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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! Unfortunately, I only have one photo of it so 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.

There are only eight colors left for me to blog about and then I’ll put together a post of all the custom and retired colors that are currently available in addition to the 70 stock colors in my main color palette that I’ve been posting about. I’ll continue to update the “Custom and Retired Colors” post as I add colors. You can order samples of any of these colors by going to the bottom of the Color drop down menu to “Custom (enter name in notes)” and then in the notes section, enter the name or names of the custom and/or retired colors you’d like to order. The photo below shows you the drop down menu.

Example of how to order custom and retired colors.

Next color up: “Putty”

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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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Mushroom

September 24, 2019

“Mushroom” was House Beautiful‘s “Editor’s Pick” as one of the top four brown paint colors in their App House Beautiful 500+ Favorite Paint Colors as well as in their bookazine by the same name. I call it a complex neutral because although it’s a beige, it’s definitely not your typical boring beige!

Beige, included in the brown family, is a purely physical vibration firmly grounded in the earthly plane, promoting stability and groundedness. It is similar to green in that it is a ray of balance. It carries with it a person’s natural desire for reasonable comfort, home and security. 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, creating a feeling of coolness and warmth at the same time.

House Beautiful Magazine’s 500+ Favorite Paint Colors & their paint swatch of “Mushroom”
“Mushroom” walls and ceiling with “Sage” trim pull together a variety of colored furnishings.
When you compare the “Mushroom” walls in this living room to the photos above and below, you can see how chameleon-like it is.
“Mushroom” walls and ceiling with “Wedgewood” cabinets.

If you’d like a free hand-painted sample of “Mushroom” or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store where you can order all kinds of paint samples and now, you can even pre-order my daughter’s book, Classic Restaurants of New Orleans, that’s coming out November 4th!

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