LOOK BOOK | color corner
“Sparkling sage is calming and nurturing, with a hint of gray undertone, representing balance while also bringing the energy of the outdoors inside.”
— Sue Kim, Valspar color strategist
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IN THE DETAILS The colors selected for the HGTV Urban Oasis living room are mixed with “building materials that have an imperfect, handmade feel, in a nod to the Craftsman style, but also with Mid-Century elements to skew younger and appeal to millennials. We’re in a college town, after all,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
THE ART OF THE MIX The living room in the HGTV Urban Oasis home in Ann Arbor is awash in Valspar Paint’s Sparkling Sage in eggshell. “This sage is more gray than green,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, shown at left, “and isn’t a textbook color.” The house is a classic Craftsman style, but Flynn didn’t want the interior to be a cliché. The well-known interior designer says the color complements the exterior of the home, which is a “hunter and dark green with deep black and brown — true Craftsman colors. (On the inside), we pumped up or turned down the classic colors to make them feel fresh, for a more ‘modern Craftsman’ style.” See more on this home in this issue’s Bulletin Board.
RESEARCH BY KHRISTI ZIMMETH
Valspar Colors of the Year 2017
Valspar recently unveiled its 2017 Colors of The Year, a curated collection of 12 hues to help consumers choose the perfect paint for revitalizing their homes.
The 2017 Valspar Colors of the Year are fresh yet familiar and inspired by a range of lifestyle influences from culture, fashion, design, nature and technology. The dozen 'it' hues reflect key prevailing trends: sustainable and simplistic living, spirituality and self-improvement.
"Choosing a color for a project can be challenging when options are endless," commented Sue Kim, Valspar Color Strategist. "So, we've curated a collection of 12 livable hues to give consumers choice and confidence in discovering and expressing their own style."
Lowe's: 6007-6C Crushed Oregano/ Ace: VR044A Fickle Pickle/ Independent Retailers: V057-5 Parrot Feather
A botanical yellow green springs to the forefront as eco-friendly products, services and living have become more accessible to all. Fresh, leafy and full of life, this hue can bring the energy of the outdoors in. "This is a balanced yellow green that captures the essence of spring's first blooms."
Lowe's: 2009-6 Autumn Russet/ Ace: VR036A Red Maple/ Independent Retailers: V044-6 Red Maple
A baked terra cotta hue channels russet leather and rustic tiles, reflecting a renewed respect for the earth's rich but limited resources. This color is instantly welcoming and warm. "The balance of orange and red with a splash of brown gives this shade a warm, weathered look."
Lowe's: 5006-2A Wet Pavement/ Ace: VR108D Silver Bonnet/ Independent Retailers: V121-1 Silver Bonnet
This warm stone gray is a must-have neutral that encompasses the timeless and enduring beauty of natural materials. Reminiscent of wet cement, cut limestone and river pebbles, this hue is a strong foundation for any style. "The warmth in this gray gives it versatility to pair with any color scheme."
Lowe's: 4006-10C Vivid Blue/ Ace: VR028A Blueprint/ Independent Retailers: V035-3 Blueprint
This bright ultramarine is crisp and stimulating, evoking a feeling of endless possibility. "This blue is inspired by the depths of the ocean, yet has the edginess of an artificial color. Go bold by accenting a doorway with a painted frame."
Lowe's: 2006-4B Peach Encounter/ Ace: VR037D Word of Mouth/ Independent Retailers: V046-2 Coral Wisp
This spirited blush apricot hue is ripe with personality. Inspired by the healthy-living trend, there's nothing shy about this shade, it brings a glow wherever it goes. Kim says, "This color is sheer, yet lush and layered with yellow undertones that radiate energy and positivity."
Lowe's 5002-5B Dreamy Clouds/ Ace: VR080E Snow in June/ Independent Retailers: V102-1 Snow in June
This dreamy sky blue is soothing, restful and restorative. It reflects today's spotlight on sleep and its importance in health and productivity. "This light, airy blue is instantly calming and helps to restore natural rhythms."
Lowe's: 3007-4B Daisy Spell/ Ace: VR042E Dear Melissa/ Independent Retailers: V054-1 Dear Melissa
An airy, luminous yellow comes to light as new technological innovations elevate sensory stimulation. "This color can fill a room with light and awaken all five senses."
Lowe's: 4010-2 Twilight Purple/ Ace: VR089A Black Currant/ Independent Retailers: V125-6 Black Currant
This deep violet black has a powerful influence, symbolizing the mainstreaming of meditation and mindfulness as a way to get in touch with our inner senses. "The violet undertone in this midnight black gives it a distinct personality - dark, decorative and a bit moody."
Lowe's: 7006-3 Promenade/ Ace: 22-1A Wedding Cake/ Independent Retailers: V155 Soft Wool
This perfect, peaceful white provides respite from the noise and stress of daily life at work and home. Timely and timeless - white used deliberately makes all the difference. "With a touch of warm gray, this white gives a more relaxed and natural feel than a crisp pure white."
Lowe's: 5002-1B Smoke Infusion/ Ace: VR110C Rock Solid/ Independent Retailers: V140-3 Rock Solid
Soft silver sage enjoys resurgence as the movement to de-clutter and pare down is in play. The hue is versatile, reliable and reimagined for living simply, yet satisfied. "Sage green and silvery gray blend together in one of the most versatile and beautiful neutrals - perfect for today's popular warm wood floors."
Lowe's: 4006-6B Roadster Blue/ Ace: VR056B Lake Henry/ Independent Retailers: V070-5 Lake Henry
This easygoing pond blue hue is popular because of our increased desire for comfort and convenience. Friendly, trustworthy and effortless-- this shade goes with the flow and pairs seamlessly with everything. "This mid-toned blue with a hint of gray has an alluring quality that draws you in."
Lowe's: 4002-8A Sweet Violet/ Ace: VR058C Safe Haven/ Independent Retailers: V037-2 Safe Haven
A modern blue violet emerges capturing the free-spirited nature of nomadic work styles enabled by technology and embraced by a generation placing less importance on roots, and instead focusing on experiences. This hue is energizing and expressive. "Part trustworthy blue, part mysterious violet - you might see a bit of both in this hue depending on the time of day."
About Interior Paint Sheens
Get the look you want and the protection you need for any room in your home.
A flat sheen has a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.
Low-traffic areas; interior walls and ceilings
A matte sheen has a low-luster, reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well and also hides minor surface imperfections.
Low-traffic areas; interior walls
Family rooms, living rooms, kids' rooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
An eggshell enamel sheen has a soft, velvety appearance that resists dirt and grime, as well as mildew.
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kids' rooms, hallways, dining rooms
A satin enamel sheen has a pearl-like finish that's easy to clean.
All interior surfaces; moderate- to high-traffic areas
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kids' rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
A semi-gloss enamel sheen is sleek and radiant resisting mildew, moisture and wear.
Cabinets and trim; high-traffic, high-moisture areas
Kids' rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters
Hi-Gloss enamel sheens provide have a brilliant, shiny appearance and a durable, glass-like finish that allows dirt and grime to be wiped clean.
Kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
Have you heard of Colorcharts.org: An online database of manufacturer's standard colors? It has swatches of all your favorite paint makers, including Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Martha Stewart. It's a great tool to use to match colors if you don't have specific stores near you. For instance, if you don't have a Restoration Hardware near you, but love their color Silver Sage, just type in "Silver Sage" and their color formula will appear. Click on the link and you can match it with another manufacturer's paint. Of course, you could always ask your paint store if they have the formula for another manufacturer's color, but this helps you visualize the paint before it's on the wall.
Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware:
Benjamin Moore's Gray Wisp CC-670 by 95%:
Sherwin William's 6191 Contented by 85.8%:
I also used it to match paint online. For instance, in a recent post about my favorite painted furniture line from Somerset Bay here, I wanted to match their Cotton Candyfinish/paint for an end table makeover. I didn't have a sample of their paint, so I split my computer screen into two viewing windows and looked at their paint sample, next to Colorchart's paint sample.
Somerset Bay's Cotton Candy
Lake Country by Valspar
My table (Goodwill for $5)
Somerset Bay's End Table (price unknown, but pretty sure it's expensive)
Source: somersetbayhome.com via acharmingnest.com on Pinterest
Okay, I know it's not a perfect match...and I do realize Cotton Candyis a bit more green, but we aren't shooting for perfect here, and it's perfect enough for me!
Valspar silver sage paint
Restoration Hardware Silver Sage vs. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
If you recall, when we last left our intrepid designer (that would be *ahem* me), she had just had her client (that would be the two-year-old) select a color palette (pale greenish-blue, lavender and pink) and an inspiration room (which, incidentally, is also pale greenish-blue, lavender and pink).
Then we had a big ole' break because we had to handle some electrical work. Vintage houses, amiright? Anyway, we are back in business.
So, speaking of that absolutely gorgeous inspiration room, the lovely woman who actually owns that absolutely gorgeous inspiration room, Amy McGee from McGee Life, was kind enough to tell me the name of the paint color on the walls.
It's Restoration Hardware, "Silver Sage."
Which I thought was really, really interesting, since years back when I had that genius designer lady who told me about the new look of track lighting (and saved my hiney on my old kitchen) she ALSO told me about an amazing, fabulous, paint color that I should keep on my list of must-do paint colors.
Wanna take a guess as to which color it was?
So, I called up Restoration Hardware and ordered myself a fan deck, and now I have in my hot little hands, a paint chip of "Silver Sage."
Isn't it fantastic? It's so soft and barely greenish-blueish and just beautiful.
In fact, I'm noticing as I am looking at it, that it seems familiar somehow. I mean, beyond the fact that I just saw it in the inspiration photo. It's reminding me of something. Something like many beautiful blogs with beautiful rooms who have been using paints from the same paint chip strip...
I knew it!
You know this strip, right? It has Oyster Bay on it. It has Comfort Gray on it. It has Sea Salt on it. It's famous, nearly.
Okay, maybe just to me, but I've seen these colors around a lot. And with good reason. They're gorgeous!! In fact, I've had Comfort Gray on my list ever since I saw it on The Nester's blog in her front room with the giant plate wall. Love that.
I'm thinking that the Silver Sage is right between Comfort Gray and Sea Salt. So. Since Restoration Hardware is an hour away, and Sherwin Williams is about a block away and I really like their paint, I'm going to go with the SW on this one. Baby Girl's room is a bit on the dark side, so I'm going to go with Sea Salt.
And voila! We have a paint color! Woo hoooooo!!!
It's only been months. Heh. Really, I should be embarrassed, except I'm too excited!
How long does it take you to pick a paint color?
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