December 16, 2010

Paint Color Consultation in Greenwich Connecticut

The construction of this lovely new spec home by Gyesky Development & Design, is now complete.   As promised, here are updated pictures of my color consultation with these fine builders.

Walls Benjamin Moore Cedar Key 982

The design concept is LIVABLE ELEGANCE.  And that is exactly what this home is all about.

 Wall Panels Benjamin Moore Winds Breath 981

A rich, warm, and serene atmosphere literally glows from within.

(Those mahogany floors are drop dead gorgeous!)

Wall Panels Benjamin Moore Winds Breath
Wall & Ceiling Benjamin Moore Horizon  

From the moment you enter, you are surrounded with sophisticated workmanship and design. Cannot escape the awe.

Wall Panels Benjamin Moor Winds Breath

Fine woodwork and attention to detail is everywhere.

Bejamin Moore Winds Breath

Graceful lines, classical elements, and rich neutral colors,  weave the elaborate details into one harmonious theme.

Contrast is a powerful design tool.  Black and dark colors ground this design, and breeds regal substance.

(Beware, in general, too much color can take over and make a space brood; not enough color can be wimpy, and tantalize the space.)

Ceiling Benjamin Moore Horizon

I love how celestial colored ceilings not only make the ceiling soar, but lift our spirit as well!

And notice how magnificent the crown moldings look when the ceiling is painted a different color from the molding.

Ceiling Benjamin Moore Horizon

It is interesting to note that although the walls are painted the same color as the ceiling, the color on the ceiling appears darker due to shadows.  (This is typical, so if you want both to match, you must lighten the paint formula.) 

But I recommend  the color difference.  Adds interest, and makes the design feel alive.  Think about it; nothing in nature is perfect, nor stays the same.   Our eye is use to seeing shadows and variances. Natural  beauty.   So I don't strive for artificial perfection!

The colors on this project were chosen specifically not to overwhelm the architectural elements, but to enhance.  There is enough visual stimulation in the fine detailing and woodwork.

Note:  too many colors would have caused chaos.  Not enough colors would have been dull.

Walls Benjamin Moore Hepplewhite Ivory

Color design is like writing music.   All the elements of the space must work in composition with each other, to create harmony.  

Walls Benjamin Moore Hepplewhite Ivory

Color and design must incorporate several concepts into one theme.  The three most important being: beauty, function, and meaning.

A color should not only look beautiful, but echo the function of the space, and have a meaningful connection to the overall theme, as well as the client's tastes.

Because this job is a spec house, warm neutral colors were chosen to appeal to a wide range of personalities and decorating styles.  Yet, these neutral colors are rich and interesting enough to intrigue  on their own.

Ahh.  The magic of color and design has won again.   Livable elegance has been achieved.

December 11, 2010


A personal mantra of mine is "FLIRT WITH LIFE, ALL OF IT".   It's my philosophy, my mission, my religion.

So when Pantone, a leading color forecaster, recently announced HONEYSUCKLE is their 2011 Color of the Year, I celebrated.

HONEYSUCKLE makes me smile and feel vivacious.  It's naturally a flirtatious color!
Playful. Delightful.

There is something whimsical about it;  a nice balance of sophistication and fun.

Here is what Leatrice Eiserman, Executive Director of Pantone, has to say about the color HONEYSUCKLE:
A Color For All Seasons
Courageous. Confident. Vital.   
A brave new color, for a brave new world.  
Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year.  
It's a color for everyday- with nothing "everyday about it.

I couldn't agree more.  Here are some wonderful examples I have found:

from Fritz Hansen at Karkula

Betty Murdock Interiors from Traditional Home

by Jonathan Berger (House Beautiful)

Laufen Bathroom

So don't hesitate to color your world with HONEYSUCKLE hues.  You can control its powerful effect by the amount used, the value variations, and the color combinations.  In general, whites, creams, beiges, and grays will calm in down, while oranges, reds, and blacks will excite it even more.   Hot pink speaks loudly (beware it can scream at you), while light pink whispers softly.  The possibilities are endless.

I have a feeling, that 2011 is going to be a very good year!  We are off to a good start with HONEYSUCKLE.

Thank you Pantone.