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Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After

By 11/13/2014January 28th, 201733 Comments

Remember the exterior transformation of this navy blue house I showed you awhile ago? Well, here’s the interior.

Clearly my sweet reader and client Nicole has a wonderful creative eye and just needed some colour direction from me.

Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam

 Lovely medium brown floors.

Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam


Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam

 Walls – BM Stonington Gray After

Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam


Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam


Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam

The blue ceiling is BM Healing Aloe. Walls are BM Tapestry Beige. Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam


Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam

After – BM Quiet Moments

Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After | Maria Killam

Dining room is Farrow and Ball Pointing

These are Nicole’s comments, in the meantime she’s moved and renovating her next house!

“When I look at my old house with a critical eye, I am very proud of the transformation …we started with the renovation of the interior the first year, the second year we tackled the exterior including designing the outdoor fireplace/ patio and the third year I started to decorate (January, I started the dining room…paneling, furniture and rug ) I had not finished the curtains  ( I only had two panels done in the picture , so I put one up on each side of the window for staging ) and no window seat.. when we decided to move to Boston.

The only room that was finished was the living room. I think you asked me why I had no rug and honestly, I just loved the herringbone and that is why I opted for no rug
I did the project in stages because there is never enough money to do it all at once. I also love the process of mulling it all over.  I want to thank you for your help as always. I can’t wait to read your book on whites. I have learned a ton from you.” Nicole.

I love the blue ceilings and of course the kitchen transformation!

What’s your favourite room?

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  • Absolutely Beautiful!! Every part of it. I’ll certainly send my clients to these photos when I’m making the case for all- white kitchens and bathrooms! And the family room built-ins are amazing.

    Love it!


  • Maria says:

    Are the kitchen cabinets new or painted over? Great transformations.

  • Judy says:

    It’s very elegant !

  • Farha Syed says:

    Beautiful transformation. Honestly, every room looks fabulous. The soft blue ceilings look very nice in contrast to the warm floors. The kitchen is fabulous as is the bathroom.
    Very nice.


  • What a lovely result and as much as I am one to go for color this living room is just beautiful. I love the blue ceiling and the way the cushions coordinate to it. Gorgeous.

  • Shani says:

    So beautiful! What color is the white trim? And is the tapestry beige to match the brown floors?

    Love your color magic!

  • Traci Zeller says:

    This is soooo beautiful!!! What a wonderful job she did, under your expert guidance of course (!!) … and I can’t wait to see what the next house brings!!

  • Jennifer Smith says:

    My favorite room is the kitchen. I do see that she took out her bossy tile in the bathroom. I have that same tile is my kitchen! The hardwood floors are very nice in her renovation. Also, the dining room is lovely.

  • Mariko says:

    Beautiful and elegant. I love the blue ceiling with F&B Pointing. Makes it so much more interesting. This is what a wonderful teacher like you can achieve. Fabulous !

  • tara dillard says:

    this one goes to my sister who is considering ‘blue’ after entire lifetime of ‘white’.

    XO T

  • Cathy Z says:

    I too saved the before and afters, great transformation ladies!
    Nicole (the homeowner), if you see this comment I am wondering if you took anymore photos of your GORGEOUS flooring! I’m considering herringbone in just one part of my home as well and would love to see your transitions, etc. If you are interested, you can email me directly at [email protected]. Don’t worry, I’m legit, I’m a True Color Expert from Maria’s course 🙂

  • Alicia says:

    The kitchen transformation is fabulous! Offset against the BM Stonington Grey the whites appear to be the perfect whites! Can you please share the color and finish/type paint on the cabinets. Please also share how the transformation from brown cabinets to white is accomplished. Is the paint brushed on or is it a combination of brushed with doors sprayed off-site?

  • sherry says:

    Gorgeous rooms! I just refinished my entire house’s old wood floors in that medium brown and we love it.

    I’m going to have to get some paint chips of these gorgeous colors.

  • Janis Reed says:

    These truly are transformations Maria, especially the living room with all the built-ins! Just fabulous!
    In the kitchen, the cabinets look somewhat the same. Were they just painted? I would be interested to know what type of paint and color was used.

    I never get tired of my blues and I’m also a big fan of painting the ceilings blue.

  • The kitchen transformation is stunning! I love the blue ceilings!! What white did she use in the kitchen Maria? Nicole should be proud, she did a wonderful job. Too bad she didnt get to enjoy the all finished project very long.

  • Mary-Illinois says:

    Hi Maria,
    How can I pick a favorite? It’s all so lovely.
    I do appreciate the family room. The layout is similar to mine with the corner fireplace and the tv next to it. I need to show my hubby the built-ins. Not that he’d go for it. And Nicole painted the room my favorite color, Quiet Moments! Is the furniture in the room pinky beige? If it is, it sure looks great with the Quiet Moments. If I ever redecorate….(especially since I already have pinky beige tile around my fireplace.)
    Several years ago I tried Healing Aloe & it looked too green in my space. This just proves, again, why paint colors need to be tested.
    Thanks to Nicole for sharing her home & how you helped her transform it.

  • Beverley Smith says:

    The white kitchen with the gray ceiling is to die for. But I love all of it. Bathroom much better. Makes me want to lighten up the whole palette in my house.

  • Kathy Wood says:

    What is the ceiling color in the dining room? I love it.

  • Sheri says:

    Everything is gorgeous but my favorite room is the dining room. Gone are the traditional individual chairs which I think is why I love this room the most.

    I too would love to know the colour of paint on the kitchen cabinets as well as the trim work.

  • Joanne says:

    Lovely transformation! Thank you for sharing, Nicole.
    I love the herringbone floor and would not want to cover it, either.

  • Beth says:

    Love, love, love that living room with the Healing Aloe ceiling and the blue pillows that ground it. Beautiful home.

  • Marsha Stopa says:

    OMG. Love this!

    The home I’m living in, a rental that I’m thinking of buying, has the same maple trim EVERYWHERE that cuts every room up into visual rectangles. Very hard to work around. And red oak floors. And oak cabinets.

    What an inspiration and transformation! Thanks for sharing, Nicole. Can’t wait to see your next project.

  • All I can say is the right paint chosen by the expert eye can change the world! amazing!

  • Rebecca Jones says:

    Amazing, perfect as always when you’re involved.

  • megeranski says:

    LOVE Before and After pix!!!

    My favorite are the ceilings. I am intrigued by ceiling colors these days. 🙂

  • Helen says:

    Was this redo to stage the house to sell?

  • Cassie says:

    Can you tell me what color was used on the bathroom walls? It works wonderfully with the floor.

  • Sandy says:

    I’m curious about the seating at the dining table — it’s very pretty, but how does it work? (it looks like room for 3 or 4 on each side, how do people get in and out?)

  • Paula says:

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures . Especially love the room using quiet moments. Would you know the name of the sisal rug that is found in the picture. Thanks keep up the good work. I’m addicted to your website and knowledge you share with us.

  • Patricia says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Can you share the paint color of cabinets and trim color?

  • Carrie says:

    Thank you for sharing these Maria and Nicole! I love the curved curtain rods in the dining room and living room. Would you know where they were purchased?

  • Lisa Cozy says:

    She surely has a good decorating eye, thanks for sharing this cosy interior !

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