Fresh Color Palettes for Spring!

Fresh Color Palettes for Spring

There are no more vibrant, saturated colors than the ones created in nature. With the amazing paint technology today, you can replicate the color of an old growth oak tree’s moss in your backyard. You can bring in the vibrance of those daffodils you planted in the spring. You can well, pretty much paint your home in any of the  colors you see everyday. This brought us to thinking, what are our favorite natural color palettes?

Fresh Color Palettes- Bringing the Outdoors In

1.Spring is in the Air. This gorgeous, feminine palette is so calming and rich. It would work beautifully in a sunroom overlooking a garden, a little girl’s bedroom, or even a dining or living room. When you put soft color palettes into your space, you create harmony that reduces stress from the every day. And, this color palette is Pantone’s pick for 2016! Authentic Home’s Playful Palette has the perfect selection to achieve this look!

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2. Organic Bliss.  Keeping a clean, bright and nature-inspired palette will truly give your space a freshness like no other palette. This beautiful neutral palette works beautifully in large, airy spaces as it allows the architecture to stand out. Typically seen in the Northwest, a paint palette like this works best in cloudier climates as its warmth balances out the wet dreary weather. You may find Authentic Home’s Fresh Palette perfect if you’re going for this look!

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3. Southbeach Charm. This bold, bright, and cheery palette is perfect for smaller spaces, preferably in brighter, warmer climates. These cheerful citrus tones stand out in sunlight while blending in with organic colors found in outdoor surroundings. We love this palette for a powder room or a dining nook-reminiscent of sunny spring mornings.

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4.  Zen Garden. The perfect combination of cool tones meet warm. Soft and airy, this palette brings forth a sense of calmness into your space. The gorgeous lavender and green tones would work beautifully as an accent color- an arm chair or throw pillows would really “pop” against the remaining colors in the palette.  The more neutral colors are perfect for wall paint and larger accessories such as furniture. See Authentic Home’s Elegant Palette if this is the look you desire.

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5. Bright and Cheery. So rich and delightful, this palette is perfect for someone looking to bring a little cheer into their home. These tertiary colors are close friends on the color wheel and can be applied to any space, working beautifully in harmony. If you are seeking a bright, saturated palette like this one, we recommend allowing the brightest colors to “pop” as accessories, and setting the more neutral colors to stand as a backdrop. If you like bright and cheery, you will love Authentic Home’s Playful Palette.

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Love color, but can’t decide? Contact Kathy Banak for a consultation!

 

2019 Pantone Color of the Year- Living Coral

With all of the muted colors trending, it is quite refreshing to see that Pantone’s 2019 Color of the year is Living Coral, a vibrant, saturated hue that truly makes a statement. With all of the gray interiors that have popped up in the past year, this gorgeous color truly stands out and can be used for both accents as well as primary color schemes.

Image Source:  Dezeen Blog

Image Source: Dezeen Blog

“PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color. “ - Pantone Website


Here are Some Interior Spaces that Are the Bee’s Knees When it Comes to Application of this Beautiful Hue…

  1. Coral Accentuated Dining Area. Through the use of coral window treatments and accents, this hue truly makes a difference to this otherwise very neutral dining room.

2. Bold Coral and Teal printed wallpaper. Because coral and blue hues are compliments of each other, they make a true statement, especially when applied in bold prints like shown in this powder room.

Image Source:  CHD Interiors, Online

Image Source: CHD Interiors, Online

3. Simple Coral Accents. By implementing just a touch of coral into your interior, you can change the entire look of it. It brings a sense of warmth into a space, while being playful yest sophisticated.

4. Furniture Accents. What a cool way to accentuate a piece of otherwise plain furniture! This beautiful piece has been brought back to life with just a touch of coral paint detailing.

Image Source:  Behr, Online

Image Source: Behr, Online

5. Coral and Green. Another color that is making a comeback in 2019 is Hunter Green. Paired with the Color of the Year, it can truly bring drama and refinement to your space.

What are your thoughts on the Pantone Color of the Year? If you’re seeking Color Consultation, contact me at kathy@authentichome.com. Have a great 2019!

Blues without the Blues

Well, it’s that time of year already again! The sun is about to go into hibernation (at least in the Pacific Northwest, that is)! But, there are ways you can make your interior still feel luxurious even in the darker months with an unassuming color- blue. Here are ways in which you can implement blues into your interiors without feeling blue.

Interior designers love working with colors that are trendy in order to create unique and stylish spaces that are beautiful. One of the most popular colors that designers are using right now is blue, so incorporating various shades of this hue into your home will bring a current vibe into it and psychologically impact qualities that are associated with blue. If you want to create a soothing environment that will stimulate your mind and improve your ability to think clearly, blue has been scientifically proven to put your mind at ease.

Mix and Match Blue Hues

Blue can be wither an intense color, or somewhat neutral when used throughout various spaces, so it is important to consider the size of your space before choosing blue as the main color. Mixing varying shades of blue is a gorgeous way to not only break up the monotony of a using one hue of blue, but also creates a more calming space. You can also use several patterns in your blue furniture, accents, and wallpaper so that you can provide enough contrast within a room while still keeping the blue color the focal point.

Use Dark Blue with Caution

Darker shades of blue are certainly rich and sophisticated, but they need to be used correctly. Too much dark blue in a room can make it feel colder and smaller than it actually is. Gold, yellow, and other bright hues pair perfectly with darker blues, so add these too offset the cool tone with furniture, accessories, window treatments, lighting. This is how you can truly bring out a darker blue hue in a classic way.

Also, if you are going to have darker blue walls, you may want to contrast them with light furniture or accessories. In the same way, if you have a lot of blue furniture in a room, try to add accessories that are paler or cream colored to break the darkness up while still maintaining the calming vibe.

If you would like to go in a different direction, you can also use dark brown wood to ground blue colors throughout a space. Just think of the color wheel- the opposite of blue is orange (it’s complement).

Making Purple Masculine

There tends to be a love-hate relationship with the color purple and it's sister hues. This is because it has been long associated with being considered a feminine color, unique only to girlish spaces. But we beg to differ. Purple can make an otherwise stark space feel big, bold, and even masculine! 

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This gorgeous restaurant space is adorned with antique tufted sofas in place of booths. The purple upholstery gives it a more masculine feel in the way that the space is designed with industrial finishes, patterns and accessories.

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When purple is used in clean, contemporary rooms, it definitely exudes a more masculine vibe. The simple purple, velvet throw pillows on the bed still have a streamlined feel, suited for a king!

In history, purple was a well-sought after color, as only royalty were able to get their hands on this pigment. You will often see purple adorning interiors from past times, as well as royalty dressed and accessorized in this color. 

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What is your relationship with the color purple? Most people either love it or highly dislike it-- either way; most people are unsure as to why or why not they would use this hue in their space

All White Interiors: Clean & Timeless

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Well, it's been a long winter-- but we are on the cusp of Spring, I just feel it! It's that time of year when you want to freshen up your space- making it brighter, airier, and uncluttered. Which is why I thought it would be fun to share some gorgeous white interiors to inspire you!

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This beautiful neutral color palette features white in a classic, timeless manner. In the 90's, we were so afraid of white walls, but rest assured-- you can have a gorgeous space with a mostly white color palette that is as sophisticated as it gets!

Implementing metallics and fresh plants is an easy way to pull together a white color palette. There is something so fresh and inviting when designing with this scheme. Another beautiful perk of a neutral color palette, is that is emphasizes the beautiful details of your home's architecture.

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All white color palettes work in both traditional design as well as modern, contemporary design. There is something so clean about a white palette- a look that has never and will never go out of style!

If you have a smaller space, a white color palette will make your space look larger. White reflects light, which gives your space an open, bright, airy feel. 

 

Ultra Violet: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Rich and pensive, Ultra Violet is reminiscent of existential energy, the mystery of what the future holds, and the new discoveries of the past and present. It reminds us of the night sky, dark but endless, full of mystery.

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Why Pantone Chose this Color

With everything happening in our world at the present moment, Pantone color researchers thought it necessary to remind ourselves of our sheer presence on earth and the vast endlessness of our atmosphere. Ultra Violet is cosmic, rich, and timeless.

Our Favorite Ultra Voilet Uses in Interior Design

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1. Using rich purples make a bold statement as an accent. This gorgeous bedding truly brings forth a timeless, rich look to this elegant bedroom. Rich purples tend to pop when placed in an otherwise neutral color scheme. 

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2. Even the tiniest purple accents in a space can make a very bold statement. This otherwise very white bathroom stands out with just the pop of color of its hand towel. 

3. Ultra Voilet in Commercial Design. There's no doubt the guests who visit this elegant restaurant will never forget the gorgeous, sophisticated upholstery on the dining chairs. What a statement!

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Ultra Violet in Fashion

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Reminiscent of the Victorian Era followed by the 1920's rich purples always manage to make a fashion comeback. We are seeing this beautiful hue in every aspect of the runway, from hair color to couture. The beauty of this otherwise considered feminine color is that it truly works for both genders and truly makes a haute statement!

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We're Blushing! The Color that's Coming Back...

Pale pinks were very popular in the past and tapered off up until recently. We are seeing beautiful rose colors, blushes and other feminine pink hues throughout the Interior Design world. Here are some of our favorite uses for blush tones.

1. Fabrics. Pale pink fabrics can truly bring elegance into a space. This beautiful blush Chesterfield sofa gives this room a sophisticated, classic look.

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2. Decor. There are many ways in which you can incorporate this feminine hue into your décor. Through the use of fabrics or throw pillows, you can give your space an extra pop. Fresh flowers are always a beautiful touch too!

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3. Paint. Beautiful pink hued walls bring a sense of warmth and classic feel to any space. This especially pink color creates a soft, welcoming, and elegant look.

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4. Window Treatments. Pale pink window treatments can really complete a space. Incorporating beautiful florals and other patterns will give an otherwise basic room an extra focal point. 

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Color Trends of 2017- What's Haute

Vibrant blues and warm colors are what's trending in the design world, according to ELLE Decor and we can see why. The more saturated a paint color is with white trim or details, the more it seems to pop and the more intense of a focal point it creates.

As you can see in the above interior, a vibrant complementary color scheme really makes a statement that is both elegant, sophisticated and timeless.  We're seeing brass and gold as accessories make their return to the design front, and they pair beautifully with the color schemes that are trending.

Warmer color palettes consisting of reds, browns and oranges are making their comeback as well. While the common gray interior is still very popular, we are seeing the design world take a turn into warmer schematics and colors.

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Vibrant blues and greens reminiscent of color palettes in the 1930s are debuting on the design front. Peacock color schemes are trending and make a gorgeous statement in all types of interiors. 

Teal is Real: Our Favorite Interiors

Teal has been making its way through the Interior Design community for many years, but it seems to be debuting especially during the warmer months! There is a reason this gorgeous hue is so popular in Interior Design, and here are some of our favorite interiors featuring it.

The Psychology Behind Color!

The color of something really never registers to us far beyond the fact we recognize the color, at least not on a surface level. Did you know subconsciously the colors you are exposed to on a daily basis play an important role in your mood and emotions? There are certain colors that are said to invoke certain moods or make you feel certain ways. You wouldn’t believe how powerful color can be, which is why when you are considering painting your home’s interior you want colors that will promote happiness, calmness, and comfort. So, then now that we understand the role colors play in our moods let’s take a look at some colors that could benefit you when you use them.

Color Psychology:

·         Red – said to stimulate your body and mind and helps increase circulation

·         Yellow – said to stimulate your nerves and even help purify the body

·         Orange – has been used to heal the lungs and help boost energy levels

·         Blue – helps soothe illnesses and even help alleviate pain

·         Indigo – has been known to help alleviate skin issues

Now, let’s take a look at a few examples of which colors would be best where in your home. As with anything you have the choice to pain your home however you like, please simply know this can be used as a guide.

The color Green at times can signify money or finances which is why the color itself helps you become more productive. Green also produces the least amount of eyestrain which makes this color a wonderful choice for a computer desk. Give your eyes a break from the computer screen ever so often and gaze upon the lovely green shade of your desk.

The work out room could benefit you more if it was painted orange. Orange is said to help increase stimulation as well as enthusiasm. Orange is also said to help increase oxygen supply to the brain and stimulate the brain activity. If you can’t paint a whole room orange then try opting for orange work out attire instead.

Avoid overusing the color grey if you can or if you prefer grey, pair it with a more upbeat color because grey by itself can inspire people to be more passive, have a lack of energy and become uninvolved, but if you pair it with a bolder, brighter more upbeat color you can counteract the psychological effects make a gorgeous statement!

Colors may seem like such a small aspect when you are thinking about your home and how aspects of your home effect you but truth be told color is one of the largest influences on us and when we spent so much time in our home don’t we owe it to ourselves to used colors that will promote health and happiness rather than dulling and sad colors?

2017 Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

We can all say good bye to Rose Quartz and Serenity, because the Pantone Color Institute just announced their pick for the 2017 Color of the Year. It's fresh, it's organic and it's name is "Greenery."

While Rose Quartz and Serenity encouraged peacefulness, calm and relaxation, this earthy hue epitomizes movement and fresh starts.

As Pantone puts it:

"Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

Here are our favorite interiors showcasing this gorgeous hue:

 

Timeless Study

The homeowner’s office was formerly a teenage boy’s bedroom and has since been transformed into a light and airy room with the use of the Authentic Home Pink Grapefruit paint color and custom wool carpet in a grey color tone.  The iron trundle bed and custom bedding coordinates beautifully with the custom roman shades.  The timeless writing desk and dresser were provided by the homeowner and add the perfect feminine touch to this pretty room.

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Authentic Home COLOR Paint

 

Choosing the perfect paint color is essential to creating spaces that speak to ones’ spirit. Once the paint COLOR foundation is in place, the other interior design and home décor accents easily come into focus. Selecting the right paint color can be an overwhelming process due to the unlimited number of paint color choices available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy recognized the  need to simplify the paint color selection process and created a fine-tuned selection of 75 home paint colors grouped by “mood” palette – FreshElegantSereneRegal, & Playful. Simply select the mood that speaks to you, then mix and match paint colors within that palette for fail proof results.

 

 

 

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Orange-October Paint Color of the Month

 

Orange is an obvious choice for October but there are other reasons why orange is a great color. Orange is associated with stability, reassurance, warmth, and is thought to aid digestion which is why it is great in a dining room.

 

The color orange also radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and relates to social communication, stimulating two way conversations. A warm and inviting color in a living room, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!

 

 

 

Simply painting your front door orange will let anyone know that your home is a happy and cheerful one. Orange is probably the most under-used color in decorating but young people do respond well to it as it has a degree of youthful to it. Painting a chair or table is another way to add that pop of color without going overboard.

  

Authentic Home COLOR Paint has three different shades of orange that will fit any project you decide to tackle in October. Email us at info@authentic-home.com or call (206)937-3070 to order your shade of orange today.

Brown-November Paint Color of the Month

 

The world of interior design is filled with lots of colors trends that change every year but there is always at least one color that fits the season. Brown is a color I most associate with November because it gives an excellent warming and cozy effect as the weather is definitely colder.

     

     

Here at Authentic Home we are not afraid to put brown in any room as we have painted living rooms, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchens and entry ways in brown shades. Perhaps that is why we have so many different shades of brown. With our 12 shades of brown you will find the best one for any project in your home. Brown is the color equivalent to a warm hug, it’s inviting and welcome in every kind of room, from modern to the most traditional.

And of course, it’s a soothing color to paint a bathroom, especially if you have a soaking tub to relax!

 

Contact Kathy Banak for your color consultation and let her pick out the best brown colors for your Authentic Home!

Radiant Orchid-Still the COLOR of the Year

 

Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Color of the Year as announced by Pantone early this year. We’re still enjoying the color very much and think it’s a perfect color for spring.  We wanted to show you how to incorporate it into your home easily without making too much of a commitment.

 

As always, pillows are the easiest thing to change at home but adding some curtains and/or stools creates a beautiful living room.   This regal living room in purple adds some brightness with Radiant Orchid poufs.      

Simply add a lamp to a blue living room for an instant trendiness factor.Pillows and throws look perfect in a grey, pink and red living room.   This trendy living room of muted colors emphasizes Radiant Orchid with a lovely placed blanket.Add Radiant Orchid to the bedroom for an instant update.

Weekend Project – Painted Ceiling

 

It’s going to be a wet weekend with rain in the forecast. Why not use this time to do an indoor project. We think that painting your ceiling is a great way to spend the weekend! It’s a simple thing you can do but will completely change your space.

If your walls are white, why not choose a dark color to contrast. We love this dark blue above, very close to Authentic Home COLOR Paint’s Parisian Blue.

   

You can’t go wrong with a grey ceiling. Grey is that neutral that goes with everything. Oyster and Greystone are perfect from Authentic Home COLOR Paint.

 

If you’re looking to keep it light for the Spring, these pretty blues are nice and airy! Try Authentic Home COLOR Paint in London Fog, Power Blue or Glacier.

 

If you’re ready to start painting and want to give use Authentic Home COLOR Paint a try, callKathy to set up your paint order today!

April Color of the Month – Light Green

 

The weather is definitely starting to feel like Spring! The rains having been bringing in new fresh grass and flowers. That is why we think this Light Green is the perfect color for April. Bring the beauty of the outdoor inside as we prepare for the wonderful nature Spring will bring to us!

 

In the bedroom or in the living room, Light Green looks beautiful wherever you want to paint!

 

    

               

Choose one of Authentic Home COLOR Paint for your next project. Contact Kathy for help to choose your perfect color or to order Authentic Home COLOR Paint today!