Friday, May 8, 2015

Bridget Beari Color Rule #68


         Contrast is the Key to Expansion

People always ask me "If I paint that room a dark color then the room will look smaller" or vice versa "Light colors will make it look bigger - right? "  While in general these statements may be true it is really the creation of contrasts or lack of that diminishes or expands a room size. 

Let's look at examples of this: 

This foyer has a dark charcoal wall and ceiling with charcoal carpet as a runner on the stairs. While the dark color adds to the drama it is the white contrast trim that stops your eye and makes the room seem more intimate. 

In this dining room it is the artwork that stops your eye on the navy wall which makes the dark color come closer to you. 

On the opposite side less contrast in colors whether dark or light create spaces that recede. 

Here the room is different shades of the same blue green color. This allows your eye to travel around the room creating volume and room seems larger even though it is painted a darker color. Painting the ceiling a lighter shade of the walls is another trick to heightening the ceiling. 

Again in this room the use of low contrast makes the colors recede creating a larger room. Low contrast doesn't have to mean white or neutral. Here the room is paint a soft green - trim, doors, cabinetry and walls. 

So remember " Contrast" when discussing expansion or diminishing a room size! 

Happy Painting …..

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bridget Beari Flagship Store in Mexico?

I've been asked to think about creating a Bridget Beari store in Tulum Mexico. Not only is it a budding area but the clients I have there need furniture and accessories that they can't find in the stores. We end up shipping everything over in containers and now that we are designing more houses it seems like a good idea. 

The property is very narrow piece of land next to a hotel. I can design the building from the ground up so I am looking at easy, green and unique structures. These are a few I found: 

Love the wood and the glass 

A unique triangular design

Open doors and shed roof on an angle

Corrugated steel siding

Love the idea of containers with port holes dressed in a fun color

A stucco pod with louver doors

Love the shape and door but needs to be bigger

This might be easier to heat and cool. It's hot down there! 

Love adding the wood. The black is so dramatic. 

Covering the container with a tent for shade?? Interesting...

Another beautiful stucco pod

Flip open doors on a container for an open air feel. 

Containers with added roofs and doors

A beautiful all green structure from Australia - living wall on the outside, solar panels on top

Corrugated steel structure with covered porch 

Container with a garden on the roof top

So many fun ideas to kick around. We will see where these idea take us…… Another Bridget Beari project to add to the ever growing list! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bridget Beari Goes Prime Time NBC

It's been a busy month here at Bridget Beari. Maybe you've seen us on NBC? Not once but 3 times since February. If you missed it they are already repeating! 

We were chosen to be the design team for 3 different contractors on the show - Fit It and Finish It starring our favorite - Antonio Sabato Jr. (Calvin Klein ads, Janet Jackson video, General Hospital, Dancing with the Stars ……)

The production team came to the RVA for 1 week in December to remodel 10 homes. Each project only lasting 12 hours ( give or take )

Our first project was a family room with Leo Lantz. In one day we completed new french doors, new wood floors, recess lights, painting, new mantel and hearth, new fireplace insert, new furniture, and a mural. 

Here's the BBD team at 6:30am getting ready for the install. 

Of course our friends at H.J. Holtz were right there with us to provide all the painting on all 3 episodes. 

Selfies with Rachel between takes and working on the DIY projects. 

Joe's custom made cerused coffee table. We showed how to ceruse on film. 

Joe's custom bookcases in High gloss Shakin Jakin no24
Cool furniture donated by la Diff  - we couldn't have done it without them

Bridget Beari Colors shined on the walls, trim and ceiling

Bolcha M15
Snowball No.2
Echo No. 55

Brian from Holtz created this hand painted mural with a time lapse camera on his ladder in 45 minutes - Amazing! 

The family was thrilled with the results! 

The next day of filming was 2 episodes in one day at one house. I was the designer for both so I was going from one space to another filming. So much fun! 

Episode 2 was a Backyard design by Greg Koehler of Outdoor Dreams. We came up with some fabulous details for this one. 

6:30 roll call

On every show I did a DIY project. This one involved Bridget Beari Colors paint - turning flower pots into end tables. 

Antonio loved out solar lights on cedar stands! Joe did a great job with those and the plant stand. 

The back yard reveal…..

More awesome La Diff furniture. 

Don't forget our modern doghouse made from mahogany flooring boards. So Cool - Thanks again Joe! 

 Our 3rd episode was at the same house but in the basement. It was a boring space just used for storage. Josh and Jared wanted a space they could entertain in. They had tons of video games, gaming things, figures, records …. lots of stuff no storage and no place for a karaoke party. No problem Bridget Beari along with Home Mason came to the rescue and created this over the top space! 

More Bridget Beari Colors Paint -  Winston, Puddytat, Monsieur Bobo, Shakin Jakin, Baron Boy, and Tucci Shimmer were all on this stage! 

Jeff and Shane from Holtz repurposing Josh's table in a zebra stripe. 

Jeff painting the diagonal stripes of Tucci shimmer in the disco area

I only sat for a moment for this shot with Antonio before we started staging the furniture. 

The reveal of the basement entertainment space...

Talking through the design plans - even though the pipes burst during the demo. We managed to pull it off in the nick of time. 

Another DIY  - etched glass for the bar

Here's Mason our contractor with Antonio and I discussing the design elements. 

Staging the furniture….

The bar reveal ….

Thanks to Closet Factory for all the built in units, bookcases, pacman bookcases - you guys rocked! 

I had a great time on the show and was able to show our creativity even on a budget! They said they were the one of best episodes! 

Look for me on reruns, next season or on our own channel! 

Thanks Fix It and Finish It we had a ball!