Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Outdoors: Exterior Paint for Outdoor Spaces

This is the monthly color and design news update from The Davis Paint Company and companies behind The Color Guild. This article aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire personal projects. 

Blue Exterior Detail
Appealing to our playful side, this exterior paint palette is brimming with creativity and optimism. Full of fun and energy, these engaging combinations create the ultimate dynamic collection for your outdoor paint schemes. Seeking inspiration from the vibrant colors of the avant-garde Memphis Movement, these hues mimic the bold style in a sophisticated and considered way. Confidence with color is encouraged with these six paints, however, balance is everything, so take note of the clever combination ideas. With carefully positioned colors, this trend has a sense of humor, breathing new life into the everyday and inspiring us to be a little more experimental. Whether it's finding the perfect door color or allover wall shade, this palette will deliver a multitude of options to refresh your building exterior.  
Playful Objects
by Colour Hive

Express a bold confidence with 0612 PARKWATER and 0013 SPHERE. These contrasting hues combine to create a significant pairing for exterior applications. Using the depth of 0612 PARKWATER as an all-over wall color will add a refreshing update to your home. This color is practical and with its vibrant intensity offers a certain longevity that is important when applying colors to exterior areas. The vitality of 0013 SPHERE is the perfect accompaniment; naturally contrasting the blue tone this bright yellow has a clean, contemporary edge. Explore the liveliness of 0013 SPHERE by apply the shade to metal features such as doors, gates and window frames. This versatile option would work well used to highlight exterior architectural details. Use clever proportional combinations for these two tones and bring a certain character to any outdoor space. 

Look to the primary green of 0723 GODDESS GREEN and the clean freshness of 0032 ICE DREAM to create a clear pairing for outdoor spaces. Uplift and update your exterior with these paints, a dynamic combination that reflects the organic surroundings in a modern way. Breathing life into your building the vivid tone of 0723 GODDESS GREEN has a natural energy that is perfect for surface applications. Exteriors need to work alongside plant life and compliment garden spaces and this green shade offers the perfect combination for a positive and striking outcome. Use the sharp clarity of 0032 ICE DREAM to work alongside, either as an allover shade with 0723 GODDESS GREEN as an accent or in considered groupings on walls and wood furniture. These two colors create a composed pairing with numerous options for outdoor spaces. Celebrate nature and your garden life with this exciting paint combination. 

Color Composition
by Colour Hive
For an innovative palette look to 0075 PINK DUET and 0447 METAL FLAKE, move away from cold neutrals and add a sense of modernity to your exterior with these colors. These paints offer an inviting overall atmosphere that draws you into the building and results in a combination that is effective in changing light qualities throughout the day. The soft alluring quality of 0075 PINK DUET offers a new take for outdoor spaces; reflecting light and bringing a definitive glow. This tone can be applied to highlight window frames and doorways or as an allover shade that is perfect for any season. Combine with 0447 METAL FLAKE for a touch of elegant gray; these colors have a distinct contemporary sophistication that will update your outdoors. Explore gray highlights throughout the exterior spaces and apply to metal details such as furniture and gate fixings. This tone offers a light accent that will lift your spaces.

Exterior Color Visual
by Colour Hive

Anyone can set a joyful and contemporary tone with this color range. Use 0612 PARKWATER, 0013 SPHERE, 0032 ICE DREAM, 0075 PINK DUET, 0447 METAL FLAKE, and 0723 GODDESS GREEN in considered combinations to create a balanced and stimulating take on exterior paint. Express an optimistic and inspiring atmosphere with the bright blues, greens and yellows in this color palette. Whether it is an allover application or to bring attention to doorways, windows, and furniture, these color pairings are the ultimate solution to building color outdoors. 

Color Palette
by Colour Hive

Pink Residential Exterior
Considering longevity, garden spaces and light affects, these colors explore new ideas of outdoor paints and leave behind dull neutrals. Bring a new energy into the everyday with this confident and lively palette that will immediately renovate and refresh your space. Ready for any season. 

For our next monthly Color and Design News update, we will be delving into MOOD: Deep Blues. We will explore how tonal hues can be combined to create a sophisticated palette for interiors. Creating a mystifying color range that flows through spaces and offers a sense of intrigue. These colors are inspired by our deepest oceans!

Color Swatch
by Krissy Brown

The Color Guild looks to Colour Hive, the international trend forecasting company and publisher of MIX Magazine for interior decorating advice and ideas. Colour Hive has a track record of accurate color trend information and successful forecasts for the interior and contract markets worldwide.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dispel Holiday Blues by Adding New Color to Your Home

Spring House, PA - If you're blue now that the holidays are over, you may be able to pick up your spirits by adding some new color to your home. So says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute, who recently was named one of the "Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry". She advises that interior painting can be a panacea for much of what ails you after the holidays.

"It's normal to have a letdown this time of year, but jumping right into a project that freshens your surroundings with some attractive new color can re-charge your batteries and even brighten your outlook," says Zimmer.

Post-holiday painting is supported by some strong logic: winter is an ideal time to start an interior project; with no holiday event on the immediate horizon, you can work at a pace that suits you best; and your walls may well need to be painted after enduring the wear and tear of the festive season.

Even so, the biggest beneficiary of the new interior paint color may not be the bricks and mortar you call "home"...but rather, you yourself! Keeping busy, whether by painting or doing something else, helps create a feel of wellbeing; and painting typically produces a rewarding sense of accomplishment. Plus, introducing certain colors into your surroundings is a proven way to improve your mood.

Any new wall color may help lift your spirits, but for the biggest psychological lift, choose a happy hue. You might have a personal favorite that fits the bill; if not, psychologists have identified some specific wall colors that have a positive effect on nearly everyone. 

Among the pick-me-up hues is yellow, according to those who have studied these things. That's because yellow surroundings actually boost the level of serotonin in the brain, making one feel more joyful - creating, in effect, a "natural high"!

If yellow doesn't turn you on, then consider its close cousin, orange. According to color psychologists, tints and shades of orange give off positive vibes that we perceive as energy and warmth, both welcome feelings as winter sets in.

Not a fan of yellow or orange? Then brighten your surroundings with an off-white paint color or another very light tint. Any of these will help combat gray days that are so common this time of year. Just stick to the lighter side of the color chart and go with a color you love.

No matter what paint color you end up choosing, Zimmer advises that you pay close attention to the sheen level. "Gloss, semi-gloss and satin paints are more reflective, so they make the interior brighter yet; gloss is great for trim while semi-gloss or satin is better for walls," she says,

So if you're one of the many who need a pick-me-up after the holidays, think about picking up a paintbrush or roller and a can or two of top quality paint (100% acrylic is best). By doing some interior painting, you'll likely improve your spirits as much as your home.

For more information about interior painting and the psychology of color, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at

The Paint Quality Institute was formed in 1989 to educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute's goal is to provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint through a variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles and instructional literature. Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute at PAINT QUALITY INSTITUTE and PAINTQUALITY.COM are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow.

Original Article: Holiday Blues

Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Color Trends from The Color Guild

The Color Guild has put our their forecast on the Trend Colors for 2017. "Breathe" Colors for 2017 are softer and more laid-back, they create a sense of relaxation, invitation and contemplation. The color of the Year is “Nomadic Travels” from the Groundwork collection. It is a true neutral; it can be warm in the sun and cool in the shade making it a great canvas for all of the other colors in your room or on the outside of your residence.

The "Down to Earth" Collection is up first. These are popular colors that have an underlying hue to them. They are soft and sophisticated and can be used in a broad spectrum of locations from high rises to farm houses. From left to right, here are the colors that make up this collection: 0525 Marseilles, 0440 Pale Loden, and 0573 Chintz.
Graphic by Krissy Brown Designs

Up next is the "Mother Earth" Collection. These earth tones are staples to coloring a home. They are basics that showcase accent colors on walls, accessories, and furniture. They are perfect for any room in the home. Pair them with the "Out of this World" Collection colors for added drama and sophistication. Here are the colors making up this collection from Left to Right: 0260 Cocoa Nib, 0337 Urban Charm, 0554 Sparrow, and 0569 Fireplace Mantel
Graphic by Krissy Brown Designs

"Out of This World" is the 3rd collection they highlight. The Color Guild describes these 4 colors as Bright, Bold, Deep, and Mysterious. They add dimension to spaces throughout the home, in large and small amounts. From Left to Right: 1068 Best of the Bunch, 0514 Thunderstorm, 0389 Gold Sparkle, and 0486 Paradise City.
Graphic by Krissy Brown Designs

The 4th collection they are highlighting is the "Meadows and Marines" Collection. Views from space show the beauty of the earth in blues and greens, colors that are in everyone's memories and reminiscent of sunny days, favorite lakes, and lush forests. They are calm, cool, and relaxing. From left to right, these colors are: 0400 New Foliage, 0434 Lush Meadow, 0504 In the Blue, and 0614 Simple Serenity.
Graphic by Krissy Brown Designs

Finally, soft colors that are backgrounds of a lighter ilk make up the last collection entitled, "Groundwork" Collection. They create space, reflection, and are perfect for large, open-concept spaces and in rooms that need more light. These colors are as follows from left to right: 0230 Harrow Gate, 0539 Place of Dust, and 0524 Nomadic Travels.

Graphic by Krissy Brown Designs

Of the 18 colors listed there is one color that stands alone as the Color Guild's 'Color of the Year'. This year that honor goes to 0524 Nomadic Travels. Nomadic Travels embodies the essence of a refreshing neutral. Its tint is strong enough to be noticed on a wall, yet subtle enough to work well with colorful home decor items of today.

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COLOR GUILD IS COMPRISED OF MORE THAN 55 regional paint manufacturers and 8 licensees from 16 different countries and is dedicated to the marketing, promotion and selling of paint products. The combined expertise and experience of the member companies makes Color Guild uniquely qualified to serve as a definitive resource on color and coatings. Challenges related to color are faced by designers, architects and manufacturing industries worldwide. As color experts, our job is to help tackle them. Color Guild colorists work tirelessly to predict and present trend colors 12 to 18 months in advance of their entree into the marketplace. These color experts carefully separate the fads from the facts as they identify color trends.

Calming Neutral Zones

This is the monthly color and design news update from The Davis Paint Company. The article aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire personal projects.

Discover a calming mood for your interior with the ultimate alternative to neutrals. Looking to the natural world for inspiration we explore the rugged beauty of Earth to create this palette. Inspired by our planets diverse landscape, we discover the hidden power as well as the fragility that is exposed by the raw elements. These soft and anonymous colors build to create a balanced palette that reflects the subtle qualities of natural stones such as marble, granite, and limestone. These delicate shades create something powerful yet timeless. Taking reference from the organic beauty of Earth's layers, these colors are delicately tinted offering a "modern neutral" perfect for any space. 

Arita House, Neutral Bath Interior
by HAY -

0567 HEARTHSTONE is the tinted mid tone that centers this palette. Creating a welcome and organic atmosphere, this color references our natural habitat; taking note of the tonal differences of our planet's landscape, 0567 HEARTHSTONE offers a subtle and quietly confident alternative to a white neutral. To create a calming mood within your home, combine this color with the other mid tones in the palette, 0552 NORTH ISLAND and 0558 QUEEN ANNE'S LACE, for a balanced and considered neutral group. This tone offers a sophisticated finish and a sense of clarity perfect for your spaces. Apply to kitchen and living room areas for a natural, comforting finish that offers balance without being cold or unwelcoming.

Color Palette by Colour Hive
A new gray takes form in 0552 NORTH ISLAND, a tinted neutral with warm undertones; this colors is an atmospheric option for your spaces. Use this modern alternative to gray to spread a sense of focus and stylish welcome throughout your home. Certain colors are known to have meditative qualities and 0552 NORTH ISLAND has these calming characteristics that will appeal to your mind. The mauve undertones break up any density and 0552 NORTH ISLAND offers a new option to create a calming neutral zone. Pair this color with 0216 EARTHLING in office and work spaces for a reflective yet tranquil option that is sure to equalize your mind. 

Objects by AYTM Studio
Delve into the silken tone of 0555 OCEAN FRIGATE, a soft darker gray inspired by the Earth's natural pigments. Deep and reassuring, this hue will radiate a warm welcome throughout your home with its natural soft and tactile qualities. With a depth that is familiar and appealing, 0555 OCEAN FRIGATE has a finish that is refined and organic but removed of any murky qualities. Apply this shade in contrast with 0558 QUEEN ANNE'S LACE; these colors work best in combination in bedroom spaces for a touch of comforting neutral color. Also explore using 0555 OCEAN FRIGATE to highlight feature walls for an inviting and appealing zone perfect for quiet relaxation.

Interior Set Up
Milan by HAY,
Add the perfect touch of clarity to your home with 0558 QUEEN ANNE'S LACE, a chalky neutral that will transform any space into a pure and tranquil environment. With its diverse application options, this color is essential to the palette. Creating a serene balance between the mid and dark tones, 0558 QUEEN ANNE'S LACE is a versatile tone that has the ability to both add a touch of calm or brighten up and energize any interior. In particular, it would work well in a kitchen space to translate a clean and modern atmosphere. 0558 QUEEN ANNE'S LACE is timeless and classic which also lends itself to changeable rooms within the home such as a dining room or guest room, allowing the d├ęcor to change but the atmosphere of the room to remain calm and neutral.

0216 EARTHLING looks to the raw aesthetic of the Earths layers for inspiration. This sandy neutral is a refreshing alternative to beige for your home. The overall effect is sophisticated and unassuming with a gentle warming feel. This essential shade is chalky but with a refined matte finish. Combine 0216 EARTHLING with 0567 HEARTHSTONE for a modern tonal effect that will work perfectly in your spaces. This tone can be used to bring a putty like soft touch to the most intimate of your rooms. Apply to bedrooms and living rooms for a cozy glow that will cocoon and welcome for the ultimate calming neutral zone. 

Calming Neutrals by Colour Hive
Set a calming yet powerful message for your interior with this color range. Use 0567 HEARTHSTONE, 0552 NORTH ISLAND, 0555 OCEAN FRIGATE, 0558 QUEEN ANNE'S LACE and 0216 EARTHLING in combination to create a balanced and tranquil setting that will bring a modern tonal mood to your home. This palette is universal and timeless with its updated version of neutrals; the grays are tinted and complex. The light tones are warm with a chalky finish all brought together with the velvety depths of the darker shades. Discover the perfect mood for your spaces with this multipurpose palette that offers a diverse and individual finish for each room. Tranquility and serenity are achievable with this ultimate solution to calming neutrals. 

For the next article, 'OUTDOORS: Exterior Paint for Outdoor Spaces', we will explore how exterior palettes can be refreshing for doors, windows, and exterior surfaces with exciting color combinations. We focus on using color to add a new dimension to your outdoor spaces with original and dynamic color combinations.

Color Guild looks to Colour Hive, the international trend forecasting company and publisher of MIX Magazine for interior decorating advice and ideas. Colour Hive has a track record of accurate color trend information and successful forecasts for the interior and contract markets worldwide.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Professional painters are fast, efficient, and have mastered techniques that produce top-notch results while make it all look easy. Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, including these 13 tips.

You have to start with a perfectly smooth surface to end up with perfectly painted walls or woodwork. One pro says that sander would be a more fitting job title than painter since he spends so much time pushing sandpaper. Sanding levels out Spackle or joint-compound patches and flattens ridges around nail holes. Sanding also removes burrs and rough spots in your trim.

Sand the walls from the baseboard to the ceiling with fine grit sanding paper on a sanding pole. Then sand horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling. Don't put a lot of pressure on the sanding pole or the head can flip over and damage the wall. Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into crevices.

Before the pros paint walls, they fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called "flashing"). Those spots will look noticeably different than the rest of the wall. To avoid that, pros prime the walls before painting.

Instead of using white primer, pros usually have it tinted gray or a color that's similar to the finish paint. Tinted primer does a better job of covering the existing paint color than plain primer, so your finish coat will be more vibrant and may require fewer coats. This is especially true with colors like red or orange, which could require three or more coats without a primer.

Nothing is more discouraging when you've finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. "Apply tape over the wood, then run a putty knife over the top to press down the tape for a good seal," a painter with more than 16 years of experience says. "That'll stop any paint bleeds."

Use the blue painter's tape instead of masking tape. Masking tape can leave behind a sticky residue that's hard to clean off. Plus, paint can cause the tape to buckle or get wavy, which lets paint run underneath it. Painter's tape can be left on for days (some up to two weeks) and still peel off cleanly. And it stops paint bleed without buckling.

The secret to a finish that's free of lap and brush marks is mixing a paint extender (also called a paint conditioner), such as Floetrol, into the paint. This does two things. First, it slows down the paint drying time, giving you a longer window to overlap just-painted areas without getting ugly lap marks that happen when you paint over dried paint and darken the color. Second, paint extender levels out the paint so brush strokes are virtually eliminated (or at least much less obvious). Pros use extenders when painting drywall, woodwork, cabinets, and doors. Manufacturer's directions tell you how much extender to add per gallon of paint.

The problem with painting along the edge of textured ceilings is that it's almost impossible to get a straight line along the top of the wall without getting paint on the ceiling bumps. Pros have a solution. They run a screwdriver along the perimeter of the ceiling to scrape off the texture. "This lets you cut in without getting paint on the ceiling texture," one of our pros says. "The screwdriver creates a tiny ridge in the ceiling, so the tips of your paint bristles naturally go into it. And you'll never even notice the missing texture."

Pros don't use bed sheets as drop cloths, and neither should you. Thin sheets won't stop splatters and spills from seeping through to your flooring. And while plastic can spills from seeping through your flooring. And while plastic can contain spills, the paint stays wet for a long time. That wet paint can (and usually does) find the bottom of your shoes and get tracked through the house.

Use what the pros use - canvas drop cloths. They're not slippery and they absorb splatters (but still wipe up large spills or they can bleed through). "Unless you're painting a ceiling, you don't need a jumbo-size cloth that fills the entire room," a pro says. "A canvas cloth that's just a few feet wide and runs the length of the wall is ideal for protecting your floor, and it's easy to move."

It might seem easy to do all the corners and trim in a room, then go back to roll the walls, but don't. Pros get a seamless look by cutting in one wall, then immediately rolling it before starting the next. The allows the brushed and rolled paint to blend together better.

Cover your paint bucket, tray, or container with a damp towel then switching between brushing and rolling to keep your paint and tools from drying out when not in use.

Don't bother taping windows when painting sashes - it takes a long time and paint usually ends up on the glass anyway. Go ahead and let paint get on the glass. Once it's dry, simply scrape it off with a razor blade. The paint peels off in seconds. "Just be careful to not break the paint bond between the wood and the glass," a pro cautions. "Otherwise, moisture can get on the wood and cause rot."

The same color of paint can vary between cans. "That difference can be glaringly obvious if you pop open a new gallon halfway through a wall," a retired painter warns. To ensure color consistency from start to finish, pros mix their cans of paint in a 5 gallon bucket (a process called "boxing").

Some pros then paint directly out of the bucket. This eliminates the need to pour paint into a roller tray, though the heavy bucket is harder to move.

Whether you buy cheap or expensive roller covers, washing them before their first use gets rid of the fuzz that inevitably comes off once you start painting. Wash them with water and a little bit of liquid soap, and run your hands up and down the covers to pull off any loose fibers (a practice called "preconditioning covers"). You can start using the roller covers right away - you don't need to let them dry.

Paint won't bond to greasy or filthy surfaces, like kitchen walls above a stove, mudrooms where kids kick off their muddy boots and scuff the walls, or the areas around light switches that get swatted at with dirty hands. "I always use a degreaser to clean grimy or greasy surfaces," a pro says. "It cuts through almost anything you have on walls for better paint adhesion."

Be sure to read and follow directions - this stuff is potent. Rubber gloves and eye protection are required.

Pros take a "load and go" approach to painting. They load the bottom 1 1/2 inches of their brushes with paint, tap each side against the inside of their container to knock off the heavy drips, and then start painting. By contrast, homeowners often take a "load and dump" approach of dragging the loaded brush along the sides of their container and wiping off most of the paint. "It doesn't do you any good to dunk your brush in paint, then immediately wipe it all off," a 16-year veteran painter says.

When your brush is loaded with paint, it's easy to create runs by applying too much paint in corners or along trim. To avoid that, start brushing about 1/2 inch away from the cut-in area to apply the paint. As the brush unloads, move over and slowly drag the brush along the trim or corner. Let the bristles gently push the paint against the cut-in area where the walls meet. You may have to do this a couple of times to get complete coverage, but it'll avoid excess paint along woodwork and in corners.

From: Popular Mechanics

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

Improve a less-than-stellar piece with paint, patience, and my tricks. I had the oops moments; now you can learn from them.

There is no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online. And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found problems/issues with a lot of the tutorials-paint chips, finishes aren't smooth, and paint peels. I have had to redo several furnishings, so I decided to compile all the mistakes I've made to help your give your furnishings a makeover that will last.

Here's how to paint a piece of furniture-without making a major mistake:

1. Sand it. There are lots of tutorials out there that claim you don't need to sand. There are also lots of primers and paints promising no sanding necessary. From what I have learned, sanding is a must. Sand all surfaces with a 150-grit sandpaper. (I use an orbital sander with variable speeds.) Be careful not to gouge the surface. You're just looking to rough it up a little so the primer has something to adhere to; you're not trying to strip the surface. Use 80-grit if you are sanding a furnishing with an existing varnish.

2. Remove Residue. Wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any residue. Do not use a paper towel. Don't speculate on whether something is a lint-free cloth. Just use the tack cloth.

3. Prime it. If you're priming laminate furniture, use a Shellac-based primer. Otherwise, most primers will work. Prime using a mini foam roller. Use a foam brush to get into any hard-to-reach areas. Let dry according to can instructions. Once your primer is fully dry, sand away any drips with a 220-grit sanding block, and wipe your piece down with a tack cloth.

4. Paint it. Use a mini foam roller to apply three thin coats of semi-gloss latex paint. Allow six to eight hours in between coats. It is important that you sand between coats if you have any drips or residue on that piece. Use the same sanding block and a NEW tack cloth. The new tack cloth is very important here. You need to remove every speck of lint and dust before applying the Polyurethane Topcoat in the next step. It's clear so everything shows. I've blamed everything from the dog to the paint for the tiny pieces of fuzz I've found when applying the Polyurethane Topcoat, but because I didn't remove everything with the tack cloth.

5. Protect It. Finally, use a new foam roller to apply a thin coat of Polyurethane protectant in gloss. You want to make sure you go over this coat very lightly with the foam roller to smooth any bubbles that can occur with the foam roller. Allow 72 hours for it to dry before using; otherwise, it can get sticky.

Article provided via Country Living

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Hidden Luxury of Color

Uncover a hidden luxury within your home with our deeply atmospheric palette. Create a warm sensuality perfect for your interior with high end, deluxe approach that is subtle, elegant and refined. Inspired by the old masters of the art world these colors imbue a feeling of opulent heritage. Still life paintings offer inspirations of rich layered paint and ambient light effects. Tender purple and pink tones of eggplant also reference classic paintings and define the palette's soft femininity with strong blackened shades creating a darker feel. The tones are an alluring combination, intense teal provides a rich contrast, balanced with neutral grays. This palette has a quietly luxurious mood that would work perfectly in any interior.
Add a true sense of luxury to your interior with 0690 BLUE PERIOD, a deep and velvety tone that will convey a sense of soft sensuality to your space. Inspired by lush fabrics and decadent interior finishing, this color radiates serenity. Celebrate comfort and elegance with 0690 BLUE PERIOD, a color that evokes tranquility. Balance the tone with a dark and mid-tone neutrals within the palette. Apply this dark teal green combination with the lighter tone of 0358 SILKY GREEN for a layered contrast. This color works perfectly inside bathrooms and work spaces to help calm the mind and focus the senses. 

Luxurious Bedroom
Sainsbury's Home
Looking to the sensual shades used in still life paintings of the Dutch masters, 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, echoes this atmospheric light when applied to your interior. An almost black brown, 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, has a true softness and with its warm natural tint, the color is truly engaging. With a chocolate richness this tone can compliment any space alone as an all over color or with lighter tones within the palette to create an alluring contrast. Add a natural quiet to your spaces with 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT. This color compliments kitchen and living room areas and would work well applied as a feature wall or for corner spaces within your home. 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT's warmth radiates throughout a space and creates a sense of welcome.

Taking note of aged surfaces and hard materials that become more exquisite as time passes such as bronze, the exquisite tone of 0781 GOLD FINCH evokes these antique metallic qualities. Explore this classic color and added arresting warmth to your surroundings. When combined with the depth of 0690 BLUE PERIOD and 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, 0871 GOLD FINCH lifts space and adds a true sense of timeless quality. This color is an unchanging classic and can be applied confidently as a feature wall color within living rooms or dining rooms for an elegance that lifts your space and that you will never tire of. Pair with rich textiles such as velvet and silk alongside dark woods and ornate ceramics for ultimate luxury finish.

Look to the intensity of 1306 ROYAL VELVET to bring a touch of silken darkness to your interior. The plush eggplant purple tone of 1306 ROYAL VELVET offers an ethereal depth to the palette. Combine this soft and sultry color alongside the other dark colors of the palette for an ultimate richness and luxury finish for your spaces. 1306 ROYAL VELVET is a universally deluxe color that works best when used in abundance. Apply to the work spaces and dining areas of your home for an atmospheric seated space that invites quiet solitude and intrigue.
Purple interior by AYTM Studio

Discover a classic ambiance with 0358 SILKY GREEN. Inspired by rich clay tones this color creates a feeling of calm and coziness within your home. This color references soft faux furs and natural coloring to bring an organic comfort to your home with this sandy, neutral mid-tone. 0358 SILKY GREEN is versatile and centers the overall palette resulting in an elemental tonal combination. Apply in indulgent combinations alongside the intense dark accents of the palette. 0358 SILKY GREEN is a perfect compliment to an open kitchen/living room area and can add a definitive warmth and overall feeling of placidity to the space.
Brown Interior detail by
AYTM Studio

Indulge in true elegance for your home with this complete color range. Apply these rich jewel tones throughout your home to inspire a feeling of genuine decadence. 0690 BLUE PERIOD, 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, 0871 GOLD FINCH, 1306 ROYAL VELVET, and 0358 SILKY GREEN are the five colors that combine beautifully to create a significant feeling of sophistication within an interior. Create the ultimate luxury finish in your home with these mature and tantalizingly sumptuous colors. Extravagance is for the everyday and it can be achieved with the deep allure of this palette. Paint and discover dark finishes that are balanced with warm tones for a rich blend that is sure to always result in a luxuriously soft and comforting finish.

This is the monthly color and design news update from Davis Paint. The article above aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire personal projects.

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