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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Creamy Lattes





Just like milk in strong coffee,
latte colors—from rich cream to caramel—tame bold hues for an ultra-livable palette.


Cup of Joe blend coffee and cream into your scheme with the skill of a barista with tips from l.a. designer mary mcGee. here’s how she gives a caffeinated jolt to these luxe neutrals.
  1. 1  
    If a lighter tone is your goal, watch out for green or gold undertones. Hold the colors you’re considering against a true-white paint chip to look for a rich cream with a brown
  2. 2  base, McGee says.
    “I mix colors to get a perfect cream,” McGee says. Her favorite “recipe”: A 50:50 mix of Benjamin Moore’s Marble White (OC- 34) with Grant Beige (HC-83). “It cuts the gold, and you end up with this incredible
  3. 3  color.”
    Avoid beige boredom by using a variety of finishes and textures in a room. A white lacquer coffee table, leather chair, mirrored lamp, silk drapes, and a great sisal rug— McGee counts on all these materials to give a latte-color space richness. 

    I found this somewhere, it's from BHG.com and this is what my color personality is.

    Funnily enough, I have been planning to repaint the interior of my house which is presently yellow, and these are the colors that I have been loving for some time now.  I particularly love the Milky Foam.  This article explains how to get the exact Latte cream that I have been wanting in point number 2 above.  Also, it says that Milky Foam
    "Looks amazing paired with a muted robin’s-egg blue. Kabuki Clay 3003- 8C; valspar.co" 
    I was in HD yesterday and I found a gallon mistint paint for $9.00 and the color is very close to a robin's egg blue with a green undertone.  Then I found a lovely turquoise cloth shower curtain for half-price that is a couple of shades darker than the mistint paint.  If you've read my blog for very long you will remember that I added turquoise to my decor last summer.  It was then that I decided that I was done with yellow.  I have had tones of yellow, more on the gold side, for nearly ten years.  And I'm really tired of it.  I am on my way...and I'm loving it! 

    Have a great weekend, my friends and don't forget to come back next week for the unveiling of my armoire!

    Warm hugs, 

    Cindy


    Happy Birthday to my sweetheart!
    This is us in Gimli last summer when my sister was visiting us.


    dark brew

26 comments:

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

These colors look delish! My house 4 years ago was painted latte by SW. It was such a warming color. I loved it. It was closer to the dark brew. So, like you, I decided to go lighter this time. But something about the winter months make me long for that warmth again. The milky foam mixed with the colors you mentioned is going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see.
Have a blessed weekend!
Hugs,
Tammy

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Such lovely colours!

Gail said...

Beautiful colors Cindy and I can't wait until next week to see the unveiling of that beautiful armoire that we all got to see a sneak peek of. Enjoy your weekend and don't work too hard. Gail

Pamela Gordon said...

These are beautiful colours and I kind of like the darker one for me as it's similar to our kitchen paint. I'm like you Cindy in that our house is all yellow too and has been for 10 years as well! I hope to have it painted through this spring and am starting to look at colours to match the kitchen as it joins the dining/living rooms. Aren't we going to have fun??? Have a super weekend my friend. Hugs, Pamela

Shabby soul said...

Milky foam is absolutely beautiful, to me!
I loved yellow in my home too, and I was so bored of it I had to paint all white! And I do prefere it so much now. Turquoise and aqua are my favourite too in summer, my sweetie!
Silvia

podso said...

I also am considering similar colors for two bathrooms ... can't decide. But this is inspiring. Hope you show us!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Lovely! I've been on the fence about my yellow walls. Some days I want a change and other days I just love the color and can't think about changing!

rosarod said...

Hi Cindy, valuable inf. they almost never give the colors I want, I always brought up or leave or very low ", the cream is beautiful in all shades! greetings, Rose M

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I really like all those colors, Cindy. Choosing paint colors didn't use to be difficult for me, I just picked a color that I loved. Now that I see all the gorgeous homes in blogland painted neutral colors, which I love, I'm having a more difficult time deciding which way to go. You are working like a little beaver (fast) getting things done. I think you could say my pace is more like a turtle (slow).---- Shannon

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Cindy, I also love the milky foam, really creamy and soft, enjoy repainting - can't wait to see your 'new' armoire! Sharon

camp and cottage living said...

Happy Birthday to your sweetheart!!
You can see the love in your photo,
Cindy!
I love your color choices and I can't wait to see what you do with your new shower curtain and bathroom paint. And, of course, the armoire.
Have a good weekend-Kimberly

irene said...

Its the first time i am here!
And i like it!
/Irene

Anne said...

Yet another reason to love coffee!!!!! Gorgeous colours.

xox

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I am so drawn to those colors too but the kids call them bandaid colors. I guess they think walls should be bright red and blue knowing them.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Interesting. My living room and main hall are painted in what I call a light taupe. I picked out that color when we built our house six years ago (six years??) but I'm really tired of it. It looks so drab. :(
I really like the Dark Brew...a bit more creamy than what's on my walls. Oh, but I dread the thought of having to repaint our walls. Maybe I could have it done as a birthday or Christmas present! Yep, that may be the way to go :)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I had yellow all over and I have definitly toned it way down. I can't afford to completely get rid of it all yet. Robin's Egg Blue? Sounds heavenly. Loved seeing the picture of you and your husband. You are a lucky girl. :o)

Millie said...

Looking forward to seeing the armoire. I like the colors you have chosen, too

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Bravo for you-- taking a step in another direction /or color.
That sounds exciting. I have had colors come and go...as you may have seen in my bathroom. I finally went all white and am essentially starting over.
I am looking forward to seeing the armoire reveal.
I've got one to make over myself.
So...I can't wait to see it.
You and your sweetie look like your having fun..

Pat

oldthings said...

Beautiful colours, Cindy !!
I painted last summer this colour of cream with yellow and a soft green...Happy birthday to your husband !!!
Olympia

Sue said...

Rhonda and I love the colors you are loving! Rhonda wants you to check her reno pictures on fb - they are just the beginning but their place is looking good! Brenda has been bragging on your blog to Rhonda and she loves it - she says it is amazing just like Brenda told her.
Happy Birthday to our favorite Winnipeg brother-in-law!!
xoxo Sue

miabellavintage said...

As I am not a fan of yellow, I am glad you are moving on. I do for some reason have been charmed into liking a particular shade of butter yellow.

My daughter has the cutest top....it might just sway me yet.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

It sounds as though you have a PLAN, missus! And I love the sound of it.

Isn't it a brilliant feeling to watch your taste come to a new place...and be able to carry it forward in your house? I can't wait to watch!

Sarahx

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The creamy coffee colors are beautiful and some of my favorites. I love that we are returning to these colors in our home. They are similar to what we had at the farm...and then I was heavily influenced by the gold and bolder colors when we built this house. Never quite happy with the colors, I am glad we are going back to the "farm colors".

nannykim said...

ah, well. The colors are pretty, but not as happy as your yellow. I will be curious what you end up with. I have a milky one in my porch area--it is softer than a white. I have a picture of it on my post today --the picture with the lounge chair. I do like that color--but it was one here already and the interior of my house is a dover white which is much more white---but it is what was here. I do think I would prefer the color of the porch on the interior, however my porch gets a ton of light since one whole wall is windows! So I am not sure what that color would do inside.....and I am just not wanting to do any painting of walls right now!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I want to go do that test on colors. I love all the ones that you showed here. Happy Belated Birthday to your Sweetheart! blessings ~ Tanna

24 Corners said...

This is so funny...when we were picking out paint for 24C, I kept looking for the perfect Hagen Daz Coffee ice cream color and always had some on hand to bring samples near. We ended up going a bit more yellow with BM's HC-29 Dunmore Cream, which looks great, but I still always hanker after that elusive, non beigem coffee and cream color.
Love the samples shown here!!!
xo J~