Letitia Little Interior Design

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DESIGN TIPS: How to Choose a Paint Color

Choosing a paint color is not an easy task. It really takes some thought and time. The right color paint in a room can make it. The wrong one can break it. Here are a few pointers on choosing the right color for you.

  1. Consider the type of light that comes into your room. Is it cool or warm?  If a room faces north for instance, you might want to use warm colors like tan, beige, warm whites, reds, rust, instead of grays and blues.
  2. Start with a color source like a painting or printed fabric and pull colors from that. Don’t just pick any color and put it on your wall. There needs to be a reason for it.
  3. When you’ve selected the color you think you will like, choose a couple colors near it in the paint deck that are lighter. Purchase all 3 colors in small amounts and paint swatches on your wall. Then live with them for a few days and decide which one you like. This way you won’t paint an entire room and then decide you don’t like it.
  4. If you want to use a deep color like red or indigo decide if you will be comfortable with it on all four walls. These colors will make a room feel smaller. You can paint just one wall in a strong color and it will still make an impact.
  5.  Make sure the color is one that makes you feel happy. If it’s a popular color but you aren’t drawn to it, don’t use it. Your home should be a comforting, happy place.
  6. Paint Shown is Benjamin Moore, an eco friendly company with low VOC’s. Want to know the numbers of the swatches shown? Just e-mail me at letitialittle@letitialittle.com.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.


                                   ECO-FRIENDLY NEW HOME /KITCHEN & BATH

Here’s more on my recently completed client project. See previous post on ”Casually Elegant New Home is Eco-Friendly”. Shown here are the Master Bath and Guest Bath which were part of my Complete Master Plan design for the entire house.


The tan and green color scheme from the Great Room is carried into the Master Bath.  Paint is low VOC Benjamin Moore. Three different sizes of  the same floor tiles are used for variety.

 The porcelain floor tiles are used again in the shower stall and the “invisible” glass enclosure allows the mosaic border to flow from  tub to shower. Water conscious plumbing fixtures

Mosaic stone border by Alyse Edwards, porcelain “stone” floor tiles. Porcelain is a good eco-friendly choice because the manufacturing process uses recycled water among other enviornmentaly conscience practices.

Verde Jade Granite counter top

Casual Guest Bath in tan, rust and slate tones. Floor  and wall tiles are porcelain, which looks like stone at a fraction of the cost, is easy to clean and is sustainable.

Counter top in Tan Brown Chestnut granite

Floor tile is porcelain with tumbled slate border.

For more info on my Design Process and Kitchen and Bath Design go to my website at www.letitialittle.com.      Page Photography.


                                                          CASUALLY ELEGANT NEW HOME IS ECO-FRIENDLY

 I recently completed an interior design project for a client’s newly constructed home. I started working with my client at the blueprint stage of the building process, creating a Complete Master Plan for the entire home. Selecting furniture, fabrics, window coverings, floor coverings, tile, counter tops, finishes, paint, plumbing and lighting fixtures etc. They wanted a casual traditional style that was relaxed and welcoming, with a  bit of cottage flavor. Eco-friendly, sustainable products were selected throughout the home.


 Large open great room and kitchen in tans and pale greens, has a great view of the woods and lake.  The sustainable furniture is made in the U.S. Carpet is by Shaw which is a company devoted to eco-friendly manufacturing practices and the pad is made from recycled materials. The wood flooring came from maple trees on the property that had to be cut down for construction. The wood was then milled here in Minnesota. New maple trees were planted to renew the wooded lot. Great sustainable story for this elegant yet casual home.

Fireplace wall with accessories and custom framed artwork. I always think  the right accessories are essential to any interior..they are the frosting on the cake.

Dining room with custom area rug and sheer linen window coverings. All interior paint in the home is low VOC by Benjamin Moore.

Linen white cabinets with large crown moldings, and sage green center island for contrast. Cottage style pendants and granite counter tops.

Appliances are energy efficient.

These small scale subway tiles in stone caught my eye and I paired them with the mosaic border for a newer look.

Powder room with “slate” porcelain floor tiles and dark faux finished walls creates a romantic feel.

Watch for the next post on bathrooms in this house.    For more info on  my Design Process visit www.letitialittle.com                 Page Photography

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