Posts Tagged ‘neutral’

How to Bring your Boring Closets to Life (Before and After)

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Discover a simple painting trick that will make a small boring space look bigger and lighter. That’s how I transformed my entry closet into a chic craft room!

We spend a lot of time picking colors for the visible walls around our home, but we often forget about the closets thinking that they are not that important. In fact, we see this closed spaces more than we think. So yes, we should try to bring them to life with a pretty color that make us happy.

It’s even more important to pay attention to those details when our we have walk-in a closet that actually can be used as a functional room. For example, I was craving for a space where I could store my craft and sewing material. Our closet in our living is actually pretty big and we don’t use it so I decided to make it my own creative room.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. |

The problem was that it was painted in a yellowish beige tone and the walls really looked dirty, especially since I don’t have enough natural light coming in. I wanted something fresh and clean, so I decided to use a color named Extra White (SW 7006). This bright color makes my new craft room look crisp and it has a modern touch that I really like.

I also used Silver Peony (SW 6547) to highlight some artwork prints and paint some stripes on the walls. Horizontal stripes are an amazing painting trick to make walls long longer so they whole space look bigger. They also look really chic. Vertical stripes make the walls look taller, this works for big spaces with low ceilings.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. |


  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Silver Peony SW 6547. Matte
  • 2 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Extra White SW 7006. Matte
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 1 ½” Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush
  • Multi surface Scotch tape

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. |


1. Start by cleaning the walls with a dry cloth to remove dirt or dust.

2. Use tape around the molding and to adhere the plastic drop cloth and protect your floors.

3. Paint the walls with the roller and use an angle brush for the ceiling, corners and other

details. I used the color named Extra White (SW 7006), it looks really crispy and clean.

4. When the walls are already painted in that base color, measure and mark a few horizontal stripes on the wall. Use a roller to cover the stripes and wait for a few hours until the paint dries to remove the tape.

When your walls are dry you are ready to start organizing your clothes, material and anything else you want to store in your new, fresh and crispy closet.


Pick one color in two different shades for the stripes on the wall. That way the effect will be subtle and chic. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use a white base with a violet hue that is really light and blends great on the whole space but still make it look cheerful and clean.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. |

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here. 


I hope this DIY project inspired you to transform a boring dark closet into something functional and bright that you can enjoy!

Killer Color Combo: Orange and Blue

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Killer Color Combo: Orange and Blue

Ok guys, this is new on the blog and my heart is pumping a little bit. I’m not what you will consider a fashion expert, in case you see the pictures and think that I’m just being silly. I’m more like a girly girl that loves colored pencils and bright pink shoes. I also love my handmade backpack made in Oaxaca, Mexico where I can fit my doodling notebook and favorite markers as much as any designer handbag. Sometimes I wear comfortable things and other times I try to be “trendy” and wear high heels all day long. I can be both, I guess, I enjoy fashion magazines but I also spend my mornings reading about crafts from around the world. It’s the color that really defines my style.

I have been asking a lot about how to match colors in outfits so I thought that sharing the color combinations that I personally wear would be a great way to inspire, not only my readers, but myself too because it will really push me to try amazing colorful clothes and interesting color combos, oh yes, my job is very hard.

Killer Color Combo: Orange and Blue

So Saturday morning I drove to a pretty spot in the bay area. It was such a beautiful day, warm and sunny. I discovered how hard it is to walk on a pier with high heels and that people look at you funny when you are trying to pose creatively in the middle of a park while your husband does his best to act like a photographer. Nine out of ten of the pictures didn’t include my head or my feet, but hey, I loved that he helped me!

Something I realized after a couple of shoots was that when Jordan asked me to make scary faces is when I started feeling comfortable. I’m just a bit weird and I love making Sméagol faces for some reason, yeah, like The Lord of the Rings, that is what I am referring to.

Killer Color Combo: Orange and Blue

Killer Color Combo: Orange and Blue

So here is how awesome an orange shirt looks with navy blue accessories. I also added some neutrals to the look, a long semi-transparent black skirt and white shoes.

If there is something I love as much as color, it’s really big accessories, the bigger the better! These ones are two of my favorite necklaces. I found them in a vintage store in Asheville NC, $1 per piece. That’s what I call a fashion score!

Killer Color Combo: Orange and Blue

Killer Combo Details:

Shirt (Color: Orange) H&M   / Skirt (Color: Black) Charlotte Russe  / Shoes (Color: White) NineWest / Necklaces (Colors: White and Blue) Vintage / Handbag (Color: Blue) Olivia & Joy / Favorite Lipstick (Color: Red) Clinique

What do you think? What would you match an orange shirt with? – Xo, Elba

What Colors Make a Room Look Bigger?

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What colors make a room look bigger?

I have lived in small apartments for the last two years of my life. My latest apartment was pretty small and dark, the windows were small and the ceiling really low. I knew that my best solution would be paint everything white but I was really craving some color. What I ended up doing was painting most of the walls Navajo White (a white with a hint of beige) and then I painted just one of the walls in the living room in Latte (another neutral) The Latte wall was my splash of color and I have to say that if I had painted all the walls in that brown tone, the space would have looked really dark. Lighter colors make rooms look bigger, they also make a spaces look bright and open.

For all those people out there that need a bit of color, like me, you could do what I did. Add a little splash on one of your walls and keep the rest light, try a neutral or even a pastel tone. Check out some ideas here.

Other things that help to make a room look bigger are:

  • Light colored floors and ceilings. Keeping everything lightly colored makes the space seem bigger. This also makes the natural light spread more throughout the space.
  • Use furniture in the same color as the walls. When the furniture is camouflaged within the environment it makes you feel that you have more space than you actually have.
  • Keep your space uncluttered.
  • Small pieces of furniture will help make your space look bigger, try to buy smaller things. Imagine a 15 foot wall with a huge three seat sofa that covers almost the whole wall. Now imagine the same wall with a light looking two seat sofa and an ottoman next to it, the effect would be so different, don’t you think?
  • Mirrors and glass tables can be your best friends. The bedroom in our apartment has mirrored closets and it looks huge because everything looks twice as big, the walls seems to continue and the light is reflected and spreads through the whole room, we are loving it! Glass coffee tables and dining room tables are great to create a spacious effect, they look so light.

Remember that you can always add colorful accessories to personalize your space. I was a bit sad when I read that we couldn’t paint our apartment, but then I started loving the light colored walls. The space looks bigger and lighter, that’s just what we needed.