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Jennifer Ott Interior Design : You can have it all

Have you ever gone to a paint store, fell in love with a color, then came home and put it on your wall and your beautiful little heart sank? How did that warm “Bahamian Coral” (Ok, 80’s, I know) turn into the interior bathroom wall of One Flew OverDesigner Jennifer Ott the Cuckoos Nest? Who knew that “Sea Breeze” was really lost-in-the-back-of-the-fridge pea soup? That’s where a color expert comes in.

“It is absolutely overwhelming to be confronted by seemingly millions of different colors, especially if you are also under time constraints,” says Jennifer Ott of Jennifer Ott Design.  “Even if you don’t have the budget for full interior design services, you might be able to swing a quick consultation with a designer or color consultant. Many color pros will work for a fixed fee, or will charge hourly but are willing to take on small jobs — as little as a few hours worth.”

Jennifer’s company provides exterior color consultations to homeowners anywhere in the world. They use renderings and large-size paint swatches to help clients visualize the colors they recommend, all for a fixed fee starting as low as $395.

Photography by Whit Preston

Photography by Whit Preston

“When you factor in the cost of numerous unsuccessful paint samples, or, worse, the cost of having to repaint your entire house because you are unhappy with results, a few hundred dollars up front to get a great color palette can be a smart investment.”

For those of you that happen to live in the San Francisco Bay area, Jennifer can also help you with interior color consultation. But if you don’t, fear not! We have some handy Jennifer Ott tips just for you.

“When selecting color for a space, I advise clients to focus first on items that are big, expensive, and come in limited colors and patterns. By picking those items first, a palette will start to develop, and it’s easier to then add in things like tile, paint, and decorative accessories that come in all manner of colors and tend to be the less expensive items in a space. I find this is more successful than trying to select colors for everything in one fell swoop, which is almost always overwhelming and stressful.”

What about color trends? How do you update your home without running into the fear that soon it will become outdated? Jennifer advises to avoid trends unless you’re willing to change everything when the next trend comes along. She works closely with clients to help them figure out what colors they love and then advises them on the best way to incorporate them.

“I’m

Photography by Whit Preston

Photography by Whit Preston

not a design tyrant or diva and I don’t let my ego get into the way. I want to partner with homeowners to find the best solutions to their design challenges. I crave and savor the back and forth interaction I have with clients who care about and are engaged in the process.”

What if you like bold, vibrant colors and lots of texture? How do you find the right balance? (Which is really the key to having it all!) Jennifer suggests that a good rule of thumb is to limit those colors to items or areas of your home that are deserving of the attention. If you have an item with an interesting texture that you want to highlight, it’s good to let it stand on it’s own and leave the bold colors to draw attention to shapes and forms.

“This is actually the basis of a successful light and neutral palette — you need to include items that have pleasing and varying textures, sheens, and finishes, to create a rich and interesting space. My most frequent piece of advice is to use bold colors for items that are relatively easy and affordable to change out — items such as paint, accent pillows, throws, etc. Neutrals are great for things you want to keep around for a good long time, such as your flooring, countertops, and cabinetry.

There are so many way to use color. You can use color to make a room seem larger, warmer or cozier.

“I follow the notion that cool colors visually recede and warm colors advance. So if you want to create a warm and cozy vibe, go for the warmer hues of red, orange, yellow or brown. If you are looking to make a room feel more open and expansive, go for the cooler hues of green, blue, purple, and gray. Darker colors usually feel heavy and somber, so I avoid using them in large amounts. They are best limited to accents in a room, and are actually great for adding drama to a space. I also tend to tailor the color palette to the homeowner’s climate. Those residing in cold and overcast climates should consider bringing in warmer tones, wheras those in hotter climates might favor cooler hues.”

So the key to having it all is working with a color specialist, clarifying what you love, and creating spaces and places that make you feel good.

April 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Shiny Happy Yellow Tile

“How wonderful Yellow is. It stands for the Sun.” – Van Gogh
#tile #livewithcolor #buytileonline           Modwalls.com

November 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls’ Newsworthy & Colorful American Made Chevron Ceramic Tile

We are such fans of food in general and Food & Wine magazine specifically. It’s a thrill to find our new Kiln Ceramic Chevron tile in Milk and Chartreuse in the pages of this month’s Thanksgiving edition. We are thankful to You, Food & Wine for the great recipes and for noticing what we’re doing.
Shop the tile here at Modwalls.

November 16, 2014 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

Before and After Bathroom Remodel with Modwalls Tile

Grace Chon recently shared her bathroom redo on Instagram. We love “Before & After” photos; especially when our tile is part of the After!
Shown: Lush blue  glass subway tile in 1×4 Vapor.
Repost from @thegracechon via @igrepost_app, it’s free! Use the @igrepost_app to save, repost Instagram pics and videos, Here’s another before and after, this time of the bathroom. These were shot in the same spot, same time of day! We had a skylight added in because the bathroom used to be such a cave. I do NOT recommend doing a bathroom renovation when you’re 9months pregnant. 😝 #renovation #bathroom #midcenturymodern #rejuvenation #casadechon

November 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

The Coolest Outdoor Shower You May Ever See

Thanks to our friends at famed San Francisco landscape architecture firm, The Guzzardo Partnership, Our Lush glass subway tile became part of this project.
And the residents of this Silicon Valley condo complex get to wash the pool chlorine off in style.
Modwalls’ Lush 3×6 Orange Glass Subway Tile Color Poppy.
#outdoortile #shower #theguzzardopartnership #lushglasstile #poppy #orange #design #livewithcolor

October 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Tile for the People!

Tile for the People!  We say that a lot here at Modwalls.  We started the company for people just like ourselves. People doing home building or remodeling, who want special touches and a sense of their own uniqueness in their surroundings.
That’s also why we created our online tile blender. You can mix and blend over 80 glass mosaic tile colors into your own personalized tile blend.
Take the one below here for example:
Our customers in Texas wanted to replace tired outdoor brick with a bit of color that references the colors you’ll find inside the home.
They used the Modwalls Blender to create a blend just right for them. They even chose a few Brio Pearl colors so these outside walls would sparkle when hit by the headlights of visitors for a little added “twinkle”.

Once created by you, our Brio custom blends are produced locally through our partnership with the clients at HOPE Services . Hope’s developmentally disabled adult clients love working on Modwalls tile and making our customers happy. Try out our online glass mosaic tile blender or our
Check out Modwalls.com and let us help you to “Live With Color”.
Outdoor wall tile is custom Brio glass mosaic blend created online by the homeowners in Dallas. #orangedoor #outdoortile #briotile #createyourtile #modwallstileblender #buytileonline #livewithcolor

September 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Modwalls Makes it Easy to get Tile Samples Online

We’ve updated our website to offer a sample on every product page.  Samples are in stock and ready to ship via USPS Priority Mail at nominal cost with free shipping.
Check us out at www.modwalls.com
We’re here to help you to “Live With Color”!

September 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

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Rebecca Lonergan


Founder and Creative Director of modwalls.com, a designer of modern tile with an online showroom at www.modwalls.com. Modwalls are colorful tile designs with a uniquely modern sensibility in a wide range of materials.

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