February 27, 2015

Push Start Spring in Your Home With Garden Botanical Pillows

I don't know about you but Spring can't get here quick enough. My tulips and daffies are already popped, frozen but popped and the best part of it all - the birds. I know Spring is right around the corner when I see Robins - a lot of them!

There's no better way to push start the Spring feeling in your home than to start adding pops of pretty pillows. I love this Garden Botanical Prints from Pottery Barn





February 9, 2015

Charging Up Your Bedroom with the Right Color

They say that a bedroom has to be a subdued color in order for one to sleep and feel relaxed. We do know that's not 100% true right?

Keep in mind, once we close our eyes it doesn't matter what color the room is so you might was well make it beautiful! I LOVE this color by Behr. It fun, youthful and just brings such a great energy to the bedroom. Energy to the bedroom you say? Do we need that? Well yes, we do.

As we “recharge” and retire in our bedrooms at night, it's also a time for our minds to be reset. I don't know about you but I get some amazing ideas and I lie in bed doing nothing. As the body rests the mind recharges. This color, which is Lemon Grass 400B-7 by the way, will help you do that. 

Such a great color to change the energy in your bedroom. Try it and feel recharged in the morning. 


February 5, 2015

New Colors for 2016 - show me the green please!

I'm always thinking about colors and which direction they will be going towards for the home. I was looking at my logo here that I designed a really long time ago and love the colors. I loved them then and even more so now. Why? Because of that green!


Just yesterday, I posted my thoughts on the colors that should be up and coming for 2016-17 because Color Marketing Group is about to release their palette. Here's the graphic I designed that captures the look I love.

The darker green is showing up muddier than I'd like it to. I like the green that is my logo which is a cross between the mint green in my graphic and the green in my logo. Anyway - I'm sticking with green.

So those are my thoughts for today! Don't forget to visit my main blog at www.DecoratingbyDonna.com



February 3, 2015

Virtual Color and Design

I absolutely LOVE Virtual Design! I can design for anyone, anywhere without  leaving my office. What an awesome way to provide professional color and decorating advice for anyone who needs it.

I'd like to tell you a little more about Virtual Design or EDesign. I have this Slideshare presentation that really sums it up nicely.



So how can Virtual Design help you?


  • I can provide a full house color palette for you based on the pictures you send me
  • You can have your first color palette within 48 hours 
  • Need decorating advice? I can do that! I provide helpful reports that includes a bulleted checklist of things you need to do to your space. 
  • Just need a color for your front door? That's done with this service. No job is too small.

This service is design for anything in your home that needs color or decorating advice. Let me know if I can help you! 



February 1, 2015

Progression. Moving forward with color

Seeing the same hues over and over again? 

Sure they're great colors but too much of a good thing is not good - expect for ice cream of course! For me, the design world is flooded with blue and gray. Are they pretty colors? Of course! As a Color Expert is it frustrating to see the same colors being used over and over again. Yes. :-(

So what does this mean for the world of color? Does it mean that I will refuse to use blue and gray for my clients? No, of course not. It's just frustrating to me to see this two colors sticking around for oh so long with out pairing up with someone new - that someone meaning another color of course.

January 23, 2015

What color should I paint my dining room ceiling?


This is an interesting question. Just because you have a decorative ceiling in the dining room doesn't mean you need to paint it.



When ever I get to this part of the color consultation, everyone wants to know what colors should go on the ceiling. Just because it's there, doesn't mean you have to color it. 

It all depends on the look you want for your dining room. Do you want light and airy? Dramatic? Traditional? How about trying something different and NOT place color on the ceiling? 

One of my recent clients had a very large home and she wanted to paint her home once and then be good for the next 15 years. That's a long time to be staring at the same dining room color. So what do you do in a case like this? Find a forever color and a classic look. 

I chose a medium tone green (not shown because the house is not painted yet) that was slightly muted and went with the light gray that she had in the main part of her home, yes it was also a very open floor plan.

When it came to choosing color for the ceiling, I just felt less was more in this case and opted out for color, which is highly unusual for me to do. 

I felt the ceiling needed something but definetly not color. What did I do? I played around with sheen. 

I kept the ceiling white but alternated from flat ceiling white to a soft white but in a satin sheen. This is an excellent choice for the dining room that needs to be classic in design but still could use some interest on the ceiling without using color. 

I'm looking forward to seeing how it came out. 

January 16, 2015

What color should I paint my house?

That's a big question and there are dozens of answers. What I'm going to do today is a little Q and A. I'm going to have a question and answer post of the most asked questions when it comes to color, both live and virtual consultations.