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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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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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Luminaire and Honeysuckle

September 16, 2019

“Luminaire” is a brighter, clearer yellow than the “Buttercream” in my previous post. It’s what I consider a classic yellow that works well in any space where you want to create a warm, inviting and cheerful atmosphere. Although it’s been a popular color for years, I only have one photo of it used in a space. If anyone reading this has photos of Luminaire, I’d love to add them!

“Luminaire” with “Gustavian Grey” ceiling helps bring a sunny day inside.

“Honeysuckle” is a deeper yellow than both Luminaire and Buttercream and was named after the golden yellow color that the white honeysuckle flower turns into as it ages. Like Buttercream, it is also creamy and has a hint of red that casts a rosy glow.

“Honeysuckle” while still in the yellow family, it’s almost golden.
Top to bottom: Buttercream, Luminaire & Honeysuckle. Many clients use them all in the same palette, depending on the natural lighting in each room. I just snapped this photo in the bright sunlight on my deck and have to say, it’s pretty accurate color-wise!

If you’d like free 1″x4″ hand-painted samples (we call them “cuttings”), visit my Online Store where you can order them as well as lots of other sample options!

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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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Shutter Colors

August 22, 2019

Shutters can be almost any color, like the “Kennon Ivy” shutters I featured in my last Blog Post. I created three more colors specifically for shutters that are historically approved colors: “Creole Shutter Green”, “Forest Black” and “French Quarter Green”. Although I haven’t had an opportunity to use “French Quarter Green” on a project yet, I’ve had a crush on this color for many years and just had to include it in my new color palette.

I created this collage of photos of what I call “French Quarter Green” used on several buildings in New Orleans’ French Quarter. A sample of my Full Spectrum Paint color “French Quarter Green” is on the bottom row in the middle. I love the way it looks both newly painted and weathered.
“Creole Shutter Green” couldn’t be more classic. It’s more interesting than the traditional “Essex Green” you usually see on historic buildings and almost a dead ringer for the “Charleston Green” shutters you see in Charleston. Because of the many pigments within this color, it’s very chameleon-like.
I like “Creole Shutter Green” so much I created a formula for it in PPG’s new Break-Through product that can be used on anything (concrete, vinyl, plastic, porch floors, etc.). It was a cheap quick fix for this wood counter top that was varnished cypress.
“Forest Black” is a brown so deep it’s almost black. The bright sun in this photo makes it look lighter than usual. It works well with the “Moss Green” painted brick.
“Forest Black” shutters with “Lichen” siding on this New Orleans Bywater home.

Of course, as I said in the beginning, shutters can be most any color, but if you’re wanting a more traditional yet interesting shutter color, these three, along with the “Kennon Ivy” shutter color written about in my previous blog post work with most any siding color. If you’d free hand-painted samples of these or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store.

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ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628