Friday’s Photo: Blanco’s answer to the new warm grays

After my post earlier this week about trending brown/grays and taupes  I found it so timely that in my email today was this announcement from Blanco.

“BLANCO CERANA™ reinvents versatility with the addition of its warm, neutral Biscuit color to the one-of-a-kind Fireclay collection”.

Blanco Biscuit sink

Blanco’s new biscuit colored sink

Biscuit is a color the design world hasn’t seen much of since the 80’s . It makes perfect sense though to reintroduce it now since biscuit (creamy almond white) pairs better with brown/gray that bright white does. I see this as one step closer toward taupe and one step away from cool gray.

What do you think my friends…just coincidence?

Have a great weekend!

 

Color trend: Is cool gray on it’s way out?

While attending KBIS with BlogTourVegas I observed a color trend that really caught my attention. Neutral tones (especially in tiles and woods) are warming up and moving away from cool gray and shifting to more of a brown/gray or taupe. In fact, the presenter at our visit to Walker Zanger tiles told our group in no uncertain terms that “warm neutrals are trending for 2015″.

Walker Zanger tiles

Walker Zanger tiles

I won’t go as far as to say gray is out and brown is back as some trend forecasters are claiming but at KBIS, taupe and brown/gray was everywhere.

SAMSUNG CSC

Not only in tiles and flooring but in cabinetry as well.

SAMSUNG CSC

The designer (Blue Heron) of the New American Home which is about as “on trend” as it gets also chose kitchen cabinetry in this “not quite gray not quite brown color”.

SAMSUNG CSC

Here is a close up of this taupey color. It’s almost like a gray wash over brown wood. Side Note*(Seeing the wood grain was also a trend).

So color friends, what do you think? Are you ready to let go of cool gray and embrace a warmer hue or do you think cool gray still has a few more years to reign supreme?

Friday’s Photo: My easy table centerpiece

This Christmas I decided to use Red and Green as my color palette.  Following the trend of “return to traditional” I thought this was the perfect year to revive this classic color combo.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

To create my red and green table centerpiece I used two small white poinsettias, a few succulents, some small (faux) apples and some greens right from my back yard.

What colors are you decorating with this year?

Happy Weekend everyone! This is the final push for me as I still have not started shopping :(

Pantone color of the year and Barry Dixon

It just so happened that the same day Barry Dixon came to Boston to give a talk on color was the same day that Pantone announced Marsala was its pick for color of the year.

Boy, did the reddish brown color choice cause controversy! Social media just about blew up after the announcement and comments were about five to one against the color. Interior designers were especially harsh voicing comments like “the 80’s called and wants their color back” and “Pantone is way off the mark on this one”. I personally was simply surprised by the choice as this was not a color that was on my radar. Oxblood Red yes, but Marsala is much more muted than oxblood and is more purple.

Now that I’ve had a few days to adjust to Marsala, I don’t love it or hate it. It’s really all about context and what colors are being paired with it. It would look quite nice as an accent color with dark greens, blues, or gold.  Is this a color that I will be suggesting my clients paint their walls? highly doubtful, but then again, I never suggested last years color Radiant Orchid either.

The thing to remember is that the Pantone color of the year is all about marketing and I would say they hit a home run in that respect. It got everyone talking and even made the national news that evening.

Now, back to Barry Dixon. The talk was so timely because his idea on color is just the opposite of Pantone. Whereas Pantone is all about what’s hot right now, Dixon is all about timeless, classic beauty. He opened his talk with a beautiful image of a room the we all assumed was completed recently. He surprised us all by saying the room was done fifteen years ago.  So what is his secret for choosing a timeless interior color palette? He looks out the window.

Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon

Pretty simple right? If you bring the natural surrounding colors into your home it will never be out of style. According to Dixon, “steal color from the outside elements-the sea, the sky, evening blues, lavenders, purples and grays”.

With his new paint line for C2 paint, Dixon did exactly that. He studied the surrounding colors on his farm in Virginia. He looked not only at the obvious like the grassy fields and surrounding trees and flowers but at hay bails, fence posts and the winter sky just before a snow fall. He “stole” the color of the eggs his hens lay and the early morning fog rolling across his lawn. He looked at the many colors of the sunset and sunrise and even the fur on his dog.

Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon

So here are my two take-aways from both the color of the year and Barry Dixon.

#1. Color preference is really personal and if you are not a fan of Marsala we have a saying, “if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait a few minutes” Mark Twain….. if you don’t like Marsala just wait twelve months.

#2. Nature never gets it wrong…if you bring the surrounding outside colors into your home it will always feel fresh.

SOOOOO what side of the fence are you on? trending or timeless?

 

The scariest color I’ve ever chosen

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed some down time with family and friends (and maybe some shopping). I had a nice relaxing day on Thanksgiving but Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was working like a fiend. You see it all started with this rug.

Stanton carpet

Stanton Carpet

I won this beautiful leopard print Stanton carpet on Lisa Mende’s blog  giveaway. I knew the moment I found out I won that it would be the starting point of my long overdue office makeover. I have been working in a mess of a too small office for way too long.  Samples, files and folders were stacked everywhere, my bookcase was an over stuffed mess and all the furniture was old cheap junk that needed to be either tossed or donated.

You know the saying, you throw a pebble into a lake and a tsunami happens in China. Well that is exactly what has gone down. Since my office was just a small room off our “formal” living room and we NEVER use our living room I decided to make both the little office AND the living room my office.

SOOOO all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday I painted…both rooms! Now as you know, I am not afraid of color. In fact, the living room walls up until Friday were a rich dark green. Perfect for sitting in a cozy setting with a book and glass of wine…except it never happened. We are almost always in the family room so taking it over as my office made perfect sense. Since the usage is changing I want the room to feel light, bright and airy. I want the walls to be a clean backdrop for all my colorful samples, design books and artwork. I made the decision to paint the walls in both the small and the large room WHITE.

I will admit it was a scary for me to pick White. In all my years, I have never had White walls; plenty of light neutrals, but never White. I struggled a bit with which White (it had to be a warm White since the room gets a lot of blue/green reflected light from the outside trees) but I did not want a yellowy or creamy white. I ended up choosing a white with a slight red undertone called Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams. I tried their new no VOC Harmony paint and I have to say it went on so smoothly and had absolutely no odor.

Painting over that dark green was dramatic and it didn’t help that my husband walked in half way through telling me he liked the green better.

green wall

 

I will admit I had a moment of doubt mid way through because White by itself isn’t too exciting. I held on to my vision for the rooms though and kept on painting. The two rooms are about 75% painted and here is a sneak peak of the walls (yes, I have a blue ceiling).

white walls(On Sunday when I took this picture it was raining outside so the light was terrible and the walls look blotchy, which they are not).

I am so happy with how it turned out. It is light and bright just as I wanted. I’m on a roll now but I have so much more to do including having window treatments  made, wallpapering a focal wall and deciding on storage pieces. My big splurge is a custom walking desk that is currently being made in North Carolina. I hope to have it by Christmas and I will show it off as soon as it arrives.

Once everything is done I will show you the full makeover (including the embarrassing “before” photos).  Oh…and just so that you don’t think my new office will be lacking in color, here are a few elements that will be incorporated.

office color palette

I am so excited to finally have an office I can spread out in and feel inspired and energized by. I just know 2015 is going to be a great year. How about you? Do you have/like white  walls? If so, how do you bring in color?

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Photo: C.R. Laine and Tracy Hiner statement walls

One of the most talked about, Tweeted, Instagramed and photographed showrooms at Fall High Point Market was the C.R. Laine showroom. Not only was their furniture and new decor beautiful but the walls…oh my goodness… THE WALLS!

The custom designed wallpaper by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios blew me away. Giant bright pink flowers on a rich black background made the walls the art and the art the walls.

Black Crow Studios

photo courtesy of Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios

I am completely smitten…Gorgeous don’t you think??

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check out more awesome wallpaper from Tracy and Black Crow studios HERE.

 

Friday’s Photo: Benjamin Moore’s color of the year

The BIG announcement of the “color of the year” by the Pantone Color Institute will be announced probably mid November.This is the color pick everyone waits to hear about with baited breath and will be splashed all over the media.

Over the past few years, some of the larger paint companies have also jumped on the band wagon and have their own pick for color of the year.

Benjamin Moore has announced that Guilford Green HC-116  is their pick for color of the year.

guilford green

This fresh silvery green is the centerpiece for Benjamin Moore’s entire 2015 color trend collection. You can check out the whole 2015 color trend collection here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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