Match Game: Matching Paint Colors

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!


I’ve been introduced to new blogs this week via fall/autumn link parties, with one particular 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,  iconic Tiffany Blue®, 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.

GWTW_screenshotGWTW Scrapbook


   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 Black, Caviar, Paradise, Overt Green, Nervy Hue

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

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