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:: 3 Ways To Accent Your Home With Color ::

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Beautiful Coastal living room with deep-blue accent painted wallsUsing color to accent walls and spaces is a great technique that anyone can use throughout their home. Step one is deciding what color you want to accent or highlight the space with. When you’re picking out the color there’s one main thing you need to consider, what do you want your accent color to accomplish? Do you want it to be bright? Do you want it compliment the color palette in a subtle way? Maybe you want something that does both? If you’re having a hard time deciding how to use color to accent, these 3 ways to accent your home with color will help. Each of the 3 ways to accent your home with color gives you design ideas and decor options to help you accent with color.

1. Accent A Wall

The easiest, and most effective way, to accent with color in your home is by painting a wall. It’s one wall with one color and you’re done. Painting can be a hassle, but thankfully it’s only one wall and not the entire room. This wall can be painted in a bright color to stand out or it can be used to add color while complimenting the space (pictured above).

Coastal cottage style kitchen with an accent painted island

2. Accent A Specific Section

If you want to get creative with color, try accenting a specific section of the space. For example, in the kitchen you can paint the island a different color to create an accent piece in the kitchen space (pictured above). Another way this has been done is by painting the inside of shelves. If it’s a built in shelf, for example, the inside area of the shelf can be painted a different color to create a more interesting accent style.

Coastal living room with colored accessories to help accent the space with pops of color

3. Accent With Accessories

The third way to accent with color does not involve painting. If you’re not handy with a brush, this is the option for you. Accent the space by decorating with accessories (pictured above). This is usually done by decorating on a neutral color palette in order for the accessory colors to pop. Hunting the pieces down can be a task, but it is all part of the fun that we call decorating. Also, don’t forget how easy the internet has made shopping for specific color palettes. Each item adds a fun pop of color that allows you to use colors to accent the space to your heart’s desire. Coastal cottage style kitchen with light blue and turquoise accent pieces Coastal living room with a bright yellow accent painted wall and accessoires to match

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:: Dipped In Color ::

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coastal living cottage office with modern coastal detailsAdd some color to your home with this great painting technique! It’s big in the DIY world, but manufacturers are starting to pick up on the trend. Don’t let that discourage you from channeling your inner creativity and getting your paint on though! It’s an easy way to bring life to old pieces and a fun way to bring new pieces with color in! It’s a subtle pop of color that can go a long way in the home. Check out some of these pieces that have dipped in paint! Get some inspiration and see how you can incorporate them into your home!
Coastal wicker baskets that are dipped in paint Coatsal patio furniture with chairs that have the top dipped in bright orange Cute baskets that are dip painted Dipped stools in the bathroom

:: Paint Your Pumpkins! ::

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halloween-crafts-diy-pumpkins-1011-JRxbId-lgnHalloween is a week away which means you still have time to get festive! Not up to carving your pumpkins? Perfect! Bust out that paint and get to work! Painting pumpkins gives you the option to be a little more creative with your pumpkins. You can free hand a fun picture or design on them, use stencils and even incorporate some lace (pictured below). You even have plenty of base colors to choose from! Check out the variety below and see what others are painting! Good luck painting and have fun!   arsenic-and-old-lace-pumpkins-1012-xln pumpkinideas-pumpklanterns-qXgwqm-lgn 552c1e818715bc168dc64b787680b573halloween-crafts-diy-pumpkin-ideas-1011-3EAylo-lgn eabc3bdf7b562785_83236484

:: Painted Stairs ::

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Lost in the wonderful world of Pinterest we stumbled upon the stairs in the picture above. It sparked our interest in painted stairs and of course we’re going to dig further. We’re loving all the pictures and had to share them with you guys today. So, here you go. More pictures will most likely pop up on some of our Pinterest boards so don’t forget to check over there. Go to our Pinterest page here. Do you have painted stairs or how you ever tried to paint your stairs? Let us know! We’d love to hear some of your stories and experiences!

:: Artist Unlock Their Studios ::

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Calling all art lovers! This Saturday on November 3rd, some of our local Laguna Beach artists are opening up their studios to the public. This free event starts at 11AM and goes until 4PM. There’s a free shuttle that will be driving around to all the local studios. If you’re interested in the shuttle you can catch a ride by going to the ACT V parking lot which is located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd. This open house event offers everyone the ability to observe 36 artists working in multiple mediums of art like glass blowing, fused glass, ceramic, painting, printmaking, and bronze lost-wax demonstrations. Come out to the studios and see what are local artists are working on and have fun this weekend. Happy friday!

Spotted on Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper.

:: Be Smart About Painting Your Kitchen ::

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coastal kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the home, so why not show it some love? When it comes to painting your kitchen you should be smart about it. Ask yourself questions like do I really need to paint the whole kitchen? Or can I bring my kitchen back to life with just a quick splash of paint? Maybe all you need to do is paint the island or a few cabinets and your kitchen is revamped. Maybe you need to paint the whole thing and if it’s time then it’s time. There’s no reason to do a full overhaul with paint if you don’t need to. It’s a hassle and a headache waiting to happen. Usually a little paint will go a long way.

Your color choices should reflect the space and the natural feel of it. If your kitchen gets a lot of natural light you may want to choose colors that absorb the light instead of colors that will reflect it. This way you can actually enjoy your kitchen instead of wearing your sunglasses inside or always having the curtains drawn. The same goes with a naturally dark kitchen. If your kitchen doesn’t get that much natural light you might want to go with lighter, airy colors so it doesn’t feel so dark or small. If it’s time for an update, really think about it and plan your painting before you try to tackle the entire space.

Paint is a great way to spice up any kitchen and if you plan it right we promise you’ll save yourself money, time and stress. Have any successful kitchen painting stories or horror stories? How about some of your tips or tricks? Let us know! We’d love to hear all about them! Bottom line is paint is a great way to spice up any kitchen, here are some examples for you guys.kitchen with a green color palettekitchen with nautical design elements Rustic beach inspired kitchen

:: Painting Pumpkins ::

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If you’ve picked up this month’s Country Living, or even been onto Pinterest once in the last week, you’ve seen plenty of pumpkins, Halloween decor and Halloween food. October is the start of the pumpkin season and we’re ready for some pumpkin pie! This Halloween season Country Living sparked the paint your pumpkin trend and it has taken off. They even had a contest for the Best Halloween Pumpkin. They’ve made Halloween a little less messy and a lot more creative. This way you don’t have to cut open the pumpkin and go through that whole ordeal. Also I don’t know about you, but my knife and pumpkin carving skills aren’t even close to as good as my painting skills. I’ll stick to the brush and paints. By painting the pumpkin it gives you so many more options and allows you to bring in more colors other than the typical black and orange. You can free hand paint on it, paint a pattern on it, or stencil a design on the pumpkin. This opens up so many different avenues for you to get creative. Don’t get us wrong though, we love the classic jack-o-lantern and the pumpkin seeds it yields. There’s no replacement for that, but why limit yourself there? Get creative and have fun this Halloween.





:: Art About Laguna Beach ::

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If you haven’t been to Heisler park lately, it’s time you head over there and check out all the eclectic art that’s in the park. The park itself is spectacular and is located on the ocean in the heart of Laguna Beach.  When Tuvalu was built in 2003, we commissioned local artist Larry Gill to design a fountain on the property. Not only does this reflect our appreciation of Laguna’s art history, but this was also created in memory of Tuvalu founders brother Brian who sadly is no longer with us. Brian called Laguna home and loved our great community.

Some more art at Heisler Park.

:: Octopus Triptic ::

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One of the Local artists here in Laguna painted this beautiful Octopus triptic. These three panels are perfect for any wall space that needs a little love! It’s 72″ x 72″ and it shows. The artist is standing next to it looks small! If you’re interested in this coastal piece, let us know! Happy Friday everyone!