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# 1 Hue Is Blue

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Have you noticed that most all of the major paint companies has chosen the color blue as one of their top colors of 2014?

Benjamin Moore’s Breath Of Fresh Air 806:

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Breath of Fresh Air is a barely-there soft blue. Very clean and cool that works well with clean whites. I also think pairing with navy would be an excellent color combination. It is part of Benjamin Moore’s “new” neutral palette, in which the company brings together 23 neutral colors that work in harmony when connecting rooms with color or in enhancing a room’s décor and accessories.

Pantone’s Placid Blue:

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Another soft pastel, the color of the sky, this hue of blue brings a sense of openness and peacefulness to any room. Pantone’s 2014 color palette is a “colorful twist on traditional Spring shades”, including Radiant Orchid, Violet Tulip and Hemlock, which is a summery ornamental green.

Valspar’s Winter in Paris:

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This blue is from their Zenergy palette that serve to restore spirits with a return to simplicity. Colors range from serene cool hues to grounded earthy tones to bold traditional colors, offering a wide variety of color choices to refresh any room in the home. Trend colors in this palette include serene greens and blues and cool hues that are restorative and unpretentious.

Sherwin Williams’s Capri Blue:

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Brighter than the other pastel blues, Capri is a beautiful turquoise.

The new palettes seem to shift away from gray to more blues, greens, lavenders and pinks, don’t you agree? Do you think you would like to use these lighter blues in your home? Now you do not have to take my word for it- blue is the #1 hue!

If you need help selecting the perfect color for your home, contact me today.

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Pottery Barn’s Spring/Summer 2014 Color Palette

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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This post is for those of you that love looking at photos of Pottery Barn rooms that are painted in special colors for the Season. In previous years, Benjamin Moore colors were highlighted with Pottery Barn merchandise. I am not sure what happened, but Sherwin Williams is Pottery Barn’s new paint partner in creating seasonal coordinated rooms. Let’s see what you think of the colors:

SW 6244 Naval & SW 7566 Westhighland White:

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Cupola Yellow SW 7692:

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Distance SW 6243:

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So pretty! SW used a painting technique called Striae Quartz Stone technique with the color Distance to achieve this look.

Westhighland White SW 7566:

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Latte SW 6108:

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And beautiful Naval SW 6244:

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Extra White SW 7006:

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A modern, clean, blue undertoned white.

Virtual Taupe SW 7039:

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Another pretty beige with red undertones.

Here are a few of the 2014 colors not featured with Pottery Barn furnishings but I wanted to you to see:

Swelte Sage SW 6164:

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A beautiful green, don’t you agree? Swelte Sage would work well with stained trim and also oak cabinets.

Burlap SW 6137:

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A nice beige but be aware of the green undertones.

Library Pewter SW 0038:

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Can you see what the undertone above is?

Best of all, Sherwin Williams is having a sale right now! Go here to receive a coupon for $15.00 off your next paint purchase over $75.00.

I hope you have enjoyed looking through the photos. Any favorites? Any inspiring colors you would like to try?

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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New Trend Predictions in Home Design for 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Happy New Year everyone! What new trends in home design will debut in 2014? We already know what color will be in our minds when shopping for accessories:

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Love it or not, Radiant Orchid is the color of 2014.

When I was shopping in town the other day, I could not believe all the orchid hued clothes that are available. I bought an orchid cardigan and wanted to see what other colors it works well with:

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Looks great with brown, white, blue, navy blue, cream, black and of course pinks.

And speaking of trending colors:

“Navy blue will be a big trend for 2014. I’m seeing a lot of the shade on the runways, on the streets, in editorials, in chic interiors… I actually think everyone will get it in 2014.” — Mark D. Sikes, markdsikes.com

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I get it Mark! I have said this for two years now. Navy is the perfect color companion. It works with every color beautifully.

Paloma Contreras, ladolcevitablog.com states, “From rich, saturated colors like navy and indigo to bright, vibrant shades like peacock blue and cobalt, blue will continue to reign supreme in the coming year.” — Paloma Contreras, ladolcevitablog.com

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Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of Elle Decor, says turquoise will be everywhere this year. “Turquoise showed up in upholstery, wall coverings, and on furniture. And we’re talking deep and saturated, not pale and wimpy.”

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What else are the industries predicting? One I strongly agree with is that homeowners want their new appliances more energy efficient:

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According to CBS News, touchless faucets have skyrocketed in popularity. Not only are they easier when you’ve got your hands covered in kitchen mess, but they significantly cut down on water use — a savings homeowners will notice in their water bills.

Homeowners are also abandoning big master bathroom tubs that are costly to fill. They’re more interested in high-efficiency shower heads, toilets and sinks.

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As far as kitchen and bathroom countertops go, factory-engineered quartz is the new granite. While granite has held strong as the most popular countertop material for more than a decade now, quartz is starting to overtake it.

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It has the same look and feel as granite, but it’s more practical. Quartz is more durable, so it better resists cracking and chipping, and it is non-porous so it’s easier to clean and resists staining.

I also read macramé is making a come back! We will wait and see on that prediction.

Have you read any other decorating trends predicted for 2014? Do you agree with the blues being popular again this year?

If you need help finding colors or decorating your home, contact me today.

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Shades of Purple

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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An inquisitive reader wrote to me this week and said that she did not understand how the two purples of the year 2014:

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Could look so different!

Look at how many purples are in this a chart of Pantone:pantone purple

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I think the easiest way to explain why they look so different is to look at a color wheel:

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Purple is a range of hues between red and blue. We have violet, a secondary color, which is what most of us see as the actual color purple. Now see how the blue violets are closer to blue, therefore has more blue in them? That is why some purples look bluer, such as Exclusive Plum:

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And the closer to the red side of the color wheel, such as Radiant Orchid, the color looks pinker/redder than other purples:

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Does this make sense? Do you see why they can appear so look so different?

I have always loved the cooler side of purples (blues) such as Ben Moore Luxe AF-580:

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I have not ‘warmed up’ to the pinker color of purple yet. What do you think? Which is your favorite shade of purple?

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