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Pottery Barn to the Rescue

Not only am I a HUGE fan of Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, but I am also now an ENORMOUS fan of their design services. In case you hadn’t heard of this, Pottery Barn offers free one-on-one advice for design and entertaining.  And for me, it has been very helpful.  Here’s how I’ve been using this service- I’ve been having some trouble figuring out what colors I wanted to paint in the rooms surrounding our foyer.  On one side you have the formal living room, on the other, the formal dining room.  The kitchen and family room also connect to the foyer. While I knew what color I wanted to paint the foyer (Kingsport Gray from Benjamin Moore), I was getting stunted when it came to the adjoining rooms. Enter Pottery Barn design services!  In a simple phone call, I described my problem and asked for some help with choosing paint colors.  I told the woman that I want to keep the feeling of the main floor light and airy and also neutral.  I love big bold colors, but I want to try and keep that mostly in the accessories so I have some versatility when changing accessories.  Because if you know me well, you know that I LIVE for versatility.  I love to change things and it is what keeps my mind fresh and energized. I also explained that if any of the rooms was going to be a bit on the “dark” side, it would be the dining room.  Because that is also a room that you want some drama.  When you have guests over and are entertaining, you want the room to feel warm and inviting.  Trouble with my situation is that my foyer color is already pretty dark.  So I didn’t want the two rooms together to compete tonally (I doubt that is even a word…). I also explained to her that I’ve tentatively settled on this color for my dining room (Huntington Beige from Benjamin Moore).

She knows the color and agrees that it is a great color to go with Kingsport Gray.  She recommends this color a lot. The woman I talked to is not at all phased by this.  She notes my foyer paint color and a few hours later, in my email inbox is some wonderful options to put my mind at ease. Here are some of the colors she recommends (all from Benjamin Moore)- Living Room Colors: Edgecomb Gray

Pismo Dunes

Baby Fawn

Kitchen Colors: Jute

Bleeker Beige

Manchester Tan

Which would you choose? For more information on Pottery Barn Design Services, visit their web site  at  or call (855) 679-4754.


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