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And the Color of Year, 2015 is…

Source: Rachel Reider Interiors

Source: Rachel Reider Interiors

Guilford Green (HC-116) according to Benjamin Moore

Source: Benjamin Moore

Source: Benjamin Moore

Ben Moore actually defined 4 “color families” for 2015 and selected Guilford Green as the key color that fits into each “family”.

{“Through our research and travel across the globe, four color families emerged suggesting bolder color and confident choices. Color layering is so easy, see how you won’t be able to live without it. Discover the berry, green, blush and blue paint color collections.”}

Loving this color and want it to work in your home?  Try it out with colors such as Old Claret (2083-30) or Universal Black (2118-10) by Benjamin Moore.

Source: Benjamin Moore, Universal Black

Source: Benjamin Moore, Universal Black

Source: Benjamin Moore, Old Claret

Source: Benjamin Moore, Old Claret

Check out the entire article at the Bejamin Moore website!

Coral Reef (SW6606) is it in the eyes of Sherwin Williams

Source: Sherwin Williams, Coral Reef

Source: Sherwin Williams, Coral Reef

{“Coral Reef embodies a cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year. Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary,””
said Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.}

Wondering how to infuse Coral Reef into you home?  It pairs well with colors like Sherwin William’s Watery (SW6478) and Sedated Gray (SW6169).

Source: Sherwin Williams

Source: Sherwin Williams

For more ideas, visit the Sherwin Williams website!

Just like Benjamin Moore, Behr also defined 4 color palettes on trend for 2015.  Their 4 palettes are:

1. “Deep Dreams” consists of richly saturated saturated jewel tones.

Source: Behr, Deep Dreams

Source: Behr, Deep Dreams

2. “Frosted Pastels” uses airy and feminine colors with cool and “zesty” accents

3. “Social Brights” blends contemporary bold colors with bright or darker neutrals

4. “Nuanced Neutrals” takes the trendy 2014 “weathered look” and updates it using cozy and dusty colors, outside of the “sandy” tones from last year.

Source: Behr, Nuanced Neutrals

Source: Behr, Nuanced Neutrals

Read more about Behr’s color forecast here!

And of course, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala (18-1438)

Source: usatoday

Source: usatoday

{“Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture”}

Wondering how to add Marsala into your home?  Bring it in through accents such as pillows, florals, or paint!

Source: PopSugar

Source: PopSugar

Source: Pantone

Source: Pantone

Get the full scoop from Pantone’s website.

 

What is your favorite “Color of the Year”?  I think mine is Coral Reef!  It is such a bright fun color but can still be used as a soft neutral or accent color.

Need help defining your own color palette?  Contact me!

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Source: Christian Louboutin

Source: Christian Louboutin

We have seen lacquered objects for a while now; furniture, accessories, nail polish, even shoes and jewelry, but what about taking the high gloss finish to new places?  Adding this liquid looking finish to the walls and ceilings of interiors will definitely elevate the elegance in any space!

Source: DecorPad

Source: DecorPad

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

 

Lacquered walls are a great solution for high-traffic areas as the finish is super durable and hard as nails.  It also is great for darker spaces as the luster will catch and reflect light, brightening up any space.  This way, you can take a risk and go dark in color.

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Home Depot

Source: Home Depot

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

 

It is also a unique and unexpected wall treatment, a great alternative to wallpaper or a decorative faux finish.  Lacquered walls will surely create a dramatic backdrop to any type of room.

Source: Philip Jeffries

Source: Philip Jeffries

Source: House Beautiful

Source: House Beautiful

 

This design element is truly the epitome of luxury!  Would you lacquer your walls?

 

How would you use lacquer in your home?

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I know it has been a while, and I am so sorry for being MIA!  Life has been totally nuts lately (as I am sure you can only imagine) but here I am!

So I stumbled upon this post today and HAD to share it!  “The [almost] Perfect Shade of Tiffany” posted by Design Prep… she found it!!

Here it is!!   Benjamin Moore Scuba Green #2046-50

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Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

What better way to add a little excitement to your curb appeal than to make a statement with a bold front door?!  A fresh coat of paint in a bright and unexpected color is an inexpensive way to add a little life to your home’s facade.  Here are some of my favorite colors, deliciously transferred onto front doors…

Source: apartment therapy

Source: apartment therapy

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

By Mike Procario via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

By Mike Procario via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Source: shelterness.com

Source: shelterness.com

Source: itshobbytime.com

Source: itshobbytime.com

Isn’t the lime green with this delicate vintage hardware to die for (above)?

Source: This Old House (Behr's Cool Jazz)

Source: This Old House (Behr’s Cool Jazz)

I LOVE the chevron detail in the picture above!

Source: mydesignchic.com

Source: mydesignchic.com

Even black is super chic and can be unexpected.

Source: Houzz

Source: Houzz

Source: Southern Living

Source: Southern Living

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

What color would you paint your front door?  Better yet, what does your front door say about you?

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Source: yournestdesign.blogspot.com Gray Wisp

Source: yournestdesign.blogspot.com Gray Wisp

Wow its been a while!  I have just been so busy this month and have had no extra time to post!  Well here it is, I am making up for it now. 🙂

So one of things I have been work on a lot this month are paint consultations for my clients, online and in person.  I guess its the season for changing paint colors throughout the home!

Here are the colors I have been specifying the most (Benjamin Moore)…

  • Coventry Gray HC-169
  • Stonington Gray HC-170
  • Revere Pewter HC-172
  • Templeton Gray HC-161
  • Wedgewood Gray HC-146
  • Bleeker Beige HC-80
  • Manchester Tan HC-81
  • Baja Dunes 997
  • Plymouth Rock 1543
  • Nimbus 1465
  • Seattle Mist 1535
  • Gray Wisp 1570
  • Healing Aloe 1562
Source: Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray

Source: Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray

Source: Maria Killam Coventry Gray

Source: Maria Killam Coventry Gray

Source: thecreativityexchange.com Baja Dunes

Source: thecreativityexchange.com Baja Dunes

It really seems like gray, brown, and taupe neutrals are HOT right now!  Same with blue-gray and green-grays, I just love this cool palette, especially since it is so hot outside this summer!!

Source: Houzz Wedgewood Gray

Source: Houzz Wedgewood Gray

Hope my cheat sheet helped.

If you need help finding your our color palette, contact me!

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Source: positiveworkspace.com

Source: positiveworkspace.com, Dragonfly, No. AF-510, Benjamin Moore

We all know that Martha Stewart is the “Queen of Decorating and DIY”, so I wanted to post about her “supernatural color palette”.  This palette consists 18 colors that Martha has composed together to make our lives a little less complicated when it comes to color selection and pairing for your home.

Source: Martha sSweart

Source: Martha Stewart

What is so wonderful about this collection is that all of these colors seem to work perfectly well whether your style is traditional, modern, eclectic, or transitional.  They will add a little bit of sophisticated color that is still somewhat neutral, so no need to be scared!

Source: hopefulhomemaker.com, Buoyant Blue, No. 6483, Sherwin-Williams

Source: hopefulhomemaker.com, Buoyant Blue, No. 6483, Sherwin-Williams

Source: katyelliot.com, Cooking Apple Green, No. 32, Farrow & Ball

Source: katyelliot.com, Cooking Apple Green, No. 32, Farrow & Ball

Source: Benjamin Moore, Stonington Gray, No. HC-170

Source: Benjamin Moore, Stonington Gray, No. HC-170

To see Martha’s full article and paint names, go here!

If you need help creating your own color scheme, contact me!

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The perfect paint color.

Source: illuminationbycindy.blogspot.com

Source: illuminationbycindy.blogspot.com

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