Find color inspiration on the pages of At Home in Arkansas! We are pulling paint colors from some of our favorite images and sharing these custom color palettes with you in our Color Coordinated series!
Find color inspiration on the pages of At Home in Arkansas with these custom paint palettes inspired by some of our favorite images from the current issue. Read about this foyer on athomearkansas.com or in the January/February 2013 issue.
We are excited to unveil Sherwin-Williams‘ color forecast for 2014. The forecast is represented by four colorful paint palettes and is influenced by fashion, nature, pop culture and global traditions. These new colors will undoubtedly inspire many painting and home design projects in 2014. Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, along with Sherwin-Williams color experts, researched and selected 38 key colors for the forecast, which are grouped into four palettes: Reasoned, Diaphanous, Curiosity and Intrinsic.
Reasoned “The hues of Reasoned, which include black, gray and whites, represent shadows, negative space and tone-on-tone layering,” said Jordan. “Gray is the new black. We see this as a perfect palette for a home office, study or modern kitchens by layering colors such as Crushed Ice (SW 7647) and Classic French Gray (SW 0077).”
Diaphanous The delicate nature of this palette embodies the very essence of balance, simplicity and elegance. The colors of Diaphanous are light, delicate and translucent. Society’s need for overconsumption has given way to minimalism and a quiet reality. This palette evokes tranquility, sensuality, serenity and escape. “We are experiencing this blurred duality all around us, from menswear influences on feminine clothes to the soft-touch material on electronics,” said Jordan. “Incorporate Diaphanous colors such as Steamed Milk (SW 7554) and Sandbank (SW 6052) in a bedroom, nursery, living room or bathroom.”
Curiosity It has been said that what one may see as strange and unique, another may see as beautiful. This is the wonder of the Curiosity palette, which is largely driven by science and geology. Nature at the most molecular level is becoming a resource for patterns, textures and colors. Mined minerals, metals and raw gems also fuel the color story. “The Curiosity palette is mad science meeting fantasy; it’s avant-garde, experiential, dark and exotic, ” said Jordan. “Alluring colors such as Exclusive Plum (SW 6263) and Antiquarian Brown (SW 0045) make perfect choices for a den or romantic bedroom.”
Intrinsic A little bohemian and plenty of color make up the Intrinsic palette. Its focus is around embracing and preserving tradition, culture and design, while bringing in new influences. “World events like the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia are driving new appreciation of folkloric costumes, patterns and design,” said Jordan. “Choose hues from the Intrinsic palette like Capri (SW 6788) and Sawdust (SW 6158) for a celebratory family room, kitchen or kid’s room.”
Tobi Fairley is back with the first 2012 installment of Color Confidential! Today, she takes a cue from a Bentonville reader, and fills you in on decorating with the girliest of colors: pink! Read on to see how to incorporate it into your home, without going over the top.
With Valentineâs Day just around the corner, it seems that everywhere I look I see pink â and I love it! Do you have any suggestions for using pink in my home without going too over the top? Thanks!
Thanks for writing in to Color Confidential! I, too, love pink and try to incorporate it in my projects whenever possible. A girlâs room, whether sheâs a newborn or a teen, is one of my favorite places to bring in this color. By using it sparingly in patterns and on solid accessories, you can create a fun feel thatâs anything but over the top.
Hereâs a project that was recently featured in At Home in Arkansas, where we grounded the different shades of pink with a range of neutrals including white, cream, and chocolate. Solid traditional wood floors, as well as neutrals for both the furniture and bedding, gave us plenty of room to add touches of pink in other places, including the wallpaper, drapery panels, rug and lamps.
If you want to use a bold color on a larger piece, such as this built-in seating area, consider a neutral framework or wall color. The wood base and cream-colored storage bins used here help to keep the bright pink cushions from becoming overpowering.
Girlsâ rooms arenât the only place you can use pops of pink.
The white walls and sofa are the perfect backdrop to bring in this bold shade.
If you already have a lot of patterns and textures in a space, consider adding one single piece, like this low sofa, to create a bright focal point.
If softer pinks are more your style, gray can be a great pairing. The drapery panels here really lighten this space and give it an elegant feel.
Finally, if youâve experimented and youâre ready to go all in, paint your walls in your favorite shade of pink and accessorize with black and white and maybe a pop of something sassy like chartreuse!
Here are a few of my favorite pinks and some great neutral pairings for any space.
Mix it up with a navy and creamy white.
Go for a lighter, more airy feel with a softer shade of pink and gray.
Go all out and mix two shades of pink with a light neutral.
Follow my âIn the Pinkâ board on Pinterest to see more of my favorite ways to incorporate pink in to your home.
I hope you find the perfect pink for you!
Q: Dear Tobi,
I loved your post here last month about bringing cool colors in to your home. However, I’m more fond of deep, rich colors. I guess I tend to lean more toward warm hues in general. Do you have any go-to colors that remind you of warmer landscapes?
A: Hi Lauren,
That’s a great question! Because warmer colors tend to make a bright statement and can have a bold impact, I generally use them as accents throughout a space.
(photography by Nancy Nolan)
For example, you might cover your chairs in a fiery shade of red, like the ones I used in this dining room. You could also paint an accent wall in a vibrant tangerine. Lamps and throw pillows are also a great way to bring in these colors without making a huge time or financial commitment. If you’re DIY-savvy, you could even paint a few pieces of furniture in one of these happy colors! The options are endless…
When it comes to selecting warm colors I love to look to nature. There are a ton of naturally occurring options in everything from sunsets to fall foliage. But to get back to your original question on which colors to use, I’ve selected a few that remind me of the warmer landscapes you mentioned. [All paint colors are Sherwin-Williams.]
If you want something that is a bit deeper and more rich you might try one of these…
Hopefully one of these colors will be just what you’re looking to use in your own home!
(p.s. to see more color confidential tips, visit here.)
[Images: Google Images, Tobi Fairley Interior Design]