Paint Color for Interior Spaces

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   NOTICE ~ this blog is intended for our Ask Cathy family who are planning on staying in their house for several years.  If you are planning on selling, we recommend neutral colors for your home, like Sherwin Williams Latte or Nomadic Desert.  In fact, if you would like Cathy to help you select good "selling colors", she would be happy to come and visit with you.

  Last week we discussed sprucing up your space with paint. Now we'd like to delve deeper and explore some of the more popular interior colors for this season! The May, 2012 issue of This Old House features an article entitled "The Power of Color" by Deborah Baldwin.  We found it very enlightening and would like to share some of their information with you! For more painting types visit Hope you have fun with this and let us know if you end up trying some of these exciting colors in your home!  

 ORANGE: "For rooms in need of a dose of drama, rich pumpkin, copper and terra-cotta are pushing aside classic reds as the pursued hues. Pantone, the influential color consulting firm, made it official by naming a bright tangerine-orange this year's number one color. Today's oranges can create a big welcome in a small foyer, pull together a sprawling living room, or give a kick to a walk-in closet."  This Old House's picks for orange are as follows:

  • Clementine by California Paints
  • Orange Copper by Glidden
  • Indiana Clay by Olympic

 BLUE:  "Typically tagged as "calm" and "oasis-like," blue has busted out of its stereotype to become one of the most popular, versatile colors anywhere in the house. Today's blues can be as cool as an ice pack or as warm as a peacoat. This Old House's picks are midtones in a range that runs from misty to indigo."

  • Kingston Aqua by Olympic
  • Sea Tickle by Valspar

GREEN:  "Part yellow, part blue-or part warm and part cool-green is said by some to evoke Mother Earth and by others, the color of money. These three represent fresh takes; think of them as less stately and more formal than bright apple. Use one of TOH's new greens to add a lively accent piece, envelop a small space, or drench a sunny room."

  • Saxon Green by Farrow & Ball
  • Lucky Green by Sherwin Williams
  • Green Goddess by Valspar

GRAY:  "Gray is gaining ground as the go-to neutral. Part of its appeal may lie in its ability to showcase other colors-picture persimmon accent pillows on gray upholstery. Gray also complements Carrara marble, stainless steel and nickel in otherwise white kitchens and baths. Gray can be misty, moody, steely, or warm."

  • Silver Quill: by Glidden
  • Summer Town: by Mythic
  • Montpelier: by Benjamin Moore Affinity

YELLOW:  "Often called the most optimistic color, yellow reflects light and adds cheer.  The newest yellows are more nuanced than the lemony hues of years past, with enough substance to make a statement without calling to mind rain boots. TOH's favored Hues range from relatively pale to a bright shade of daffodil that recalls colonial-era ocher tints."

  • Little Angel by Benjamin Moore
  • Midday by Sherwin Williams
  • Daffodil by C2 Paint


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Todd Hays
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA

I guess I am more of a neutral warm earth tone kind of person.

Apr 27, 2012 02:09 AM #1
Cathy Counti
Ask Cathy Marketing Group with Keller Williams - Lee's Summit, MO

A good color for that Todd is Nomadic Desert or Latte at Sherwin Williams!

Apr 27, 2012 05:28 AM #2
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