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.

personality color wheel

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

The ColorIQ Classroom

I Love the ColorIQ classroom! So much to learn and see and share. But, do you know what’s  really great? It’s the way that the students always share and help each other, creating a special bond that lasts well into their careers. So it’s not always what we learn but HOW we learn together.

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Whispering Spring Color

Don’t you love Spring? Longer days, warmer temperatures, and flowers everywhere like a Disney movie where the animals sing and the flowers talk? I think that’s winter fatigue talking but we can still get a head start on feeling spring-like! So I’m on my annual search for perfect spring colors and fun projects to make everything fresh and bright. We can start with one or two of these;

Paint a room (Or even 1 wall)

Creamy Life

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The Next Generation of Countertops

kitchenFamilyCircle54First you should know I’m not a cookie cutter type of gal. I don’t want my home to look like every other home on the block. Same colors, same tile floors, same countertops and even the same cabinets. No, not for me. I much prefer dynamic design and personality…my personality, not contractors choice! So I’m always on the hunt for materials and colors, new or old, that can be incorporated into a very personal design for myself as well as my clients. This brings me to the subject of countertops and the element that is perhaps the most cookie cutter of all? Granite. Continue reading

What Makes Architectural Color So Confusing?

ColorIQ ScholarshipThere’s a lot of people searching for the magic answer to easily select color for their homes, and even more people telling them how to do it. The problem is that all this free advice is based on generic color theory which has little to do with architectural color! While some of it is correct (in a sense) trying to apply basic color theory to architectural color just doesn’t work because there is another component. The paint itself. Continue reading

Unexpected Color Combinations

pom+blueNothing excites me more than unexpected color combinations. I’m inspired by this one because it’s moody, elegant, and tells a story. Here, I extracted colors from the photo and played with the color combinations that could be used to design a color palette for the room.

Below are some great examples of this unexpected (and dramatic) color palette. Enjoy!


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