Color and Design Daily

picking the perfect nursery color: sweet and happy

So yesterday we talked about soft and serene nurseries using colors from our Sleep Palette.  Today, we want to show you some nursery looks you can create using the colors from our Wake Palette.  The colors in the Wake Palette are a little more pigmented, but won't read bold in your space.  They mid-tone, clean colors that will be sure to inspire many happy moments.

The wake palette consists of (from top left, clockwise): petal, bee, pond, pout, perch, sprig

Oh how I love the names of these colors...


Shall we go in order? 

So Pink...  Some people love it, some people hate it, but I think we can all agree that when pink is done right it can be pretty.  Petal is a great pink when you are looking for something sweet and cheerful.  

OK so, this isn't our color Petal, but it is SUPER close.  This is actually a room Lisa designed for a showhouse a few years ago (before QHP came to be) and was the inspiration for creating our color Petal.   I love how sweet the pink is paired with whites, naturals, and unexpected touches. 

By the way, Petal is one of our most popular colors - if you've used it in your nursery please send photos!  We love to see our customer's spaces! 




Bee.  It's another best-seller and rightfully so.  It's a sunny, happy yellow:

see? sunny.  Really, this yellow is the perfect yellow.  If you want to make a space that feels sunshiney even on rainy days or a space that you and your little one can retreat to for some needed quiet time and then turn around and inspire a giggle session, this is your color. 




Pond is my personal favorite.  I think it's the perfect color if you are waiting to find out if your baby is a boy or girl.  It's a blueish-greenish beauty:

Do you love it like I do?

It works really well with yellows (that dresser is our bee and catnap and the canvas is our buzz).  




And now on to blue:  Pout

This blue nursery (from here) shows how a blue like pout can transform your space into a dreamy, happy, lovely little space.  Don't limit yourself to using blue for only boys (although that is lovely), when paired with yellows it can be really fitting for a little girl too! 




Perch is our mid-tone neutral perfect for a nursery. 

This photo (from kindsomania) is the perfect example of how a neutral is anything but boring.  It stills gives a room color, just in a soft, warm way.  I love using neutrals with whites like they've done here.   What do you think?




And finally Sprig:

Sprig is our true green.  It is fresh and the perfect backdrop for an inspiring nursery.  


So there you have it:  our Wake Palette


Next week we will get bold and talk about our Play and Pop Palettes.  Get ready! 




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picking the perfect nursery color: soft and subtle

You may have noticed we've been quiet over here for the past few days.  We are so blessed to have welcomed the newest member of the family to the world over the weekend - my new niece and Lisa's new granddaughter.   After much anticipation she came quickly and was immediately loved.  We spent some time with her, her big sister and their mom and dad.  While we are home now and back to work, we are still sending them our love.

Welcome little one!  Being a little sister, I know how awesome it is to have a big sister.  These two are so lucky to have each other!  


So today, I have babies on the brain.  As you know, Quiet Home Paints originated with just our nursery collection of colors, Quiet Nursery.  The colors range from subtle and soft to sweet and serene to bold and bright - all being crisp, unmuddied colors that work perfectly in the nursery (although don't limit yourself to using them just there!).  This collection of colors was so fun to create! So for a few days I want to share some photos of great nurseries using colors from or similar to our nursery collection to inspire you to do the same!  

Lets start with subtle and soft.  You can achieve a subtle, soft nursery with the use of our Sleep Palette

clockwise from top left:  melt, breathe, wisp, puff, mist, touch... 

These are some of my favorite choices when painting a nursery.  The lightness of the colors opens up the space and works as a great backdrop for whatever accents you wish to add.  Just see for yourself!



This dreamy, soft yellow space feels open and airy. The use of a soft yellow (like our melt) with whites and naturals creates a warm, subtle space perfect for singing lullabys.  (photo credit: On to Baby)




This is our color breathe: a soft, dreamy blue as seen here in little Arlo's room (from DearBabyBlog).  The colors is the perfect blue if you are looking for just a little color.  Here it's been played up with bolder accents like the warm rug and the turquoise dress and frame (that's our color splash by the way).  But it can just as easily be used with softer accents to create a different look.  This is one of our favorites for a little boy's room, because its blue (a classic choice) without being over the top). 




And next is our pale, pale purple: Wisp

It, too, is soft and subtle, but gives a room just the right touch of lavender when on the walls.  We love it best with bright white.   This is a detail shot from Everly's room (DearBabyBlog)





Onto one of my favorite colors (from both collections!) - Puff.  Puff is a soft neutral. It reads warm and crisp at the same time.  It is anything but taupe.  Paired with creamy whites and fun textures, puff is the perfect choice for a sophisticated nursery.  Try our color puff to get a similar look!  (I had some trouble tracking a source for this - the closest I can get is this pin.  If you know the origin, let me know!)




Gray is the new neutral these days, it seems everyone is in love with this color and we are no exception.  Mist is our most delicate of gray and when paired with bright white will give you a room that feels light, breathy, and beautiful.  (Photo from decor8blog)




And finally:

The perfect pale pink.  This photo is from On to Baby, but you can get this look with our color, touch.  It's another of my favorites and if I have a little girl someday this will absolutely be the color I use.  It is pink without being PINK if you know what I mean. I love it paired with warm whites and naturals.  Having a little lady?  Definitely check out this color. 



And there you have it.  The sleep palette in a nutshell.  



Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the Wake Palette - beautiful colors with a little more saturation for happy, beautiful nursery!  Until then! 


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fall in love with these autumnal hues!

It sure feels like fall today.  My favorite season.  I think I am guilty of saying that about each season as they take over, but fall really wins in my heart.  It's one of the things I love most about living in New England.  The changing of the seasons marks the passage of time.  For a year, the boy and I lived in beautiful San Francisco.  It was a dreamy city full of vibrance and life but for me something was always missing to make it feel like home and that was the changing of seasons.  So today, as more leaves fall from the massive tree in front of my house seemingly onto only my driveway, I thought I would highlight some of our favorite fall colors from Quiet Home Paints.  

Shall we? 

Rich, saturated, warm colors make up the tones of autumn. 

I literally ohhed and ahhed over this photo from interior decline.  The rich blue paired with a deep, warm brown this space positively dreamy. 

Try our ballgown paired with foxtail and husk to get the look:

Or how about this rich, warm bedroom down in browns, oranges and teals?  (photo source)

Try our color puddle on the walls with touches of jump and splash:

I love this space.  It feels woodsy and warm to me.  (photo from here)

Try our colors minnow, spool and foxtail together:

A lovely retreat is created with these warm tones from Spice Up Your Home.  

Try using saddle on the walls, with cuddle as the trim and adding touches of brickwork and puddle to bring it all together:

I'm not normally a red person but when done well, there is nothing like it.  (Photo from The Little Corner)

Try using our red, Truck, paired with some Cup (next room) and touches of foxtail to create this warm space:

And finally, a more subtle approach that still drips with fall goodness.  (photo from Little Green Notebook)

Try our colors spool and celadon on the walls and add tones of husk, buzz and ack:

That's it for today. Now I'm off...   enjoy! 

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Circle Furniture Event Recap.

Good Morning All!  Last night Lisa and I attended an event at Circle Furniture in Framingham.  If you haven't been into a Circle Furniture and live in the area (they have six stores in Massachusetts) I highly recommend getting off your computer and heading in now!  They sell beautiful furniture and walking into their stores always leaves me wanting to redecorate.  I especially love the colors they use, being a color lover myself.  

Anyway, Circle Furniture hosted an event called A Touch of Hue and invited us to speak at the event.  Tiffani from Style by Tiffani also came in to speak and shared some great tips on how to style your home with objects you may already have laying around.  It was a really fun night!  

Lisa spoke about color.  Surprise!  It's always fun to see her in action, but if you weren't able to make the event, don't worry!  I recorded it to share with you all today.  She talks about how colors work together and how you can use color (specifically paint) to make the eye see the things in your home you want to highlight (great architecture, fabulous pillows, etc) and hide the things you don't want to see (awkward architecture, low ceilings, etc).  

Here's a little video of her talk (I promise someday I will remember to hold my iphone horizontally when shooting..,  next time!) 

We also put together these images that we passed around on the ipad to really show the power of color.  

1.  This is just one of the many beautiful displays in Circle Furniture - I just LOVE that green couch and am considering how I can make it work in my home: 

2.  Same couch with a neutral wall behind it (our color Puff):

3.  And with a soft blue (our pout):

4.  And my personal favorite - a bold blue (ballgown):

We did the same for one of their other bright and fabulous set ups:

Love these colors together! 

2.  Now see what happens with a neutral background (puff):

3. Or what does a bold yellow do to the space? (our buzz)

4. Or bright orange?  Our color jump changed the space completely: 

5 And finally Peony:

Pretty fascinating, right?  

Anyway, it was fun for me to watch Lisa in action.  It reminded me (not that I ever forget it!) how talented she is and how lucky I am to work with her.  Now...  your homework - what space in your room needs a change of paint color to make the other accessories sing?  We'd love to hear your thoughts! 

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a day in the life.

It's been a while.  But here I am back to the daily grind.  What does that entail you ask?  Well, how about a little glimpse into a typical day at Quiet Home Paints?  I get asked a lot about what my days look like.  As you know, I work the majority of my days from home which has both wonderful advantages (pajamas!) and distinct disadvantages (pajamas!).  Every day is different depending on what we have going on.  Sometimes I am up in Portsmouth meeting with Lisa and sometimes I am on the road visiting customers and retailers, but most days I am here and on those days my time looks a little like this:

6:00: Boy's alarm goes off, I rejoice that I still have the time it takes him to walk the dog, shower, and get ready to lay in bed under the covers.

7:00: If I'm not already up, now is the time I need to get out of bed and drive the boy to the train station.  I usually do this in my pajamas.  Sometimes barefoot.  On more than one occasion I've wondered what might happen if I broke down and had to face public society in what I am wearing.

7:30: Blog Posting and tea (or more frequently if I'm being honest, hot chocolate).

I also use this quiet morning time to plan out and schedule all social media posts for the day, read relevant (and sometimes not so relevant) articles and snuggle with the puppy.

9:00 - noon: Now it's time for me to get serious.  I spend the morning preparing sample orders, processing paint orders and answering emails.  

Prepping and sending samples takes longer than you'd think.  I often come up with brilliant ideas on how to make this process more efficient, but at the end of the day there isn't much you can do about stuffing envelopes.  It is what it is.  Ours are very pretty if I do say so myself. 

noon - 1:00:  Walk the puppy and eat lunch

I love this part of the day for two reasons. 1. I love the puppy.  2. I love eating.  Lunches range from leftovers to pb&j sandwiches but most often consist of soup and good bread. 

1:00 - 5:00:  Paint something or many things

I will often need to re-stock a few colors for samples.  After that I have a long list of projects at any given time that need painting, mostly for blog posts. Today the list consists of things like: bedroom ceiling, bathroom ceiling, legs of kitchen chair, nightstands, and it goes on and on.  In the past it has consisted of things like chairs:





and even knife blocks:

Nothing is off limits in my home/office.

5:00 - 5:50: After washing my brushes and cleaning up I spend some time catching up on afternoon emails and prepping for the next day before heading out to pick up the boy.  Somewhere in there I find time to shower and put on real clothes...  I promise. 

and there you have it...  my day in a nutshell.  And now I better go get to it.  

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Over the weekend Andi and the boy got married! 

I guess he graduates to the hubby now! 

(regular blog posting returns Thursday!) 

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Two for one: Teeny Tuesday and Painting 101: Horizontal Stripes

I've been promising you a post about my bathroom makeover for a long time.  I've also been promising you a post about how to paint stripes for a long time so I've decided to combine them!  Today I'll show you in full detail how I updated my teeny tiny bathroom to make it look slightly larger while also detailing how to paint stripes on the wall for you.  I made a video...  as you guys know, I am not a skilled video editor so it is what it is.  But I hope it is helpful to you...  I've also detailed the steps below in text form.  

Step 1:  Pick your paint colors. 

My bathroom was taupe and I wanted it to be white with teal stripes so I chose Whisper and Torn Skirt. 

Step 2: Paint the base color

Since I wanted three of the four walls to be whisper and the forth wall to be a combination of whisper and tornskirt I painted the whole bathroom in Whisper.  Cut the edges first, then roll the rest and let dry completely before moving on. 

Step 3: Measure your stripes

If you doing horizontal stripes, like I did, measure the height of your wall (not including the baseboard).  Then do some quick math to figure out how wide to make your stripes.  My wall is 76 inches.  I knew I wanted my stripes to be around 10 inches wide, but obviously 10 doesn't got into 76 evenly and I wanted each stripe to be the same size.  So I figured out that if I made my stripes 9.5 inches I could make exactly 8 of them to fill the space completely.  (76=9.5 x 8) 

Using a ruler and a pencil, start at the ceiling and mark 9.5 inches down from the ceiling line in various spots across the wall.  Then move down and mark 9.5 inches from the last mark all the way down the wall. 

Step 4: Tape your stripes

Using your pencil marks as a guide tape out the edges.  Keep in mind that the stripes you are painting need to have the whole 9.5 inches exposed, so tape on the outside edge of the pencil lines. (The stripes that are staying white will look more narrow but that is just because the tape is covering part of the space - does that make sense?)

Step 5: Paint

Run your fingers along the edge of the tape to make sure it is adhered to the wall without any gaps.  Then paint! I use a brush to do the edges and ceiling line and then roll the rest. 

Step 6: Pull off the tape

Many will say wait until the paint is completely dry, and this is probably smart, but I never do.  I am not that patient.  Simply pull the tape off angling it toward the color you just painted as you pull and voila!  Stripes! 

Step 7: Enjoy! 

I chose to do the stripes horizontally like this to really help extend that wall and make the space feel bigger.   What do you think?

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Two. Then Five.

Guess who turns two today!!! 

That's right.  Rigby!  My painting partner, work from home companion, protector when the boy is travelling, adorable, furry, love muffin. 

This morning I took her swimming - her all time favorite activity - before work to celebrate.  It is always so nice being on the water before all the activity begins.  It's so quiet and peaceful. 



Here you can see her internal struggle between staying put like I asked and grabbing her toy and running. 


While we are not having a birthday party for Rigby (I mean I've see it done, but she is a dog afterall) her birthday did get me thinking about parties and more specifically... ways to incorporate paint into milestone accomplishments.  


So without further adieu, 5 ways to celebrate a birthday with paint! 


1.  Surprise your little one with a room makeover while they are out at school or summer camp. 

My mom did this for me once.  I came home after a stay at my dad's to a new comforter and a hand painted mural of a tree.  Honestly, it was the best! 

Imagine your little (not so little) girl coming home from school to find this instead of her once white room?  How fun!  (photo from The Curby House)


Even a small change like the addition of a few stripes and a pop of color can make a big difference.  (Photo from paintplace)


Trust me, your little ones will thank you! 



2.  Create a birthday day chair for the birthday boy or girl.

Let's face it...  birthdays are pretty awesome.  Especially when you are little.  We love the idea of making a bright, fabulous birthday chair with a little paint. 

A little girl might look forward to sitting in her birthday chair all year if it looked like this! (photo from firstcomeslove)



This yellow painted high chair from Young House Love is perfect for a celebration! 



3.  DIY a gift with paint. 

This is one of our favorites... not only are being good to earth by upcycling something rather than buying something new, but the recipient will cherish a gift that you put your time and hard work into...  

Take an old changing table, add a coat of paint, some new handles, hand made drapes and voila... a play kitchen.  That chalkboard paint is perfect, too (ahem, all our colors come in chalkboard - just a reminder).   (photo credit)


Don't limit yourself...  you can upcycle just about anything.  Have a little musician?  Re-paint an antique child's piano like this one I did for my niece.  Chairs, frames, mirrors, shelves, rocking chairs and rocking horses... anything can look new and exciting with a coat of paint. 



4. Give them a space for creating. 

Paint a wall with chalkboard paint and write a birthday message.  Slap on a bow and you have the gift that keeps on giving.  Again, all of our colors come in chalkboard finish, so you don't need to limit yourself to black. (photo credit)


Not feeling a whole wall?  Try the top of a table or just an area of a wall to still give those kiddos plenty of room to create. 


(from chase the star)





(photo credit)


5. Create an oasis.

Who says paint can only be used for someone else's birthday.  If yours is coming up, pick a soothing color (we suggest sea glass or shutter) and create a space just for you.  





What do you think?  Will you use paint in your next birthday celebration?? 

Have a happy Tuesday!


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a big Huge MASSIVE giveaway. chairs edition. | winners announced

Thank you all so much for entering our chair giveaway! We had a huge number of entries... so we put you all in a hat and drew the two lucky winners: Anne Cannon and Holli Kelli Trembley!!!

Anne is the lucky winner of the orange and pink chair with her comment: "LOVE these chairs... and love both colors so either would be perfect for me!"

Holli is the lucky winner of the pink chair with her comment: "My favorite chair is the blue and red one, even though they are both beautiful. The reason I love it is because it is the color of my Grandma's garden and, with the flower print on the back of the chair, it brings back happy memories of spending time there with her."

Ladies, please contact us at to coordinate the receipt of your prizes!!  Congrats! 



Guys.  Today, we are giving away two incredible items to two lucky people. 

These chairs.  How great are they?  Not only are they fabulous and beautiful and unique (if we do say so ourselves) but they were made in a really sustainable way.  They were salvaged from a yard sale, painted with our completely non-toxic, organic, safe paint, and reupholstered with scraps of leftover fabric from Lisa's studio


So.  Why are we giving them away?  Here's the deal:  When Lisa and I first started this here little paint company, we had the idea to add a line of painted furniture like these chairs to our products.  We love doing it and we thought they were a nice tie-in to our paint line, showcasing our colors in a new and different way while also staying true to our goal to offer organic, safe, sustainable products.  While all of this is true, it quickly became clear that was no way we could maintain constantly adding new pieces to our site while also running this company just the two of us. These two are prototypes from when we first had the idea and we'd rather they go to a good home where you can ohh and ahh over the beautiful colors (and of course tell all your friends about how wonderful Quiet Home Paints is!) than sit around our studio.  


The details: These chairs would retail for $600 each.  And we are giving them away.  To you!  They've been sitting around our studio getting no use and no love and we want them showcased in your home where they will attract the attention they deserve.   Interested?  To enter your name in the drawing to win these awesome chairs:


1.  Go to our facebook page and like us! Or pin these chairs on pinterest. 

2.  Leave a comment here or on facebook telling us you've like us or pinned us AND which chair you like and why. 


Two winners (one for each chair) will be drawn at random on Wednesday, July 31st.   There is one small catch.  The chairs are located at Lisa's studio in Portsmouth NH.  You must either be able to pick them up at her location or pay for the shipping to get them to you.  


Good luck!! 


ps.  if you don't win and you love the chairs, we still do custom pieces for people.  While we don't have the time to make enough to have a constant supply on the site, we do love working with our customers to create pieces just for them.  If you are interested in a chair or other piece of furniture, shoot us an email! 


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Good Morning!   We have been busy little painters around these parts, but on top of that we have been busy making some adjustments to our website.  I wanted to share with you some new features we put in place to make your life easier... 


1. Help picking a paint color:

We get a lot of emails from folks who'd like help choosing colors and we are happy to provide it.  While in depth color consultations will be deferred to Lisa, more simple assistance can be offered right through the site now. 


Under the samples page, we added a box that leads you to a questionnaire we put together to better help you with your color selections.  Once you fill out the questionnaire it submitted to us and we will get back to you with color suggestions within a day (or two at most).  


The questionnaire if fun to fill out with easy questions and room to specify exactly what you are you trying to achieve.  Try it out! 



2.  Custom Colors:

We have offered a custom color service from the very beginning but it wasn't listed anywhere on our website so you used to have to email us if you wanted this service.  Now, you can order your customer color right through the site. 



We are able to match any color you'd like.  When you order, you just need to provide us with the color number. 


As a side note, we can custom match to other things as well (fabric/art/whatever your heart desires), but in that case you would need to actually send us the swatch through snail mail.  This is an easy way if you are matching to another paint color. 



3.  Find our paints:

This is a feature on the site that will be growing in the next few months as we show up in more and more spaces.  It lists the stores that currently are stocking some or all of our paints.  


As you can see, right now we are in Sprout San Francisco, Chicago and NYC.  We'd like to take this opportunity to say that we LOVE Sprout.  If you live in those areas and haven't checked them out, you should!  They are the go-to baby boutique if you are looking for all natural, organic, safe products for your little one.  They seriously rock.  



As you scroll through the site, you may see some other small changes...  all part of keeping up with the growing business.



Coming later today on the blog:  more painted cribs! 

And tomorrow?  A HUGE (and I mean huge) giveaway! 



Happy Thursday!

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