Posts Tagged ‘Color’

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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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Moss Green and Kennon Ivy

August 21, 2019

Although “Moss Green” and “Kennon Ivy” have mostly been used on exterior projects, both colors have been used as interior wall and trim colors. “Moss Green” is my favorite color to transform ugly brick, increase a home’s curb appeal, and both “Moss Green” and “Kennon Ivy” blend into most natural surroundings better than any other color.

One of the first projects where we used “Moss Green” was to cover up the ugly brick and boring stucco that you can see in this work in progress. “Forest Black” is on the shutters.
This home was painted “Moss Green” because not only was the orange brick ugly, but the architectural design of the home was awkward. One of my favorite sayings is “paint it out” and that’s exactly what we did with this exterior!
Another work in progress using “Moss Green” to cover up unattractive brick. The first two homes are in Louisiana (i.e. St. Francisville and Baton Rouge, respectively), however, this one is in Pittsburgh and shows how the color works in most any setting.
“Moss Green” works equally well on wood siding like on this Houston home. Trim is “Kennon Ivy” and the door is “Tiffany Turquoise”.
“Moss Green” with “Edgewood Green” trim helps this home nestle into the landscaping. The “Pressed Violet” door is a custom color that is very close to “Lady Gaga’s Dress” that I recently created after being inspired by the dress she wore when she won the Oscar for “A Star is Born”.
Want something to disappear? “Moss Green” to the rescue! We used “Moss Green” to hide this home and brick wall on my parents’ home in Lake Charles.
“Moss Green” used as interior trim with “Classic Marc” in this newly constructed Bywater, New Orleans residence.
“Kennon Ivy” shutters help this home nestle into its landscaping. As you can see, “Kennon Ivy” is darker and more brown than the gray-green “Moss Green”. The two work well together because of the interesting, yet subtle contrast.
What I especially like about “Kennon Ivy” is that it works well with both warm and cool greens like the “Clay” siding on this home in New Roads.
“Kennon Ivy” walls add drama to this office conference room.
“Kennon Ivy” was initially created for my own home where I used it as an opaque stain on most exterior doors, windows, porch and deck and as a semi-transparent stain on the cypress board and batten siding.
A closer look at “Kennon Ivy” semi-transparent stain and opaque stain surrounding the French Doors leading to the deck. I painted the French doors “Tiffany Turquoise” and the chair “Cornflower Blue” to cool things off during the hot Summer months.
I sat outside for days trying to create a green that blends into the greenery surrounding my little cabin in the woods that I call “Mon Soleil”. This outdoor shower has been featured in numerous Houzz.com articles. It’s also featured in the Houzz article “Cottage Comforts in the Louisiana Woods where you’ll see more “Kennon Ivy” in photos of the porch.

If you’d like to see free hand-painted samples of these or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store where you’ll find a variety of samples to choose from.

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Sage and Edgewood Green

August 7, 2019

“Sage” was created for clients who had “Edgewood Green” as the main color in their Baton Rouge home. When they moved to New Orleans, they wanted the same color but because of the lighting, we lightened it by cutting the formula in half. The new color was so complex and interesting, I added it to my curated palette and named it “Sage”. It’s since become one of my ten best selling colors!

This bathroom is a great example of both colors. “Sage” is on the walls and ceiling with “Edgewood Green” on the doors and trim. These greens are warmer than the previous cool greens I’ve posted about previously and lean more towards brown instead of blue and gray. “Sage” and “Edgewood Green” both enhance the luster of wood tones.
“Sage” on walls in this Atlanta home is the perfect neutral in this space even though the color isn’t anywhere else in the room.
One of the main reasons I like to use a neutral shade of green on trim is because it helps draw your eye outdoors toward the view. “Edgewood Green” was used on everything but the “Alexandra Blue” ceiling in this sun porch overlooking Audubon Park in New Orleans. The blue ceiling further connects you to the outdoors and subconsciously makes you feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day.
When I was asked to help with the colors at the Pitot House Museum, I was surprised to find that my “Edgewood Green” was a dead ringer for the original trim color used back in the late 1700’s! It’s so neutral, it works well with every color like these “Wedgewood” walls.
These New Orleans clients recently purchased a home that was copied after the exterior of the Pitot House and loved the colors there so much, we used them here as well with “Edgewood Green” on all the trim like at the Pitot House. “Buttercream” is on the walls and “Alexandra Blue” on the ceilings. “Pitot Mango” is on the walls in the room beyond. Click here to see a closeup of “Pitot Mango” and “Edgewood Green”.
One of my favorite photos of “Edgewood Green” used on walls and ceiling in this mountain retreat in North Carolina.
“Edgewood Green” is so neutral, it works well as the core color in this home that has several colors branching off of it.
“Edgewood Green” works equally well outdoors and helps this “Buttercream” home nestle into the landscaping.

You can clearly see how color reflective these Full Spectrum Paint colors are by how different they look in each of the photos. I’m happy to send you free hand-painted samples, if you’ll visit my Online Store. It’s the first item. As you’ll see, there are larger hand-painted samples and sample jars as well. Besides selling paint, I welcome helping my clients put together color palettes and selecting paint colors. Color Consultations are free when you purchase my Full Spectrum Paints!

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H2 Ahh!

July 16, 2019

Internationally renowned color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color named this color that I created especially for her. I included it in a special Designer Palette many years ago and it has become one of my most popular colors. I describe it as a complex neutral in that like Gustavian Grey in my previous post, it shifts from blue to green and although darker than Gustavian Grey, the color is so subtle, it’s very organic and quite neutral.

“H2 Ahh!” walls with “Gustavian Grey” ceiling in this California home. What I especially like about this color is that it’s very organic and works well with views of nature.
A current project where we painted “H2 Ahh!” on the walls with “Barry’s White” ceiling and trim. It works beautifully with the cabinet doors and tile, no?
“H2 Ahh!” walls and ceiling envelop this bath in color that is both soothing and refreshing.

To read what Kate Smith had to say about her newly painted office in her signature “H2 Ahh!”, visit this link: Sensational Color. If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample, visit my Online Store.

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Smoky Blue and Dean’s Dream

July 9, 2019

The last color in the blue palette is “Smoky Blue” but I’m including “Dean’s Dream” that I retired because it is fairly close to “Smoky Blue”. However, I’ve made a new formula for it so it’s still available along with quite a few retired colors. When you order individual samples and paint online, the color dropdown menu now contains an option called “Custom (enter name in Notes)” at the bottom. So if you don’t see a color in the list, I may very well have a formula for it already. So far, I’ve created formulas for these retired colors: Mustard Seed, Wheat, Light Terracotta, Caribe, Tuscan Sun, Beige, Limone, Seafoam, Lakeside Napoleon, Juliet’s Potion, Driftwood, Thunder Cloud, Silk Road Plum, Albania Teal, Barry’s Babylon, Mykonos Blue, Bronze, Sky, Terracotta Sand, Chestnut and Perret Ivory. I also have some custom colors like “Saint Bleu” mentioned in my previous blog post. Custom colors available are: Brandon Blue, Saint Bleu, Saint Grey, Petra Sandstone, Barnwood, Intimate White, Palace White, Teal, Plauche’ Green, Pitot Mango, Pitot Shutter Green, Lady Gaga’s Dress, Paris Mud, Capri and Charcoal. You can probably find photos of these custom colors by using the search feature on this blog and by visiting my Instagram page.

But back to Smoky Blue and Dean’s Dream!

“Smoky Blue” was created for this client’s bedroom. Although it’s a dark color, we used it on both walls and ceiling because the ceilings were fairly low and it visually raises the ceiling height because your eye is not drawn up toward the ceiling. The room is just cloaked in color.
Color Specialist Kathy Arms sent me this photo of her living room after she painted the walls “Smoky Blue”. It looks great with the dark wood tones!

“Dean’s Dream” was initially created for designer Dean Coe as part of my Designer Palette many years ago. It’s the full spectrum version of Ben Moore’s Hale Navy. Although it has been really popular, it was fairly close to Smoky Blue so I retired it. However, shortly afterwards I was asked to recreate the formula again for an existing client.

I found this photo of “Dean’s Dream” on Pinterest so I apologize for the quality. JoAnne Floyd, the poster & client, describes it as a navy that’s “almost black”.
Although this looks like exterior siding painted “Dean’s Dream”, it’s actually in a small interior hallway with “Snow” trim.
“Dean’s Dream” walls with “White Opal” on ceiling and trim.

I’ll continue to include new custom colors in my Blog posts. To order free hand-painted samples of any of these colors, visit my Online Store & Order Individual Cuttings.

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