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Quick — what color are your walls? If you answered with a single word...
Quick — what color are your walls? If you answered with a single word — say, "blue" or "yellow" — perhaps your walls could use a little chromatic intervention. I've always been a fan of in-between colors — those indescribable...
How to Use Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year
Though the Color of the Year selections from paint companies are geared specifically for use in home decor, Pantone’s choice is meant for broader application, such as in the field of graphic design and the fashion industry. Indeed, Marsala, Pantone’s...
Best Uses for the Saturated Blue Color of 2015
Manufacturer Kelly-Moore Paints surveyed a large group of interior designers to select its Color of the Year for 2015, and the winner was Coastal Surf, a vibrant true blue. One in a series: See...
Best Ways to Use the Neutral Green Color of 2015
Paint and stain manufacturer Benjamin Moore recently announced its color trends for 2015, including a Color of the Year for 2015: Guilford Green. The hue was chosen by a team of color experts who traveled through Europe to explore and document things...
Best Ways to Use This Coral Color of the Year
Paint and stain manufacturer Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Year selection, Coral Reef, couldn’t be more different than Benjamin Moore’s pick of Guilford...
Best Uses for the Boho Blue Color of 2015
I was meeting with a client the other day for an interior paint color consultation, and at one point we found ourselves sitting on the stairs just outside of her powder room trying to figure out the exact shade of blue she wanted for an accent wall in...
17 Things Color Consultants Want You to Know
“A typical color consultation client is someone who has already taken 10 trips to the paint store, has stacks of paint swatches, has samples painted on the walls and can't make up their minds what to do," says Mary Nolte of Kaleidoscope...
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them
You might love color; you might hate it. Beige could be the most used color in your apartment, or a stack of gray paint chips could make you cringe. No matter how you feel about color, there are endless ways to use it to make over a space, create a mood...
Pick-a-Paint Help: 11 Ways to Mine Your World for Colors
Where do you find the colors you love? And just because you love a hue, does that mean it's right for your walls? Let's take a closer look at color inspiration. Here you'll find tips for how to get your creative juices flowing and zero in on the color...
Color Guide: How to Work With Beige
Oh, beige. So overused, so undervalued. Beige is like the plain, dutiful city clerk. She keeps the town running smoothly, but no one throws her a parade. But boring old beige doesn't have to be boring. It's just that it is too often used as a default,...
Speed-Dial Color Selection to Get the Best Result
Color selections are best made quickly. Landscape painters know this because they learn that long deliberations only make colors appear the same. Science tells us that our visual receptors, rods and cones respond immediately to light waves reflected...
Colors of the Year: Look Back and Ahead for New Color Inspiration
Sure, this time of year is all about joyful tidings and merrymaking, but if you are a color nerd like me, you also look forward to it for the various Color of the Year announcements by paint manufacturers and color management companies. I recently attended...
How to Give Neutral Paint Colors a Subtle Jolt
I have to admit: As much as I love big, bold color, I like it best when it is used with restraint — and used strategically. After all, a little bold color goes a long way, and it’s all too easy to go from “wow!” to “ouch.” For the color-shy...
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