Match Game: Matching Paint Colors

As I make my way through the blogosphere,  I continue to be impressed with the collections of so many.  Our treasured collections become color palette influences for many.  Matching paint colors to our favorite collections and collectibles is one way to carry out a personal treasure theme.


When a client, friend or family member enlist my services in the color selection process,  it often begins like a Kohler faucet commercial.  I am shown an item and asked to design or decorate around the color(s) of the collection.  Let the match game matching paint colors magic begin!


I’ve been introduced to new blogs this week via fall/autumn link parties. One fall mantel display immediately captured my attention.  The author used pieces of blue and white French china from her personal collection. Another blog showed how a beautiful collection of leather books influenced the color scheme of a space.  Decorating inspiration comes from many different influences.  I realized I am among those who have been, and will continue to be, influenced by items they collect or hope to start collecting.  I also thought it might be informative to play a round or two of Match Game: matching paint colors to items known to be collected for future decorative reference.

Probably one of the most recognizable colors in the world,  the Tiffany Blue Box® was the referenced example used time and time again when selecting the paint color for our bedroom.  Sweet Rhapsody by Behr is close, close, close.


Little Blue Box by Sherwin Williams is my second choice.


Gone  With The Wind remains one of the most watched and loved Hollywood classics of all time.  I fell in love with the movie poster when I was six years old, and forty two year later I still can’t get enough.  If I didn’t know better, I would believe it is a requirement of my inner circle that you must own at least one piece of collectible GWTW memorabilia.  I remain in good standing with my vintage hardcover copy of the book, 70th anniversary edition DVD, and a good idea of what paint best matches Miss Ellen’s portiers.




   Emerald Isle 3120 – Olympic Mecca Gold – Offbeat Green

Blue & white porcelain and pottery collections are both popular and stylish.  Traditional blue and white wares of Chinese, English and Italian origin merge well with modern patterns to create beautiful displays. The varied shades of blue play well off of each other and the result is a visual treat.



Blueberry Buckle – Rainbow Bright – Annapolis Blue – Stunning Sapphire 


Benjamin Moore

Prussian Blue – Blue Suede Shoes – Delphinium – Stratford Blue



Loyal Blue – Georgian Bay  – Commodore  

Staffordshire dogs are highly collectible ceramic items.   Dating back to the 1700’s,  Staffordshire figurines were made in pottery companies located in the County of Staffordshire, England.  Authentic Staffordshire figurines are rare beauties with proper and notable markings.

staffordshire-dog-figurineAntique Staffordshire King Charles Spaniel dog

Vintage Staffordshire dog figurines can be valued in the hundreds of dollars.   Staffordshire inspired reproductions or in the style off knock-offs are less expensive copies, making ownership more affordable.   I have come to love authentic Staffordshire spaniel figurines and some of the better quality reproduced Staffordshire dog figurines. White, red, and rust continue to be the most common colors.


navy-blue-paint-colorsHonorable Blue – Old Navy – Eric Cohler

Coins come in as one of the top ranked collectibles.  Years ago when my parents were big time Vegas visitors, my mother would bring back silver fifty cent pieces as souvenirs.  My fascination with the metallic paints began right then and there.  The fifty cent pieces are long gone and spent, but I’m rich in my love of the colors silver and copper.

half-dollarGreat American Coin Company

Modern Masters Metallic – Silver


Modern Masters Metallic – Copper

Behr-Maple-GlazeBehr – Maple Glaze

This iconic example speaks for itself.


Sherwin-Williams  Tricorn BlackCaviar, Paradise, Overt Green, Nervy Hue

It is no surprise that matching paint colors to collections resonates with the decorating choices made by collectors.

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Decorating With Fall Colors Is In Season

The colors of the season are proudly on parade, signaling it is time to begin decorating with fall colors. ‘Tis the season of rich browns, vibrant oranges, dark greens, deep reds, and metallic golds.  Twenty-seven designers share with Traditional Home some of their favorite fall colors.  I have selected eight of my favorites to share with you.

Matthew Patrick Smyth of Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design showcases rich browns and mossy greens in a traditional manner.  His color choices easily transition from season to season.


Deep brown wood furnishings and neutral colors beautifully frame this bedroom by Chris Barrett Design.   The pink in the rug and the lantern light fixture add the wow factor.

Kristen Panitch of Kristen Panitch Interiors  selects fall colors in deep greens and persimmon for this outdoor space.  The deeper tones bring a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and nights.

I call this space three B’s with a kicker – black, brown, beige, beautiful!  Natural woods and reds round out the flawless vision for this space designed by Scott Laslie of Scott Laslie & Associates.

Benjamin Bradley of Bradley Thiergartner Interiors chooses Paprika as the primary color of the space.  He “seasons” with accent colors of olive green (bay leaves), brown (cinnamon), and golden tones (curry).

Kevin Corn of Kevin Corn Design uses neutrals and warm tones to produce a soothing and calm effect. Vintage and modern furnishings co-exist in decor harmony.  Accent lighting enhances the tones and shades of the space allowing the palette to take center stage without overpowering the overall intent of the decor.

Bill Murphy of Essary & Murphy Inc. must know how well the combination brown ticking fabric, brown toile draperies, and English transferware captures the feel of fall.  I stumbled across this example when pulling the other photos and information.  The design and decor accessories of the space result in the ideal traditional fall color scheme.

The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc.  Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer.  I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace.   Man’s best friend looks too cozy for words!







Color Your World Series: Decorating With The Color Pink

Over the next few postings I will be showing  a series of  color charts, fabric samples and wallcoverings for your viewing pleasure. I am appropriately titling the series  “Color Your World”.  I’ve selected a few fun, funky, classic, trendy, elegant and affordable options. Who couldn’t use a little color in their decor world?  Let’s kick things off with this Tickled Pink design board featuring ideas for decorating with the color pink.



Target:  Cameo Back Accent Chair-Stripe  $280.99.

American Blinds :  wallpapers starting at $9.98 per single roll.

Benjamin Moore:  prices vary according to retailer. Golden Coral Table Lamp  $153.99.

Home Depot: Easylite Melosa 5-Light 93in. Bronze Chandelier  $125.95.

Warehouse Fabrics Inc. :  drapery and upholstery material  prices starting at $7.79 per yard.

Pharaohs Furniture:  chest~ price available upon request.