Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

Let’s start with the basics! Paint is the easiest and cheapest way to update a room or to create visual impact. Color can transform a sterile stuffy room into a warm and inviting space. From color choices to texture and finish options – there are endless possibilities! Here are some tips on how to get the look you want:

1 – Pull inspiration from your favorites. Not sure where to start? Begin by pulling color tones from your favorite piece of furniture, art or rug. Your favorite painting can be the inspiration for a total room transformation.

2 – Consider your mood… Atmosphere affects mood. Consider how the space is used when choosing a wall color. Soft, cool colors and neutrals create a more serene and soothing atmosphere while bright tones and dark pallets can create drama and energy to a space.

3 – Lighting changes everything! Be sure to select colors under the same lighting as your space. Natural light shows the truest color, Incandescent lighting can wash warm yellows and browns over a hue, and typical fluorescent lighting cools down a space with whites and blues.

4 – Use the wheel! Complementary colors (colors opposite one another on the color wheel) are most intense when used together in the same proportions. Spice up your color choice by adding small amounts of a complementary color to your space. Have a favorite color? – Try using different shades or finishes of the same color in a room to create a monotone but chic space.

5 – Finish strong!  The finish (or reflective quality) of your paint selection is the final step! Matte Finishes have a soft non-reflective quality and work great to camouflage flaws. Eggshell finishes create a low sheen and are easier to clean – consider this for powder rooms and hallways. Satin finishes are glossier and are often used for trim and woodwork in residential spaces. Tip* The more gloss – the easier to clean! High gloss paints create a shiny, almost plastic, look. Use high gloss for dramatic & modern spaces * but beware! Every imperfection shows! Experiment with high gloss on picture frames, furniture or even on contemporary kitchen cabinets. (White or black high gloss can really make a bold statement!)

Remember: You can always purchase a sample of your paint color to try out in your space. Take a few colors home and experiment!

Happy Painting!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Houston Interior Design Blog Launch!

Welcome to Marie Flanigan Interior's new blog site! Feel free to visit often for interior design tips and renovation ideas! We look forward to hearing from you!

Meet Marie

Marie Flanigan is an award winning interior designer whose passion and achievements in design has placed her as one of Houston’s Best. Each project receives her personal signature of refined elegance and innovative simplicity. With her roots and education in commercial architecture, Marie’s strength is in the integration of interior and structure. Her mantra is the sophisticated use of texture, color and form to create living environments people love to live life in. Her distinguished designs can be seen in luxury homes and commercial spaces throughout the country.


-Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A&M University

-MBA, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston

-NCIDQ, National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certificate Holder

-Almost a decade of work experience in the Design Industry

-Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors is a full service boutique interior design firm that handles projects throughout Texas and around the country. The experienced team has a comprehensive understanding of custom furnishings, antiques, textiles and fine art. Our firm specializes in high-end residential & commercial build-outs and has well cultivated relationships with some of the industry’s most talented architects, contractors and vendors.

At Marie Flanigan Interiors, we pride ourselves on bringing an interior design vision to life within budget and exceeding expectations. An unparalleled attention to detail and passion for innovative interior design is what allows us to provide extraordinary service to our clients. From space planning to furniture & accessory procurement, our team works with you from conception to completion.

We believe that spaces should give off a reflection of the people who live, work and play in them. The lives and stories of our clients serve as inspiration for each space.