Tag Archives: paint colors

Pink + Turquoise = It’s a Festivus Miracle!

  Source Usually when Pantone’s “Color of the Year” comes out, it’s a big surprise (or shock) to most people.  That’s because it usually marks a departure from what we’ve had the year before, and it’s typically in an unexpected direction (if you don’t carefully follow these kinds of trends).  

How To Choose the Right Color for Your Walls

It’s not as easy as it sounds to pick the right paint color for your walls.   There’s lots of things to consider including how lighting conditions affect color, like I blogged about here.

How Light Affects Paint Colors

Have you ever been in someone’s home and decided you absolutely had to have their wall color in your own home?  But when you painted your own room, the color looked quite different?  What’s up with that?  Metamerism.     

Sherwin Williams 2011 Color Forecast

Have you heard?  Sherwin-Williams has introduced their color forecast in what they are dubbing ColorMix 2011. The 39 colors selected by Sherwin-Williams color experts for Colormix 2011 are grouped into four palettes: Purely Refined, Bold Invention, Restless Nomad and Gentle Medley.  Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, says “Status is no longer about consumption, […]

A Fresh Take on Yellow and Blue Decorating

Yellow and blue are a classic color combination.  In the 1990’s, the combo was a butter yellow and a darker blue (like that in Wedgwood china).  Those shades together are still lovely, but how about an updated version?  A fresh take on yellow and blue looks more like this:  a bold citrus yellow paired with a watery or […]

Get Your Gray On (What You Need to Know About Decorating with Gray)

No question that gray is the new brown.  Do you love pastels, but don’t want them to look childish?  Choose a grayed version and it’s all sophistication.  Grayed pastels are rooted in Scandinavian design, which I personally love.  The gray below is about as true gray as you can get, but you can use gray […]

Matte Black is the New Black

I must admit that when I think of high-gloss black, I think cheesy bachelor pad.  In the 1980’s.  Today, the hottest way to play with black is to use remove the gloss – matte black is in.   You might just want to go with an accent wall, like here.  

What’s Right About White

Not all whites are alike.  Be careful about the undertones of whites.  I prefer warm whites/off-whites with gray and yellow undertones.  Pink and blue undertones can be a little cold and soulless. Use multiple tones of white and off-white.  This gives more interest and depth, and you won’t go crazy trying to match that one […]