Paint Ponder: Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Marsala.  That’s the choice of the color of the 2015 from the color experts at Pantone.  They believe this color (18-1438) will influence fashion, home decor and graphic design trends next year.  Pantone described the color in a press release last Thursday as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.  Much like the fortified wine that give Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling mean, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.  This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing.” What do you think?  Do you love it more than 2014 Radiant Orchid or 2013 Emerald?

{1} Pinterest {2} Country Living {3} Pantone {4} Pinterest

Paint Ponder: Silver Mist

Do I sense silver in our midst?  Sherwin Williams Silver Mist SW7621 adds a nice, soft calming effect to any room.  Try it in a bedroom, bathroom or anywhere you want to relax.  It’s perfect for the beach home too.  And if you want to see it perfectly done in a bedroom, check out my earlier post.

{1} Tobi Fairley {2}Pinterest {3}Pinterest {4}Homebunch

Paint Ponder: Beach Glass

In the January issue of At Home in Arkansas, I fell in love with this living room dining combination.  Listed as “Beach Glass” by Sherwin Williams, I absolutely adored the soft blue paint.  Quickly, I found that this must be Beach Glass by Benjamin Moore, as SW doesn’t have a Beach Glass in their inventory.  I love how very subtle it is.  It’s soothing and calm with a gray undertone, a hint of green and goes amazing with sandy colors (or BM #1066 Barely Beige or BM HC-84 Elmira White). Definitely a great color choice for not only the living and dining room, but a bedroom as well.  What do you think?

{1} Featured in At Home in Arkansas  {2} Dining Room  {3} Office  {4} Bedroom

Paint Ponder: Muslin

I’ve been craving a great neutral color lately.  There are lots of choose from, but I particularly like Benjamin Moore’s Muslin.  OC-12 is part of Benjamin Moore’s off white collection and is described as “inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile”.  How’s that for a safe, yet stylish color of paint?  Here are some rooms that wear it in style:

{1} On Pinterest  {2} Neutral on pinterest {3} Benjamin Moore OC-12 Sample 4} Enhanced with blue accents on pinterest

Paint Ponder: Soft Lilac

Orchid, soft purple, lilac, lavender or whatever color you choose to call it –  is officially on the upswing.  As you may recall from my post on Radiant Orchid, this color was recently named Pantone’s color of the year.  And my clients have taken notice, with one even requesting the hue for an upcoming bedroom project.  I love it in soft subtle hues.  Here are some of my favorites:

{1} Benjamin Moore’s Sea Froth 2107-60 as featured in House Beautiful  {2} Benjamin Moore’s Violetta  {3} Violet Pearl by Benjamin Moore in Suzanne Kasler’s bath {4} BM’s Spring Iris 1402 from House Beautiful

Paint Ponder: Gentleman’s Gray

Recently we painted an office in a beautiful blue paint color, called Gentleman’s Gray.  Fitting for the man of the house who loved it and cozy enough for his wife.  This paint color is from Benjamin Moore who describes it as “formal and masculine, this blackened blue leans toward classic navy, suggesting beautifully tailored suits and traditional pea coats”.  Here’s some inspiration:

{1} A library from House Beautiful  {2} Pinterest  {3} Benjamin Moore swatch {3} As painted brick from Remodelista

Paint Ponder: French Grey

I’ve been looking for a color for a study and my client is keen on green.  “Not Kelly,”  he told me, “something more moody”.  I’m leaning towards French Grey No. 18 by Farrow & Ball.  It has a very classy look and is definitely subtle, even mysterious.  And with a hint of green.  What do you think?

{1}  Inspiration Library  {2} Katy Elliott‘s a fan of this French Gray as well {3} Remodelista features a whole house in it {4} Inspiration from Farrow & Ball