Q & A Thursday: Foyer Transformation

Q & A:

How can I transform this old and boring foyer. We just purchased this century old home that needs a lot of TLC. I have 4 kids so need storage and my favourite colour is green, would that work?

Thank you,

Sarah J from Mississauga,ON

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Hi Sarah,

Your foyer has so much potential. We suggest some custom built-ins to maximize your storage, seating and a few hooks for jackets, etc. A tile floor would be much more practical as well, perhaps a dark slate palette. By painting out the inside of your front door in a deep charcoal will create a focal point as well.

The photo of this foyer below is painted in a nice gray green tone and paired with creamycabinets.Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 3.16.37 PM

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Q & A Thursday: Living Room Transformation

Q & A:

How can I transform the living room of my boring beige condo with paint and accessories only? I really liked one of your posts from yesterday that used teal, gold and muted red.

This is my living room, excited for any suggestions.


Mindy from Oakville,ON

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The Design Styleboard was created by designer Meg Carr-Braint from Joy Studio.

As shown below, Meg suggests the teal paint colour 2052-40 Blue Spa by Benjamin Moore as the wall colour, which will create the primary dose of colour. Then to tie in the main accents, Meg has sourced 3 decor items with a muted red tone. Then for a pop, she found a yellow gold pouf to mix things up.

red accents-joy studio1.  Kaden Panels (Oyster)– Urban Barn  2. Painterly Texture Pillow Cover – West Elm   3.  “Velvet, Poppy” Throw pillow– Tonic Living  4. OGER Ceramic vase 13.5” Structube   5. Marina Pouf Dijon– Urban Barn   6. Penny Armchair– Structube

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Rinzai Rug– Anthropologie $528+

Q & A Friday: Little girls bedroom on a budget

Question: It’s time to finally decorate my 2 yr old daughters bedroom. I am on a very tight budget and have a collection of hand me down furniture. Any ideas on how I can make my little girls room look like a designer did it? I need inspiration.

Thanks, Maureen


Hi Maureen, No need to worry, you can make your daughters bedroom look custom designed. We have chosen this photo above as the inspiration for your daughters bedroom.

In situations like this, start with the use of colour (paint) to make the room pop. Then layer in some found accessories and you will be amazed at the result.



  • Paint all of the walls and ceiling white (Benjamin Moore OC-117 Simply White)
  • The wall that will be the main focal point, needs to be taped off in a similar pattern to the photo above.
  • Paint out that focal wall in a deep purple or sapphire blue.  (Choosing between Benjamin Moore AF-590 Tempest or CSP-560 Nile Blue)
  • Peel off tape to reveal your wallpaper like art :)


  • Lets use your existing second hand furniture.
  • Paint a nice coral pink on all pieces.  This will turn the bed, side table and dresser into a “set”. (Benjamin Moore 2170-40 Coral Spice)


  • Now it gets fun!
  • Find accessories that tie the room together, I am thinking gold (framing, lighting, mirror)
  • Sometimes you can find some amazing accessories and just give them a few coats of gold spray paint.
  • White accents will soften the rest of the space. (bedding, artwork and drapery)
  • Choosing pillows in bold patterns will really look pretty, I would be looking for some in yellow, white and coral pink.
  • Then throw in some fun and whimsical accents.

Voila, just an example of how thrifty a room can be with the use of colour, paint and a little creativity :)

Do you have a design question for us?

Send questions to info@paintersplace.ca with the subject “designer advice”.


Q & A: My Kitchen Needs A Paint Makeover

Question: I can’t afford to invest thousands of dollars on my kitchen, but it needs help! Not only a paint job (even thought I love the colour), but it needs more storage and counter space. The room is much larger than it looks in the photo, it’s about 15’x22′. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Catharine

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 5.49.08 PMHi Catharine, Paint is the easiest and cheapest way to update your kitchen. We suggest painting the cabinets, walls and using a coral red as accents only.  New flooring and a larger island with painted cabinets will improve storage and counters space also.

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  • To maximize storage and counter space, we suggest getting a large island installed, your kitchen definitely has the space for it. We would then match the counter to existing and paint the cabinets to match the other cabinets or as mentioned above in black.


  • We love the idea of a hardwood, engineered hardwood or vinyl plank flooring in a gray driftwood tone.


  • Since you already show to love coral red, lets use that as accents throughout the space (Benjamin Moore AF-280 Salsa Dancing).

Voila, just an example of how thrifty a room can be with the use of colour, paint and a little creativity :)

Do you have a design question for us?

Send questions to info@paintersplace.ca with the subject “designer advice”.

Q & A Tuesday

Hello Experts,

I love this photo that I found in Architectural Digest, it’s so regal and classy. I would like to paint my bathroom vanity the same colour as this one. Can you please guide me to a colour and type of paint?



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Hi Brenda,

We agree, this bathroom is gorgeous. This vanity is painted in a High Gloss Finish, we recommend Benjamin Moore Advance paint in high gloss and our choice of colour would be OC-16 Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore.

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Q&A- A unisex nursery

Question: Any trendy paint colours for a nursery, needs to work for boy or girl.

Nursery furniture + colour inspiration

This bedroom is a perfect example of how paint colours for nurseries are really branching out.  This charcoal colour with red accessories is perfect if you don’t know the babies sex.

Other options would be charcoal walls with pink or purple accessories for a girl. For boys, charcoal walls with light blue or green for a boy.

* This modern nursery furniture is by German company, Paidi, they offer such a large varitey.

Q & A- looking for a blue ceiling colour

Hi Painters Place Crew,

I have recently purchased two custom ceramic vessel sinks for my master ensuite, the rest of the bathroom is white (wall paint is CC-20 Decorators White).  I would like to find a nice blue tone to paint the ceiling, that would tie in with the sinks.  Any suggestions?


Rachel Tripp   -Oakville,ON

Hi Rachel,

First of all we love your new sinks, they are gorgeous and will add so much character to your space.  In contrast with the nice crisp white you have chosen for your main paint colour, here are two suggestions for you.

Tranquil Blue 2051-50 will create a nice focal point, on your ceiling.  It’s a little more intense, and will stand out nicely against your white walls.    Bird’s Egg 2051-60 is more of a pastel tone, that will give you a softer look.

We recommend using Aura Bath + Spa for the bathroom ceiling paint, it’s flat and made specifically for bathrooms.  If you are unsure, come in and grab some sample pots to try out the colours.