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Everyone’s Favorite Color

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Tomorrow I’ll be at Toms-Price in Chicago, talking about my favorite topic – color! So I thought I’d kick things off today with a look at the world’s favorite color. Yes, I said the world!

For the second year in a row, a survey of thousands of people in 10 countries on four continents showed that blue is still the top pick of all the colors. It’s the favorite among men and women, no matter the age or ethnicity. No wonder I like to use blue in my projects – my clients love it, too!

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So what is it about this color that makes everyone so happy? Psychologists say that it’s because blue is the color that we like to see the most in nature – the blue of the sky and all of the watery blues. It’s also calming and has even been proven to lower blood pressure!

In color psychology, blue brings to mind peace, order, and safety. That explains why it continues to show up on those lists of faves, right? And it really does mean that blue is a perfect color for the home, too. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be bold and dramatic or soft and serene. Blue never really goes out of style – it’s a classic!

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So do you use blue in your home? Tell me below where and how you do! And if you would like to join me this week at Toms-Price to get my top tips for working with color in your home, come by the Lincolnshire store tomorrow night at 6pm, or see me at the Wheaton location on Friday at 12pm. Hope to see you there!







What Is That Color? Far-from-Basic Black

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Black seems to be one of those colors that people are afraid of – they think it will be too dark or too daring for their homes. But black is an amazing neutral that can be a dazzling accent or a super-dramatic focal color! When my clients asked me to create some colorful drama in their outdoor room, I knew black would definitely be in the mix.

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My clients wanted this pavilion right off their pool to feel like a fabulous and airy tent. And those amazing angles in the ceiling really lent themselves to bold stripes like the best of summer awnings – so I had them painted with white and Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black. It’s a deep and rich black that is one of my favorite go-to colors!

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With two neutrals anchoring the space, I was able to add in bright and bold accents in coral, turquoise, and sky blue, perfect sea-worthy colors for an outdoor space. But the black is what draws your eye in and really creates a breathtaking look!

So what do you think of bold black? Would you use it in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color: Bright Coral

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You know I love color – and I especially love color when it makes a bit impact on a room! In a showhome, like the Hamptons Showhouse I did a couple of years ago, creating a room gives designers like me a unique chance to really push the creative envelope. And it’s a great opportunity to grab attention with bold design, like I did here!

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I knew that I wanted to use a fabulous coral-and-green palette in this room, which would be a fun twist on “beachy” colors. But I also wanted to take it up a notch. So I used a coral-peach wall covering that gave the room a soft glow, and added a big punch through wide painted stripes across the ceiling. The citrusy color I used on the ceiling is Sherwin-Williams Emberglow, a great deep coral that complemented the peach tones.

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The corals and greens work well together because they are complementary colors – which means they are on opposite ends of the color wheel. And those bold stripes took a good design into a big WOW of a room!

What do you think of this fun color? And would you paint stripes on a ceiling like this? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? Sky High

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I love the challenge of creating unusual rooms that fit my clients’ lifestyles. So I was thrilled when one of my clients said that they wanted a “twirling room” for their daughter, who just happens to be a champion baton twirler. They wanted her to have a place at home where she could practice, that would inspire her to reach new heights – literally! So I knew I had to choose the perfect color for a room that would be all about hard work, achievement, and inspiration.

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I chose Sherwin-Williams Silvermist – a great blue-gray color that reminds me of a quiet summer sky. Because the room needed to be so tall to function well, I wanted to emphasize that feeling of openness and space, and have a color that would softly glow in the natural light. I love how the color is reflected in all of the mirrors, too!

So what do you think of this space, and its sky-high color? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? The Perfect Backdrop

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I love working with color – in fact, I’ve built quite a reputation for my bright and bold color choices. But what people don’t always realize is that those fearless color palettes are often presented against a neutral background. That’s a strategy I use a lot because it gives the eye a place to rest, and it makes the colors I use in fabrics and accessories pop even more!

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For this guest bedroom, my color-loving clients wanted something perfect for guests that was both vibrant and relaxing, which isn’t easy to create. I decided on classic navy with pops of punchy coral. I absolutely love these together. A bold color like coral can be warm and inviting, but a little less than restful in a bedroom if you’re not careful. So I used Sherwin-Williams Relaxed Khaki on the walls to tone down the palette and to provide the best backdrop for the fresh navy and coral combo.

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If you’re nervous about using color in your home, this is a great trick to use! Start with a neutral wall and floor, and build your color in through fabrics, lamps, pillows, and smaller items. That will let you experiment until you find the right balance of brights and neutrals for you and your family!

Colorfully yours,