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Adobe and Timeless Bronze

September 19, 2019

“Adobe”, named after the adobe houses out West, is a warm brown that creates feelings of comfort, home and security. Brown is a purely physicial vibration promoting stability and groundedness. It typifies home and hearth and the satisfaction of basic human needs. The color of living wood and the earth, it can be rich yet subtle–extraordinarily restful to look upon as it creates a feeling of coolness and warmth at the same time.

“Adobe” walls with “Snow” trim and “Alexandra Blue” ceiling.

When I painted my first sample of “Timeless Bronze”, I was surprised by how it looks almost metallic!

“Timeless Bronze” sample. It has no metallic gold or any additives in it. It simply looks that way!
“Timeless Bronze” walls with “Citrine” ceiling in this New Orleans home.

As always, you can order a free hand-painted or larger samples and sample jars of any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors via my Online Store.

Camelhair and Moutarde

September 18, 2019

Both of these colors are in the gold family. I named “Camelhair” because it reminds me of a camelhair coat. It’s more of a traditional, brownish gold. “Moutarde”, French for mustard, is a deeper more saturated gold. Gold is one of my favorite colors, not because it is associated with abundance and success but on a spiritual level it is the color of divine awareness, spiritual healing and positive change. According to Meredith Young-Sowers of the Stillpoint Foundation, “It radiates love, compassion and understanding to all who come into contact with its radiant light. Gold symbolizes a degree of perfection, the completion of man’s process of transmutation from the base metal of instinct to the realization of the divine spark within.”

“Camelhair” walls with “White Opal” millwork and “Alexandra Blue” ceiling.
“Moutarde” used in this New Orleans kitchen was the perfect backdrop to the client’s family christening dress with gilt trim.

If you’d like samples, visit my Online Store where you’ll be able to order free hand-painted 1″x4″ samples (called “cuttings”) along with lots of other sample sizes and sample jars.

Parchment and Citrine

September 17, 2019

Talk about two totally different yellows! I created “Parchment” when I saw a post online where someone was looking for a “yellow beige” and that’s exactly how I would describe it. When you put it with the other yellow samples, it looks beige. However, when it’s put next to anything beige, it looks yellow. I used it in a design project in Houston where we wanted yellow walls but with their lighting, yellow just didn’t work. Parchment still created the warmth and feeling we were trying to achieve in their kitchen.

“Parchment” was the only yellow that worked with these bathroom tiles. All of the other yellows they tried were just too much. Trim is “White Opal”.

“Citrine” on the other hand is similar to “Honeysuckle” featured in my previous post in that it borders the line between yellow and gold. I was surprised when selecting colors for the Pitot House that “Citrine” happens to be a dead ringer for the original color used back in the late 1700s.

“Citrine” walls used with “Edgewood Green” trim in this bedroom at the Pitot House Museum.
“Citrine” was used on the exterior of this Santa Barbara home along with my retired color “Tuscan Sun”. However, I reformulated “Tuscan Sun” recently so it’s now available, too! I’ll be writing a post soon that lists all of the retired and custom colors that are available in addition to my 70 stock colors.

As always, you can order a free hand-painted sample when you visit my Online Store!

Luminaire and Honeysuckle

September 16, 2019

“Luminaire” is a brighter, clearer yellow than the “Buttercream” in my previous post. It’s what I consider a classic yellow that works well in any space where you want to create a warm, inviting and cheerful atmosphere. Although it’s been a popular color for years, I only have one photo of it used in a space. If anyone reading this has photos of Luminaire, I’d love to add them!

“Luminaire” with “Gustavian Grey” ceiling helps bring a sunny day inside.

“Honeysuckle” is a deeper yellow than both Luminaire and Buttercream and was named after the golden yellow color that the white honeysuckle flower turns into as it ages. Like Buttercream, it is also creamy and has a hint of red that casts a rosy glow.

“Honeysuckle” while still in the yellow family, it’s almost golden.
Top to bottom: Buttercream, Luminaire & Honeysuckle. Many clients use them all in the same palette, depending on the natural lighting in each room. I just snapped this photo in the bright sunlight on my deck and have to say, it’s pretty accurate color-wise!

If you’d like free 1″x4″ hand-painted samples (we call them “cuttings”), visit my Online Store where you can order them as well as lots of other sample options!


September 5, 2019

“Buttercream” is the first color I created. I recreated my own full spectrum formula of the color that I had Donald Kaufman make over thirty years ago for a client of mine in New York. I described it as a pale creamy yellow that looks like it is lit by candlelight. It’s that hint of red pigment we added that gives “Buttercream” its rosy glow in the corners of a room. I like the color so much, I have it in the main room of my own home and when I repainted several years ago, I chose “Buttercream” again because it’s like walking into a room where the sun is always shining and it promotes feelings of cheerfulness and optimism and stimulates conversation, creativity and the intellect. Like “Classic Marc”, the color in my previous post, it goes with every other color. It’s been featured in House Beautiful Magazine as a “colorful neutral”.

“Buttercream” walls and ceilings with “Ashen Green” trim in my own home.
“Buttercream” walls and ceiling” in this Hilton Head, SC home
“Buttercream” was also included in House Beautiful‘s App 500+ Favorite Paint Colors. I’m glad I took this screenshot because sadly, the app is no longer available.
“Buttercream” walls in Color Consultant Barbara Jacobs‘ project in Massachusetts.
“Buttercream” walls with “White Opal” trim.

So as you can see from the photos, Buttercream works in a variety of settings and with a variety of furnishings. If you’d like to see a hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store where you can order free 1″ x 4″ hand-painted cuttings as well as a variety of other hand-painted samples in several sizes. We also have 2 oz. sample jars and pints.

“Classic Marc”

August 30, 2019

“Classic Marc” was created and named for my dear friend and renowned designer Marc Charbonnet. Marc was selected by Architectural Digest Magazine as one of their “AD100” top designers in the country three years in a row. He uses “Classic Marc” as the main color in almost every project because although it’s a soothing, pale yellow, it acts as a neutral in that it goes with everything. Yellow promotes feelings of cheerfulness and optimism. It’s unusual because it’s both a physical and a mental color and is one of my favorites because it’s not only a cheerful color, but it stimulates the intellect, creativity and conversation. There’s really not a single color that it doesn’t look great with.

“Classic Marc” on the walls in this Marc Charbonnet project with “Snow” trim and “Gustavian Grey” in the room beyond.
“Classic Marc” walls in another Marc Charbonnet designed space.
“Classic Marc” walls and ceiling create a feeling of warmth and coziness this NYC bedroom. It’s pale enough to be cheerful but also soothing.
“Classic Marc” with “Pearl” trim in this Sacramento Victorian home.

So as you can see, “Classic Marc” works well in a variety of settings. If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store where you’ll find a variety of other samples and sample jars to choose from as well. If you need help selecting a color or putting together a color palette, email me. I’d love to help you envelop your space in the softness of my Full Spectrum Paints!

Shutter Colors

August 22, 2019

Shutters can be almost any color, like the “Kennon Ivy” shutters I featured in my last Blog Post. I created three more colors specifically for shutters that are historically approved colors: “Creole Shutter Green”, “Forest Black” and “French Quarter Green”. Although I haven’t had an opportunity to use “French Quarter Green” on a project yet, I’ve had a crush on this color for many years and just had to include it in my new color palette.

I created this collage of photos of what I call “French Quarter Green” used on several buildings in New Orleans’ French Quarter. A sample of my Full Spectrum Paint color “French Quarter Green” is on the bottom row in the middle. I love the way it looks both newly painted and weathered.
“Creole Shutter Green” couldn’t be more classic. It’s more interesting than the traditional “Essex Green” you usually see on historic buildings and almost a dead ringer for the “Charleston Green” shutters you see in Charleston. Because of the many pigments within this color, it’s very chameleon-like.
I like “Creole Shutter Green” so much I created a formula for it in PPG’s new Break-Through product that can be used on anything (concrete, vinyl, plastic, porch floors, etc.). It was a cheap quick fix for this wood counter top that was varnished cypress.
“Forest Black” is a brown so deep it’s almost black. The bright sun in this photo makes it look lighter than usual. It works well with the “Moss Green” painted brick.
“Forest Black” shutters with “Lichen” siding on this New Orleans Bywater home.

Of course, as I said in the beginning, shutters can be most any color, but if you’re wanting a more traditional yet interesting shutter color, these three, along with the “Kennon Ivy” shutter color written about in my previous blog post work with most any siding color. If you’d free hand-painted samples of these or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store.