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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!

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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


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

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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!


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


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!

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Summer colors from Pottery Barn

New for Summer 2014, Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn present their new seasonal palette paint collection.

Sherwin Williams Pottery Barn colors

Soft grays and taupes, enhanced by accents of blue, green and red create a perfectly coordinated palette for the home.

Potter Barn colors Summer 2014

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

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With 2014 fast approaching, many of the paint manufactures are issuing their color forecasts trends.  Presenting four distinct palettes, Sherwin-Williams has dubbed their color collection: COLORMIX 2014.

Sherwin Williams COLORMIX 2014 Reasoned

Black, white and gray, Reasoned exalts the quantifiable world’s impact on design

Photo by Paula Devon Raso Interior Design 

Sherwin Williams COLORMIX 2014 Curiosity

Driven by science and geology, Curiosity celebrates uniquely beautiful

Photo by Houzz

Sherwin Williams COLORMIX 2014 Diaphanous

Diaphanous is the essence of balance, simplicity and elegance

Photo by Richard Massa Architect 

Sherwin Williams COLORMIX 2014 Intrinsic

Intrinsic embraces and preserves tradition, culture and design, while incorporating new influences.


Mr. H says: Blushing is the color of virtue-Enjoy!

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Colors for 2012

Pantone, the global authority on color for the design industries named Tangerine Tango, an eye-popping, orange-red as their 2012 color of the year.

Exotic yet friendly it spices up any room.

Tangerine Tango
Photo by Burnham Design

Porter Paints presents four major paint trends for 2012.  One being the vibrant Deco Candy collection.

Porter Paints Deco Candy

 This chromatic trend of bright color blocking is all about energy and optimism.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints

 Benjamin Moore paints is a little less optimistic with their 2012 palette since it features colors that seem reflective of the uncertainty still lingering in the country and the desire for comfort and the familiar in tough times.

Colors are more subdued and tranquil such as their top pick Wythe Blue HC-143.

Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue
Benjamin Moore

For 2012, Sherwin-Williams paints predicts color combinations within color families as a major trend.

Sherwin Williams 2012 trend

Sherwin Williams 2012 trend

Sherwin Williams 2012 color trend

Mr. H says: Colors, like features, reflect the changes of emotions-Enjoy!

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Glamorous Gray

Gray is THE hot new color in interior design.  When all the world is on overload-gray creates a calming effect in a room.  A neutral palette allows you to recharge and relax.

We’ve been doing gray rooms for quite some time.  We installed this gray bedroom in a Kiawah Island home in 1997.  The palette was chosen for its restfulness-perfect in a master retreat.

J. Rhodes Interior Design gray bedroom

In this Daniel Island Living Room we used a gray color scheme to craft an elegant space for entertaining.J. Rhodes Interior Design gray living room

Gray fabrics from Robert Allen (

Robert Allen Snake Chain-DoveRobert Allen Vintage Blossom-Dove

Sherwin Williams ( has many shades of gray to choose from

Sherwin Williams shades of gray

Mr. H says: Color is not just color; it represents mood, spirit and sense of style-Enjoy!