Posts Tagged ‘color therapy’

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20th Year Anniversary

June 21, 2021
Today marks the 20th anniversary of my Full Spectrum Paints line! The first “Nature’s Palette” and “Magical Gems” paint colors have since expanded to an edited palette of 70 tried and true full spectrum colors that have been used successfully in every area of the United States. I have loved creating hundreds of custom colors over the last two decades, and it’s been such a joy making friends with so many interesting and talented folks during my telephone color consultations. I am so very grateful for every single one of you. Several of you have even been to visit me here in Saint Francisville! Thank you!
Despite a pandemic, both my paint and design businesses have thrived and not a day goes by that I’m not filled with gratitude that I’m able to work from home doing what I love. So what better way to celebrate than to offer a 20% discount through the end of June on all paint products. When you order online, at check out enter “20YEARS!” in the box that says “discount code”. Don’t forget that color consultations are included in the cost of my paints. Knowing how daunting selecting paint colors is to most, I offered this service from the very beginning and have helped clients put together color palettes for homes and businesses all over the country. 
I also owe many, many thanks to the writers, editors and friends who are responsible for all of the publicity I’ve received in so many publications. I’ve never advertised so without you and the wonderful reviews from clients on the GardenWeb (now Houzz) website, I doubt I’d still be in business. Thank you!!!
During Covid, like many folks, I did some redecorating and made quite a few home improvements. I was thrilled when Elise Saloom of InRegister Magazine contacted me about bedroom paint colors for her article “Color expert Ellen Kennon explains how your bedroom’s paint color can impact your mood“as I had just redecorated my own bedroom and hallway-vanity area as you’ll see in the photos below. 
One of the things I didn’t change was the “Alexandra Blue” paint color I used on both walls and ceiling. It is such a soothing color! The “Ashen Green” trim helps bring the outdoors in and the new hallway wallpaper also gives the feeling of being outdoors. Nature is a tonic so I try and recreate its healing energy indoors whenever I can.
I didn’t plan to start my business on the Summer Solstice. It wasn’t until I was walking out the door of ICI Dulux Paints (now PPG Paints) with my first newly created paint colors that I realized it was June 21st–a time to celebrate new beginnings and the day we are closest to the warmth and energy of the sun. How fitting since the sun plays such a role in Full Spectrum Paints. Thank you again for contributing so much to the last 20 years of my life! Happy Summer Solstice!
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Blush and Powder Pink

September 20, 2019

Pink is a calming shade of red that is very nurturing and emotionally healing. Although it’s considered a feminine color, it’s sedative qualities are good for places where you want serenity and a supportive atmosphere. “Blush” was created for Designer Marc Charbonnet who gave me a piece of the palest pink silk to create the color from. He used it on the walls of the bedroom below in a NYC project.

“Blush” walls in this bedroom designed by Marc Charbonnet for a baby girl’s room is not only a very pale pink but it has enough yellow in it to add warmth. He used “Snow” on the ceiling and trim.
“Powder Pink” isn’t as pale as the color “Blush”, but “Powder Pink” is still a very soft pink that works equally well in any room, like this New Orleans parlor.

If you’d like to see actual hand-painted samples, visit my Online Store where you can order a variety of samples, even free small hand-painted samples!

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Buttercream

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.

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ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
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“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!

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ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
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Sandy Lagoon

July 3, 2019

I often use the color “Sandy Lagoon” in color palettes that include “Gustavian Grey” and “H2 Ahh!” because they all fall into the blue-green category. I especially love this color range because it has both the soothing qualities of blue and the rejuvenating qualities of green, so spending time in spaces painted in any one of these colors is both calming and refreshing. They’d make great Spa colors!

“Sandy Lagoon” walls with “Moss Green” trim in this bedroom off of a “Classic Marc” hallway.
Another photo of the same project where we used “Sandy Lagoon” with “Moss Green” trim in the adjoining bathroom
This bathroom with “Sandy Lagoon” walls and “Snow” wainscoting is from a completely different project where other palette colors included “Mushroom”, “Ashen Green” and “Wedgewood”.

I often use deeper and brighter colors in bathrooms to give them more drama. Since bathrooms are usually small, I tend to try and turn them into little jewel boxes. However, “Sandy Lagoon” would also work well in Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Kitchens, Foyers and Hallways. If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Sandy Lagoon” or any of my Full Spectrum Paints, visit my Online Store.

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ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628