Posts Tagged ‘full spectrum paints’

h1

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.

ellenkennon.com
ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
h1

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.

ellenkennon.com
ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
h1

Peridot

August 20, 2019

It’s fitting that my blog post on the color “Peridot” falls during the month of August because it’s my birthstone along with all of the others born during the month of August. Happy Birthday to Us!

When creating my full spectrum paint version of Peridot, I was inspired by the many shades of green in the birthstone’s namesake.

As you’ll see from the photos below, my full spectrum paint color “Peridot” is much like the gemstone in that it’s a very warm, golden green that has many facets to its coloring.

One of my favorite uses of “Peridot” is Natasha Nyberg’s Sunroom that was featured in Apartment Therapy‘s article “Natasha and the Plant-filled Sunroom(photos above and below)
“Peridot” walls and “Dusk” on the ceiling make you feel like you’re outdoors on a sunny day.
Just like the birthstone, “Peridot” has many facets ranging from golden to deep olive. For more on Natasha’s home which is painted in more of my Full Spectrum Paint colors: “Natasha and the Plant-Filled Sunroom
Here we used “Peridot” inside cabinets painted “Tiffany Taupe’ and walls and ceiling painted “Chartreuse” (see more “Chartreuse” in my previous blog post “Chartreuse and Circa Green
“Peridot” cabinets and trim with “Moutarde” walls and “Alexandra Blue” ceiling turn this Sun Porch at Shadetree Inn into a magical little jewelbox.

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Peridot” or any of my other colors, visit my Online Store where you can order all manner of samples and paint!

ellenkennon.com
ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
h1

Chartreuse and Circa Green

August 19, 2019

Both “Chartreuse” and “Circa Green” are very warm yellow-greens. Although “Chartreuse” sounds like it would be a bright color, in reality, it’s actually quite traditional. It looks wonderful with a complete range of wood tones and really sings when you combine it with cool blue greens like “Oasis”, “Gustavian Grey”, and “Tiffany Turquoise” and reds like spice blogger Courtenay Dunk used in her office (photographed below). For more on Chartreuse, see my previous blog post “Chartreuse, Spice and All Things Nice“.

“Chartreuse” walls and bookcase in blogger Courtenay Dunk’s office.
Reds and oranges are great complements to these “Chartreuse” walls in this girl’s bedroom.

“Circa Green” was created for the exterior of The Market at Circa 1857. Circa is an old stucco building built in the 20’s that formerly housed a pharmacy. Owner Garrett Kemp wanted to repaint it so that it stood out but also didn’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb in this Garden District neighborhood. Since it’s surrounded by nothing but concrete, I felt it needed green to help it connect more with nature as opposed to the concrete that surrounds it.

Here’s Circa 1857 before we repainted it. As you can see, it really needed a facelift!
“Circa Green” was used as the main part of the stucco but the horizontal moldings cried out for some accent color and the base needed to work well with the concrete sidewalk so we chose “Sunset Orange” for the narrow moldings and “Moss Green” for the base and wide molding.
On Circa’s front doors we used “Lakeside Napoleon” in PPG’s new Break-Through product and “Spanish Moss” on the columns. All other paint is Manor Hall Exterior Paint & Primer in One.

If you’re in the Baton Rouge area, be sure to stop in at The Market at Circa 1857 where you’ll find over 50 vendors showcasing home décor, antiques, lighting, salvage and art. It’s located on the corner of Park Boulevard and Government Street (1857 Government Street, hence the name). This complex also houses a café that serves lunch, the Mosaic Garden gift shop and The Guru event venue which is another one of my fondest projects!

If you’d like to see free hand-painted samples of “Chartreuse” and “Circa Green”, visit my Online Store where you can order individual cuttings or larger hand-painted samples and sample jars in addition to gallons of paint. Never has painting been so easy, just order online and pick up at your local PPG Paints store. And don’t forget! Color consultations with me personally are included in the price of the paint!

ellenkennon.com
ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
h1

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!

ellenkennon.com
ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
h1

Magnolia

August 2, 2019

“Magnolia” is a deep blue-green that is sure to cool off any room in the Summer yet doesn’t create a cold environment in the Winter. I know this to be personally true because the bedroom you’ll see in the first photo below was my bedroom for many years. When I first designed my home, I was single and had just moved from Manhattan to build my cabin in the woods just five miles outside the town of St. Francisville. I had a limited amount of money to spend, so I designed the home myself and kept the square footage to only 1160 square feet. My bedroom in New York was only 10′ x 11′ so I figured I’d keep the bedrooms small (one is only 7′ x 10′ with two built-in Dutch Beds) so that I’d have plenty of square footage for my living areas since I like to entertain. It wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I added a large bedroom (12′ x 25′) for her which has since become my bedroom, making the “Magnolia” bedroom now my guest bedroom. Because I had these beautiful views of wooded ravines, I put as many windows and French doors into this little house I could. When it came time to painting my bedroom, because it has a wall of closet doors, French doors leading onto a deck and two large windows, I felt it would be too claustrophobic if the trim was painted the same “Ashen Green” as the rest of the house. I wanted this tiny bedroom to feel connected to the outdoors where I had a view of a huge magnolia tree and live oak so I created the color “Magnolia” inspired by the dark blue-green leaves of the magnolia tree. It’s always incredibly cool in the Summer yet very cozy and warm in the winter and although I have this nice big bedroom now (painted “Alexandra Blue”), I still enjoy spending time in my guest bedroom.

If this bedroom weren’t on the ground floor, you’d think you were in a tree house. There’s also an outdoor shower on the deck just outside the French Doors. I painted everything “Magnolia” to keep the space from feeling closed in and although the ceiling height in this room is 9′, I painted the ceiling the same color because it visually raises the ceiling height and creates a more soothing atmosphere. Less contrast = soothing & calming!
Lori Sawaya of landofcolor.com sent this photo many years ago where she used “Magnolia” in this client’s sitting room.
Barbara Drake sent the above photo to show me how she used “Magnolia” on her kitchen cabinets with “Berry Red” window trim.
Last but certainly not least, here’s “Magnolia” on the walls of this beautiful staircase landing in Pittsburgh. Above the chair rail was a custom blue that has now become “Christine’s Cloud”. Owner Katina Kefalos rents her beautiful apartments on Airbnb should you visit Pittsburgh. Click on the link and you’ll see more of my Full Spectrum Paint colors!

If you’d like to see a free hand-painted sample of “Magnolia”, visit my Online Store where you can also order a variety of larger samples and sample jars as well as paint. Nothing is more convenient than ordering your paint from me beforehand and then picking it up from your nearest PPG Paints store without having to wait! I handle all the details letting you know when it will be ready so that all you have to do is drop by so they can put the paint in your car. Most stores will deliver at no charge depending on the size of the order and distance from the store. And don’t forget, I’m always available to help with selecting paint colors and putting together color palettes at no charge. This service is included in the price.

ellenkennon.com
ellen@ellenkennon.com
877-877-7628
h1

Ashen Green

July 29, 2019

“Ashen Green” was one of the very first colors I ever created. I used it on all of the trim and millwork throughout my own home that I designed and built 20 years ago and I wouldn’t change the color for anything. As I said in my previous post about the color green and it’s healing properties, every room could use at least a little bit of green and because it falls in the middle of the color spectrum, it’s a neutral that is balancing. “Ashen Green” will work in most any historical setting as it was used as early as the mid 1700’s on interior millwork and exterior shutters. Just yesterday, I visited two beautifully restored Creole homes, Maison Chenal and LaCour House where a variety of neutral greens were used in the interiors. For more information on Creole architecture which is prevalent down here in Louisiana, visit “deConstructing Creole Architectural Color“.

One of the reasons this color was probably used so often is because it not only connects us to the views of nature outdoors, it’s also a very cooling color in that it is a blue-gray-green. As you’ll see in the photos below, “Ashen Green” also makes a great wall color.

One of the many greens used in this circa 1790’s Creole home is very similar to my “Ashen Green”
“Ashen Green” bookcase and cabinetry with “Mushroom” walls in this new addition.
“Ashen Green” walls with “White Opal” trim and wainscoting.
“Ashen Green” millwork and hallway color with “Buttercream” walls and ceiling in the Great Room of my own home in the photos above and below.

If you’d like a free hand-painted sample of “Ashen Green” or any of my Full Spectrum Paint colors, visit my Online Store. What makes my paints so special and why are they called “Full Spectrum”? It’s because each and every single color is created from a minimum of seven pigments and we never use black or gray pigments because they absorb light. When you have all of the colors from the color spectrum in one paint color, it’s like seeing colors outdoors in nature. The colors are more luminious, they have more depth and they never clash with the colors around them. That’s a big reason why they’re so popular with interior designers and architects!

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