The Rugh Design Color Wheel
To recap, we have been working on adding ALL of the Sherwin-Williams paint colors to the Rugh Design Color Wheel. Our plan was to have all 1700 colors up by the end of 2018, but it is looking more and more that we will have all colors up by the end of the Summer. We have a little more than 200 colors to go! We will continue to release 25 new colors with my hand picked color schemes each week. In addition to the new 25 colors a week I will highlight 1 color from Sherwin-Williams that I personally love or stands out.
Going forward you can find all of our Color Wheel Update posts here.
Featured Color: Passive SW 7064
This week I wanted to highlight Passive: a lighter shade of Gray Matters and Cityscape, two colors that I use often for accent walls or in spaces that can handle a more saturated color. Passive is a soft blue-gray with a hint of green to it’s undertone and when used in the right lighting is so pretty!
Cityscape is four shades darker than Passive and I have found myself using this color more often lately in spaces like bathrooms, offices, laundry rooms and for accent walls and kitchen islands. I felt like the timing was perfect to focus in on Passive, the lightest shade on the same paint swatch as Cityscape.
Okay, now that you have a basis for Passive, check out my Pinterest gallery for some inspiration. See below and let me know which one you like the most. If you have your own pictures, send them to me and I will post them! Also, check the Passive color scheme page for my hand picked color schemes!
Where to use Passive SW 7064
Like I mentioned, Passive is a soft blue-gray that has a hint of green to it. Since I am a huge fan of the cooler colors, I love Passive as a main wall color for a home. By using warmer accents in the accessories or in the wood tones of the furniture, flooring, etc. Passive doesn’t feel too cold and is the perfect backdrop for pops of color.
One small caveat: blues and greens can be tricky in different lighting, so I always suggest getting a sample and testing out the color in your space before fully committing. However, the open layout pictured below has beautiful lighting for Passive. I love how they used pops of yellow and darker wood tones to contrast and warm up the blue-gray tones. You can’t see it in the picture, but the designers used Gray Matters (2 shades darker than Passive) as an accent wall.
Passive has a natural soothing and spa-like feel since it is soft blue-gray which makes it perfect in a bathroom. Y’all know I love a clean bright white so of course I am loving the waiscot trim below Passive in this chic master bath pictured below. The dark wood floor, window trim and claw foot tub are a perfect contrast against the white trim and the soft tones in Passive.
I typically like to change up the color in a dining room that is somewhat separated from the open layout in a home. It’s nice to build a color scheme with a few colors to add some interest to an interior. Passive is a color that I would definitely consider for a dining room in a home that has a more neutral all-over color. The heavier furniture pieces and artwork contrast nicely against the light and airy feel of Passive.
Passive is already the lightest shade on the paint swatch and as you know by now (if you are reading these Color Wheel Updates consistently!) paint colors get significantly lighter on exteriors because of the natural lighting. That being said, Passive would be a very pretty trim color against a darker main body color. I also like the idea of using Passive as a main body color for an exterior with darker trim. The exterior below is actually Gray Matters on the main body, so picture Passive as just a tiny bit lighter.
If you are considering Passive, the best way to find out if it is right for your space, is to grab a sample and test it out. I like to paint a large white cardboard so that you can walk around with it and see how it looks in different areas at different times of the day.
If you are still having trouble deciding, contact me for a Color Consult to nail down the best color for your interior or exterior. I have a passion for color and love being able to help clients find the right color to make their home beautiful!
Leave me a comment if you have Passive in your home or would like to try it. I would love to hear from you! Also, stay tuned for the next featured color from the Color Wheel…
The Best of the Rest
Passive had the spotlight, but I also wanted to highlight a color from the Color Wheel update, Studio Blue Green. This bright and happy blue-green (ha!) color is perfect on an exterior to make a statement. I love the creamy trim that pops out against the more saturated Studio Blue Green and the stone that creates some texture and character.
Check out the colors we updated on the Color Wheel this week below. Click on the swatch to see my color scheme picks!
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