Category Archives: color

6 Proven paint colors for every room

There our countless scientific studies on the impacts of color on human beings. The color of a room affects our mood, blood pressure and even digestion to name just a few . It makes sense that the right shades of paint can enhance your quality of life. So before you head to the paint store, check out the research!

Kitchens-Butter Yellow

For the non morning person, this hue boosts your appetite while enhancing your energy levels. Eating breakfast in a yellow kitchen may motivate you to seize the day.

Sherwin Williams Butter Up
Sherwin Williams Butter Up

Dining Room-Citrus Orange

Orange radiates warmth and happiness. It is invigorating, interactive color that encourages spontaneity and a positive outlook. Perfect for you next dinner party.

Benjamin Moore Orange Appeal
Benjamin Moore Orange Appeal

Bedroom-Deep Blue

Dark blue walls provide a sense of inner security, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It slows the metabolism, prompting feelings of calmness and order, components we need to induce deep sleep.

PPG Silent Night
PPG Silent Night

Bathrooms-Light Pink

The color pink has been used, for over forty years, in detention center to keep inmates calm. Since bathrooms tend to be busy spaces, this soothing hue reminds us to breath and slow down. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. Bonus: soft pink is flattering to all skin tones and everyone wants to look good in the mirror.

Sherwin Williams Intimate White

Home Gym-Bold Red

Red is the color that can boost physical performance, making it the perfect choice for a home gym. The color red is energizing, excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

Behr No More Drama

Creative Spaces-Lavender

The color lavender encourages creative pursuits and assists those who seek spiritual awareness. Artists, writers, musicians and even crafty people can find inspiration in this unexpected color that promotes the harmony of the mind and emotions, contributing to mental balance.

Benjamin Moore Iced Lavender
Benjamin Moore Iced Lavender

Mr. H says: Color has a dramatic effect on your well being so choose carefully-Enjoy!

Top interior design trends for 2018

Is a home redesign in your new year’s resolution?  I’ve rounded up the hottest trends of 2018 that you might consider in your next interior design project.

Kitchen Colors:  We are moving away from the white, antiseptic kitchens resembling medical labs and moving towards colors, real colors, that provide depth and warmth to the busiest place in the home.

Signature Kitchens and Bath Charleston Photo by Jim Somerset

Statement Ceilings:  I’ve blogged before on the often ignored ceiling as a design surface.  Bold colors, coffers, wood ship lap and wallpaper are just a few elements that can bring a wow factor to a room.

Photo by Toa Heftiba

Organic: Natural materials, that are eco-friendly and responsibly harvested, are handcrafted into lighting, furniture, wallpaper and fabric.

Jeffan International

Bold Velvet: The lush new, poly-blend velvet fabrics that have inundated the market in recent years are poised to take over everyone’s living room.  Rich colors, add elegance and luxury in one sophisticated child proof package.

Theodore Alexander

Metallics: As I wrote in a previous blog, glimmering metals can make a space more glamorous.  This trend will be seen in homes for years to come.

Brownstone Furniture

Big Prints: Large scale printed fabrics are enjoying a renaissance.  From big, chintz floral patterns to bold contemporary designs, these statement fabrics are appeaing in rooms of every style.

Osborne & Little

Cozy living: Snug and sheltered are the keys to the cozy living movement playing off our desire for a simple, quiet, disconnected lifestyle where home is our haven.

photo by Behy Studio

Handmade Fixtures: Artisan fixtures made of forged metal, blown glass or other natural materials will be the focus for investment statement pieces.

Hammerton Studio

Matte Black:  In kitchen and bath trends, matte black fixtures are on the fast track to replace the polished and satin nickel finishes that have dominated the market the last few years.

Delta Faucets

Olive Green: While not the Pantone color of the year, the earthy sophisticated aesthetic of olive green is a super star in the design world.  Green is making a comeback in many ways and this soft, natural color complements the cozy home trend for 2018.

Mr. H says: Good design never dates-Enjoy!

Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

From lavender to plum I am smitten with purple and am thrilled to see Pantone’s 2018 color of the year pick:

18-3838 Ultra Violet

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.  Purple has also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.   Ultra Violet has a mystical, spiritual quality attached to it as it is often associated with mindfulness practices such as meditation.

photo by Chris Ensey

In today’s interiors, purple is a surprisingly versatile hue.  It can be read as either warm or cool depending on the formula of red and blue.

Swaim

Build a room around an area rug in shades of purple.

Surya

A statement maker: ultraviolet crystal chandelier

Bella Vetro

Declare a party with a an elegant purple table top

photo by Sofy43

Accents are an easy way to incorporate the Color of the Year into your home

Curated Kravet

Of course, if you use ultra violet the dog be will need to coordinate…

Mr. H says: A garden in purple is always in bloom-Enjoy!

Five stunning shades of orange

Orange is an intense, livable color that shouldn’t be relegated to just Halloween.   Orange is a blend of yellow and red that can range from the softest peach to a hot cayenne.   Research suggests that orange stimulates activity and appetite and encourages socialization.  Since it pairs beautifully with other colors it can be used to create any number of stylish iterations.

In this Folly Beach house, we used Sherwin Williams Tangerine in a satin finish on the wood ship lap walls of the guest bedroom.

J. Rhodes Interior Design

A light and bright kitchen. Cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove look crisp against orange-red Fire Dance walls.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Soft Pumpkin

Benjamin Moore

Farrow & Ball Charlotte’s Locks

Farrow & Ball

If an entire orange room seems daunting try an accent walls for a burst of color.  Sherwin Williams Coral Reef

Sherwin Williams

Mr. H says: Orange is the happiest color in the world-Enjoy!

2017 Pantone Color of the Year-Greenery

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.  Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors-Greenery is nature’s neutral.

Sherwin Williams

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Thibaut Design’s Temecula wallpaper and fabric in Green

Thibaut

Worlds Away green zebra stripe bath accessories

Individual pieces of recycled green wine bottles comprise the Vintner chandelier from Currey and Company

Home appliances already sport this exciting shade of green

Your fur friends will adore Greenery too!

JPTACTICAL

Mr. H says: Green is the primary color of our world-Enjoy!

Five Fall Colors Schemes for 2016

Fall in love with these autumn hued palettes for the home.

Butternut and Aqua: Orange and blue are opposite to each other on the color wheel, creating a dynamic Fall color scheme.

benjamin-moore-fall-color-trends

Benjamin Moore

Emerald and Gold: Cozy yet sophisticated living space

PPG paint

Barn red and gray: Deep red and gray craft an inviting entry.

Sherwin Williams

Blue and khaki:  A classic Fall combination

Sherwin Williams

Rose and Cream: An elegant classic, rose and cream feels warm and feminine.

Ralph Lauren

Mr. H says: Autumn is the mellow time-Enjoy!

Six expert painting tips

Use these professional, no fail tips when you embark on your next interior painting project.

Give it a test run:  Paint several large samples on the wall around the entire room.   Never paint several sample colors side by as your eye will blend all the colors together.  If you are considering several shades, isolate each one to get an accurate read on how the color looks. See how it appears in all light levels including at night and on overcast days before deciding.

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Summer Colors

Celebrate the Summer solstice with these hues from my favorite paint companies.

Pale blues like Benjamin Moore’s “Summer Shower” has the cooling effect of deep shade on a hot afternoon

Benjamin Moore 2135-60 Summer Shower

“Summer Shower” bathroom walls create a tranquil retreat.

Benjamin Moore

The lemon lime of “Limon Fresco” from Sherwin Williams feels like a frosty Mexican cocktail.

Energizing work space walls in “Limon Fresco”

Sherwin Williams Limon Fresco

PPG Paints June Color of the Month “Honeysweet” is a cross between peach and pink

PPG Honeysweet PPG1065-3

Dewy living room walls create a refuge from summer’s heat

PPG

Mr. H says: Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy-Enjoy!

2016 Colors of the Year

It was once the exclusive domain of PANTONE to choose THE color of the year, being the world-renowned authority on color.  That has evolved through the years with many of the major paint manufactures choosing there own “color of the year”.

These are the top picks for 2016.

For the first time PANTONE selected two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016.  Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.  Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

Pantone Rose Quartz 2016                                  Pantone Serenity 2016

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Pantone 2016 colors of the year

A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year.  At a time of interconnected commotion and over stimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds.

Sherwin Williams 2016 Color of the Year

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white.”
Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.

Sherwin Williams SW7008

PPG has named “Paradise Found” as its 2016 Color of the Year.  This organic, aloe green offers a subtle sense of ease and rejuvenation.  It is a steadfast, impenetrable color that fulfill the need for sturdy reassurance against the worlds growing threats to global, national and cyber security.

PPG Paints 2016 color of the year Paradise Found (PPG1135-5)

Paradise Found (PPG1135-5) is reminiscent of military fatigues and is found in the natural environment.  It is a color that reflects our society’s focus on the development of personal strength, safety and security.

Paradise Found (PPG1135-5)

Benjamin Moore chose its 2016 color the year for its versatility.  Simply White (OC-11) works equally well with cool or warm palettes and retains its neutrality, remaining as constant as possible under different light sources.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

“The color white is transcendent, powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry. Of the top ten best-selling Benjamin Moore colors, variants of white occupy five spots. It was inevitable that we would ultimately recognize white as our Color of the Year.”

Benjamin Moore 2016 color of the year

Mr. H says: Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet-Enjoy!

Frank Lloyd Wright Colors

When it came to interior colors, Frank Lloyd Wright, organic restraint, formed his aesthetic vision.   Inspired by the colors produced in nature, Wright’s leading philosophy in architecture and design was the integration of the inside and outside world.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints has produced two distinct color palettes celebrating two of Wright’s most famous residences:  Fallingwater and Taliesin West

Completed in 1939, Fallingwater was designed by Wright for the Kaufmann family as vacation home.  Built partly over a waterfall in the mountains of Pennsylvania, it became an instant architectural icon after is was built.

Fallingwater Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater House. Image © Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

At Fallingwater, Wright used a limited palette of restful yet intense colors.

Fallingwater PPG colors

Fallingwater

Christopher Little, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home and school in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1937 until his death in 1959.  This sprawling National Historic Landmark is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The original 1955 color palette that Wright created for commercial distribution, was inspired by the desert that surrounds this architectural complex.

Taliesin West PPG colors

Taliesin West interior view Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin West interior Frank Lloyd Wright

Mr. H says: (channeling FLW) “Form and function are one.”-Enjoy!