If you’ve painted a room in your house recently, you know that tackling a new painting project is both daunting and exhilarating. You’ve visited the big box retailers like Home Depot and Lowes and likely popped into your local Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams stores but found yourself overwhelmed by all the choices. You are a seasoned commitment-phobe after all, and the thought of committing to a color for your kitchen leaves feeling like this morning’s scrambled eggs. The decision about paint and color is much easier than you think and basically breaks down to two things: quality and color. There’s a simple way to achieve both in one product. It’s called full spectrum color.
1. Full Spectrum Color Philosophy:
To be fair, this means different things to different people but the philosophy at C2 Paint revolves around a few key factors, the first being the implementation of a one of a kind 16 colorant system. To keep things in perspective, most traditional manufacturers use 12 colorants or less in order to use the smallest amount of pigments possible, since this keeps costs low; other brands take that even further, using just 3 pigments max, plus black –which is not much more sophisticated than coloring the wall with a box of Crayolas.
Full spectrum paint colorant
Back in the day, artists – knowing that black absorbs instead of reflects colors – used deep blues and greens to darken and add depth to colors, therefore ensuring that the colors were luminous and reflective instead of flat. The same theory applies to C2 Paint. The finely ground pigments, sourced and owned solely by the company, create a high quality paint base that, when combined with the colorants, creates rich, electrifying colors.
2. Pre-edited Palette
Now that you’ve succumbed to the fact that quality paint is paramount, it’s time to choose the colors that will bring your project to life and reflect a space that is authentically YOU. Every 496 color in the C2 Palette is pre-edited—carefully vetted, named and chosen by color experts to represent a palette that is both harmonious with each other and with the colors found in nature. We leave the “in your face” fluorescent yellows and neon greens to others. Our colors bring the beauty of the outside, in. See C2’s palette here.
3. Try Before You Buy
Trying to choose the perfect paint color based on a tiny 2 x 3 sample is both fearless and foolish. C2’s Ultimate Paint chips are pre-painted poster board-sized (18’ x 24”) paint sample sheets. It’s an innovative way to see your color in a large swatch that is…wait for it…painted with actual PAINT, not printed reproductions. It’s a surefire way for homeowners and designers to save time and money.
Ultimate Paint Chips are an easy, affordable way to test color.
Tiny paint pots, sample boards, or foam brushes can be quite cumbersome, messy, and frustrating to use. It was decided that the sample pots would be 16 oz. of C2 premium paint, which is enough for some generous wall samples. Homeowners and designers can agree that this is better than cheap 4 oz. jars. In fact, C2 sellers can often tint custom colors into sample pots for customers.
16. oz Sampler
It’s typically a good idea for homeowners and designers alike to sample the actual paint color on boards and view the color at different times of the day and in various positions around the room; this helps confirm that that color is the one you want. Many people will skip this important step, because it takes extra work. But C2 Paint has solved this problem in creating their pre-painted cards.
4. The Real Deal
If having the most outstanding color, extraordinary durability and quality, the best color selection isn’t enough to make you try C2 Paint on your next project, maybe letting you know that the company is the only paint cooperative in North America, meaning, it’s owned by individual paint dealers (the dealer is also the shareholder) who help designers and homeowners in their locale decorate their homes.
The C2 makers ensure that the color work is the most important part of the process, not just selling paint.
The product direction is set by a group of dealers who know what their discerning customers want, and their success is dependent on selling a high quality paint line that exceeds industry standards.
Looking for a pop of color to spruce up your space this summer? Here are the quick color fixes to get you geared up for the warm weather.
1. Paint the inside of your front door: It’s like wearing your favorite rock star t-shirt underneath a business suit. Only those close to you can appreciate your unique style. With colors like Al Green (an energetic, yellow-green), Diva (a deep, sophisticated red) and Pond Shimmer (an eye-catching green blue from the Barry Dixon Collection)… your front door will become your newest work of art, and can change with the seasons – or your mood!
Paint the inside of the front door to add color and the element of surprise!
2. Paint Kitchen Cabinets: They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so use colors, and products, that last! C2’s revolutionary Cabinet and Trim Paint features patented Polywhey® technology — a safe, easy-to-use finish using recycled dairy whey protein. The result is a smooth, porcelain-hard finish that is one of the most eco-friendly and durable products in the marketplace (p.s. it’s also great for floors!)
Designers Catherine and Justine Macfee transformed this kitchen to achieve a farm-to-table feel with a modern twist. They took advantage of every surface, using Parchment (C2-915) for the walls and Filament (C2-798) for the cabinetry. To top it off, they artfully mixed a pattern on the floor, with Urbane (C2-808) and stripes of Filament for a personal touch.
Painting cabinets tell a color story in your kitchen
3. Paint an Accent Wall: An easy and effective way to add color to a room is to paint an accent wall using a super premium paint like C2 Luxe in a sophisticated, eye-catching color. Draw attention to beautiful bookshelves, while adding contrast and energy to the space. Try a deep, powerful blue like Espionage (C2-742).
Deep, rich colors can create an interesting focal point
Leave a comment below and tell us how you spruce up your space for summer!
Embarking on a new design project early in the year personally gives me great joy. The feel of a new project ignites my creativity. Winter is a time to gather in, collect ideas, resource, research and immerse oneself into something artistic and creative. What follows the intention of change is a wonderful journey of self discovery, creation and self expression.
Yet, for most of us, despite the plethora of advertisements, TV shows and glossy magazine spreads highlighting well staged and colourful visuals – the annual broadcasting of new colour trends and palettes, still leads many into a panic. Though we should not necessarily feel compelled to repaint and design as frequently as we change our seasonal wardrobe, home is the environment for our self expression. A building portfolio of personal investment that allows us the freedom to surround ourselves in this very high tech world, with tactile comfort and beauty. (more…)
“A little color bravery invigorates a space”
The presented trend focus for 2017 appears to highlight three lifestyle curated groupings, and is intended to streamline the overwhelming choices: Composed, Confident and Comfortable. Or perhaps, if this forecast does not resonate with us entirely it might only expand our tendency to feed any lack of confidence we have on our own decision-making abilities.
Introducing something new, bold and beautiful with a diverse colour scheme does take an immense leap of faith and a boatload of courage, if on one’s own. As a consultant, my role is to broaden your perspective and enable you to see the familiar in a new way. To guide you, so you have a greater sense of what you are looking for in order to know when you have found it.
I have created a few professional prompts to help navigate and inspire you into achieving successful and rewarding results.
7 STEPS to Colour Confidence:
1. Colour equates atmosphere. It’s the most important thing in the room, infusing our surroundings with emotion and vitality. Rethinking our colour choices and breaking habits of familiar ‘go to’ colours is empowering. Most people are afraid of colour until they see the beauty of it on their walls, you just have to take the steps to achieve that. Don’t we all strive to surround ourselves with colours and objects that resonate with our soul – nurture and support our well being in the most positive manner. Colours in particular often evoke reactions that are more psychological than practical, and that is part of the magic that allows you to create an atmosphere that will enable you to feel intrinsically at home.
2. Visualize and Feel the Space. Visualization brings your ideas to life, and allows you to start at the end and work outwards to simply frame and envision the goals you are striving for. So, grab a notebook and cup of tea, sit in the space, clear out clutter, scrutinize and determine the details and character of the room. Visualize and see all the new possibilities for something different; don’t settle for less than your vision.
My design philosophy: Make it Your Own.
3. Determine the purpose and function of the room before even attempting to view color is key. The functionality will often determine the mood one wants to create. We are striving to create a space that looks right and feels right.
4. Trust your own intuitive voice. Jot down everything that comes to mind. Brainstorm your ideas as a map, not a list, with no order of hierarchy. This more holistic and intuitive approach contributes to creating a space that will inspire and benefit you when you call it home.
5. Get Inspired! Now you have your own personal established foundation about the room details to work from start to resource and research. This means getting out and exploring, not just looking online. Color stems from two arena’s: art and nature — so spend time looking at nature, museums, books, movie sets, fashion, make up counters, magazines, product labels. Try and observe color and co-ordinating colors, in a new way. This should be fun!
6. Create a storyboard. Remember, we all imitate before we innovate! Paste your ideas and findings into a book — collate and gather all you can. Make the most of all the new data that’s out there and select what resonates most with you. Discern and select your main colour group first, then narrow it down to the right shade. Then think about your partnering colours and the relationships.
My storyboards combine inspiration from nature, textiles and more…
7. Paint Away Problems. Downplay built-ins by painting them the same colour as the walls. Refresh a worn wood floor with an invigorating coat of paint. Enlarge a small space by limiting the palette to shades of just one colour. Don’t be afraid of going dark — a deep hue can transform a room into a magical space. Brighten a dark colour with a sheen finish. Treat ceilings as unexpected terrain with anything but white.
Colour has many more attributes than merely creating an appealing palette. It holds many mysterious qualities, and provides the emotional expression of the space it inhabits. Embarking on a new project, we often take on more work than anticipated, but perhaps with these beginning guide lines and a new approach and self awareness, it will help you to create a home that has balance, harmony and style. So that you can love the colours you live with and make it your own, with a little colour bravery.
C2 Colour Consultant & Designer
Philippa Radon cultivated her signature colour-based design philosophy through many years of developing her professionally trained eye in the industry. Working with high profile British and U.S. designers, her work as a colour consultant led her to establishing her own full service design firm servicing national and international clientele alike.
Her love of luxurious colour and livable interiors began at a young age. Coming from a curious mix of British aristocrats and artists, and surrounded by painters, writers and politicians, her creative energy and visual hunger was stirred early on. Her extensive travels and time spent living throughout Europe honed her interest in arts and architecture, which naturally progressed into a love of design.
During the span of her colour consulting, fine arts and interior design career, Philippa has established paint lines for Pottery Barn, developed her own organic paint line, and worked on projects for the Victoria and Albert Museum, British National Trust and St. James Palace. Her commercial clients have included Guess Clothing, Ralph Lauren clothing stores, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Steven Ehrlich, St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles, William Morris Agency and Maxxam Enterprises. Her residential clients are a diverse group including Warner Brothers VIP John Richards, Benenson Capital in New York, and the artist formerly known as Prince.
Learn more about her at: http://philipparadondesign.com
How moody are you? What is your color story? One might ask these questions when approaching an interior design project. The presence, or absence of color is in our daily lives — from the moment the sun rises, casting its tone and mood on the day, to the clothes we wear, to the spaces we live in. Light and color are synonymous. Looking inward to the space we live in, specific hues can provoke different emotions, associations, and responses that affect how one’s home is perceived. In fact, some research has shown that color can increase mood up to 80%. (more…)
Let Color Choices Dictate Design Plans. Color choices can make or break a design. Fortunately, we are far from the times when our color choices were limited to a small batch of natural pigments. Synthetic pigments and the screen have made our lives increasingly easier, while also making decisions infinitely more complex.
Full spectrum paint creates a dynamic, luminous effect
Faced with such an overwhelming amount of color options in today’s markets, many homeowners profess to be afraid of color, for fear of making mistakes. Consulting with an interior designer when selecting a color palette for a design project is an integral part of the process.
How Mood and Color Create Your Story. When telling a client’s color story, I always start with getting to know their personality and lifestyle. A color story should reflect various elements of a personality to avoid looking like a theme, so it has always been important to me to add a mixture of light and dark.
Each room tells a story
A rich color story should also be offer flexibility and adaptation – I decorate for all seasons and moods. Purely as a personal preference, the complexity of moods is what I am drawn to, love and relate to. I probably wouldn’t be happy in a totally light, airy home; my nature and personality requires a moody house so much so that a light and cheery environment, for me, would feel as if it was missing some depth, richness and contrast.
Darker colors create a sense of richness and depth
While I typically have a mix of light and dark all in one room, I also find it creatively interesting to experience various moods as I wander through the house. The “moodiness” of a room doesn’t have to come only from colored or dark walls, of course, it can also be achieved through layers, darker floors, a mix of richer furniture, antiques, fabrics, or painted cabinets—all combined to reflect a mood and tell a story.
A color story should reflect various elements of a personality to avoid looking like a theme.
At times, the actual space also dictates the setting of a mood. Moody rooms might feel more appropriate with certain styles or even locations and settings of a house. Case in point, when a space has a lot of natural light at the back of a house, dark wall colors would feel washed out, so a lighter color and tone and mood works best in those rooms.
Play off the natural light
For me, I feel best when the mood of a home feels inspired by and incorporates aspects of the mood of the natural habitat we live in. I tend to feel more comfortable with colors that have slightly warmer or gray undertones. Selecting colors that reflect and arouse a sense of cohesiveness inside and out feels more settling and comforting to me. So, don’t be afraid of being moody. Use it to tell your personal color story.
About Designer, David Chenault
David Anthony Chenault
These words have been used by clients and peers to describe the designer who is David Anthony Chenault. Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Missouri, David Anthony Chenault had a creative eye and a penchant for making things beautiful since early childhood. He was simply born and destined to be a designer. He went on to graduate with a degree in Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Design from Southwest Missouri State University.
Over the course of 28 years, David has since transformed many homes in the tri-state area, as well as designed memorable residential and commercial projects across the country. As the principal interior designer for David Anthony Chenault Interior Design, David creates fresh, timeless spaces that are beautiful, elegant, and unforgettable. The design is a collaboration of his own vision and that of identifying the dream that is within the client’s desires. The style of his work is traditional with a modern approach. “We want our homes to reflect the client’s lifestyle, not a fancy trend,” he says. “Homes should emanate personality and warmth, and be comfortable and livable while retaining a certain formality.” David’s work has been published in Christie’s Great Estates, Home & Design, Washingtonian, Northern Virginia, Architectural Digest and 417. Regularly featured in Houzz.com, currently, Home and Design “PORTFOLIO” has also added David as one of the Tri states’ Top 100 Designers.
Contact David at http://www.davidanthonychenault.com
While still popular, the softer tones that headlined seasons past are moving toward more adventurous colors in deep and mid tones. Reflective of a strong desire for confidence and stability, blues are the lead trend for fall 2016 – ranging from light, milky tones to more robust, stately hues. We anticipate one of the most popular being deep, near black blues (like Espionage, C2-742 and Brigand, C2-757). Other more vibrant colors like emerald greens, green-based yellows and purples are also becoming more popular, while earth tones remain a steady favorite.
Watch the video of our fall C2 colors below!
Another current trend that is growing is the “finish of the moment” – gloss. Using this beautifully reflective sheen with deep tones on walls results in a high fashion, high design feel. It’s also being used more regularly on ceilings to create polish, interest and a touch of glamour.
Tell us what color and design trends are inspiring you this season!