Color Guru Funcolors aka Lori Sawaya

March 16, 2010

I just received an email from Lori Sawaya (known to most on the decorating forums as “Funcolors”), who has a newly revamped website and blog!  I call Lori the “color scientist” because she’s incredibly knowledgeable about all things related to color and paint. For instance, I didn’t know that painted walls that are sprayed as opposed to rolled don’t hold up as well. Did you?

She also posted a very informative article on full spectrum paints that I thought I’d share:


“Full spectrum paint is one of the best color strategies when you want to immediately enjoy living in your new home and need to paint before furniture and accessories are acquired. Whether it is a color of white or something with more hue, you need flexibility. . . Full spectrum paint colors have better odds of creating an atmosphere that will gracefully morph and adapt as you settle in to a new space and add decor.”

-Lori Sawaya, ColorStrategies.net

Lori’s “Hue vs. Color” post is a must read if you would like to learn more about the language of color theory & basic color theory terms, so you can communicate with the person who is helping you select a color palette. Learning a few simple terms can help tremendously when it comes to making sure you end up with the color you want.

So be sure to bookmark Lori’s new website, because I’m certain it will become a wealth of color knowledge and inspiration (it already is!).  This is also where you’ll be able to listen to her “Color Podz” podcasts where she chats with other like-minded color experts. Also, be sure to check out her new state of the art “Virtual Plus Prints” service where you can preview the colors before even picking up a brush!

Last, but not least, Lori sent me a sample of the original “Tobacco Road” color that is so popular. We made our full spectrum version and have renamed it “Champagne Gold”. If you’d like a sample, email us with your mailing address and we’ll get one right out to you!



  1. Ellen,

    I’m so flattered! I’m blushing in several shades — from Berry Red to Seven’s Pink.

    Writing about full spectrum colors is so easy. Incredibly affordable luxury for any home or business and they are the most awesome solution for SO MANY color challenges. I could go on and on…

    Looking forward to our ColorPod with Barbara. I saw where she called it a PodVersation — loving that, so clever! :~D

    Thanks for the post, the links, and the compliments. I am grateful for your friendship and support.

    • Well then! It’s a mutual admiration society we have here! Looking forward to our podcast! Love that logo!!

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