I remember the good old days of color consulting. I still do color consulting, don’t get me wrong, it keeps me sharp. When I say “the good old days” I mean when I didn’t have my Discovery Cards and had not created my paint colors. I use to search for the right color through many fan decks. Spending time finding the right color was fun but it was exhausting. What I couldn’t afford was to have it go wrong. I had people counting on me.
Great things do not come from being complacent. They come from wanting to improve what’s just “fine” into what could be ahhh-mazing!. I wanted to have colors I could choose for my clients without the process sucking the life out of me. In the end I ended up doing the same thing for them when I created the Discovery Cards. Now finding your favorite Devine Color is the cheapest and fastest thrill you can have, so take advantage of this guiltless pleasure. Step away from that fan deck.
Here is some good advice I thought was quite fitting about what to look for when you need to chose a color. Regardless of what you challenges are, our Discovery Cards will make it easier:
FOUR THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PICKING A WALL COLOR
COURTESY OF APARTMENT THERAPY
In every home there is always an orphan room. The one that looks like it has no mother or father. Not matter how expensive or inexpensive the furniture, it seems neglected and feels uninviting. What you will find surprising is that it is often the entryway. I can’t tell you how many homes I have been in whose homeowners greet me at the door and walk me straight back to the family room/kitchen.
Like a good book, I don’t like to jump in the middle of the story, I like to start at the beginning. And I do. I walk them right back to the entry and begin to explain how color ownership begins when you open the front door. Whenever you are unable to pause or linger in a room, you have a color problem. What makes a great entryway color? One that sets up a story about to begin.
Here are a few entryways I feel deliver a quite clear message.
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I must confess, my husband and I love LA. We love it because it’s cool. I understand the terrible traffic situation in LA. I also understand it’s a flat concrete jungle…BUT, it’s not just the beach, the sun, Hollywood, and the blue skies that makes LA a rich destination for many. It’s really cool, by definition, fashionably attractive or impressive. In the New Yorker article, “The Coolhunt”, cool is given three characteristics
While I was visiting I tried to capture what I feel makes LA cool, besides the people that are, and the people that want to be. Call it California Dreaming.
Nature has a fabulous way of making color look beautiful and amazing all the time. I often argue that even if you hate purple, you would never delete it out of the sunset. But no matter how many stunning colors we enjoy outside, it is the ones we let in through our doors that really matter.
For every color you love, there is a purple that makes it even more lovable- just like in nature. This is why Devine Color purples are meant to make beautiful music as second fiddles to other colors in a room. Purple makes oranges and reds sizzle, greens and blues mellow.
Want a fun fact? Carrots were once purple, red, white or yellow. Orange carrots were bred by the Dutch in the 16th century to honor the royal House of Orange. Who make those kinds of decisions?
I wish I could make new colors for objects in the world. There are so many things I would want to change that would give purple a new song. Imagine a really beautiful Devine Elephant car, or a Devine Dusk blender. In the meantime, paint color will have to do.
COLOR INSPIRATION FROM HOUZZ
There is plenty of art in Paris, and Centre Pompidou houses many layers - floors upon floors of art. I spent plenty of time with and without my family trying to see everything they had to say about the history of modern art. But what I saw was surreal and familiar all at the same time.
What struck me about seeing art I had seen so many times over the years in books or on posters, was not how real they looked, but seeing the brush strokes. It was all about the strokes. As an artist, this was always my struggle when painting a subject matter, my strokes. I use to worry about being too “blendy” or too “messy”. I kept wanting to control my strokes instead of letting myself go.
What made them real was seeing and feeling each stroke, or the artist’s humanity. The strokes were delivered with complete abandon and yet in a purposeful and recognizable pattern, infused with knowledge, for all of us to gaze upon and be inspired.