What is the best and most affordable way to update a space?
INTERIOR DESIGNER- SU CASA
PAINT! A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and effective way of making a space feel updated and refreshed. Jenn, our lead interior designer with an extensive background in the topic of paint was the best source to answer this question.
Paint is a simple way to create change and have a dramatic impact on a room. There are endless options of colours to choose from so when looking for a colour look at the current space and see what colour palette you are working from.
Once you have narrowed down your colour selection try a few samples of different shades on your wall. This allows you to see how the light, materials and other aspects in the house effects the actual colour.
The colour will change depending on lighting, so looking at it throughout the day at different times to see how the light changes and influences the colour is recommended before committing to a colour.
If you want something timeless then I would recommend you choose a white. White is a safe colour and is the ultimate backdrop because it works with everything. The advantage of white is you can build on it with a variety of different colours and styles.
Here is a List of my Favorite Whites that we use often in Client’s Homes: (all the whites listed here are from Benjamin Moore)
Swiss Coffee | Benjamin Moore
– creamy softer white, when you don’t want “white-white”
Cloud White | Benjamin Moore
– it’s a soft white, on the creamier side without being really yellow
Chantilly Lace | Benjamin Moore
– it is crisp and clean without a blue undertone
Simply White | Benjamin Moore
– a crisp white
If you are looking for a more dramatic change I would suggest going dark like charcoal or black. Black is making a big comeback and we are seeing it more and more. It can be intimidating to do a room in a dark colour but if the lighting is done correctly it can look really great. The right amount of light in a dark space can create a really cozy feeling. I would encourage people to not shy away from it, and it would make such a statement in updating a space. And its paint…you can always paint over it.
My Favorite Dark Paint Colours to use:
“Off Black” | Farrow & Ball
- a soft black
“Onyx” | Benjamin Moore
- a real black-black
“Kendall Charcoal” | Benjamin Moore
- the perfect dark grey paint colour
“Wrought Iron” | Benjamin Moore
- closer to a charcoal grey
If white is too plain for you and your aren't looking for anything dramatic a warm neutral is a safe bet.
My Favourite Go-To Neutrals are:
“Revere Pewter” | Benjamin Moore
- a warm chameleon colour, sometimes more brown and sometimes more grey
“Elephant's Breath” | Farrow & Ball
- a unique warm grey (warning: can have strong magenta undertones so try a sample first in the room you plan to paint)
“Anew Grey” | Sherwin Williams
- a subtly warm greige
“Wrought Iron” | Benjamin Moore
- Benjamin Moore – closer to a charcoal grey
Once you have selected your paint colour you will want to consider the paint finish. On walls I love to use matte wherever and whenever possible. Using a flat finish gives it a chalky look that softens the colour.
If you choose a matte finish it is better to go with a higher quality of paint for durability. As well, a flat finish is easier to touch up than a glossier finish. Eggshell is standard and also very durable and forgiving.
NEW LOOK, SAME SU CASA: Website, Branding and More www.sucasa.ca, www.sucasashoppe.com
Su Casa has been around for 15 years now – and its no longer just Andy anymore but an evolved team of design specialists/experts. There are so many designers on our team now – and we wouldn’t be Su Casa without everyone involved.
We continue to develop as a company to include a broader clientele that allows us to accomplish our mission of helping people design a beautiful home. We have multiple divisions of Su Casa with custom and semi-custom design, stock plans, an online shoppe, and virtual makeovers. And, there are more plans to come as we continue to develop Su Casa.
With all the growth that has happened we felt a refresh of our logo and branding was necessary to reflect that progression.
Our new logo is simple – it’s Su Casa which means “your house“ and we wanted that to be the predominant element of our new look.
This design process is about you and your space.
We added colour to our scheme – unlike the old black and white version of ourselves. The new colours we chose for the website and branding were about being timeless, elegant, and warm.
We landed on some great neutrals that lend to all these qualities, and it also reflects a lot of the colours our clients are requesting in their homes.
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TIME TO LOOK AHEAD Su Casa and 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy 2021! Well, if you are reading this you survived the strangest year in our history. I am happy to say adios to 2020. However, as we find ourselves at the start of a new year, I still reflect on that crazy year and can find much to be thankful for.
This season has reminded me the importance of family time.
Family has taken centerstage, with the slowing down of the extracurricular schedule and the Covid restrictions that have been put in place, and I am choosing to see that as a gift. The extra time I have been given with my wife and kids is precisely the kind of MORE I needed in my life. Watching them grow and learn in ways that I hadn’t had time to in the past has made me grateful.
Choosing thankfulness in this season of covid and the allowance I have been given with my family has taken away the sting of what “isn’t” right now.
Choosing to look at the gifts this season is bringing instead of all the negativity has been my coping strategy. This is not forever, it’s just for now so how can we make the most of it!? And with 2021 here I am looking forward to my personal home project! We have our shed and yard projects on the go, as well, we will be starting our home renovation – and I am so thrilled with our plans for that!
So, if I can encourage you to count your blessings, seize the moment, and focus on the JOY that we have it might just help you cope with this season too.
Blessings to you and yours in 2021.
Andy & the Su Casa Team *Photo Credit: Leighlee Photography