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Classic Cream

May 31, 2019

“Classic Cream” looks just like you think it would. Although it reminds me of Bluebell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, it’s neither too yellow or too white. It’s classic, timeless and one of the very first colors I created. I always try to name colors something that makes you think of the color or at least color range. Interior designer Marc Charbonnet has been one of my first paint clients ever since I created my first color palette of Full Spectrum Paints, so before I created “Classic Marc” especially for him, he used “Classic Cream” in many of his NYC projects.

“Classic Cream” walls with “White Opal” millwork and ceiling in Marc Charbonnet’s NYC project
“Classic Cream” walls with “White Opal” millwork & ceiling in the same Marc Charbonnet project. Note the beautiful stencil bordering the ceiling.
“Classic Cream” walls with “Snow” ceiling and millwork in another Marc Charbonnet project.
I’ve always liked this photo another paint customer sent me of “Classic Creamwalls but sadly, it’s been so long ago, I don’t recall who sent it to me. If anyone recognizes it, please let me know!

If anyone else reading this has any photos of Classic Cream or any of my colors, please email them to me! Since I sell paint and help clients with color selections all over the country, I rarely get to see the finished project.

If you’d like to see a sample of this or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store. There are a variety of options to choose from and the 1″ x 4″ hand-painted cuttings are free! All samples are shipped from my studio in St. Francisville but when you order the actual gallons of paint, you order from me and then I email the formula into the PPG Paints store nearest you for local pick-up.

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Bone

May 30, 2019

“Bone” is more of a brownish off white, still warm yet deeper than “Classic Cream”. While most clients order it for their trim, I’ve had a few clients send photos of it used on walls. As a trim color, it works well with deeper colors like Adobe, Ashen Green, Camelhair, Circa Green, Citrine, Edgewood Green and Timeless Bronze, where you don’t want a lot of contrast between your walls and trim. More often than not, a space with less contrast is more soothing.

“Bone” is used here on both walls and ceiling. I always paint walls and ceilings the same color when the ceiling is angled like this. It softens the space. The clients had a decorative painter add the blue color wash to two walls.
“Bone” is the perfect neutral complement yet not compete with this client’s bathroom tiles.
This client wanted a neutral that would work with the other finishes in this kitchen and “Bone” had enough brown and yellow in it to work with the beige counter and golden cabinets and floor. Window trim is “White Opal”

If you’d like to see “Bone” in person, you can order a sample from my Online Store. We have free 1″x4″ hand-painted cuttings, larger hand-painted samples and sample jars. When you’re ready to order paint by the gallon, you order from my Online Store and then I email your order with formulas and instructions to your nearest PPG Paints store. So much better than hanging around the paint store waiting for your paint to be mixed! You just walk in and say “I came to pick up my Ellen Kennon paint” and they’ll put it in your car. I’ve handled everything for you, finding out the time it will be ready, who’s handling your order, store directions and phone number. To find out which PPG Paints store is closest to you, click on the Store Locator, select the filter “PPG Paints” (not Independent Stores or Home Depot).

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JV Cloud White

May 28, 2019

The color “JV Cloud White” was initially created for designer Jon Vaccari’s showroom on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Unfortunately, several years later he moved to New York and closed the showroom. Although it was filled with museum quality antiques and fabulous furnishings, I would often get calls from his customers raving about the white walls. I even ended up with customers from Miami, Dallas and New York who had visited his showroom and ordered “JV Cloud White” for their homes. To date, “JV Cloud White” is still my most popular white. Although it’s an off white, even when paired with white furnishings, it “reads white”.

We used “JV Cloud White” on every surface in the Jon Vaccari showroom above: Eggshell on the walls, flat on the ceiling and semi-gloss on the trim.
Here’s “JV Cloud White” in Jon’s dining room that made the cover of this popular New Orleans design book.
Another view of Jon Vaccari’s New Orleans showroom.
After seeing it in Jon’s showroom, artist and designer Karina Gentinetta used it on the walls of her showroom at 1st Dibs in NYC
After designer Marc Charbonnet saw it in the St. Francisville Inn, he used it with the same trim color (“Barry’s White”) and ceiling color (“Silvery Blue”)
Here it is on the walls of the Summer Parlor at the St. Francisville Inn. Ceiling is “Silvery Blue” and trim is “Barry’s White”. To see more photos of this and other colors in the newly renovated St. Francisville Inn, read my latest Newsletter!

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of any of these colors, click here to order. For larger hand-painted samples and sample jars, visit my Online Store.

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Snow

May 27, 2019

“Snow” is one of the first whites I created and has been used successfully with every color in my palette of full spectrum paint colors. It’s a warm white yet not too warm to work equally as well with cool colors as it does with warm colors. One client describes it as “a creamy white that sparkles like fresh snow”. In addition to being a great trim and ceiling color, it’s been used very successfully for clients who wanted white kitchens that don’t come off stark and cold. I had a client that had not been able to sell his mother’s home for months so we painted all of her walls “Snow” and it sold within the week!

“Snow” trim works equally well with the warm stucco and cool ceiling color. Stucco color is custom “Provence Clay”, ceiling is “Dusk” and door is “Mykonos Blue”.
“Snow” on trim, wainscoting and cabinets with warmer “Classic Cream” walls and cool blue backsplash tiles and gray soapstone counters.
“Snow” cabinets really brightened this newly remodeled kitchen in this old farmhouse where my clients wanted to keep the dark stained ceiling and floors.
This is the house I mentioned where we painted the all the walls “Snow” for resale. However, in this room, we only painted the walls “Snow”, keeping the existing ceiling, stained wood wainscoting and gray trim (again both cool and warm colors). After sitting on the market for months, it sold within the week. I’m not a proponent of using beige or taupe for resale. I’ve used soft whites and even pale yellows like “Classic Marc” and “Buttercream” which was featured in House Beautiful Magazine as a “colorful neutral”.

If you’d like to see a sample of “Snow” or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, I’d be happy to send you a sample. All paper samples are hand-painted, including the free 1″x4″ cuttings that can be purchased via the link here. Other paper sample sizes and sample jars can be ordered via my online store. However, when you purchase gallons of paint, I email the order into the nearest PPG Paints in your area so that all you have to do is walk in and say “I came to pick up my Ellen Kennon paint” and they’ll put it into your car. No waiting for them to tint it. (To find a PPG store in your area, visit the Store Locator, input your zip code and click on the filter “PPG Paints” not Independent Stores or Home Depot).

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Pearl

May 24, 2019

“Pearl” got its name from the gemstone and although pearls come in many different colors, when I think of pearls, I always tend to think of them as white with a slightly rosy cast. So the “Pearl” paint color I created has a very, very subtle pink glow. Designers Cecile Thompson and Peggie Rhodes of Timpsen Creek Gallery in Clayton, Georgia liked it so much, they used it on all millwork and most ceilings in the Atlanta, Georgia project shown in the photos below. It’s especially stunning and timeless with this sunny “Azure” blue!

“Pearl” millwork and ceiling in this Dining Room with “Azure” walls
“Pearl” millwork with “Azure” walls in the Hallway
I couldn’t resist showing another view of the Hallway in this fabulous home!

As you can see, Pearl, like White Opal and Barry’s White, is a crisp enough white to work well with most any color and shows off beautiful millwork like the gorgeous millwork in this home.

This project is almost complete and when it is, I’ll be sure to write about it showing many more photos in an upcoming newsletter!

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Barry’s White

May 23, 2019

This is the third color in a series of blog posts where I will be describing and showing photos of each of my 70 full spectrum paint colors. This post is all about the color “Barry’s White” that I created for San Francisco designer Barry Johnson. Barry asked me to create a full spectrum version of Benjamin Moore’s popular Dove White. It has since become one of my most popular whites, especially when used on trim and other millwork. We used it recently on trim and wainscoting in the St. Francisville Inn here in St. Francisville.

“Barry’s White” on trim and wainscoting in the breakfast room at the St. Francisville Inn. “Silvery Blue” is on the ceiling and “Brandon Blue” on the doors and floor in the adjoining room.

We used “Barry’s White” as trim throughout the entire Inn. It’s incredibly versatile and especially popular as trim with “JV Cloud White” walls. To see more photos of it in the Inn, read my latest newsletter.

“Barry’s White” trim with “JV Cloud White” walls and “Silvery Blue” ceiling in designer Marc Charbonnets recent Dallas project.
Here we used “Barry’s White” as exterior trim on this newly constructed Bedford, NY home. The body is “Classic Cream” and green window trim and doors are “Peridot”

To my knowledge, it hasn’t been used as a wall color, however, if you’re looking for a fairly bright white for walls, this is worth considering. If you’d like to see a sample, you can order free hand-painted samples at Full Spectrum Paints’ online store. Want to see more photos of my Full Spectrum Paint colors? Follow me on Instagram.

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Golden White

May 22, 2019

In my previous blog post, I gave color therapy information on the color white. This post is about the color “Golden White” which was initially created for renowned designer Marc Charbonnet who asked me to create a “golden white” for a ceiling that was surrounded by a gold leaf border.

The “Golden White” ceiling in this NYC Fifth Avenue apartment designed by AD 100 designer Marc Charbonnet
“Golden White” was the perfect white to complement this honey-toned wood. It was as if someone brought in sunshine (the previous color was a dull beige).

When I first started to create this color, I was a little daunted by the task, but I have to say I’m especially pleased with the results because it actually has a golden cast to it. It works especially well with other warm colors as a wall color, ceiling color and/or trim color. If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample, click here. Larger hand-painted samples and sample jars are also available: Full Spectrum Paints Online Store

Have you read my latest newsletter? Click here to read about a recent color consultation project where we used the next color on my list, “Barry’s White”.

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