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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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Slate and Saint Bleu

July 8, 2019

“Slate” has been a popular color ever since employee Jamie Maxwell suggested it to me back in 2005. At the time, she pointed out that my color palette was missing a darker gray-blue. The formula for “Slate” is in the midtone base, not a deep base, so I don’t really consider it that dark of a color. It’s been used successfully in pretty much every type of space, as you’ll see from the photos below.

A newly painted room using “Slate” on the walls with “White Opal” trim and ceiling
I often suggest a blue like “Slate” to go with blonde woodtones like these floors. Think “Sea & Sand”.
This is the reception area for the Yoga Belly Studio in Mountain View, CA. As you can see, “Slateworks equally as well with dark woodtones.
“Slate” walls cozy up this family room with white bookcases and upholstery.

I mention “Saint Bleu” in this post’s title because it’s very similar to the color “Slate”. I could have used it on the walls of the Winter Parlor in the St. Francisville Inn since it was a perfect match for the wallpaper that designer Brandon Branch was using on the back wall of the built-in cabinets. However, I wanted to create a more chameleon-like color, so I added magenta to the formula. “Saint Bleu”, although a custom color, can be yours!

A closeup of “Saint Bleu and the wallpaper used to create it
Designer Brandon Branch’s beautiful parlor just off of The Saint Bar at the St. Francisville Inn in St. Francisville. Trim is “Barry’s White” and ceiling is “Silvery Blue”.

If you’d like to see hand-painted samples of these colors or any other of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store where you can order free cuttings, larger hand-painted samples and sample jars. When it comes time to order paint by the gallon, you also order online and pick it up at your local PPG Paints store. No waiting around in the store for the paint to be mixed. It will already be ready for you so that there’s no wait!

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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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Wedgewood

June 26, 2019

When I was asked to help with colors for the Pitot House Museum in New Orleans, I was surprised to discover that my “Wedgewood” was exactly the same as one of the historic home’s original colors, along with “Edgewood Green”, “Citrine” and “Ruby”. Of course, the original colors weren’t Full Spectrum. When I created these colors, I knew they were timeless, but I had no idea they were used back in the late 1700’s!

“Wedgewood” walls in this bedroom at the Pitot House Museum in New Orleans. I was surprised that my “Edgewood Green” that we used on all the interior millwork was a dead ringer for the original millwork color!
This photo from color consultant Lori Sawaya is decades old and shows the timelessness of “Wedgewood” walls. She used my retired color “Aqua” on the ceiling. I retired “Aqua” because it looks so much like “Gustavian Grey” which is more complex and interesting and therefore more popular.
Here we used “Wedgewood” on the cabinets with “Mushroom” walls and ceiling.

If you’ve been following my Blog Posts, you may be thinking “all these blues sure look alike”. However, you can order free hand-painted samples as well as larger samples and sample jars via my Online Store.

When it comes time to order actual gallons of paint, you always order from me, either by phone or online, and then when it’s ready (I’ll let you know and handle the order for you), you just pull up to your nearest PPG Paints store and they’ll put it in your car for you. No waiting, no hanging out at a paint store! To see which store is nearest you, visit the PPG Store Locator, input your zip code and click on the filter “PPG Paints” (not Home Depot or Independent Stores).

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