Top of the Pops of Color: A Color Review

Hello there.  With all things holiday and the last week of 2015 coming to a close, I thought I would check in with a year-end color review post.  Color is an instant way to infuse a space with inspirational drama, serene appeal and the decorative oomph.

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Light, bright, soft, dark, neutral, complementing, accent or focal- color takes the pulse of a space with the stroke of a brush and decorating genius.  Let’s color review the top of the pops of color schemes, palettes and combinations that colored our world in 2015.

Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

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Oscars 2015: Color Goes To The Movies

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What Works For You Is What Works

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Flawless Gray Areas: Inspiring Gray Rooms

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Favorites In Gorgeous Shades of Erin go Bragh Green

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Louisiana Gulf Coastal Style

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Who’s Ready For Summer?

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Inspired Ideas Floating Around

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Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year 2016 Simply White

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Combining Classic Elegance With Modern Chic: The Color Palette Jackpot

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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Interiors

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Little Blue Box by Sherwin Williams is my second choice.

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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.

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   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.

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Blueberry Buckle – Rainbow Bright – Annapolis Blue – Stunning Sapphire 

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Prussian Blue – Blue Suede Shoes – Delphinium – Stratford Blue

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Modern Masters Metallic – Silver

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Modern Masters Metallic – Copper

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This iconic example speaks for itself.

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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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Chalk It Up: Chalk Paint DIY Project Inspiration

While catching up on my continuing decorating education this past week, I’ve duly noted the chalkboard chalk paint diy project inspiration love is still going strong.

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Home Depot offers great readings and ideas in their forums.  I am in the thought before execution stage of project custom chalkboard for my office.

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My color curiosity is even more piqued now that I’ve learned the rainbow of chalkboard paint possibility is multicolored. Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board Tint Base converts surfaces into a usable chalkboard.  Good color choices come in lucky me thirteens!

Benjamin Moore takes its turn at the board in hopes of broadening your chalkboard paint horizons.

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Benjamin Moore latex chalkboard paint allows you to turn almost any interior surface into a chalkboard in any color.  Now that is chalk it up to fabulous!

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Let’s look at a few examples of chalk it up to fabulous chalkboard chalk paint diy projects.

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I like the quaint yet eye-catching presence of this Frances Schultz designed kitchen and butler’s pantry.  Scalloped edging and burlap ties bring that’s the one I want thoughts to mind.   The blue and white plate and platter display sets the look.

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Chalkboard paint or in the style of chalk paint paints take to primed and ready pieces such as vintage doors, cabinet fronts, decorative frames and framed windows (yes, it adheres to clean glass) with finish perfection.

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A vintage panel becomes both a chalkboard and a dining room focal point for practical and vintage collection display purposes.

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I find myself long on correspondence and short on storage space in my home office.  Beauty is not found in the stacks if the stacks are piled all around.  In a quest to alleviate and edit, I plucked an architectural mantle from the Hopefully Classic inventory thinking it would be perfect for reference books, design magazines and accumulating correspondence.

It was not.

Let the treasure hunt begin for an antique chest or single drawer table.  This is a super easy chalkboard or chalk paint diy project for creating stylish storage solution.

Colorhouse Glass Quart Interior Chalkboard Paint

Colorhouse Glass Quart Interior Chalkboard Paint samples

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Colorhouse Chalkboard Paint

The design and decorative draw of chalk paint and in the style of chalk paint is found in the no need to prime, strip or sand technique, quick dry time, premier color chart choices, mix and match color your world with your own color invention capabilities, ease of application and finishing waxes. Although not a miracle product, these types of paints tend to cover so well it allows the painter/furniture artist to embrace and go with the imperfections.  Chalk paint covers a multitude of decorating sins.

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Annie Sloan masters the ooh la la chalk paint techniques, ideas, colors and what wax to use for what effect how-to.

Annie Sloan's Paint Workbook : A Practical Guide to Mixing Color and Making Style Choices

Annie Sloan’s Paint Workbook : A Practical Guide to Mixing Color and Making Style Choices

Vintage shops, flea markets, and or garage sales are prime haunts for finding great pieces to chalkboard or chalk paint diy project with.

Chalk it up to fabulous!

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