Harbor Cottage, MaineCountry Living Room, Portland Maine
Habor Cottage, www.harborcottagemaine.com, in Martinsville Maine. Renovation by Sheila Narusawa, http://www.sheilanarusawa.com/. Construction by Harbor Builders www.harborbuilders.com. Photography by Justine Hand. For the complete tour see http://designskool.net/harbor-cottage-maine.
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But for homes that hug the shoreline with ocean views in winter (where the climate has more extreme seasonal temperature shifts), white intensifies the chill of the inhospitable sea beyond the windowpanes. One client opted for heavy drapes pulled all winter to shield her family from the million-dollar view, and the moodiness that comes with looking out to a forbidding ocean. Transference, the idea that we feel cold when we see something cold, explains why we identify colours by their coldness or warmth. White is considered the coldest colour (in a range of blues, greys and greens), because it reminds us of ice and snow. What we see is what we expect to see (this is a truism of vision and explains why we feel tricked by a magician’s illusions), and colour that is associated with something known to be hot or cold can make us feel it.White can still be a solution for a year-round shoreside house where the climate has extreme differences in air temperature and an ever-fascinating view. Select a creamy white that has a small amount of yellow-orange pigment, framing the coolness outside by bringing the architecture forward and visually keeping the ocean at bay. In the summer, when the family is outside more than inside, the soft vanilla will retain its cool in the evening when beachgoers return to relax.
Eco-friendliness Linen has a reputation for being eco-friendly, and it’s well deserved. Flax is easy to grow without fertiliser or irrigation and it’s naturally resistant to diseases and insects, requiring little use of chemicals. (Compare this to cotton, which uses seven times more chemicals than linen.) Flax uses one-quarter the water that cotton does during processing and produces little waste, as every byproduct is put to use. Even better, linen possesses a natural resistance to bacteria, microflora and mildew, making it a great choice for those with allergies.Boost the health of your home with natural fibres
How to choose the right white paint Why is it that the same white paint that makes one room look fresh and crisp can make another seem stark and cold? It all comes down to the light. By working with the natural light in your space, you can find a shade of white that enhances your room’s best qualities.TIPS:Before painting a room white, identify its orientation to the sun. Use a clear white paint (neither too warm nor too cool) in rooms that face away from the noonday sun.If you have a south-facing room in a colder area, clear white will feel too chilly; try a warmer off-white instead.North-facing rooms receive the most intense sun during the day; use a cool white with grey undertones here to reduce glare.Walls painted in ‘Linen White’: Benjamin Moore