Inspiring paint scheme combinations are now available online, from one of my favorite paint & wallpaper companies, Farrow And Ball.
I don't venture far from the colors that make me happy (antique white, creme white, yellows) so be prepared to see a lot of GREY here, a challenging color for me.
Laying here in my bed and looking around the room, the first thing I see are my french red sheets, pine furniture, and creamy white walls...perfect! Here in the Pacific NW we can see grey eight months out of the year so why would you want to be surrounded by it too? Tell me how do you get to warm and cozy with grey. Oh well, I have one place I can do grey and that's in one of these grey zinc barrels placed out in the garden. They measure 20x18x18 and will be magazine feature out in a garden soon. (will keep you posted)
Tell me if you are thinking about grey paint on your walls.
ELEPHANT GREY is currently the rage. What do you think about this?
Maybe grey paint is meant more for Provence, Charleston, Savannah, Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona? Look at the bright sunshine beaming from the window!!
Ever wonder if you are keeping up with color trends for your home and resist making a purchase because you don't want to buy something that will become outdated. Country French colors are never outdated. They are like the good-for-ever stamps you can buy. My basement isn't strictly country French and can take a few more trendy colors like throw pillows every other year. So here is a copy of Pantone's Color Trend for 2014 to help you make any decisions to day that will carry thru all the way until the end of next year and maybe longer.
The nine palettes for 2014 are: Techno Color, Physicality, Sculpted Simplicity, Fluidity, Collage, Intimacy, Moda, Tribal Threads and Eccentricities.
Pantone offered a description of each of these colors.
Innovative Techno Color "acknowledges the advancement of technology - how it is impacting the world of design and expanding the color universe through a melding of both vibrant and deep hues, frequently executed in reflective surfaces." A range of shades, including a multifaceted emerald, an exuberant orange, a turquoise-like blue and a strong purple, plus true blue, jet black and dark citron, "are intertwined in intriguingly inventive color combinations."
Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counterbalanced by the presence of hues that express the necessity for introspection and calmness. "The stamina of forged iron, satellite gray, antique moss and gothic olive are interplayed with the healing shades of herbal lavender, grayed grape, rosy brown and a quieting, ephemeral foggy gray."
Sculpted Simplicity "recognizes how important shape, form and structure are to the end product and/or environment. The colors are unassuming and do not take center stage. The sophisticated tones elegantly harmonize with distinctively nuanced undertones," and include travertine, anthracite, blanc de blanc and twilight mauve, supported by an anodized brown, ethereal gray and a suggestion of silver.
Fluidity is the palette that "understands the inevitable human need for life-sustaining cool water tones, rendered largely in dazzling blues and blue-greens." These cooling hues include absinthe green, violet tulle, blazing Samoan sun, dewberry purple and two orange-coral tones.
Collage is "a gathering place for found objects that are well worn and somewhat nostalgic - a charming mélange of artfully constructed designs that demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness." Tea rose, deep reddish rhubarb, warm pumpkin spice and cozy sheepskin, are refreshed with margarita green, provincial blue and cascading tones of aqua and teal make up this grouping.
Intimacy "implies a certain affinity and relationship expressed in tints and tones that are inviting in nature and softly tactile - closely connected, yet subtly different, a happy marriage of adaptable warm, cool and neutral tones." The palette includes gardenia white, lotus blossom pink, rose cloud, fawn and café crème, while pale lavenders and opal gray.
Moda speaks of "the drama of high fashion when translated into interiors...red dahlia interacts with blackberry cordial and wood violet, all accented by a yellowed amber green. Corsican blue meets with magenta haze and an expressive linden green, while rich gold waits in the wings for the appropriate moment to add a glimmering finale to any of the combinations."
Tribal Threads are "as varied as the tribal diversity they represent, yet they construct a universal linkage of artistic appreciation rooted in personal expression." Included are neutrals, such as bleached sand and kangaroo brown, burnt orange, goblin blue, curry, peppercorn, and a rose-dusted cedar shade.
Eccentricities is "tongue-in-cheek in attitude with color juxtapositions that are highly original and cleverly conceived in evocative combinations." Examples here include lemon zest, nectarine, skydiver blue, Fudgesickle, strawberry ice.
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