Let's start off with talking about paint colors...I never...never-ever...commit to paint colors without first trying them in the actual space, If it's a renovation, I wait until the space is totally gutted and at the drywall stage, that way we'll have less interference with other colors throwing things off.

If it's a new build I do the same thing...wait until the drywall is up. In both situations I gather every material sample we've chosen for the space to see how all the colors relate to one another. Did you catch that I said EVERY material?  Make sure when choosing paint colors you're doing so looking at all the materials selected while in the actual space, 

More about choosing paint colors...


I stopped by Break Arch with a bunch of large painted sample boards. My mission was to firm up the paint colors for the walls, ceiling, cabinets, and millwork. The wall color choice was between two paint colors that I had narrowed down early on in the design process...SW Silver Pointe and BM Stonington Gray, the end of the day we could have gone either way but decided on SW Silver Pointe because of it's more silvery, greenish-gray undertones as apposed to BM Stonington Gray's blue undertones. One of the other deciding factors was that SW Silver Pointe was over-all lighter in will provide nice contrast to the white cabinet and millwork, while not being too dark for a space that has very little natural light.


The white paint color selection for the cabinets, and millwork for the mirrors turned out not to as easy as the wall color and in fact it was a bit of a  pain!  I brought samples of BM White and BM Decorator's White thinking for sure one of them would be perfect since they're both cooler whites but in the space they fell completely flat...they we're both too cool...too gray, and looked bleak and depressing. This caused me to scramble and make a rushed trip to Benjamin Moore to get a more paint the end  BM Chantilly Lace ended up pairing beautifully with all the other samples. It's bright, clean look is just what we needed!


Now that I have the paint saga over with, let's talk about lighting...

This pendant! It didn't disappoint! Even though we ordered it long before demo began, I hadn't actually seen it in person. While I was on site finalizing paint colors I wanted to make sure that the size of the fixture felt good in the space and that it's scale added the interest and drama I was looking for without being overwhelming. 

My clients graciously unwrapped the pendant for me and had it hanging on a hook when I walked in. Needless to say, I was one happy designer! 


With all the geometry and 90 degree angles planned throughout the space...with the tiles, millwork, plumbing fixtures and the other lighting selections, I wanted to loosen things up a bit, and create an unexpected pairing by introducing an organic line in the mix...Crystorama's Broche Pendant, with it's leafy design will do just that!


  • No matter if you're a skilled designer, or a DYI home owner, finalize paint choices ONLY after you can see them in the actual space while looking at them with all the other finish material selections.

  • Purchase quart-size samples and then use foam core or poster board to create large's never a good idea to try to finalize a paint color from a tiny paint store sample! Be sure to give the sample two to three coats so you can get a true reading of the color.

  • Look for a place in your project where you can add an Unexpected Pairing to add interest & a touch of drama. It could be a light fixture like I did in this project, or a more decorative element like a painting or chair.

Thanks again for being part of my design journey! You can find more about this project under the category Break Arch Project in the sidebar. Be sure to scroll down  to see all the before pics and the design plans.