It’s always fun to pop into the paint store and check out the latest color trends, imaging the magical transformation a new paint color creates. There is no other tool in the designer’s kit that brings a bigger bang for the design buck than fresh paint.
There’s nothing worse than a near-miss when it comes to color. Sure, the all-out color disaster would qualify, but how often does that happen with paint? Not nearly as often as those near-misses. We see them often.
To keep you from heading towards disaster, keep the following tips in minds as you dream of stunning new color…
When choosing paint color, always try before you buy
Top 10 Tricks the Pros Use When Choosing Color:
- Do not choose your color in the paint store without taking it home for a test run.
- Pick up a wet paint sample and a mini roller (foam brushes don’t lay enough paint for an accurate color reading).
- Paint a minimum sample size on your wall that’s at least 24” x 24”. Bigger is always better.
- Test your color in three areas: in the corner, the wall opposite the largest window and the window wall itself (this way you can see the color on the lightest wall, darkest wall, while the corner will show you the most intensified color).
- The best time of day to choose colors is between 10am to 2pm – when the sun is highest in the sky.
- Take step #5 to heart, but make sure to analyze your color with your morning coffee and with your evening cocktails. Your color will look different during each time of day.
- Color is all about relationships. When it comes to choosing paint, make sure you have assembled all the important elements that will be in the room; sofa, carpet and tile, cabinetry, etc. The color of your paint is a lot easier to adjust than anything else in a design scheme (and even easier if you haven’t painted yet!)
- When comparing more than one color, make sure you can view your samples individually, otherwise the different colors will influence each other.
- Consider using a color professional. This is what they do, and you can save a lot of time and effort by heading in the right direction from the beginning.
- Give yourself enough time to find your perfect color. Taking your time minimizes the stress of making the ‘right’ decision, and you can make sure you’ve got it nailed down before the painter gets rolling!
Consider hiring a professional color expert. Here, interior designer Paula McHugh is working with Daly’s Dan Cookston.
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
Did you ever walk into a room and feel instantly calm? Often times it’s more than Yanni on repeat that generates that sense of calm. Much of that feeling is attributed to the paint color they chose, and more specifically the undertone of the paint color they chose.
When discussing paint color, we usually think of how the shade will look in a particular room. Did you know that color can also affect the way we feel? The philosophy of color explains how color is directly tied to our emotions. Everyone understands what it means to be “red with anger”, “green with envy”, or what it is to “feel the blues”. When it comes to color for your home, you can control how your home ‘feels’ by the artful – and strategic – use of color.
Color is connected to the light spectrum, and therefore affects our bodies physically, even when our eyes are closed. For example, you could walk into a freshly painted white room and feel how cold it is, but enter a different white room and it might feel fresh and lively instead. Much of this is accomplished by the undertones and formulation of the color itself. That’s why full-spectrum paints are so compelling.
Full-spectrum paints, like every color in the C2 Paint palette, are formulated using multiple pigments that represent more of the color wheel than traditional paint formulas. Additionally, no C2 Paint color uses any black pigment in their color recipes, so you never have a color that looks lifeless or dull. The beauty of full-spectrum colors is that regardless of the current light condition, the paint color interacts with light in a compelling, luminous way.
Beautiful full spectrum colorants
Combining full-spectrum paints and armed with a little knowledge about specific colors and how they make you feel, you can create an environment that really makes you feel good. Really good.
Here is a brief explanation of each color and how it affects you:
Yellow – It’s virtually impossible to be cranky in a yellow room. Using yellow, anything from palest creams to deepest golds, is like capturing the sun in a jar. Yellow is an energetic color, so use it where you want to bump up the joy.
Lightning Bug, BD-71
Orange – If you’re looking to stimulate the appetite and add spice, orange is the perfect choice. It also symbolizes change when it’s bright and lively, and represents stability when muted and quiet. In design, energetic orange is a great color to excitement to a neutral space.
Red – Ready to romp? Yup, forget those 50 Shades and use red instead. Red raises your heart rate and time passes in a blur. Take it a little more orange and it’s the perfect color to increase your appetite.
Plum Tomato, BD-62
Purple – Interestingly, purple is a combination of hot to-trot-red and cooler-than-cool blue, so it brings both elements to the table. Purple can make your feel very meditative and intellectual or vivacious and royal.
Blue – One of the most popular and reassuring color used in design, blue communicates stability and safety, as evidenced on this chic office wall.
Espionage, C2-742; Whistler White (ceiling, walls, trim), C2-756
Green – If you want to create a soothing sense of calm, green is your hue. Soft colors, like green sea glass all the way to rich, deep emeralds and olives; green is a great choice.
For the past decade or so the concept of full spectrum paint color has emerged as one of the most intriguing developments in paint color technology. This emergence has been met with rave reviews and accolades by some, while others have not been able to grasp what all the fuss is about.
From a purely objective perspective what is implied by full spectrum color is that each color regardless of its apparent hue is comprised of a multiple of different colorants (color pigments), incorporating a little something from all of the different places on the traditional color wheel. Black colorant is always eliminated from this approach due to its inherent non-reflectivity. So reds will also have blues and yellows added, and the deepest of hues that may look black, will actually be a concoction of colorants with everything except black! It is important to understand why this approach is different from the industry standard that we have lived with since post World War II. (more…)
Traditionally paint companies have manufactured colors with as few colorants as possible. Some of the reasons for doing this made sense at the time. Back in the day when all paint was manually tinted by a store clerk, this approach made the process simpler and resulted in less mis-tinted paint. Having to dispense two or three colorants to achieve a color is by definition easier than tinting one that requires in some cases up to eight or more colorants.
Another good reason for this approach was that all of the color chips that were produced to represent the colors of any given palette were made from lacquerer or ink, not paint (who knew?). A simpler formula was a better way to achieve an acceptable match between the actual paint being purchased and the chip that was used as a reference. As we all know this doesn’t always work out in the end either. Furthermore the lacquerers used are tinted with different colorants than those used to tint the paint you purchase. You can see how this can present a problem.
The good news is that modern technologies have allowed us to overcome these limitations. Almost all paint stores employ computerized dispensing equipment that allows for the accurate and repeatable dispensing of complex formulas with any combination of colorants we choose. This virtually eliminates the chances of the formula being dispensed incorrectly.
With regard to the paint chips, few manufacturers are willing to make paint chips from real paint. C2 Paint is one exception to this rule. All of the C2 color tools, (Ultimate Paint Chips, fan decks, or Take Home Chips) are made from real eggshell paint and the actual colorants that are used in tinting the paint that you ultimately put on your walls. C2 color tools have the ability to represent complex full spectrum colors accurately because they are made from real paint using the same colorants and combinations that are used in the paint you buy.
Another compelling reason for paint manufacturers to not embrace the full spectrum approach is cost. It is much cheaper to use black and a few other less expensive colorants than it is to create full spectrum colors that employ more expensive colorants in greater quantities. C2 Paint has always taken the approach of bringing to market the most beautiful and high quality colors, regardless of cost.
So now that we can do it, why do we want to do it? Or better yet why should you purchase full spectrum paint over the more traditional and widely available options? One analogy that I like to use to illustrate the difference is that of a well cooked dish that is made with a variety of different spices in varying amounts, compared to one using basic salt and pepper. If prepared right, you may not be fully aware of exactly what you taste, but you know it tastes great. Similarly the nuances and undertones of a full spectrum color make it inherently more satisfying to the eye than its salt and pepper counterparts.
Furthermore this multiple colorant approach reflects a fuller range of natural light, allowing the paint colors to easily blend with the other design elements in a given room. Fabrics, carpets, and accessories are more harmonious when pulled together by a paint color that has elements of all of their colors present. Run of the mill paint colors are much harder to match with other specific elements due to the narrower range of light that they reflect. In simple terms full spectrum colors play well with others.
Fine artists have employed this technique for centuries. Using complementary colors to de-chromatize the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow, instead of black, has allowed artists to more accurately capture the nuances of natural light in their paintings. Rembrandt was known to instruct his apprentices to use a full spectrum gray ground on all their canvases before they began painting. With full spectrum paint colors you are able to apply this same fine art technique to your walls.
The C2 palette of 496 full spectrum colors provides the advantage of being a pre-edited collection that offers only the most beautiful colors that have been time tested and proven to work well in the real world.
In summary full spectrum paint colors are superior to their more commercially available alternatives because they reflect a broader range of natural light and are easier to coordinate with the other three dimensional elements in the room. More beauty with less stress sounds like a winning combination to me.
Philip Reno brings his deeply experienced perspective to the world of color design. Having spent the first eighteen years of his career as a master painter, faux finisher, and color consultant, he accumulated first-hand experience and observed the intricacies of paint color. He owned operated G&R Paint Company, San Francisco’s premier retail color and paint destination, for 18 years and is now a consultant to The Coatings Alliance, the manufacturers of C2 Paint.