Green is where the Heart Is for October 25th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Monday, 23 October 2017 04:00

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” ~ John Ruskin

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The wind is whistling today. The waves are rolling in.  I am sitting in a comfy chair looking out a 14’ slider onto the Intracoastal Waterway.  The sun is shining, common here in SE NC.  
It never occurred to me 10 years ago, when I sold my customer these beautiful Luminettes by Hunter Douglas, that I would someday be temporarily living in this space and experiencing the way this product diffuses the light as it comes in, as well as offering the option of privacy.  People shy away from adding window treatments because they don’t want to take away from the view, and I wholeheartedly agree with that feeling, but what if you can install a treatment that gives protection from the sun, offers privacy, adds a decorative element to the space, and still allows the outside to come in? Silhouettes, another Hunter Douglas product, grace her full-light door as a coordinating treatment.  
I am still debating what to put on most of the windows in our new home but the kitchen has already been ordered and received.  I chose cordless roman shades in a fabric that was my inspiration for the colors used throughout the house, including the three main colors chosen for the outside.  
Benjamin Moore Schooner covers the uneven shakes outside. Tranquility (appropriately named) covers the board and batten and Agave welcomes visitors at our front door.  Constellation veils the outside porch ceilings, a tradition known as ‘haint blue’ along the east coast.  Some believe it fools insects into thinking the ceiling is the sky. Some believe it scares away the ‘haints,’ restless spirits who have not moved on from the physical world.  Some use it to bring good luck into their home and others, particularly in the south, use it because it is what their grandmother had. These colors come from a Ben Moore collection called Affinity.  This collection made it easy to put together colors designed to harmonize with each other as their saturation complements the others and color flow feels melodious.  Affinity offers 144 hues that work together.
I love working with clients choosing paint colors.  It is one of those places where science and art come together.  Consider the hue which is the basic color family, the chroma or the intensity of the color or saturation as we call it, and the value, how light or dark a color is.  All colors are not created equal.  Paint companies make it easy by grouping colors in collections. It is also important to specify sheen.  The same color in a flat will look different in a high gloss. Light reflects off the sheen making the space appear clearer and brighter. Painters and builders hate using anything besides flat because it hides a multitude of sins, but if you want to brighten up the room and don’t mind a few imperfections in your drywall, consider using eggshell for more reflective qualities.
Let me help you with your color selection.  I bring samples to your home and then we order large sheets of the colors so you can tape to walls to look at during morning, afternoon and evening light.
Always, always, always buy paint with no or very low VOC’s.  It is better for your health. It is better for your painter’s health.  It is better for the environment.  Both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are on top of their games in this respect.  Consumers have demanded it and both companies have listened.  Color choice does not have to be overwhelming.  Ask any of my clients.  It is worth it to pay a professional.  Color is one of my greatest loves.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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