My phone consult with Maria Killam - long post alert
Some of you guys know Maria Killam's blog with tons of advice about color. Most of you don't need professional help from what I've seen on the reveals, but we're doing pretty much everything to our house (it's not new construction but it may as well be with all we're having done) and I can't say I felt confident about choosing colors for everything.
So I had an hour phone consultation with her and I thought I'd share how it went in case anyone is interested. Yes I know this should go on the home decor page but let's face it, just like in real life, the party always gravitates toward the kitchen.
I didn't give her much to work with, which in retrospect wasn't a good idea, and we got off to a slow start. She sort of gave me a mini lecture about how you need to have *something* to start with, you can't just choose wall colors in a vacuum and then expect to furnish your whole house around them. By then it was about 15 minutes into our hour and I was thinking this wasn't going to ever get productive. But there's really little furniture we're going to be moving with us and I don't have a favorite piece of artwork I insist on having over the mantle or anything, so I truly am starting from scratch. So I didn't really have much to tell her other than "I like the combination of cream, grey, with teal as an accent color." While we were talking I quick logged into Houzz and sent her a picture I had favorited that had that color combination.
That at least helped, so then she had me go to the site Pinterest and she put things up there and I would tell her what I thought and she'd refine her selections based on what I said. So then we got into selecting colors and the whole thing was a lot of fast back and forth online, a quick sharing of pictures. For example I had said teal as an accent, so she put up a picture of a cream and teal throw pillow, but I said it was too light of a teal so then right away she found and posted another one which was better.
Then, because I went with a very strong color granite with oranges and pinks in it, she brought in orange as a second accent color. This would tie the kitchen colors to the rest of the house -- I don't think I would have thought of it but I can see this being a fun combination in small pops. Would create what she calls "flow" from one room to the next through the house.
So then she suggested a color for the walls; it happened to be one I'd been looking at anyway (SW Agreeable Gray), and a trim color that would go with that and also would not clash with the kitchen we've just had installed. (SW 7002 Downy, which I'm actually not sure about next to Agreeable Gray but I think I will trust her judgment.)
She put up a picture of a suggested stain color for the hardwood floors, and then we got into the furniture. She is good at finding things quickly, and when I told her the style of decor I like she very fast put up a sofa that I did like. She even told me the SW paint color to try to aim for when shopping for it.
She put up pictures of area rugs and when I'd tell her what I thought (one was too modern for my tastes), she'd quick put up more and so on.
I'm not saying I'm going to run out and buy every piece of furniture she linked me to, but I do feel a lot better now that I have a place to start and a bunch of good ideas. I feel like I went from feeling overwhelmed to feeling like I can imagine now what I want it to look like at the end.
I am going to take her wall color suggestion and I'm not sure about the trim color but I'll get samples this weekend and see. From what I've read on her blog she seems to know what she's talking about for sure.
Do I think it was worth $300? I do. Sure, gray and cream, and teal with a bit of orange as accents are nothing earth shattering. But for me, I feel like I am more excited now about all the decisions that need to be made. It was helpful to me and it would probably be more useful if you had more pieces already in place to start with and you needed help coordinating other items or paint colors with your existing furniture. Anyway, that is my report and now it is online forever in case anyone else tries to search for her like I did before signing up for the phone consult.