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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!

Steer clear of these 6 bath design trends

Enormous bath tubs

For decades we all heard we needed to have an enormous, master bath tub for resale. While you may have never get into it, the next owners will. Unfortunately they won’t either and I seriously doubt being sans tub will be a deal breaker. If you are a bath taker, opt for a smaller profile free standing tub or a standard size drop in. Under no circumstance, add steps. The safest way to get into a tub is to sit on the edge and swing your legs over.

Large tub with step

Bright colors

Some people think intense colors are a great way to jazz up a neutral bath. Bright colors can feel overwhelming and can be reflected back onto your skin or cause issues with color matching. Choose a calming spa like color that works with your tile. Some of my favorites Sherwin Williams “Sea Salt” or Benjamin Moore “Silver Crest”. Consider an accent rug or a bright shower curtain if you are looking for ways to add color.

Bright color bathroom

Busy patterns

Wallpaper in a bath can be fabulous. Bold patterns work well in powder rooms where the occupant isn’t spending a lot of time. Master and guest baths though should feel subtle in texture or tone on tone patterns.

Busy bath wallpaper

Pedestal sinks

While they look attractive, pedestal sinks don’t offer any storage, especially in a bath that’s used for bathing. Their limited surface doesn’t leave much room to spread out grooming tools such a hair dryer or even a razor and shaving cream. The most versatile and valued solution is a vanity cabinet outfitted with an under mount sink.

Pedestal sink with no storage

Protruding wall cabinets

Wall hung cabinets make an already small space seem even smaller since they project into the room at eye level. Opt for a recessed cabinet with a mirror to make the bath feel larger or even open shelves for an updated feel.

Wall hung bath cabinet

Too much tile

Decorative tile is fine in small doses, but covering the entire bathroom is too distracting. Competing tile sizes and patterns create the same issue. Tiling a bath completely, which allows for easy care, can be attractive when large format tiles of the same pattern and color are used.

Bathroom tile

Mr. H says: If you forgo a bath long enough, even the fleas will leave you alone-Enjoy!

The Hottest Interior Design Trends for Spring

It may still be rather cold and dingy for some parts of the country, but cheer up!  Spring will arrive eventually and we have some great trend to look forward to this Spring.

Gelato Colors

Easter eggs are not the only thing that look good in bright pastels.  Once confined to children’s rooms, these spring time shades are surprisingly versatile.

Jan Showers for Curated Kravet

Geometric Patterns

A bold design comes from mixing geometric patterns with lush florals.  Wallpaper, decorative tiles and fabrics with strong contrasting colors can be used to create a striking effect.

Thibaut Design

Live Plants

I’ve blogged about plantscaping before and this trend is hotter than ever.  Indoor plants bring an ever changing living element to a space that are believed to be good for health, and help clean the indoor air.

photo by Jason Leung

Iridescent Finishes

Perfect for spring, subtle iridescent finishes that catch the light and create instant glamour in a room.  Shimmery wallpapers and decorative paint effects are just a few ways to integrate this hot trend.

Osborne & Little Lovelace wallpaper

Gold

After several years, this trend is still going strong.  Look for warm gold accents on furniture, lighting, cabinet hardware and bath fixtures to incorporate this design movement into your space.

photo: 24 Design Construction

Tropical 

This global trend took hold last year and will continue well into 2018.   Perhaps it stems from our desire to escape this chaotic world to luxury tropical vacation…

Pier One

Mr. H says: Don’t be afraid to sparkle a little brighter-Enjoy!

Ten new fabrics for Spring

Spring is toying with Charleston this week, running hot one day and setting in a frost the next.   Get inspired to tackle your Spring design project with these gorgeous Spring fabrics, culled from the newest fabric collections.

Drawn from within the extensive F. Schumacher archives, the “Fashion Forward” print collection celebrates the exuberance of the early 20th Century master couturier, Paul Poiret.   The brightly colored “Juin” floral print captures the joie de vivre that was Poiret’s signature style.

F. Schumacher

Little Carlotta printed sheer from Osborne & Little casts an array of dahlias, poppies and berries on a washable wide-width sheer.

Osborne & Little

Reminiscent of the plumage of an exotic bird, Beacon Hill’s “Plumassier” is a bright creation on luxurious silk.

Beacon Hill

From the Giardino Segreto collection by Designer’s Guild, the “Papillons” fabric features delicately drawn butterflies with watercolor hued accents. Printed on cotton this is a versatile home design print.

Designers Guild

Kate Spade New York: the name is eponymous with crisp, bright colors and bold patterns.  The new Kravet collections embrace the brand’s signature style and it’s motto: live colorfully.

Kate Spade New York for Kravet

F. Schumacher believes you can have it all when designing your outdoor spaces.  Beautiful prints in a performance fabric.  Charming and whimsical, Josef Frank’s beloved 1947 print is a colorful, cheery addition to alfresco decor.

F. Schumacher

Famous for its hand screen printing of fabrics, Clarence House, is considered a style-setter in the decorative fabric industry.  The “Pagode Enchante” print embodies the spirit of this iconic fabric house.

Clarence House

Scalamandre’s “Jardin de Chin” is an intricate Chinoiserie print on a luscious green background that is both soothing and electrifying.

Scalamandre

A floral and leaf pattern, printed on a flowing cotton, transforms into a printed wild garden.  The fuchsia color way from Zimmer + Rohde feels like Spring.

Zimmer + Rohde

Always exotic, the Gastón y Daniela fabric house presents their 2018 Librería Collection, featuring the Print Collection.  The “Ikat Azul” is a vibrant take on the well loved global pattern.

Mr. H says: The fabric of existence weaves itself whole-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!

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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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!

Red, white and blue fabrics

With the upcoming 4th of July celebrations upon us, many of us think of red, white, and blue as the unofficial colors of summer.   These patriotic colored fabrics however prove that the colors of the United States are seasonal and timeless.

Chairloom updates this classic chair with Duralee’s ikat print Sulu American Beauty

Chairloom Duralee Sulu AmericanBeauty

Robert Allen’s bold Artful Floral in poppy

Robert Allen Artful Floral Poppy

Robert Allen fabrics were used to create this picnic scene at DIFFA’s Picnic by Design event

DIFFA picnic with Robert Allen Fabrics

A modern outdoor fabric by Duralee

15708-206 Duralee fabric

Birds of a feather flock together in Thibaut’s Imperial Garden collection

Thibaut Imperial Garden Giselle

Achieve a vintage look with Stout’s Telford in Sangria

Stout TELFORD 2 SANGRIA

Studio 773 Americana pillow collection

Studio 773 American Pillows

Saffron Marigold’s Kashmiri shawl inspired vintage paisley print bedding in blue, red and cream.

Saffron Marigold  Bedding red white and blue paisley

Thibaut sets the scene poolside in their Batik print from the Courtyard collection.

Thibaut Courtyard Batik

What the colors of the United States flag represent: The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness and valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

Mr. H says: My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue-Enjoy!

4th of July dogs

Ask Sherwin Williams

The advertising slogan “Ask Sherwin-Williams” was on all the attendees mind as we celebrated the opening of their newest store in the Charleston area.  Founded in 1866 by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams, Sherwin-Williams has defined the modern paint industry.  As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is continuing to expand it’s paint empire.   With over 3,900 stores across North America, Sherwin-Williams offers exceptional products, resources and service.   Visit their brand new location at 255 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mt Pleasant.

Sherwin Williams paint colors

The HGTV Color Collection

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Brushes and rollers for every painting project

Sherwin Williams Mt. Pleasant

Project helpers at the ready

Sherwin Williams paint store

Find them across all the social media platforms

Sherwin Williams on social media

Wine and chocolate to celebrate the Mt. Pleasant grand opening

Sherwin Williams paint store

Mr. H says: There is no beauty without color-Enjoy!

Charleston Green

The development tale of the deep, nearly black Charleston Green color, spins like this:   During Reconstruction following the Civil War, Union troops sent buckets of black paint to the Holy City. Legend has it that residents of Charleston would not concede to using the color on their homes and in a defiant act added some yellow and green paint creating the city’s signature color.

Duron Charleston Green

This historic color can be seen around Charleston, mostly as an accent on shutters, doors, iron work and sometimes exterior trim.

Charleston Green French Doors photo: John Bessler

Garden accents are great way to utilize the color since the color looks black unless the sun hits it just right then you can appreciate the very deep green hue.

Arbor in Charleston Green

Many of the porch rockers and joggling boards in town sport the Charleston Green color

The Joggle Factory Charleston Green joggling board

Paint manufacture, Sherwin Williams,  features “historic Charleston green”  DCR099 in their Colors of Historic Charleston collection.

If you’d like to mix up your own batch of Charleston Green just as our Southern ancestors did, local tour guide Mrs. Jane Thornhill, has this recipe:

10 ounces black paint | 4 ounces green paint | 1/2 ounce yellow paint

Charleston green shutter

Mr. H says: The most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most-Enjoy!