Inspired Color, Hawaiian Style: Natures Paint Swatches Vol IV

Real Estate Agent with HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 RS-76763

Here is volume IV of my blog series of nature inspired color. Both volume III and IV are featuring photos from the "Friendly Isle" of Moloka'i,  

The Photo He Manu or a bird, in this case a lovely female Hawaiian Cardinal who let me feed her by hand, gives a rich tonal palette of mauve, coffee, and coral. The white provides an excellent contrast to these deep earth tones and would make a great molding and trim color. If you were painting a living room for instance you could paint the walls sand with bright white trim, add dark coffee furniture with the coral and mauve as accent colors. If your bold you can reverse the mauve and sand for a much more modern look. 

The Pua Makalii or tiny flower palette continues with the rich earth tones but with contrasting powder blue and ipu orange as the pop factor. This makes for an excellent exterior scheme allowing the home to blend into the landscape but not entirely. The celadon green or powder blue would be the main siding color with the dark green or brown as the trim, the orange would be used on certain architectural elements like ends of rafter beams and parts of the window and railing trim. As always, feel free to use these color schemes and let us know how they worked out. 

Inspired Color, Hawaiian Style: Natures Paint Swatches Vol I

  Inspired Color, Hawaiian Style: Natures Paint Swatches Vol II 

 Inspired Color, Hawaiian Style: Natures Paint Swatches Vol III

Photos by Kimo Stowell Copyright ©2008

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James G. Pycha
James Pycha (R) - REMAX KAUAI - Princeville, HI
(R), REMAX Kauai Broker

Hey Kimo . . .  These are pretty interesting color pallates and swatches.  Also, how's the market in your area?  What signs are you seeing recently? Here, sellers are finally getting the message that they MUST lower their prices significantly if they want to see any interest at all.  Meanwhile, Buyers are waiting on the fence to pounce on the sick and injured !!  It's a battle wills now.


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Sep 23, 2008 11:25 AM #1
Mott Kornicki
• Waterway Realty, Realtors® • Broker • South East Florida • - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public

Absolutely brilliant! I love the colors and graphics too. Colors really do change things dramatically and have a very important impact on our mood.

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Sep 23, 2008 11:26 AM #2
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

I'm loving all these color combos, Kimo, you are making me want to paint something... Now just have to figure out which room...

Sep 23, 2008 12:02 PM #3
Leah J. Armstrong
House to Home ReDesigns & Real Estate Staging Vancouver B.C. - Port Moody, BC
Home Staging Port Moody B.C.

Great examples, Kimo.  Nature's palette will never be rivalled!  Great inspiration is to be had in every locale. 

Sep 23, 2008 01:51 PM #4
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Aloha Kimo, Mother Nature is the only teacher we require when it comes to colour selection. Knowing which beautiful, artful selections to use is the key. We have all staged a home where the homeowner saw toucan and marvelled at all the pretty colours and decided their home would be painted each and every one of them. Discretion is the better part of Staging.

Sep 24, 2008 01:28 AM #5
Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

The colors are inspired by your homeland and they are beautiful!  Can't go wrong woth mother nature.

Sep 24, 2008 02:16 AM #6
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

You've left me speachless, Kimo, and that's pretty hard to do!!!!!!!!!!! (need I say more?)

Sep 24, 2008 02:20 AM #7
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha James, We are going through the same thing you are. Many sellers are holding out and the only properties selling are those significantly reduced. However, certain Honolulu markets still have some resiliency as to be expected.

Aloha Mott, Mahalo for commenting.

Aloha Chris, you go girl! Have you ever done burnished plaster?

Aloha Leah, viva la naturale!

Aloha Michelle, when it comes to staging and wall colors it's always best to keep to the neutrals and save the color for the accessories but a good stager can add an accent wall color that transforms the space from the ordinary into the extraordinary. It requires the designers eye for balance and tonal equilibrium, as well as, understanding the language of color and it's psychological effect on the viewer.

Aloha Lisa, bless mother nature.

Aloha Connie, my cat had something to say ..."wsq32" is what he typed as he hopped across my keypad. Mahalo!

Sep 24, 2008 07:24 AM #8
Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
Temecula Realtor

Kimo- Beautiful colors - beautiful post. I loved the pictures :)

Sep 24, 2008 09:40 AM #9
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Kimo: This is a very creative way to present a color palette. The colors standing alone are not so interesting, but when you see them combined on a beautiful bird or in a meadow it all makes sense. You have a very unique way of looking at things that is quite refreshing.

Sep 27, 2008 07:29 AM #10
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Wendy, Thanks for visiting.

Aloha Michelle, mahalo for the thoughtful compliment.

Oct 02, 2008 08:59 AM #11
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