When I’m looking for a paint color, I get obsessive. It’s not enough to pick a general hue or even a good-looking paint chip. I want the exact yellow featured on the mod artwork in that living room I love. If you’re like me, Sherwin Williams’ new Chip It! tool is like a (color) match made in heaven.
Here’s how this Pinterest-inspired idea works: Go to the Chip It! website and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. Then, when you find a photo you like, just click the “Chip It!” button on your browser bar to create a custom palette from more than 1,500 shades (including the fabulous HGTV HOME collection.) You can save favorites to the site or print them out.
Warning, color hounds: it’s addictive. Check out some of the palettes I created using inspiration from HGTV.com:
A sophisticated, (mostly) man-friendly palette inspired by this vintage-modern bachelor pad:
A relaxing, muted color scheme inspired by the exterior of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home:
A classic combination inspired by this bold bathroom designed by De Meza Architecture:
Craving more colorful spaces? Browse more than 150 bright and inspiring spaces with HGTV’s free Color Guide app.
I may not be wild about the phrase “pops of color,” but I certainly appreciate them in practice. Take, for example, this neon yellow door with the mod house numbers, industrial light and sleek mail slot from Arch Daily.
Talk about curb appeal! This door would make a great first impression on me. It’s a playful, yet bold statement, and I’d want to know more. (Don’t you wonder who lives here and what the rest of the place looks like? It’s probably pretty cool inside, I’d think.) I only hope they they also have a hot pink sink in place.
Let’s all raise a glass to 2012, a year that’s full of promise! In honor of the many parties we’ll attend this month and the heady feeling of endless possibilities a new year brings, we selected a color that’s fresh, effervescent and downright bubbly.
Wanna know what it is?
Sure, we’ve all seen it: red and green for the holidays. While this famous combo may not exactly be fresh, new or unexpected, it’s obviously working; every retail store is covered in this complementary duo from floor to ceiling. Well, according to the color wheel, crimson and emerald are M.F.E.O. (made for each other, in Sleepless in Seattle terminology), and that’s enough credibility for me to love ‘em together.
But what about when it is no longer November 26th-ish or December 24th-ish? Does this very special pair still scream “Sleigh Bells and Santa Claus” or can it be used year’round with absolutely no tie-in to the most wonderful time of the year? You be the judge: Here are several examples of red and green that defy any seasonalization. Is that even a word? Who cares? It sounds good and seems like a great way to end this paragraph.
Bosch and Ford designed the Lego headquarters and pulled off the red and green combo. What seems to work best with their design is the actual shade of green they chose; it’s more grassy than it is mistletoe/Christmas-ish. An excellent non-Christmas-ish green for walls, very similar to this, is Leapfrog by Sherwin-Williams.
This bedroom packed with KidKraft furniture is an excellent example of how lime and green defy being typecast as holiday. Lime and fire engine red is an excellent pairing for a gender-neutral kids’ room.
Leave it to Ralph Lauren Home to make tartan cool, especially red-and-green tartan. In fact, this brand is a fantastic source for the red/green combo. From bedding and fabric to wallpaper, they’ve got dozens of examples that work year-round.
Okay, anyone else see any successful red/green wonders that defy holiday reference?
Red is all about energy. Just a shot can take a room up a notch, add a touch of glamor and highlight a favorite feature. Here are few spaces that show just how vibrant this hue can be.
Elle Decor :: Photographer Henry Bourne
This luxurious bedroom, enveloped in red and gold sari fabric, is so dramatic. Mix in hot pink cushions and the end result is nothing short of regal.
via My Favorite and My Best
Red makes a big impression even in small doses. The lacquer on this bathroom cabinet commands attention. Complemented by an antique rug, this look is absolutely classic.
Elle Decor :: Photographer William Waldron
Red and black work well together, and can be tempered with warm neutrals like cream and brown to bring a space down to earth.
Red doesn’t always have to be exotic or glamourous; it can be whimsical too. Red and pink are a great color combination, creating a young and modern color palette.
If you’re not sure just how much red you want at home, try a single accessory. The shade atop this gold lamp is all the red this living room needs to be energizing.
What do you think about red? How do you use it in your home? For more red room inspiration check out my Pinterest board.
Hard to believe but the holidays, with their familiar color palettes, are almost upon us (where has the time gone?!). We thought we’d shake it up a bit this year and introduce you to a hue that pairs well with the traditional red, green, blues and metallics while adding a sophisticated, cheery pop. Wanna know what it is?
New York winters can be brutal and it seems like sometimes the only way to get through it, is to get out of town. Once the gloomy weather settles in, you can feel the city collectively obsess about warmer climes, like the way old-timey cartoon characters in the desert imagine oases everywhere and hungry ones see everything as food. I already know I’ll be daydreaming about the new Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ.
Not only do the amenities and grounds look like the perfect cure for the winter blues, it seems like the colors would stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder as well. Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture used 12 hues throughout The Saguaro, all based on Arizona wildflowers. It’s such a joyous contrast from the beige, sand-colored buildings in many desert cities. If I’m MIA come February, you know where to find me, people.
[Via: The Lonny Blog]
By now, most parts of the country have traded the sun-filled days of summer for a crisper fall clime but the warming presence of the sun is still evident in our selection of this month’s color. From the runway to the changing leaves outside your window, this happy hue is popping up everywhere. It’s such a natural choice that it won by a (nearly) unanimous vote. Wanna know what it is?
Fellow Honeysuckle lovers will rejoice when they hear the following news: Pantone LLC and Synta Inc., a craft paint manufacturer, have partnered to create a new collection of grab-and-go paints called MyColor inspired by Pantone. Perfect for do-it-yourselfers and designers on a budget, these 35-ounce, ready-to-go paints are an easy solution for adding a quick splash of color—in one of 49 hot Pantone shades—to a piece of furniture or craft project. MyColor is the first instant-use paint available in Pantone colors. There’s no waiting, no mixing, no tinting and certainly no surprises days after the paint dries. So, go crazy my friends. Sponge it on. Stencil it in. Or swipe it on with a paintbrush any way you want. (Think my boyfriend will like a Honeysuckle nightstand? Lamp? We can surely compromise on a lamp.)
MyColor inspired by Pantone offers invigorating hues in seven different collections. Which top MyColor paint collection matches your home the most? The bold Vibrance Collection, the fresh Floral Collection, or the Naturelle Collection inspired by the Great Outdoors?
Tell us in the comments below.
In celebration of Halloween I wanted to create a color crush board that goes with this holiday’s most dominant shade – black. Scary, spooky, the color of midnight, black can definitely be intimidating. However, in the world of decor, it can also be the hue that brings some bold, sexy, and glamorous style home. While some of you may be dressing your homes in black today to scare a few kiddies, here are some black rooms that show you can live with this color all year long.
Black on black can be so beautiful. Birds on Branches Wallpaper by Ferm Living gives a room some layers, and depth, and all in a striking shade.
House Beautiful, Photographer Thomas Loof
Black and mint may be my new favorite color combination. The pastel shade pops against the black walls and carpet. And with a little bit of white mixed in, this room feels open and airy even while enveloped in a dark shade.
Black is the perfect backdrop for jewel tones. Emerald green, teal, yellow, purple, all come to life when set against a black background.
I love how this office space uses unconventional materials — tiles! — to give the black wall some texture. The mix of shades among the tiles lightens up the room. And when black is paired with gold, the effect is warm and beautiful.
You can explore more black rooms over on my HGTV Color Crush: Shades of Black Pinterest board and my previous post Black Is Beautiful. And if you pin, be sure to share with me some of your favorite black rooms. Have an amazing Halloween!