“We are passionate about what we do everyday.”

This line from Colorhouse’s mission statement rings true. When I purchased my little 900 sq ft ranch in December of 2014, I instantly got to work on painting every single surface- walls, ceilings, trim, doors, cabinets. My new house had great bones, but needed a face lift! Through the power of paint, this ho-hum house was transformed into a happy home.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

One of the former owners installed crown molding and wainscoting throughout the house. Technically a mid century ranch, this amount of architectural detail felt out of place. In an attempt to simplify the space, I chose to paint the walls and trim one color. In the living room, I used one of Colorhouse’s tried and true neutrals NOURISH .03 as the all-over hue.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

Over the past few years, I have spent quite a bit of time in New York City and Europe. I am continually struck by the beauty of lived-in interiors. The sense of history that comes through in spaces with worn-in wood floors, well-used butcher blocks, imperfect tiles is much more exciting to me than homes that are shiny and new.  I painted my kitchen cabinets* WATER .06 and METAL .05 with a light distress on the edges to remind me of homes I have visited in Brooklyn, Amsterdam, and Antwerp.

*Colorhouse paints require a clear coat when used on cabinets and furniture. Learn what product we recommend here.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

Instead of putting a color on the kitchen walls and keeping the cabinets white, I opted for the reverse. With the open floor plan of the house, I wanted a color on the walls that would flow easily without any harsh breaks from room to room. BISQUE .02 was the perfect white for the job- crisp with a touch a warmth.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

I knew that I wanted a restful retreat in the master bedroom. The heavy dark trim that was originally in the space needed to go if my dream of waking up in a light and bright space was to became a reality. WATER .02– another Colorhouse favorite- created the calm I was craving.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

The guest bedroom does not receive a lot of natural light. I decided to go with this moody vibe and paint a richer, darker color in this space. GLASS .05– a muted green- serves as a neutral backdrop for pops of pink, yellow, and aqua.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

Small spaces are an invitation to take risks. Without any windows, the main bath already feels like a cave. Instead of fighting that feeling, I used METAL .05 to create a cozy cavern.

Colorhouse .01: An Artful Portland Cottage - featuring Colorhouse President Puji Sherer - Before/After

This guest bath bumps off the kitchen. In order create a sense of connection to the larger house, I used WATER .06– the color on the upper kitchen cabinets- to help with this. Seeing a color repeated throughout a space creates continuity and flow.

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– Puji, President and Chief Color Nerd