Hues You Can Use


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Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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Dark rooms really don’t have to feel dark. In this renovation by Anne Turner, former Cottage Living editor, she uses muted tones to bring warmth and refinement to a cookie cutter cottage. Would you try this look in your home?

Cottage Living November/December Issue 2008.

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  1. Janell @ Isabella and Max says:

    Yes! Very warm and sophisticated, and what my eye really notices are those pendants in the kitchen!

  2. Erica @ Decorica says:

    Yes, I like it! I love darker colors on the wall, especially mixed with warm wood tones.

  3. L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys says:

    You know what my favorite part of this disign was? the kitchen with the cream top cabinets and the green lower cabinets. And of course the chandelier in the dining room!

  4. Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors says:

    ummmm, let me think…. YES! What a great weekly feature. These color choices are fantastic and what a photo. Very timely for me as inspiration for a job I'm working on- thanks Erika!

  5. Connie @ SogniESorrisi says:

    I'm not a huge fan of greens but I like this one because it has some grey in it. Beautiful!

  6. Kim@Chattafabulous says:

    Very pretty, Erika. I am stepping out of my light muted comfort zone and going with a smoky teal in my family room. Can't wait!

  7. sue@solsticehome says:

    Hi, 1st time here..i'll be back and yes, I would love to see this as a weekly feature. BTW.. Love that green and gray!

  8. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow says:

    @Kim, a smoky teal sounds like something I want to see…so enticing!

    @Sue, thanks for stopping by! Hope you return soon and often 😉

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I love color. I think that that's always the premise of a great design! I'm actually thinking of using something similar for our master bedroom – more of a pear green and grey to complement our light bamboo blinds:) Liz

  10. Lissa @ After Adornment says:

    Love this feature idea! I vote yes.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great feature. This is my first blog comment EVER. I just really appreciate your work and this feature. Thanks!

  12. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow says:

    Dear Anonymous, I'm truly honored that you took the time to comment! I hope to hear more from you and others like yourself in the near future. Thanks so much for your readership!

  13. Kelly @ JAX does design says:

    YES, I would DEFINITELY try this look in my home! I love that the trim is painted grey instead of white. And the dark colour on the walls is beautiful.


  14. Angela says:

    I love it and I'm thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets.

  15. MollyMarler says:

    Um… YES! Is it gray? Is it green? Who cares?! Its fabulous! And so are you. Beautiful job. XO

  16. theLENNOXX says:

    I have a real love of deep wall paint colors, maybe because I rarely see it in use and have seen how gorgeous it can look. I agree, dark colors doesn't mean dark room, just a fantastic atmosphere. I would never have picked the wall color of in the photo for myself, it's way too green, but when I see it up, it looks magnificent!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Would definately love to see "Hues you can use" as a weekly feature. I love to be inspired by your posts! I find that you have interesting thoughts and info to share! Keep going! Thanks!

  18. home bar says:

    Thanks for your mind-blowing work. I like your interior designing. I will try it for my home bar

  19. Jean Molesworth Kee says:

    Love this post! Pratt and Lambert has all but disappeared from Northern Virginia! Love them. Think they were bought out by Sherwin-Williams, but what a brand. Keep the color combos coming, Erika. Nice seeing you on #intdesignerchat last night!


Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Design + Happy Healthy Home Advocate.

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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