Posts Tagged ‘paint’

One of the most popular motifs in design are flowers and picking the right colors involving them is limitless. Whether you choose a pattern that is graphic or use actual flowers, remember there is more than one way to express yourself. For example, this graphic floral has many colors and possible combinations that can be based on simple neutrals or bright combinations. Take your pick from these bouquets.














The real thing has millions of color options; try just a few for a colorful space.













All flowers have leaves and leaves are a strong trend as nature continues to be a strong influence on design. This graphic has so many color choices that it is hard to pick just two. I managed to stop myself at three before I got carried away.




For those people not in the color business, are you aware that there are people who design, apply, produce and sell color? It is time you take notice.

I cannot tell you how many people are shocked and dismayed that someone actually designs colors for everyday items. Do they think it fell out of the sky? When I explain what I do, then they realize that someone must have designed it at some point; they just didn’t think about it.

Think of everything you own or see. Someone has specifically picked the color that was put on it, in it and for it.

Take an automobile for example. Someone had to pick the exterior color, the fabric or leather for the seating, the plastic on the dashboard, the headliner fabric, the plastic door handles, the locks. The list goes on and on. Usually, in the making of a car, each vendor is responsible for the color and there are dozens of vendors who sell to this market. Some have to match a given sample but some can offer other options.

A simple dress has to have a colorist and designer for the fabric, another for the buttons, another for the zipper and another for any adornments and so on.

As you read this blog look around and think of the person who picked out the color to go on every item you see. Behind that person is another who matched, formulated and applied that color; that is whole lot of coloring going on.

So the next time you go shopping for an item with color involved, take time to appreciate the craftsmanship and thought that went into making that item beautiful enough for you to buy.

A hot trend these days is color blocking which uses solid colors combined in interesting color combinations. This style is clean and simple and uses solid colors rather than patterns.

This trend can find its roots in the art of Mondrian, an early 20th century artist, that used bold colors surrounded by bold black borders. The trend is hot now in fashion in clothing and shoes and is filtering into the home furnishings market.

Color blocking can be achieved in many different ways. Here solid colors of paint or fabric are applied to a wall to create an exciting and modern room scheme.

You can also accomplish a color blocked room using solid color pillows combined with brightly colored ottomans.

This bright room was created using paint of several different bright colors. This room has a lot of energy because of the use of high chroma colors and a combination of warm and cool colors.

Color blocking does not have to be bold, but can use pastels to complete an interesting color scheme. This room uses the opposite and complementary colors of pink and lime with a soothing yellow for the spread and a soft pink for the walls. Pattern is used minimally on the pillows so as to not distract from the simplicity of the room.


Nothing can perk up a color scheme more than adding new colors to the mix. Today’s new accents are really bright. Add another color to the mix and you get a real powerhouse.

Standard beige can be enriched using another warm color mixed with a bright cool color for an accent. In this example, we have paired beige with orange and dark brown. Both of these colors are monochromatic to beige. Add a cool accent of bright blue and your color scheme will come to life.
If your basic color is a sage or green with beige undertones, you can give it a lift with a bright orange pattern that also incorporates a similar sage or green.
If you have a gray based neutral, you can add zip to the scheme with a bright blue and hot pink.
Off white and cream are easy to coordinate with many bright colors. Here we have used a bright sunny yellow with a periwinkle blue accent. Both of these are really hot trends at present.
White is a great canvas for color. Add some lemon yellow and red violet and you have a party going on.


Red is back in fashion, but saying red is back is crazy since red is classic and never goes out of style. The little red dress is hot right now and the color red is still popular for an accent in all areas of the home. Add one red wall to a boring dining or living room and spark up the whole color scheme.

Red is being used on kitchen cabinets in a high gloss finish. It also is seen on the front door to welcome guests.  Red has some interesting companions these days. Look for it paired up with orange and yellow, which are also popular colors this year.

The addition of a bright red pillow to a boring beige sofa can make the difference in a neutral scheme. Red is perfect for dark browns and taupes as splash of color.

But brown is not the only neutral that red works with.  The popular new gray neutrals also make good companions when paired with bright red.

Red is a sensual color; it speaks of romance and drama. It is the color of warning and has a very powerful aura. Red is a color used for weddings in Asia, for all things Spanish in Spain and Mexico, and a key part of South American culture. Red is a very common element in national flags as well as sports’ teams so to say it has come back is ludicrous. Enjoy the red movement. t will cheer you up and give new life to a color scheme.