New Website!

April 17, 2019

I’m so excited to announce that I have a new website! Local artist and webmaster Megan Moran Smith created a more streamlined, better functioning website. Here’s what you’ll see when you pull up ellenkennon.com:

Home screen slide show featuring this foyer where I created a custom green to match the wallpaper on the left. Photo by Sue Auriemma who became a paint customer after photographing this project for talented Interior Designer Regina Kraft.

The photo above is a sneak peek into a design project Regina Kraft recently finished for this newly constructed house in Bedford, NY. I loved helping create colors for this very colorful home and can’t wait until a magazine snaps it up so I can show more of the fabulous project photos by photographer Sue Auriemma. Be sure to check out the breathtaking photos on her website: https://www.susanauriemmaphotography.com/

My old website had an archive of my seasonal newsletters and unless I figure out a way to turn my upcoming newsletters into a webpage, the only way you’ll be able to receive them, is via email. My newsletter is the first place you’ll hear about new colors and discounts on paint. You can sign up at the bottom of most every ellenkennon.com web page as well as via this link: Sign up for Living Well Newsletter

You can also read it here: Spring 2019 Living Well

Since most PPG Paints stores now have the new NexGen tinting system that I used to create my new color palette, I have removed the Pure Performance products from my online store. However, if your local store still has the older tinting system, just email me and I can put together the order for you. I chose not to create my new palette in the Pure Performance because PPG recently discontinued the ultra white tint base I use for most all of my whites and lighter, ethereal colors. The new palette uses the Manor Hall Interior Paint, Primer & Stain Repellent in One and the Manor Hall Exterior Paint & Primer in One, the BEST paint product I’ve used in my 18 years in the paint business.

Screenshot of the home page of my online store where you can order a variety of paint samples and paint. As always, color consultations with me via email and phone are included in the price of my paints.

So be sure to sign up for my newsletter! I plan to send out the next one very soon. It features lots of photos of the newly renovated St. Francisville Inn by renowned designer Brandon Branch (of Southern Charm Savannah fame) and his charming husband Jim Johnston!


The Energy of Paint

September 24, 2018

For over 20 years I read every spiritual new age book I could get my hands on. I have particularly been interested in angels and archangels and a few years ago, I even created jewelry with gemstones relating to the different archangels. I’ve also been a firm believer in the power of creative visualization because I manifested the property I live on! You can read more about that in my February 12, 2013 blog post. In the last paragraph of my last blog post, I even tell about how I manifested a “dream client” by writing affirmations.

Over the past 17 years I’ve often had clients and intuitives tell me my paints were healing and helped raise the vibration of the people who came into contact with them.  When I started my line of paints 17 years ago, I even set up an altar with the paints (before I had 100+ colors!) and would visualize that they bring joy and balance to everyone who comes into contact with them. I still continue that visualization to this day. Last Monday I had a telephone reading with medium Stacy Hilton who I’d seen on a local television news program in the hopes of hearing from a dear friend who passed away last January. Not only did I hear specific information from my friend, two other friends I lost over the past few years, and my Dad; she ended the reading by saying “Can I ask why I keep seeing paint?”

Here’s the audio excerpt that I put together with a slideshow of rooms painted with my paints:

As an interior designer, I’ve always said it’s not how a room looks, it’s all about the energy of the space. Just because we can’t see something, doesn’t mean it’s not there. And just because someone has passed away, it doesn’t mean they’re gone. They’re just in another dimension and if you were close to them, they’re probably helping you from the other side of the veil just like my Dad helps me.


What’s New?!

May 1, 2018

As you may or may not know, there are always changes in the paint business. For the past several years, most paint companies have been changing their products, removing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), discontinuing products and implementing new tinting systems. When I started my Full Spectrum Paints almost 17 years ago, I created my formulas in ICI Dulux Paints’ products. They were bought out by Akzo Nobel a few years later and several years ago, PPG Paints bought out Akzo Nobel. PPG discontinued my most popular product, Lifemaster, so I replaced it with PPG’s Pure Performance and Manor Hall products, using PPG’s tinting system. Most recently, PPG started creating their own pigments, so for the 4th time in 17 years, I once again had to reformulate my entire color palette. So I figured this time, I would take the opportunity to create a completely new edited palette, retiring colors that are no longer as popular and adding new colors. Luckily, my local PPG Paints store in Baton Rouge is a pilot store, so I’ve been able to work on this for the past many months and have finally finished the new palette!

New Color Palette

My new color palette consists of 70 timeless, fail-safe colors that compliment each other flawlessly in any setting.

I kept my most popular best-sellers and added 17 new colors, several of which were created specifically for exterior applications. These nature-inspired colors have proven themselves consistently beautiful and therapeutic no matter how they are paired or lit, so seasoned designers and amateur homemakers alike can benefit from using this simple yet broad and effective palette. The new color chart above is now available for ordering (Click to order new chart.) However, although you can order online, these new colors are currently only available for pick up at PPG Paints stores in Seattle, Philly, Louisiana, Detroit, Arizona & New Mexico and the brand new PPG DIY stores opening in Dallas, Miami, Austin, Houston & Pittsburgh. All other stores will have the new pigments by the end of this year. Since I have gotten so many rave reviews over the quality of the Manor Hall Paint, Primer & Stain Repellent in One, I chose it for my new palette. It’s also the only exterior paint I use since it has a life-time warranty. The best thing to come out of all of this is that the Manor Hall product rivals any top of the line product on the market!

If you have ordered Pure Performance or Manor Hall paints from me over the past years and want to ensure you are able to get the exact same color (i.e. using the same formula and older pigments), I’d order a gallon so you’ll have it for touch ups. Email me at ellen@ellenkennon.com and I’ll send you a code so you can get a discount. Since I have discontinued colors, I have discounted my custom color fee to $50. Any orders of paint for over three gallons in a custom color will have no custom color fee.

On another note, in my newsletters and blog posts I’ve often written about how I’ve magically managed to create a life I love. After a very successful friend confirmed he was still writing affirmations while waiting between planes in airports, I stumbled upon an exercise where you meditate to come up with an affirmation and then write it 55 times, five days in a row. Then you put it in an envelope. Put it away and send it out to the universe and forget about it. My affirmation was “I am joyfully attracting a dream client.”  A few months later, I was asked to create the color palette and custom colors for the exterior of a gigantic building for the dreamiest client you can imagine. They say angels and guides take you literally and when I’m able to disclose who the client is (I had to sign an NDA), you’ll know exactly what I mean! I just wanted to pass this along since it really works!





2018 Color Predictions

November 12, 2017

Every year color experts research color trends in order to predict what colors will be popular during the upcoming year. Last year, violet-tinged hues dominated the selections by major paint companies while Pantone’s pick was a bright green.


This year, it’s still all about creating a sanctuary with color, but deep shades of blue are dominating the predictions. PPG unveiled “Black Flame”, a black infused with an undertone of indigo, as it’s 2018 Color of the Year touting it as the “new neutral” fulfilling our craving for comfort, privacy and hope. As you can see, it’s very similar to Benjamin Moore’s “Shadow” from last year.

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PPG’s “Black Flame” touted as the timeless “little black dress”

Sherwin William’s pick is “Oceanside”, a jewel-toned blue-green much like my “Sacre Bleu” created last year for Hunt Slonem’s Antebellum Pop Exhibit. I can’t tell you how many powder rooms and front doors have been painted with it, so I’m not surprised to see it as one of the colors of the year.


Sherwin Williams’ “Oceanside”

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“Sacre Bleu” used in Hunt Slonem’s Antebellum Pop exhibit at LSUMOA

Pratt & Lambert went for a more midnight blue with it’s “Heron” selection for 2018.


“In our search for serenity in today’s dynamic and often hectic world, we found Heron . . offers calmness, tranquility and adaptability allowing it to transform an ordinary space into a sanctuary that truly showcases the power of color.”  – Ashley Banbury, Sr. Designer, Pratt & Lambert Paints

Last but not least, Benjamin Moore selected “Caliente”, a red with hints of orange, as their top color for 2018. Although a jewel tone, it’s a total departure from the soothing blues and a whole lot like one of the first colors I created for my Magical Gems Palette back in 2001,”Carnelian”.


Ben Moore’s “Caliente”


“Carnelian” in Hunt Slonem’s Brooklyn Studio

So what do you think Pantone’s number one color for 2018 will be? According to their color trend report for 2018, look for anything metallic, pearlized or translucent as well as intense colors to match our intense lifestyles. However, Pantone also predicts that 2018 will be the year of pink as a power color. So who really knows? I have to say, I’m always surprised!



The 2017 “Year of Kale” Just Got Brighter

December 14, 2016

Pantone just announced its pick for the 2017 Color of the Year and it’s not Kale. It’s a much more hopeful color they’ve named “Greenery”. The yellow undertones remind us of the regeneration and revitalization of Spring, “something life affirming to look forward to” according to Pantone’s color guru Leatrice Eiseman.

If you’ve been reading my newsletters (& especially my most recent Living Well), you know how important I think nature is to our very well being and that I use green in some way in most all of my interiors because it is THE most healing neutral that coordinates with all other colors. As much as I love green painted walls and woodwork, of the many greens I have in my color palettes, I don’t have this exact hue. I find it could be rather jarring on all four walls, however you can easily get the same effect with my Spring Green, Tulip Leaves, Chartreuse, Jaunty Jen or Peridot. Spring Green was used as an accent wall with Beige by color consultant Barbara Jacobs in the office below:

One of the most popular rooms featured on both Apartment Therapy and Pinterest is Natasha Nyberg’s “Plant-Filled Sunroom” below painted in “Peridot”:

Now, if you’re really brave with color, like our client artist Hunt Slonem, you might like “Juliet’s Potion”, but keep in mind it’s not the most resful color, so it’s used as one of many colors in his new Brooklyn studio:

“Chartreuse” was featured in House Beautiful by our client designer Barry Johnson who named it as his favorite healing color in the article “Life-Changing Colors”. I created Chartreuse back in 2007 as my version of Akzo Nobel’s pick for color of the year because it is the perfect balance between yellow and green. Spicelines.com blogger Courtenay Dunk makes it sing with her red chaise and my “Tiffany Turquoise”:

If any of these colors strike your fancy, you can order free hand-painted samples

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, you know we will have our drawing for the winner of our Holiday Giveaway tomorrow, December 15th! So if you haven’t LIKED & SHARED Ellen Kennon Design & Full Spectrum Paints, do it before tomorrow. This is the first of many paint giveaways to come and the being a Facebook friend, you’ll always be the first to know!


Touching Base

July 22, 2016

Once again, it has been a while since I posted on my blog. However, I recently posted a lengthy newsletter that includes a recent interior design project that I especially enjoyed working on since it was new construction for some color clients I’ve had for over a decade. Now that they both retired and all of their children are grown, they down-sized into a lovely town home in a private development in Baton Rouge. The Living Room shown below opens into both the Dining Area and Kitchen. To see more photos, check out my latest Living Well Newsletter. This project is towards the end.


It’s now been a couple of years since we’ve been using the new PPG Paints products and I can’t tell you how pleased with the feedback I’m getting. Both the Pure Performance and Manor Hall are premium products. The Pure Performance is VOC-free and covers exceptionally well. However, I’m thrilled to report that we’re now reformulating our really saturated Bright and Magical Gem colors into the Manor Hall product for these usually hard to cover colors. The “Hot Pink!” for instance, almost covers in one coat (in the old Lifemaster, it took 3-4 coats!). Now, we’re talking two coats, tops!

I’m also creating new colors almost weekly and there are some great ones so be sure to check the drop down color lists and if there are colors you don’t recognize that aren’t in your sets, please don’t hesitate to email me to find out more about them. Also, I usually post photos of the samples on my Facebook page. Two new ones you might like are full spectrum versions of Farrow & Ball colors I was asked to make: “Middleton Pink” (we kept the same name for now) and our “Verdant” is their discontinued “Chappell Green”. Both photos of the same sample below show how much the color shifts from green to blue.


The same “Verdant” sample above and below shifts with the light.


The samples below are of two new colors. The top one is “Kelly Green” and the bottom two are the same exact color sample (“Castle Piano Rm Green”) but with different lighting. These colors were created for artist Hunt Slonem’s 102,000 sq.ft. Castle in Scranton.

New Greens

Although these colors were initially created for special clients, these paint colors may be ordered by anyone and we’re having one of our “Blog Sales” so be sure to input the word “blog” in the discount box at checkout when you order online.  While you’re there, check out the fabrics and wallpaper that can now be ordered online. There are always discounts, but you need to email me with the quantity so I can give you the secret discount code!

I hope you’re having a swell (not sweltering) Summer!





Well Priced But Not Cheap!

June 16, 2016

Let’s talk money. Not something I like to talk about unless I’m sharing “a good deal”.  And actually, that’s just what I’m going to do. The other day I was in Helm Paint in New Orleans working on a custom color for a client whose painter would only use Fine Paints of Europe’s Brilliant Gloss, which by the way, is going for $148 a gallon. But what was enlightening, was Helm Paint’s big price menu posted behind the counter: Ben Moore’s Aura @ $72.95 a gallon & Satin Impervo @ $69.95 a gallon. I’m often asked by designers to make full spectrum formulas of Farrow & Ball colors that sell for $95 a gallon – not because they love the product or because my paint is less expensive and easier to get, but because they want the full spectrum color without the black pigment.

When I started my line of Full Spectrum Paints back in June 2001, my original intent was to provide local customers with affordable, beautiful full spectrum color. At the time, there was only access to Donald Kaufman paints which were not only over $100 a gallon but also very hard to get down here in Louisiana. Since then, the company who manufactures my paints has been bought out twice, most recently by PPG Paints. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with PPG Paints’ products and customer service. The price of my paints range from $58 – $69 a gallon and with the new formulas, contain up to 12 voc-free pigments. I’ve also created a few custom colors in PPG’s 7-Line Interior/Exterior Industrial Gloss which is every bit as beautiful as Fine Paints’ Brilliant Gloss. When I compared the samples we painted of each product, you could not tell the difference in finish and considering PPG Paints claims you can use 7-Line on floors and machinery, I’d say it’s just as durable, if not more durable!

For over a year now, we’ve been using Pure Performance ($58-63/gal.) interior and Manor Hall ($67-69/gal.) interior and exterior products and have been getting great reviews from customers AND their painters. Both have built in primers and the Manor Hall also has a stain repellent.

Since the Hunt Slonem Antebellum Pop exhibit opened, I’ve had a flurry of inquiries about his fabrics and wallpapers, so everything in his collection is now available for ordering on my online store in addition to some of my favorite fabrics that I often use in my decorating projects. I plan to continue adding more fabrics, wallpapers and eventually, upholstered furniture. I offer discounts on all fabrics and wallpaper, ranging from 10 – 20%, depending on quantity. Here’s the link:  Ellen’s Favorite Fabrics & Wallpaper

Navy Hutch tablescape

My favorite Hunt Slonem fabric is the “Hutch” linen which also comes in orange, pink, black, red & turquoise. Here the Navy is shown in this tablescape by David Duncan Antiques photographed by Marco Ricca, the photographer who photographed Hunt’s latest book, When Art Meets Design.

My favorite wallpaper?  The “Bunny Wall” that we used in the LSUMOA Hunt Slonem Antebellum Pop exhibit which is up through August 5th. I’ll be giving a Gallery Talk and Tour on Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us!

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The “Bunny Wall” wallpaper comes in two sizes. This size is 54″ wide and comes in ivory or black backgrounds. There is a “Small Bunny Wall” for smaller spaces that is the normal 27″ wide paper and also comes in blue and and orange/red. (We hung bunny paintings on the bunny paper so it’s not 3-D!)