Last time I spoke with you about the 2016 Bucks County Designer House bedroom I’m currently designing, I shared the emerging color palette, with paints by Benjamin Moore. Today, I want to discuss with you the application of the paint, the type of paint, and where exactly I’ll put the beautiful colors I’ve selected.
Often I paint trim (Casing, baseboards, doors, windows, etc.) a crisp white, or even ivory. I’ll even change the sheen from a semi-gloss on trim to an eggshell or sometimes flat on the walls. This updates the room and gives a clean, fresh feel to a space with high contrast between the wall color and trim.
In this particular space, however, I feel that all those doors painted in high-contrast white would be distracting and add to the visual clutter. Don’t forget, the focal wall across from the room’s entrance has a jumble of doors, which is so distracting!
So I’ve decided I will paint the walls and trim all in the exact same color and sheen to minimize all the broken up lines and choppiness. I found this wonderful image of the A-list designer, Sheila Bridges, in her own home. It has exactly the feel I’m going for!
My absolute favorite painter is Michael Howard, whose business is called The Perfect Hangup. Michael is also an amazing wallpaper/wallhanging installation expert and the first person I think of when I’m having wallcoverings installed. He’s truly amazing, always good-natured and cheerful, and is the first painter I repeatedly recommend to my clients. I’m so happy to report that Michael has graciously agreed to provide the labor in my 2016 Bucks County Designer House bedroom. I’m so grateful to have him work his magic on the walls and trim in this sad bedroom that so desperately needs his expertise!
Michael and I have discussed the different products available from Benjamin Moore and which type of paint would be best for use in this historic portion of Foxwood Manor, the 2016 Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. We’ve decided that the Regal Select line of Benjamin Moore Paints in the Eggshell Finish will be the perfect thing to use on the walls and trim in this bedroom.
Not only is Regal Select a paint and primer in one product, it is highly washable and has zero VOCs (which are bad for the environment and your lungs!). This makes it perfect for a bedroom. We’re planning to switch over to the Regal Select in the Flat Finish on the ceiling (I have special plans for that ugly air vent up there!).
Since the Bucks County Designer House bedroom’s window trim and doors were previously painted in an oil based product (remember this part of the house is over 100 years old!), my painter, Michael Howard, recommended we use a product called Stix.
Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer is a premium-quality, acrylic-urethane primer-sealer with unparalleled adhesion to the most challenging surfaces, including glossy tile, PVC, vinyl, plastic, glass, glazed block, glossy paint, pre-coated siding, fiberglass, and galvanized metals.
- Bonds to “hard-to-coat” surfaces
- Cures in temperatures as low as 35° F (1.57° C)
- Creates an extremely hard film
- Excellent enamel holdout
- Can be top coated with almost any product
- Low odor
The wall prep work and painting are the first things that will take place in the actual transformation of my 2016 Bucks County Designer House bedroom, so I’m super excited to have these decisions made and the color palette nailed down. I’m so very relaxed knowing that the walls and trim are in the hands of my very capable friend Michael Howard of The Perfect Hangup…I can’t wait to show you the AFTER photos of his work. Right now, we’re just waiting for all the construction to be finished in the bathroom, so the finish work can begin. Once all the messy stuff is completed, the walls can get their final coat, then the area rug , custom window treatments, wall mural, ceiling air vent, furniture, artwork and accessories can all be installed. Oh my, I’m starting to feel slightly overwhelmed!!
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