For this month’s Color Review, I’m going back to my neutral “comfort zone.” I can’t help it that I am drawn to softer more monochromatic palettes! Simplicity and calm are my vibe, therefore I am excited to share with you my Accessible Beige Color Review! I specify Accessible Beige a ton in my Interior Color Consultations, and let me tell you that it has proven time and time again to be very accessible! The reason that I end up specifying Accessible Beige so much is that it is one of those versatile neutrals that is “not too golden, not too gray,” as I like to say.
I’ll be perfectly (ha!) transparent here. I have not used this color much (if at all) in my Color Consultations. I was sitting here wondering why. Then, I realized that most colors that I choose accomplish what I need them to without having to try a ton of other colors. I have my go-to warm greiges that I know will look good and I pretty much stick to them. If you are wondering what they are, keep reading! Perfect Greige is even warmer than my go-to’s and is just one of those colors that must work in the right space. It has a slight mauve undertone that in some lights…
Greek Villa is a beautiful and soft off-white color that transforms spaces into “magazine-worthy” sophisticated interiors. I would describe this color as a subtle creamy off-white that has a slight (very slight) beige undertone. Honestly, it really comes out looking very white/creamy and not yellow-y at all, which I know is a concern for many. Think Greek columns of old, or a villa on the Greek coastline…maybe that is why they named it that? Not only is Greek Villa one of the most popular off-whites, I love how versatile it is. It can be used for trim, cabinets and main walls for interiors…
My last Featured Color was the bold and beautiful Cavern Clay (baked clay/rust color). This month, I’m going back to one of my “old faithful” neutrals: Agreeable Gray. Now it’s even more personal to me than ever before! We moved over Christmas and my new home has Agreeable Gray as the main wall and ceiling color. Honestly, as much as I love Agreeable Gray, I was hesitant at first…I loved our last home’s color, Lattice, so much and I was afraid that I would really miss the blue undertone. But, now that I’ve been living with Agreeable Gray for 6 months, I really love the softness and warmth of this gray/greige!
Whites and off whites are having a big moment right now as the majority (not kidding!) of my clients want to go “lighter and brighter” with their main neutral color. Since the white and black trend is going strong, and the “all gray” palette fades a bit, whites and off whites are stealing the show as the main color for interiors as well as the main body color for exteriors. Pure White fits under the “greige white” category since it has a very slight warm greige undertone that keeps it from feeling too stark and bright. Pure White has been my saving grace for a “not too bright, not too warm” trim solution.
Our exteriors, specifically the exteriors’ color scheme, are the introduction to our home. The “hello” before you ever even cross the threshold, if you will. The exterior color scheme of a house is the first thing that draws attention. “Curb Appeal” is a real thing! It’s not just a show on TV. If you have ever purchased or sold a home, you know this already even if you aren’t fully aware of it.
I love Shoji White and it’s been a color that I have been recommending A LOT lately. As you may have noticed, the gray trend has been going strong for a while. However, it is starting to trend back into whites and warmer neutrals. Before you panic, I promise we aren’t going back to the days of Tuscany golds! More like soft tans and beiges that don’t get a strong yellow/gold or orange undertone. And lots of whites!
More and more of my clients are going lighter and brighter with either warm greige or beige off-whites.
This month’s featured color is Quietude, a favorite accent color, that has a nice blue-green undertone with a slight hint of gray in it to keep it from feeling too bright. Yes, blue again!!! Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Blue is taking color trends by storm and I’m totally fine with it!! Technically, Quietude is found in the “green” section of the Sherwin-Williams deck. It’s a tricky color because it can look blue in some lighting and more green in other lighting. Quietude is a color chameleon of sorts and that is why I am taking some liberty and calling it a blue!
This month’s featured color is Smoky Blue, a gorgeous medium-dark toned blue that has a slight gray undertone to keep it from feeling too bright. Look no further for the perfect accent wall color or deeper shade for your unique spaces. Smoky Blue is one of those colors that wasn’t on my radar, until it jumped out at me one day. I was looking for an accent wall for a client and it was the perfect shade of blue to coordinate with her color scheme. It was then that I realized how great this medium-dark “smoky” blue really was.
This month, I’m focusing in on a soothing, beachy blue: Tradewind. I’ve actually specified this color several times because I love a serene look in master bedrooms and bathrooms. This color fits the bill perfectly in these spaces. If you love blue or if you are looking for that ideal spa retreat feel in your home, Tradewind just might be the one you have been looking for! I categorize Tradewind as a light blue with some slight gray undertones with the very tiniest hint of green. If you look at the darkest color on the paint swatch (Still Water)…
I am super excited about this month’s Color Review! Every year, each paint company comes out with a “Color of the Year.” Sherwin-Williams’ COTY for 2019 was Cavern Clay, a rusty clay color that I happen to really love. Especially paired with my fav color, blue! So, this month I am focusing in on this vibrant, earthy color to give you some tips on where to use this color on your exterior and interior. Cavern Clay has an orange-brown undertone that is best described as a baked clay/rust color. I like that it is a bold color without being super bright. Not only is Cavern Clay a perfect accent wall for any room in your house, but it also works as a front door color or even as the color inspiration for more decorative items (pillows, artwork, etc.).
This month I’m going way out of my comfort zone and featuring a super fun and bright color: African Violet. I would categorize African Violet as a saturated warmer violet color with a tiny bit more red to it’s undertone versus blue. It’s bold and has an air of sophistication to it, royalty even. Purple is not necessarily the neutral that you want to paint your whole house, but there are several places where this exuberant color can light up a whole room. Last year’s Pantone Color of the Year was Ultra Violet, so using purple in fashion and interiors…
This month, I wanted to focus in on Repose Gray. I actually can’t believe that I haven’t detailed this color before. It’s one that I recommend quite frequently to my Interior Color Consultation clients. I have however, written posts on several of Repose Gray’s family members (on the same paint deck): Eider White, Mindful Gray and Gauntlet Gray.
I categorize Repose Gray as a gray/greige that has a slight blue undertone. It’s still a warm gray (hence why I said greige), but is cooler than several…
As I said, this month I am giving my Charcoal Blue review. Charcoal Blue is a gorgeous dark blue-gray color, and oooh, I love this color. Technically, it’s classified as a navy, however, it does have more gray to it than a typical navy like “In the Navy.” In my opinion, having a bit of gray in a navy is a good thing. Nothing is worse than thinking you have a nice, rich navy color for your wall to then realize that it is actually bright blue. That being said, let’s bring on the Charcoal Blue!
I wanted to highlight a color this week that I love but have admittedly not used a ton: Worldly Gray. I honestly think it’s because a vast majority of my clients are still transitioning from their Tuscan look, but can’t really go fully gray. Worldly Gray is a true gray that is less warm than colors like Agreeable Gray and Balanced Beige. However, the best part of Worldly Gray is that it doesn’t feel too cold! It has enough warmth to avoid the concrete feeling and also doesn’t have any undertones of blue.