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H2 Ahh!

July 16, 2019

Internationally renowned color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color named this color that I created especially for her. I included it in a special Designer Palette many years ago and it has become one of my most popular colors. I describe it as a complex neutral in that like Gustavian Grey in my previous post, it shifts from blue to green and although darker than Gustavian Grey, the color is so subtle, it’s very organic and quite neutral.

“H2 Ahh!” walls with “Gustavian Grey” ceiling in this California home. What I especially like about this color is that it’s very organic and works well with views of nature.
A current project where we painted “H2 Ahh!” on the walls with “Barry’s White” ceiling and trim. It works beautifully with the cabinet doors and tile, no?
“H2 Ahh!” walls and ceiling envelop this bath in color that is both soothing and refreshing.

To read what Kate Smith had to say about her newly painted office in her signature “H2 Ahh!”, visit this link: Sensational Color. If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store.

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Gustavian Grey

July 10, 2019

“Gustavian Grey” is what I call a complex neutral. It is very chameleon-like in that sometimes it can look blue, sometimes green, and more gray, depending on the light and the space it’s in. If I had to put it into a color category, it is definitely a blue-green–it’s just subtle. What I love about blue-green is that it combines the soothing, calming qualities of blue with the rejuvenating, healing qualities of green. So it both soothes and refreshes!

“Gustavian Grey” is one of my most popular colors. It’s especially popular in bedrooms and bathrooms. However, I use it often on ceilings. One client painted the entire interior of her waterfront home in Seattle. It makes a great beach house color, especially when your window views look out onto water, so I often describe it as a “water color”. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what it looks like in different settings.

This photo is on the Gallery Page of my website because this setting really shows off “Gustavian Grey’s” many hues. It’s on all ceilings and walls in the private quarters of the St. Francisville Inn.
Here “Gustavian Grey” used on the ceiling of this space with “Classic Cream” walls and “Rainbow Fog” trim looks more blue and on ceilings it usually does look blue.
“Gustavian Grey” walls with “Snow” trim and ceiling in this bathroom.
The “Gustavian Grey” walls look more blue in this bedroom setting with “Sage” trim.
We used “Gustavian Grey” on both bedroom and bathroom walls and ceilings. My client finds the color so soothing, she doesn’t want to hang any artwork!

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Gustavian Grey”, visit my Online Store where you can also order larger hand-painted samples and sample jars.

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Smoky Blue and Dean’s Dream

July 9, 2019

The last color in the blue palette is “Smoky Blue” but I’m including “Dean’s Dream” that I retired because it is fairly close to “Smoky Blue”. However, I’ve made a new formula for it so it’s still available along with quite a few retired colors. When you order individual samples and paint online, the color dropdown menu now contains an option called “Custom (enter name in Notes)” at the bottom. So if you don’t see a color in the list, I may very well have a formula for it already. So far, I’ve created formulas for these retired colors: Mustard Seed, Wheat, Light Terracotta, Caribe, Tuscan Sun, Beige, Limone, Seafoam, Lakeside Napoleon, Juliet’s Potion, Driftwood, Thunder Cloud, Silk Road Plum, Albania Teal, Barry’s Babylon, Mykonos Blue, Bronze, Sky, Terracotta Sand, Chestnut and Perret Ivory. I also have some custom colors like “Saint Bleu” mentioned in my previous blog post. Custom colors available are: Brandon Blue, Saint Bleu, Saint Grey, Petra Sandstone, Barnwood, Intimate White, Palace White, Teal, Plauche’ Green, Pitot Mango, Pitot Shutter Green, Lady Gaga’s Dress, Paris Mud, Capri and Charcoal. You can probably find photos of these custom colors by using the search feature on this blog and by visiting my Instagram page.

But back to Smoky Blue and Dean’s Dream!

“Smoky Blue” was created for this client’s bedroom. Although it’s a dark color, we used it on both walls and ceiling because the ceilings were fairly low and it visually raises the ceiling height because your eye is not drawn up toward the ceiling. The room is just cloaked in color.
Color Specialist Kathy Arms sent me this photo of her living room after she painted the walls “Smoky Blue”. It looks great with the dark wood tones!

“Dean’s Dream” was initially created for designer Dean Coe as part of my Designer Palette many years ago. It’s the full spectrum version of Ben Moore’s Hale Navy. Although it has been really popular, it was fairly close to Smoky Blue so I retired it. However, shortly afterwards I was asked to recreate the formula again for an existing client.

I found this photo of “Dean’s Dream” on Pinterest so I apologize for the quality. JoAnne Floyd, the poster & client, describes it as a navy that’s “almost black”.
Although this looks like exterior siding painted “Dean’s Dream”, it’s actually in a small interior hallway with “Snow” trim.
“Dean’s Dream” walls with “White Opal” on ceiling and trim.

I’ll continue to include new custom colors in my Blog posts. To order free hand-painted samples of any of these colors, visit my Online Store & Order Individual Cuttings.

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Slate and Saint Bleu

July 8, 2019

“Slate” has been a popular color ever since employee Jamie Maxwell suggested it to me back in 2005. At the time, she pointed out that my color palette was missing a darker gray-blue. The formula for “Slate” is in the midtone base, not a deep base, so I don’t really consider it that dark of a color. It’s been used successfully in pretty much every type of space, as you’ll see from the photos below.

A newly painted room using “Slate” on the walls with “White Opal” trim and ceiling
I often suggest a blue like “Slate” to go with blonde woodtones like these floors. Think “Sea & Sand”.
This is the reception area for the Yoga Belly Studio in Mountain View, CA. As you can see, “Slateworks equally as well with dark woodtones.
“Slate” walls cozy up this family room with white bookcases and upholstery.

I mention “Saint Bleu” in this post’s title because it’s very similar to the color “Slate”. I could have used it on the walls of the Winter Parlor in the St. Francisville Inn since it was a perfect match for the wallpaper that designer Brandon Branch was using on the back wall of the built-in cabinets. However, I wanted to create a more chameleon-like color, so I added magenta to the formula. “Saint Bleu”, although a custom color, can be yours!

A closeup of “Saint Bleu and the wallpaper used to create it
Designer Brandon Branch’s beautiful parlor just off of The Saint Bar at the St. Francisville Inn in St. Francisville. Trim is “Barry’s White” and ceiling is “Silvery Blue”.

If you’d like to see hand-painted samples of these colors or any other of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store where you can order free cuttings, larger hand-painted samples and sample jars. When it comes time to order paint by the gallon, you also order online and pick it up at your local PPG Paints store. No waiting around in the store for the paint to be mixed. It will already be ready for you so that there’s no wait!

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Sandy Lagoon

July 3, 2019

I often use the color “Sandy Lagoon” in color palettes that include “Gustavian Grey” and “H2 Ahh!” because they all fall into the blue-green category. I especially love this color range because it has both the soothing qualities of blue and the rejuvenating qualities of green, so spending time in spaces painted in any one of these colors is both calming and refreshing. They’d make great Spa colors!

“Sandy Lagoon” walls with “Moss Green” trim in this bedroom off of a “Classic Marc” hallway.
Another photo of the same project where we used “Sandy Lagoon” with “Moss Green” trim in the adjoining bathroom
This bathroom with “Sandy Lagoon” walls and “Snow” wainscoting is from a completely different project where other palette colors included “Mushroom”, “Ashen Green” and “Wedgewood”.

I often use deeper and brighter colors in bathrooms to give them more drama. Since bathrooms are usually small, I tend to try and turn them into little jewel boxes. However, “Sandy Lagoon” would also work well in Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Kitchens, Foyers and Hallways. If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Sandy Lagoon” or any of my Full Spectrum Paints, visit my Online Store.

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Wedgewood

June 26, 2019

When I was asked to help with colors for the Pitot House Museum in New Orleans, I was surprised to discover that my “Wedgewood” was exactly the same as one of the historic home’s original colors, along with “Edgewood Green”, “Citrine” and “Ruby”. Of course, the original colors weren’t Full Spectrum. When I created these colors, I knew they were timeless, but I had no idea they were used back in the late 1700’s!

“Wedgewood” walls in this bedroom at the Pitot House Museum in New Orleans. I was surprised that my “Edgewood Green” that we used on all the interior millwork was a dead ringer for the original millwork color!
This photo from color consultant Lori Sawaya is decades old and shows the timelessness of “Wedgewood” walls. She used my retired color “Aqua” on the ceiling. I retired “Aqua” because it looks so much like “Gustavian Grey” which is more complex and interesting and therefore more popular.
Here we used “Wedgewood” on the cabinets with “Mushroom” walls and ceiling.

If you’ve been following my Blog Posts, you may be thinking “all these blues sure look alike”. However, you can order free hand-painted samples as well as larger samples and sample jars via my Online Store.

When it comes time to order actual gallons of paint, you always order from me, either by phone or online, and then when it’s ready (I’ll let you know and handle the order for you), you just pull up to your nearest PPG Paints store and they’ll put it in your car for you. No waiting, no hanging out at a paint store! To see which store is nearest you, visit the PPG Store Locator, input your zip code and click on the filter “PPG Paints” (not Home Depot or Independent Stores).

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Azure

June 25, 2019

“Azure” is what I call a sunny blue. Although blue is usually a cool color, this blue has enough yellow in it to make it look warm and cheerful, yet not enough to turn it aqua. Perhaps that’s the reason it was used so successfully in the Atlanta project by the designers at Timpsen Creek Gallery featured in the first photo. The client likes it so much, she used it in all of the main rooms! More photos of this project can be seen in my Blog Post on the color “Pearl” which we used on all millwork throughout the home.

“Azure” walls with “Pearl” millwork and although it’s hard to see in the photo above, “Christine’s Cloud” is on the ceiling. It shows up better in the photo below of the same project during renovation.
“Azure” is the perfect color in my tiny guest room with Dutch beds. The room is only 7′ x 10′ so it definitely needed a cool color since cool colors recede and don’t close you in. I also upholstered the interior walls of the beds with a pale blue linen. Trim is “Ashen Green”.

As you can see by the photos, “Azure”, like all Full Spectrum Paints, is color-reflective so it looks different in every setting. To see an actual hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store where you can get small hand-painted samples for free or larger samples and jars for a nominal cost.

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