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Following My Bliss

my entire life I dreamed of a place where I can create art, share my passion of color and creativity with others and live my bliss…Bliss

So here I am mid-life and I feel pretty good about what I have accomplished. Two gorgeous daughters and 5 beautiful grandchildren, a successful business and a wonderful husband. But, there has always been that nagging vision of something undone. Something left to complete. Sort of the icing on the cake if you will. Continue reading

Will the Real Revere Pewter Please Stand Up?

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Have you ever looked at a beautiful room in a design magazine and immediately wanted that color? Or, your friend painted their master bedroom and you just had to have that color in your home? We’ve all done it, but as you can see above color can be quite deceiving. Yes, each of these rooms is painted the same color! Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. What looks one way in your friends space can look totally different in your house. Continue reading

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Color Constancy?

Color Constancy or Subjective Constancy is the term we use to describe that part of the our color perception that ensures the perceived color of objects remains relatively constant under different lighting conditions

In our world, the appearance of color provides us enough information to reliably identify an object. For example, we know instinctively that bananas are yellow. But, are they still yellow in the evening where there is no natural light? Continue reading

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Livable Color? Paint Colors for Real People

Sure, we love to browse the beautiful and most colorful homes in the design magazines. And, yes, they are an inspiration but what about color for real people?

From neon to blah, there is no shortage of colors to choose from in the typical paint deck. But how many actually belong on a wall? Keeping in mind that only 10% of the 2000+ colors are ever actually mixed that means that there are really only 200 colors that even make the grade. Now of these 200 colors which ones are truly “livable”?  Here are my non negotiable rules for livable color… Continue reading

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Natural Blues Go Bold

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Aqua and blues have long since been used to create calm and tranquil environments, but  I find these colors can also go bold and make quite a statement. Pairing them with other shades of blue and turquoise give them a bold and dynamic appeal. Which ever way you use it, it will always soothe the soul.

As I often use images from nature to inspire entire color palettes, the above image from the marble caves in South America inspired this color palette from Benjamin Moore.

Here are some other beautiful examples using the same colors for interiors. Continue reading

Trust Me!

In all the years I have been consulting, the phrase that was repeated over and over is “Trust me I’m a Color Consultant“. If I had a nickel for every time I said that, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here blogging!

trust meIf you’re looking for professional assistance with selecting colors for your home or business, you need a color consultant! Please contact me HERE.  There is no project to large or too small and I will save you time, money and lots of frustration AND get it done right the first time!

What’s Your Color Personality?

I have this little theory that personality types correspond to a distinct color on a color wheel fairly consistently.

Nothing scientific or new here just an observation. We each have a color personality that we turn to for different things such as paint, accessories, makeup and clothes. It may change shapes every so often but we all pretty much have distinct preferences that we carry through life.

I started thinking about my clients and looking back I realized that they all fell into these 10 distinct groups. No matter what part of the country I am working in they were always the same.

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So, I thought it would be interesting to test this theory on myself. In terms of color personality, If I were to choose three words to describe myself, it would definitely be Water Baby (I think I was a dolphin in another life!), A Quiet Soul and last but not least a Traditionalist . Yep, this certainly describes me! Continue reading

You Can Fool Mother Nature!

“Mother nature plays tricks with our eyes every day! but I have a few tricks of my own!”

We all have experienced crazy color phenomenon with vision and things certainly are not always as they appear to be. You might look at a color swatch in the paint store and be convinced it’s yellow because it looks like yellow and it’s named yellow so therefore it must be yellow. But you take that can of yellow can of paint home and as you start painting you can’t help but think that you got the wrong color! Your wall is green! Well, yes and no. It’s still the same yellow you selected, it’s just that there are many other factors that influenced the way the color appears in its final home. A trained color consultant almost never picks color straight from a deck because it looks like the right color. They pick a color that will change and morph into the correct color when all other conditions are taken into consideration. So, here’s a few tricks of the trade that professionals use to get color right every time. Continue reading