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Smoke

October 11, 2019

“Smoke” is a medium warm grey that works especially well with it’s darker version “Dove”. Both of these are lighter versions of my retired color “Driftwood”. The original darker version was named Driftwood because it’s a gray that has some brown in it, making it a great complement to wood tones.

This kitchen den area had gold walls which didn’t help with the temps from the hot afternoon sun that streams through the windows. Picking up on the recycled ceiling and grout from the tiles (something I normally never consider!), we repainted both walls and ceiling “Smoke”
Another view of the same room with “Smoke” walls and ceiling. We kept the same bone trim which works well with it.
A work in progress, this soon to be kitchen has “Smoke” walls and ceiling with “Edgewood Green” trim.

If you’d like to see a sample of “Smoke” or any of my full spectrum colors, visit my Online Store where you’ll see a variety of sample options in addition to free hand-painted cuttings.

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Putty

October 10, 2019

“Putty” is one of my oldest colors. I created it to frame a window that looked out over the trunk of a huge live oak. The bark that color in it. It’s a warm grey that’s both a beautiful wall color as well as a versatile trim color.

“Putty” on walls, ceiling and trim work well with the wood tones in this kitchen because it’s a warm grey that can sometimes have a green cast.
“Putty” walls with “Sage” trim. Although you can’t see it in this photo, we used “Gustavian Grey” on the ceilings.
“Putty” brick and trim with “Lichen” walls and ceiling in the Sullivan Dental Center in St. Francisville

If you’d like to see what “Putty” looks like in person, you can order a free hand-painted sample at my Online Store. There are lots of other samples in different sizes as well as sample jars.

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Avalon Mist

October 9, 2019

“Avalon Mist” was named after the legendary island of King Arthur lore because it’s a most mysterious color. It’s one of my complex neutrals that can’t really be defined in a color category. It’s so chameleon-like it constantly changes with the light and when you put two samples of “Avalon Mist” side by side, they look like two different colors! If you’d like to see a hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store where you can order free hand-painted cuttings, larger hand-painted samples and sample jars.

“Avalon Mist” on the walls and ceiling of this hallway with “White Opal” trim.
“Avalon Mist” walls with “Silk Road Plum” accent wall.
“Avalon Mist” walls in the same home from the same gallons used to paint the Powder Room in the photo above!

So as you can see, Avalon Mist is very mysterious–definitely not dull! The image below is a screenshot showing where to order free hand-painted cuttings.

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Pumice

October 2, 2019

“Pumice” is one of my favorite complex neutrals. It’s a warm grey that is so misty, it makes you want to touch the walls because they don’t look solid. When I say warm, I mean although it’s a grey, it’s not cold and in some settings it can lean on the green side.

Grey at its highest silvery hue is the ray of peace. In interiors, it creates a timeless, contemplative and relaxing mood. It’s considered a color of compromise and harmony. I highly recommend it as the main neutral in open floor plans.

The warmth in “Pumice” make it a wonderful complement to the warm cypress wood tones used in this newly constructed sun room.
“Pumice” walls and ceiling with “Barry’s White” trim used in this guestroom create an oasis of calm to balance the vibrant bedding.
We used “Pumice” on both walls and ceiling since there was no crown molding and it visually raises the ceiling height when you paint both the same color. The trim is “Putty”

If you’d like to see a sample of Pumice or any of my full spectrum paint colors, visit my Online Store where you can order free hand-painted samples of any of my colors. Although Pumice is grey, it contains no grey or black pigment and is created with 7 pigments just like all my other colors.

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Lilac Mist and Lavender Mist

September 30, 2019

Both of these colors fall into the violet category and as stated in my previous blog post, have the qualities of spirituality and calmness, making them especially good for meditation rooms. However, as you’ll see from the photos below, they work equally well in bedrooms and bathrooms. “Lilac Mist” can also be somewhat masculine and makes a great wall color in rooms with brown leather furnishings, for instance.

As you can see, “Lilac Mist” is a very grayed down subtle color.
Used on the top exterior of this building in St. Francisville’s historic district, “Lilac Mist” passed the Historical Society guidelines.
“Lavender Mist” walls in this bathroom with “Smoke” cabinet and “Pearl” trim.
“Lavender Mist” walls in this office at Sullivan Dental Center in St. Francisville with “Putty” trim.

If you’d like free hand-painted samples of any of my full spectrum paints, visit my Online Store.

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Plum

September 27, 2019

“Plum” is a new color created for a client who wanted something a tad brighter than “Silk Road Plum”. Although I retired “Silk Road Plum”, it’s still available so I’ll share photos of both. Both colors are in the violet family which vibrate at a much higher frequency due to the red in it, so it’s not quite as calming as blue or green. Its qualities of spirituality and calmness make it a great background color in meditations. It activates a strong psychic response, together with an incredible reach of the mind.

“Plum” bath created for designer Ann Baumgartner’s NY project.
Close-up of the “Plum” bath wall color.
Close-up of “Silk Road Plum” bar. Can you see the subtle difference? Cabinetry and trim is “Dove”
“Silk Road Plum” foyer walls with “White Opal Trim”
My favorite “Plum” room is the foyor in the private quarters of the St. Franisville Inn. Ceiling is “Juliet’s Potion”.
The walls are so velvety, I wanted the trim and door to be the same finish, so I used the same “Plum” in an exterior flat. “Juliet’s Potion” is also available although it was retired.

If you’d like free hand-painted samples, visit my Online Store!

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Scarlett and Sunset Orange

September 26, 2019

I retired all of my reds and oranges since not many folks are using these colors these days. However, there’s nothing like a grand red room so I created a new red, “Scarlett” and a new orange, “Sunset Orange”. Both are physical colors so they’re best used in rooms that are used socially, like living and especially dining rooms. I also like to use red in a powder room since you’re not spending much time in it (red closes in on you) and it casts a flattering glow to the skin when you’re looking at yourself in the mirror. Red is the color of energy, vitality, power, passion and desire. It’s known to increase your heart rate, so while it inspires passion, it doesn’t make for a restful bedroom.

The artist Hunt Slonem loves a red room so when he saw “Scarlett” it was the first color he chose for Madewood Plantation.

Orange is also associated with energy and vitality. It’s also associated with enthusiasm and optimism. As it lies between red and yellow, it affects both physical well-being and the intellect. It’s a good welcoming color for hallways or where conversation needs to be stimulated. Unfortunately, the photo below is the only one I have, but as you can see, it’s certainly a cheerful room!

Although there’s not much wall space in this room, we used “Sunset Orange” on walls and crown molding. To pull your eye out to the view, we used custom “Tyler’s Taupe” on the door and window trim.

If you’d like to see free hand-painted samples of these colors please visit my Online Store.

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