Posts Tagged ‘color therapy’

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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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“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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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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Christine’s Cloud

June 18, 2019

If you haven’t been following my Blog Posts lately, I started writing a post on each one of my Full Spectrum Paint colors since clients often ask me to describe colors and how I recommend they be used. Although my old website had a Virtual Room painter, I find photographs of the colors showing different uses to be more helpful in giving an accurate visual. Of course, there’s nothing like seeing the real color hand-painted on a sample. All of my samples are either hand-painted paper samples or sample jars of the actual paint I sell. These blog posts are in the order of my new Color Chart and at the beginning of each color range, I give the color therapy information related to each color range because the first question I always ask during a Color Consultation is “How do you want to feel in the space?”

Color Chart of 70 Full Spectrum Paint colors is available for purchase from my Online Store

If you want to create a calming, soothing atmosphere “Christine’s Cloud” is a soft, enveloping blue that is a true blue without being the feared “baby blue” that so often happens to folks who aren’t used to selecting paint colors. Although the photos below show “Christine’s Cloud” as ceiling colors for interiors and exterior porches, it makes a great color for bedrooms since it evokes feelings of sea and sky.

We used “Christine’s Cloud” on this ceiling with “Classic Marc” walls in the living room of a decorating project I did a few years ago because we wanted the space to feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day. This living room has three sets of French Doors that open onto the glassed in porch in the photo below.
The porch overlooks Audubon Park in New Orleans so we painted the walls “Edgewood Green” and the ceiling “Christine’s Cloud” so that it feels connected to the outdoors as the green helps pull your eye out towards the view as opposed to using a white which would have the opposite effect and close you in.
The same clients like “Christine’s Cloud” so much, we used it on the porch ceiling of their country home here in Saint Francisville. The siding is “JV Cloud White” and the shutters are in my new color “Creole Shutter Green”. Note the softness of the “JV Cloud Whitenext to the existing white rockers. The home was on tour shortly after it was painted and got rave reviews!

You can order free hand-painted samples of any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors from my Online Store. There are also larger hand-painted samples and sample jars. Color Consultations with me are free when you order my paints!

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The Color Blue & Silvery Blue

June 6, 2019

It’s no wonder blue is humanity’s most popular color. The calming quality of blue is undeniable since it represents the energy of water and sky. Blue is the color of introspection, tranquility and serenity. While its influence on the physical is soothing and calming, it stimulates a spiritual force of upliftment. Frequently called the “Nightingale color”, it’s also known to reduce inflammation and induce sleep, so it’s ideal to use in the bedroom. Ever since I read Alexandra Stoddard’s inspiring book Living a Beautiful Life, I have often used pale sky blue on ceilings because it makes you subconsciously feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day.

“Silvery Blue” was initially created for the Master Bedroom ceiling in designer Marc Charbonnet‘s NYC Fifth Avenue project. I liked it so much, I immediately used it on the ceiling in the Living and Dining rooms for an old farmhouse here in St. Francisville. Although it’s a beautiful, very subtle blue, I’ve yet to see where anyone has used it on walls but I’m certain it would create a wonderfully soothing space. You’ll see from the photos of it below, depending on the light in each space, it changes its hue.

“Silvery Blue” surrounds the silver leaf ceiling in designer Marc Charbonnet’s NYC 5th Avenue project.
Here is “Silvery Blue” on the ceiling in the farmhouse I mentioned. The “Wheat” walls and “Camelhair” millwork pull out more blue. Also, the blue sofas might also make it look more blue in this space.
Another Marc Charbonnet project in Dallas where he used “Silvery Blue” on all of the ceilings with “JV Cloud White” walls and “Barry’s White” trim
After posting photos on Instagram and Facebook of “Silvery Blue” with “JV Cloud White” walls and “Barry’s White” trim, this client painted her Master Bedroom in the same colors. I especially like it on this vaulted ceiling!
The St. Francisville Inn used “Silvery Blue” on all of their ceilings and as you’ll continue to see, it looks different in every space. Walls are “JV Cloud White” and trim is “Barry’s White”
The St. Francisville Inn‘s Summer Parlor above with the same “JV Cloud White” walls and “Barry’s White” ceiling.
Another example of the color reflective qualities of “Silvery Blue” on the St. Francisville Inn‘s porch overlooking the courtyard. Rough cypress walls were painted “JV Cloud White” and floor is painted “Brandon’s Blue” in PPG Paints’ new BreakThrough product.

So as you can see, “Silvery Blue” is quite chameleon-like! If you’d like to see a hand-painted sample, you can order a free sample at my Online Store.

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Summer Sale!

June 24, 2014

I finally posted a Spring 2014 newsletter that announces that we are having a sale on all paint products through July 4th. 10% off on all paint ordered online. Simply use the code “summer” in the coupon box at checkout and it will give you the discount. Also, if you’re not a Louisiana resident, there’s no sales tax, so that’s another 8-10% in discounts!

By the way, did you know that our paints cover far more square footage than most other paint brands? Most brands only cover 300-350 square feet per gallon, but our Lifemaster eggshell covers 450-475 square feet per gallon which is only 13 cents per square foot! Considering what a difference paint makes in the overall project, it is by far the best deal around.

We also have a couple of new types of paint samples! One is an 11″x17″ color chart poster of all 100 of our stock colors, as well as a smaller 8″x11″ color chart of our 10 whites and 20 magical gems and brights. Especially helpful when putting together color palettes,  the 11″x17″ chart features 100 fail-safe colors that compliment each other flawlessly in any setting, be it an ultra modern office or a historic plantation home. These nature-inspired colors have proven themselves consistently beautiful and therapeutic no matter how they are paired or lit, so seasoned designers and amateur homemakers alike can benefit from using this simple yet broad and effective palette.

100Colors

Hand-painted 11″x17″ Color Charts feature all 100 stock colors.

 Our 8″x11″ Whites & Brights Color Charts feature 10 Ethereal Whites and 20 Magical Gems and Summer Brights, the colors featured in House Beautiful Magazine as “Colors from the Deep South”. The whites include several new ones that we recreated full spectrum formulas for of some of  Benjamin Moore’s most popular whites: “Barry’s White” is our version of “Dove White”, “Pottery White” is our version of “China White”, “Nautical White” is our version of “Maritime White” and “Designer White” is our version of “Decorator White”. Did you know that our “White Opal” is whiter than Ben Moore’s “Super White”? What makes our whites so much better? No black and seven pigments in each one makes a huge difference!

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Ethereal Whites, Magical Gems & Brights

Many clients use the more saturated colors to create jewel box spaces out of closets, bookcase and cabinet interiors, powder rooms and other spaces where you want to add pops of therapeutic color. Artist Hunt Slonem, who inspired many of our brights, often uses these colors for his plantation homes which surprisingly can easily handle these more saturated colors.

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“Albania Mango” walls in the Parlor at Albania Plantation