ALL POSTS IN Paint Colors & Palettes

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If you’re like me and this summer’s (crazy!) record-breaking high temps have you looking for a weekend project that won’t cause you to break a sweat, then I have just the project for you: reviving your bathroom’s stained grout. Don’t worry, this is WAY easier than it sounds, costs less than $20 and no grinder or chisel is needed.

bathroom tile before

My sad bathroom floor before. This is the original 1950′s tile and, although you can’t tell, is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue.

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In previous months, we’ve introduced you to colors that you may not have previously considered using in your home. Grapecopper and coral were big hits; however, pink champagne and mint green received mixed reviews. We think we’ve hit on a color for May that’s definitely trending, can be used either as a neutral or as a dramatic punch of color and is undeniably timeless.

Wanna know what it is?

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This month’s Color of the Month is absolutely lovely. I’m sharing some ideas I discovered for using this gorgeous pink-orange hue when planning a party or wedding. From decadent desserts to party decor, Coral is perfect for your Spring soirees.

cupcakes, chocolate cake, strawberry basil margarita, dessert table, grapefruit margarita

tissue paper pom, coral stationery, fabric pinwheels, chevron frame

fabric napkins, coral wedding table, round place mats, chevron fabric

wedges, necklace, ruffle dress, headband

I can’t wait to create a party using this fresh color!

Have you used Coral for a party or event? Would you?

Let me know in the comments below!

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For someone who doesn’t yet have kids, I sure have been preoccupied with adorable stuff for babies on this site. (Paging Dr. Freud!) I’ve covered nursery wall decals, unique cribs and cradles, and decor in general (from wall art to curtains and bedding), but I suppose I haven’t mentioned painting ideas. Though I must confess to feeling a little chevron fatigue, I love this punchy paint job in a nursery featured by Lowe’s. It’s just so stinking happy!

chevron nursery paint

I think the wild palette is what makes this feel unique for me — I’ve seen chevrons in nursery rooms before, but the colors have all been more sedate. Because it’s featured by Lowe’s, the actual paint colors used are listed (My favorite color name? Valspar Strawberry Fields) along with step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial to guide you, should you want to recreate the look in your own home.  If that wasn’t enough to get you moving, how about the price? They estimate that it’s only $65 for this room-changing look. Weekend project, anyone?

[Via: Pinterest]

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Walk into any store in Anytown, USA and it’s impossible to miss: saturated, stage-stealing colors are everywhere. Maybe it’s in reaction to the hopeful upturn in the economy or maybe we’re all just over the greige (lookin’ at you, Restoration Hardware).  Either way, I’m tickled pink by the season’s hot hues and we’ve picked one of the hottest to feature this month.

Ready to meet your new color crush?

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Dip dye is all the range in the crafts department these days, and I’m definitely aboard the fan train. It’s the simplest detail, really, but proves to make such a grand impact on even the most basic furniture pieces. The bolder, older sister to ombre, dip dye is a technique used in a variety of mediums – from baskets to tees to [gasp!] hair! – and is quickly transitioning from a fleeting trend to a long-lasting and well-loved design practice.

Dip Dye Stool DIY Before & After - Erin Loechner

Transform a $5 stool in an afternoon!


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Our color team’s goal each month is to introduce you to a hue that’s on the rise but may not be pinging your design radar — yet. For March, we selected a color to inspire both the traditionalists and modernists among you (and everyone in between!). This hip hue brightens indoor and outdoor spaces equally well while providing a dramatic counterpoint to spring’s traditional colors.

This color is sexy, bold and, depending on what it’s paired with, can read either feminine or masculine.

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Pantone, the international authority on color trends, recently announced the color spectrum that you’ll see in both fashion and home decor in Fall 2012. With a mix of neon hues, dark moody shades, and soft neutrals, the color spectrum for this Fall will have a little bit of something for everyone. I always look to the Fall color reports to see what shades we need to incorporate into the AphroChic collection for the upcoming season, and fell in love with a few shades on this list that are sure to bring both bright and warm colors home, even as the weather becomes a little bit cooler.

Shades of Pink Flambe, French Roast, Honey Gold, Rhapsody, and Tangerine Tango all stand out to me as must-have colors for Fall 2012. They can be mixed and matched, or used alone to create a colorful impact no matter what the season. These are the types of comforting hues that you will love living with all year long.

via Design Sponge

I am a huge fan of hot pink, and am so glad to see the color back in action again in the form of Pink Flambe. It’s time to up the pink ante this year, and instead of saving this vibrant hue for small accessories, it will also look amazing on big pieces of furniture like a sofa or side chair. Set inside a room with neutral whites and browns, pink is sure to be a classic this Fall.
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Last week, I shared photos of my embarrassingly bare bedroom. (Remember that mattress on the floor? I certainly do.)  Since sprucing it up is our first real project, I’ve spent hours upon hours this week holding up paint chips and scouring Pinterest for THE perfect shades. Besides getting a really great arm workout (fan decks can get mighty heavy…), I’ve managed to narrow the field down to two possible palettes.

Our master bathroom has ’50s-era aqua tile that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so I wanted to incorporate that color into the bedroom palette to create a cohesive look. Overall, I”m looking for a modern natural feel, with flashes of bright colors alongside more muted hues. Which do you prefer?

Palette 1: Energetic Greens
I’m a little obsessed with yellow, so it’s not surprising that this look-at-me hue made into one of my palettes as an accent color. Chartreuse and aqua give this look a vintage feel, while warm neutrals keep it feeling modern.

Teal Green Yellow Gray PalettePillows via Coastal Living; bedding from Urban Outfitters

Palette 2:  Tangerine Dreams
Tangerine  (Pantone’s color of the year!) and aqua are color wheel opposites, but they’re a classic combination. I love the idea of bringing in a bright orange, vintage leather chair as an accent piece. Soft mocha paint (or a subtly-patterned wallpaper) would make the walls warm and inviting.

Orange Teal Red Bedroom PalettePeaches via Laura Vegas; Chair from Rate My Space contributor NYDesignGuy

Which color swatch should I use? Cast your vote in the comments below!

Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.

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The days are getting longer and, here in the Southeast, the early signs of spring have sprung. Granted, it’s a premature spring and the brave early blooms are likely to be hit by an inevitable cold snap. Which leaves us in a seasonal no-mans-land that has inspired our choice of a color that’s still wintry yet holds the happy promise of approaching spring. This color is fresh, playful and will add a cheery pop to any room. Wanna know what it is?

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