Pantone Spring Color Trend 2011

How about that- very little gray! Happy to see cheerful colors emerging again. Honeysuckle is predicted to be the color of the year. Last year it was turquoise. Sorry folks, hard to see the titles. Enlarge on your screen if you can.


Btween Browns – Choose the Yummiest Chocolate Winner

This post is an ironic one since my married last name is Brown. Luckily, any indecision I might have about the color does not apply to my husband or his family.

Recently I swatched my client’s wall with a series of Benjamin Moore Brown selections. A few choices were safety colors (softer and not too dark) and the rest, rich, bold statements. I have been working on this client’s living room for months. She was my first official customer and the original plan was to paint the room chocolate brown. In other words the entire room’s furnishings were planned with this idea in mind. Fast forward to the actual day of painting and of course panic sets in. (I think for us both).

She asks – Can I live with walls this dark? Is this too daring? What if I get sick of it? And I ask to myself,  “am I making a mistake?” But then, “Eureka”! From 6 similar selections of a sea of brown, the right one spoke the language of color. It has depth, body, neutrality, and richness. Can you guess which brownI think is the yummiest chocolate of all?

Power Floor Stripes

Paintstaking and a little frightening, painting your old floors can be scary but is well worth the risk. You have to embrace the imperfections and turn a blind eye on slightly fuzzy edges. I am loving the color combination and wide awning/ticking strike pattern in this attic space. Try Benjamin Moore MilkShake  (wide stripe) with Kendall Charcoal (ticking stripe) and Stone Harbor Gray (medium stripe) for a fresh and clean approach to an old country pattern.

Color Infusion at ABC Carpet & Home

I was bowled over by the richly color saturated Turkish rugs at ABC Carpet & Home. These over dyed rugs are called “Color Reform” at Abc Carpet. They are vintage Turkish rugs that have been bleached with lemon juice, laid out in the sun and then redyed w/all natural vegetable dyes. Absolutely gorgeous and not that expensive (for ABC Carpet and Home). Prices range from $2400-$7400 depending on carpet color reform

No Fail Eclectic Colors for Your Global Home

The Proof is On the Walls:

Not sure if it’s the damp weather or that I am ready for the 2010 backlash trend that has had enough of gray and dismal economic reports. But, these colors from House Eclectic sure inspired me.  Especially the pistachio green, retro enough but still modern. Check out this list of tried and true Benjamin Moore colors with punch that promise to not let you down.

House Eclectic Colors

Here’s the corresponding Benjamin Moore #’s:

Old Navy: #2063-10
Pumpkin Pie: #2167-20
Huntington Green:
Segovia Red:
# 1288
Good Morning Sunshine: #326

Btween Colors – In Pursuit of the Perfect Gray (and I didn’t say Jeans)

Revere Pewter Gray from Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter Gray from Benjamin Moore

Gray just won’t go away and color experts say that it is here to stay for 2010. The new gray is everywhere as in gray economic future, gray skies, gray clothes, gray textiles, gray hair and gray walls. Here’s the positive and also the problem, there really is no such thing as gray. We all know that every color has an underbelly. Red, Violet, Blue, Orange etc. What makes gray so tough is how light affects this color.  In my home, I use revere pewter gray, sometimes it’s taupe, sometime’s khaki at times it illuminates and other times it’s just down right gray. But most of the time, I call revere pewter my all time favorite gray. Post your favorite grays and let me know what you see underneath. (By the way, I think I see a hint of yellow-orange in the pewter gray).

Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige

Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige

Today, I helped a friend try to find her perfect gray and we did. Everything had too much blue, green, violet or red in it. We settled on Perfect Greige from Sherwin Williams. (So close to revere pewter).