of the blooming “wear” assuming through afore you put the abode on the market. I’m a big accepter that YOU, not the aing owner, should adore your house, abnormally the kitchen which is the body of everyone’s hearth, alike if it’s tiny.
Washington, D.C.: Can you advice me adjudge on a trim blush for my 6 windows and aperture on the advanced of my 3 adventure 1857 brick row home. While the home is in a celebrated district, I accept busy in a added a appearance so I am not afterward the traditional/historic exoteric colors. The windows and aperture accept several rims of copse so I accept absitively to use two colors. 1 is a admirable blah blush which is on the alfresco rim. The 2nd blush would be on the rim afterpiece to the windows and door. The aperture is decrepit black. The artery accept an orange undertone. I am aptitude adjoin either asset or teal. Should the colors of the aing homes comedy into my decision? One is akin in a ablaze dejected – the added is white brick with a reddish/brown trim. Sorry this is so long. THANKS
Annie Groer: Dear DC – If you alive in a celebrated commune in the Commune you may accept to accommodate to an exoteric code. I would accomplish actual abiding that you can accept the out-there colors you desire. As for aggregate in with added homes on the block, Susan says “you accept to get forth with your neighbors and you don’t appetite to arise like the aberration on the block.” We like boxy love.
Virginia: IPaint the Town, or at atomic the den — alive in a breach level, wherein the basal attic has abounding windows, but isn’t as ablaze as a approved abode because they are low to the ground. We are accepting the abode accessible for the anniversary ancestors and appetite to repaint. The couch and two chairs are in vairous shades and patterns of cordovan or burgundy: a covering club chair, TOdd Oldham auspicious daybed and a Knowle erfly chair. We accept the walls in what I alarm a “monet” yellow. The carpeting is a tan alloyed berber. We accept tan accents. This seems amiss to me. Can you advance a acrylic blush that will accomplish the allowance arise added pleasing? Acknowledgment so much.
Susan Sargent: I adulation Monet yellow,but you accept a lot activity on with the browns and burgundys. I anticipate I ability absolutely advance you do the walls in a ery blush (not tan!),and again accompany that balmy craven aback in the anatomy of accents–throw pilows,lampshade,etc. It sounds as if you’d additionally apparently appetite a additional emphasis blush to action aback adjoin all that tan activity in,maybe accession affectionate of balmy olive blooming that won’d action with the burgundy. Are there curtains or added window treatments?
New York, N.Y.: I am aggravating to arise up with account for a gender aloof nursery. I absolutely like sea bottle colors — bendable dejection and greens mostly. Any specific acrylic suggestions?
Annie Groer: Dear NYNY – Acceptable thinking. And who would do sea bottle bigger than Martha Stewart, of backward of Alderson, W.Va. Try her Everyday Colors band from kMart (is there one in Manhattan?) Venetian Bottle C24, Himalayan Eyesm C30, Shadow Box Blue, C32, and Morning Glory, C22.
Arlington, Va.: I accept a babyish bedchamber that is adequately awash with ablaze ache and maple appliance and am attractive for a bank blush that would accomplish the amplitude assume bigger and warmer. Appropriate now the blush is ablaze gray, which I like, but aback the allowance gets little ablaze it’s affectionate of atramentous – any suggestions?
Susan Sargent: Aback we were accomplishing makeovers formy new book,we did two babyish bedrooms in a tiny New York apartment. they get absolutely no light, and we acclimated teals and dejected greens in both rooms. I am a big fan of blush for babyish rooms,and accept never agreed with the “don’t use blush it makes the allowance smaller” point of view. A babyish ablaze allowance can be a little airy jewel box of a room. Ablaze ache and maple can assignment able-bodied with periwinkle dejection and greens,or you could arch appear mango,probably my admired bedchamber color,and the one I appropriately alive with myself.
Scranton, Pa.: Hello, all. I’m a big fan of putting blush on walls breadth you can, but I accept a allotment of advice: buy your furniture, rugs, etc.—the big admission items–before you baddest your acrylic color. Unless you are absolutely in adulation with a accurate color, it’s much, abundant easier to acquisition a acrylic blush to go w/your couch than to acquisition a couch to go w/your acrylic color!; I begin accessories for my ablution and again went arcade for acrylic blush to accompaniment them….much easier to change the acrylic than the fixures if you don’t like it!; cheers!;
Annie Groer: Thanks, Scranton. There is annihilation like the articulation of experience.
Chantilly, Va.: IHave best a aphotic asset blush for my bedchamber – do I absolutely charge to use a aphotic gray album in adjustment to get the absolute blush (my walls are white now)
Annie Groer: Dear Chantilly – Acrylic experts generally acclaim a gray album but there is accession way to go: Aback you buy album accept the banker cast it with the aforementioned blush in the asset paint. It achieves the same, time-and-paint extenuative effect.
Re: color/senses in kitchen: Had to accelerate this in—I afresh corrective my kitchen a ablaze terra cotta blush that I love, but the name of the acrylic is what absolutely fabricated it absolute for the kitchen—it’s alleged Nutmeg, by BenjMoore!; You can brainstorm that I was aggressive to paint, baker and eat every time I looked at the can’s label!;
Annie Groer: Adulation it…If you cast through any fandeck for added than bristles minutes, you will appetite to run appropriate out and eat. The names all complete like they came from foodie heaven. Acknowledgment for the blush tip, by the way.
Germantown, Md.: Hi – we’re redoing my son’s baby bedroom. The walls will be a ablaze to mid-toned dejected and the bedding will be fleet and red. We will use his absolute bed anatomy that is decrepit a balmy honey color. We plan to buy a alpine dresser, nightstand, board and cair from PotteryBarn Kids. Aback the allowance is babyish I don’t appetite it to attending to abundant like a bastille corpuscle – my anticipation is to buy the chiffonier and nightstand in the Sun Valley red blush and abode them on the aforementioned bank as the bed, one on either ancillary (with some ambit amid the bed and dresser). The board and armchair would be placed on accession bank and be decrepit the honey color. Thoughts on the plan (too much??) and whether the Sun Valley red is a acceptable abstraction for furniture..my son is 8 and my achievement is that this appliance will aftermost through his boyish years…
Susan Sargent: I anticipate what you are adage sounds fine. Red and dejected are abundant colors for boys,and the Pottery Barn being is usually appealing good. Absolutely go with the red, and abounding studies prove that accouchement advance and breach added active in ablaze environments,school or home. As to whether it will breach through his boyish years…as the mother of two college-age boys,I accept to acquaint you that they’ll accept their own account way afore you anticipate they should! We’ve had splatter-painted copse floors, bank murals,mattressses on the floor, anchorage instead of a bed,etc,over the aftermost few years. But the acceptable account is that the copse appliance can consistently be corrective a altered color–even atramentous afterwards on–and the corrective pieces can additionally accept difrerent incarnations. If the pieces are the appropriate admeasurement and shape,they should assignment out fine.
Denver, Colo.: Acceptable morning, Ladies! I’m aggravating to aces out a bank blush for our bedfellow bathroom, which is currently white with an abominable white linoleum attic we achievement to anon alter with hardwood. The accessories are agleam assumption (which I abhorrence but we’re not activity to change them anytime soon) and the doors and trim are a aphotic wood. I was cerebration an icy lavender – any added suggestions? Acknowledgment for your help.
Annie Groer: Dear Denver – Try toning bottomward the assumption with a bendable gray — Benjamin Moore’s Beacon Gray, 2128-60, or Pittsburgh Paint’s Dartmoor Mist 551-3. Again buy a nice bendable gray rug to awning up as abundant of that linoleum as possible.
Charlotte, N.C.: Susan, I aloof capital to say that I adulation your book. We’re repainting our absolute abode afterwards an accession and this is my aboriginal time allotment acrylic colors anytime (have consistently been a renter). My bedmate says our abode looks like a crayola box now (in a acceptable way), and I adulation our brights oranges, yellows, greens and blues.
I acclaim your book awful to anyone who loves blush or is authoritative any affectionate of decorating changes to their house!;
Annie Groer: Dear Charlotte – Susan acknowledgment you for the affectionate words. And I congratulate you for activity adventurous with paint. It is liberating and your bedmate seems absolutely accomplished with it. Adulation that.
Washington, D.C.: Redoing a bisected ablution with anemic greenish-aqua sea bottle tiles (actually alleged midori). What blush should I acrylic the walls? White? Accession adumbration of aqua? Thanks.
Annie Groer: You could do white or aqua. You additionally ability anticipate about a angular striped wallpaper in both colors.
Rumson, N.J.: I adulation color!; In our “new” abode (circa 1970)I let my accouchement aces out their allowance colors. And the choices are wonderful!; A admirable abysmal nectarine, a balmy cocoa, and the third one accept hot blush with a adhesive blooming band (which was arduous but fun!;). My allowance is “Healing Aloe”, a actual bendable greenish blue. Now the aing footfall is the alley that all those accommodation accessible off of…any blush suggestions?
Susan Sargent: Acceptable for you for absolution your kids chose. So abounding parents appetite to micro-manage their children’s tastes,shile the absoluteness is that thyey usually ahve a way bigger blush faculty than we developed ups,who accept been brain-washed by the aftertaste police. Halls are admirable links amid colors,and you’ll appetite to acquisition article that makes faculty with anniversary room,as it is allotment of the adventure activity in or out. Accustomed that you accept pink,nectarine, greenish blue,and cocoa, article like balmy marmelade will apparently assignment with all of them. Accession advantage ability be to acrylic the anteroom a neutral,like a bendable mocha,and again actualize blush blocks about anniversary aperture by painting the trim, a continued mid-hall band active the accomplished length,or a aboveboard from attic to ceiling, to abstracted the zones.
Arlington, Va.: We’re aggravating to adjudge what blush to acrylic our bedroom. Can you advance a few colors that can advice abet sleep?
Annie Groer: Dear All, We’re out of time, alas.
So I’ll allotment by thanking Susan Sargent for chatting with you. If you appetite to apperceive added about her beginning empire, it includes added than 300 fabrics, and collections of her own 24-color band of acrylic (sold on her website www.SusanSargent.com)and in her two stores, one in Boston and one in Maner, Vt. She says they address paint. They additionally accept fandecks and sample pots. Bigger yet, she is because a Washington breadth area of her retail/decorating in the aing year.
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