Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and that means a big increase in exterior color consultations! I love this time of year - being able to assist so many who want to freshen up their homes with an updated color scheme. I have learned many tools of the trade for choosing Exterior Paint Colors and wanted to share a few with you today.
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Work With What You Got! So what does that mean? Start with looking at the fixed elements on your home - your roof, tile, stone...anything that has color that you cannot change - and work with that. The best suggestion is to pick a color in the stone or roof and choose a similar paint color. Or, take a fixed element like brick and choose a complementary paint color that will make it pop. For example, I tend to use Green Gray paint with Warm Red brick - take a look at the photo below to see how those colors really complement each other.
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Don't Match Your Neighbor's Paint Color - I was passing a home recently and saw someone that was just wrapping up an exterior paint job. It was a beautiful dark gray, which I would usually love for being quite different and new. However, the identical house next door had an identical color scheme, right down to the accent. I was really shocked! I had to wonder if they asked their neighbor before they painted their house to match? Now these two dark homes stick out like a sore thumb! This is a big NO NO and the HOA will usually catch it, but sometimes it isn't noticed until it is too late. It really doesn't make your home look better - it just leads neighbors and visitors to notice that someone wasn't original. Now these homes will always be noticed together instead of independently. This photo is not the home I was talking about, but it shows two homes that are too similar in paint color.
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Stay With the Style of the Neighborhood - Please don't go painting your home bright turquoise if you're not in an eclectic, historic neighborhood! Yesterday, I saw bright purple trim on a cookie cutter home within an HOA neighborhood! I have no idea how that one slipped by the Architectural Review committee, but it was ugly and I know the neighbors don't enjoy seeing it everyday (one of the neighbors was a client and she was not happy!). I am all for creativity and adding pop to your home, but if you want to do this, I suggest giving me or an Architectural Color Consultant a call first. Fun colors are for front doors or shutters and features like plant containers or exterior furniture. If you live in an historic district where the homes pop color with Victorian or Craftsman schemes, then by all means go for that style. Just don't do it in suburban HOA communities, as this is not going to bring value or style to your home.
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Test Your Paint Color! This is really a no-brainer and I am surprised how many people move forward without testing and looking at their final colors before they paint. The easiest way to test color is to purchase a poster board and paint the colors on the board. The top line should be fascia color, the body of the board is siding or main color, trim on the side, and accents along the bottom. Hold this up along any fixed elements such as brick, stone, etc. How does it look? If something feels off, then it probably is. Look at the color in the front of the home, the back of the home, and in the morning, afternoon and evening. The color will change throughout the day, so make sure you like it at all times.
Consult a Professional - Yes, I do think you should call me before you paint. I have assisted hundreds of homeowners choose the right colors to create an exterior they love, while helping them avoid making mistakes they'll regret. I know what works and what doesn't so you don't have to take a risk on your home. Painting an exterior is not cheap, so hiring a color consultant to help you understand what is best for your home is like insurance on that painting investment.
Do you want to add some color to your home but you're not quite ready to paint your walls? Here are some helpful tips for some affordable and easy ways to add a unique look to your home.
DIY Dye - Rit dye is the bomb! When I was younger, Rit dye was used for old jeans, shoes and of course, tie dye. I'm not sure why I forgot about my beloved Rit dye but recently I decided to update an old faded slipcover couch that had been sitting in our sun room. Since it's cotton, the sun room was not the best place for it, so it will find a new home in our basement. Before dyeing, it looked horrible. After... a whole lotta better, right?
There are a ton of fun ways to use DIY dye in your own home. Just visit The Rit Studio for some other great ideas. Don't be afraid to use your washer (like I was) - it didn't stain at all. Check out these fun pillows - they are actually made with dye and ice, created by mesocrazy.com.
Use your imagination and get creative with it! Have some old sheets laying around? Let's make then ombre! You can use one or a mix of colors to breathe new life into pillows, rugs, curtains, or any other fabric - all for little less than a latte at Starbucks.
Wall Hangings - It doesn't have to be art - anything with texture, color and that is mostly flat can go on your wall. Look out for eclectic rugs or artful quilts at consignment stores or craft shows; macramé is great and not just something that was for the '70s. Discovering unique finds to hang on the wall can add a fun pop of color to your space. Better yet, find a destination workshop clinic to create your one-of-a-kind piece! Places like The Makery or Labmkls will provide a creative getaway and workshop to create your new wall hanging or art.
You can also consider using common things around the house to create a unique look. I have a box full of scrap book paper that I have never used, just taking up space in my closet. A quick and easy solution is to frame or mod podge that paper onto a board and hang it on the blank wall begging to be filled. No artistic skills necessary!
These are just a few fun ways to add some creative color to your space. Of course, there are so many more ideas and I'd love to hear and see what you've done in your own home. As for me, I'll definitely be signing up for a destination workshop soon - maybe I'll see you there!
Your Color Consultant of Denver Colorado Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
Denver, CO, January 17, 2017 – Kelly Paulson from Your Color Consultant of Denver CO has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The top Design Firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Your Color Consultant,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”
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Two funny words have crept into our design language since 2016: Hygge and Lagom. Today, we'll talk about both concepts and how to add them to your own home.
Hygge (pronounced “HOO-ga”) is the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Coziness. Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment. That feeling of settling in on a snowy day with warm blankets and family? That's hygge.
So how do you create hygge at home? Just surround yourself with cozy blankets, familiar items and crisp clean colors - white, light shades of blues and greens, or soft and neutral greys work best. A dark grey accent wall can also add some warmth to a hygge home. Consider the following colors: Kendall Charcoal BM; Fleur de Sel SW; or Eider White SW
As most of the US is covered in snow right now, I think we could all use a little hygge! What room would you cozy up with hygge style?
While hygge really took off in 2016, many designers are transitioning to 2017 with a new idea in mind: lagom.
Lagom is the Swedish concept of "enough, sufficient, adequate, just right." I believe it is a great idea to embrace in design and in our homes. Let's all just keep what we need, what is enough. Embrace a 'less is more' mindset and be thankful for what we have.
Paint colors for lagom are similar to hygge - white, light blues and greens and clean warm grays. Some paint colors to consider: Alabaster SW and Classic Gray BM. Adding a graphic wallpaper is another simple was to add just enough to your space.
As the year is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on the most popular paint colors of 2016 and what is being embraced by clients and promoted by the industry moving forward into 2017. There is more than one way to recognize a trend, but I am pulling in information from the paint manufacturer forecasts and what I'm hearing directly from my clients.
I often have people ask me if the color they are going with is a trend or a design classic. A design trend is generally a new idea that quickly captures the imagination of people. Trends can last for a few months or years, or even decades. On the other hand, a design classic has timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and remains up to date regardless of the year of its design.
As a color consultant, my job is to make sure that colors work together in a home and to offer advice on what will last. I have found that a lot of my clients are very on top of trends but they really want a classic look that will last and most are unsure of how to pull that off! Today I will discuss what I am seeing in the field vs. what the industry is saying and hope it answers questions you may have when considering choosing a new paint color for your home.
So, lets dive into it then, what does the industry say vs. what are people actually doing in their homes? Below are 5 trends comparing the paint and design industry to what I see in my clients' homes. (Disclaimer - this is mainly in the Denver metro area, and I'm sure that industry influence is stronger in areas like New York & LA)
I have been enjoying all the 2017 Color of the Year reveals and wanted to take some time to review one of them. Todays color is.... Taupe! Taupe has been chosen as a color of the year from Sherwin Williams, aka, Poised Taupe. I wanted to showcase this and some other taupes I have found and share that embracing the soft side can be a beautiful thing.
Aren't those cabinets stunning? The designer of this home used the color right. The cabinets are so beautiful, carefully paired with gold and light wood. The wood helps even out the pinks and to showcase a soft, warm taupe.
Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe 983 is PERFECT for a nursery, like the one above from Kristina Ashley Interiors. She did a good job in her design of course, but the taupe warms the room and tones down the pink, lending a more sophisticated look.
Above is Poised Taupe SW6039 (again), this time on the walls from Sherwin Williams. I believe it softens the strong lines of the modern cabinets and design creating a perfect combo for this kitchen.
Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the Vicki Myhren Gallery at Denver University where they held a "color symposium" at their wonderfully curated art exhibition, Learning to See Color. I wanted to share highlights from the talk and the exhibition today as color is much more complex and interesting than most of us realize.
The exhibit explores color and the elusiveness of it. What I liked most about this exhibit was the exploration of color not just in art, how it is perceived in music, industry (including the coatings industry!) and everyday life.
photo credit Vicki Myhren Gallery
The exhibit was curated by Dan Jacobs of the gallery and co-curated by Jeffery Keith who is an artist, color expert and teacher. Jeffery's background of 20 plus years in the industry and knowledge in color led to this exhibit coming to fruition. The show also stems off of the examination a portfolio of works on paper by Josef Albers — called “Formulation: Articulation" As Albers noted in the past, "When you really understand that each color is changed by a changed environment, you eventually find that you have learned about life as well as about color."
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Josef Albers work in the exhibition, photo credit Vicki Myhren Gallery
As a color consultant, I deal with color changing in it's environment DAILY. I have learned to understand it as simultaneous contrast. Simultaneous contrast identified by Michel Eugène Chevreul refers to the manner in which the colors of two different objects affect each other. The effect is more noticeable when shared between objects of complementary color. There are examples of this concept throughout the show.
Vicki Myhren Gallery
Vicki Myhren Gallery
The panel presenters included a range of creative professionals including Marketing Manager from Sherwin Williams, Christie Del Ciotto. They provided a vast exploration into color and left the audience wanting to know even more about color, it's meaning, how it is perceived and where it is going. The show was a educational exploration into color and a tough concept to pull off successfully, but I am happy to say the and exhibition was a success.
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