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Fall Color Palettes

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Our senses are so important to us – a color can remind us of a favorite dress when we were little, or a scent can take us right to a cherished holiday. I love creating those moods in the homes I design, where color is key to how a room “feels” to my clients. And since fall is at the top of many people’s lists of favorite seasons, it’s no wonder that fall palettes are popular. Let’s look at a few color choices that can bring those crisp autumn days into your home, especially since fall starts tomorrow:


When most people talk about why they love the fall season, those bright autumn leaves are right at the top of the list. Who doesn’t love deep reds, warm oranges, and crisp whites? To keep those stronger colors from overwhelming your room, consider using them in fabric details. And then mix in lots of white to balance the mood.


I love a good chocolate brown – it’s such a warm color, especially when it’s mixed with a deep gold like in this room. Popping in that touch of turquoise keeps things fresh and gives you a more unexpected color combination.


Here’s another chocolately room, but this time it goes a bit more preppy with navy and kelly green. This makes me think of collegiate colors, which is perfect for the back-to-school fall season. You can get this color on your walls with Sherwin-Williams Porpoise.


Speaking of collegiate, you know I love football, so any colors that remind me of my Razorbacks are going to be fan favorites with me! This red isn’t quite Razorback red, but it’s a great rusty red for fall palettes. I love it combined with a wheat and a creamy white.


This palette reminds me of a walk through the woods on a late-fall day. I love the muted gold, peacock, and moss – it makes this a cozy and elegant space.

So what do you think of my fall palette roundup? What colors do you love from the autumn season? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy fall, y’all!







What Is That Color? Double the Fun

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There is one photo that gets more comments than just about any other for me on Houzz, and it’s this boldly striped powder room! People ask a lot about the stripes and the colors – particularly how I came up with the colors. And the answer is usually the same for me – the wall colors were inspired by fabric!

If you look at the fabric on the window, you’ll immediately see the color inspiration for this fun room. Once I had that fabric, the rest was easy. I chose to paint the stripes in a dynamic duo of Sherwin-Williams paints – the blue is called Watery and the greenish color is called Antiquity. Then I matched squares of tile to those paint colors so I would have painted stripes on the top half of the wall and tile stripes on the bottom!

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Why? Because this room is used by six kids! And if you’ve ever been in a bathroom used by a lot of kids, you know that having a tile backplash around the sink is going to save those walls in the long run, right? The dual colors and the dual materials made for one solution to a very common problem in a lot of homes.

So what do you think of the color combo and the stripes? Would you try this in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






PS – Before you ask (and I know you will), the cabinet is painted in Sherwin-Williams Lagoon!

What Is That Color? Sea and Sky

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I loved designing this pool house for my clients – it’s a fun space to hang out when they’re waiting for a passing shower, or to have a quick bite before heading back out for fun in the sun! For the color palette, I wanted to give a nod to the water just outside the window, along with the sunshine and flowers. But at the same time, I didn’t want to go too “beachy.”

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The pool area outside already had these bright pops of orange, so I knew that I wanted to include that color. And I went to the opposite side of the color wheel for that perfect complementary partner – and this blue was just what I needed! It’s Sherwin-Williams Waterscape, which is also a perfect name, don’t you think?

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Not only is it the just-right shade of blue for this poolside retreat, but it also provides a great backdrop for the pattern play I put into the room, too, like this fretwork on the bottom of the wall. It helped create a cool space for rest and relaxation without having to use all that SPF!

So what do you think of this lovely blue? It’s continuing a theme for me this month of cool and calming colors! Let me know what colors you love for the summer by leaving me a comment below!

Colorfully yours,






What Is That Color? Going Greige

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The very best color for a bedroom is any hue that makes you relax – a color that makes you feel like you’ve reached a calm oasis. So when I choose colors for my clients’ master bedrooms, I always go for soothing shades like a soft blue, blush, subtle green or a shade of beige. And in this particular room, I had a good jumping-off point for this neutral.

I like to choose my paint colors by first looking at the fabrics I’m going to use in a room. I knew this fabulous Duralee fabric would make my clients happy, with the subtle yellow and the geometric print. So I chose the paint color from that great neutral right in the center of the pattern. It just happens to be a melded shade that a lot of people love right now, called greige. It isn’t quite grey and it isn’t not exactly beige, but it’s in neutral territory between the two!

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The exact color I chose is Sherwin-Williams 7031 Mega Greige. It’s the perfect background and balance for the touches of yellow in the room (did you notice the little detail of yellow in the trim on the bed?). It keeps the yellow from being overly bright and intense in the room, and instead grounds the colors in a quiet way.

So what do you think of this color? Do you like to use greige in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






Summer Color Palettes

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When I ask new clients for their favorite colors, or for specific inspirations for their decor, one theme constantly comes up: sandy beaches and blue waters. It makes perfect sense! Where else do you feel that calm, that warm, that peaceful? It’s no wonder that the colors of summer can put us in a happy place, even on a dark and icy winter’s day. So here are some of my favorite palettes to make it summer in your home, all year round!


For the family room above, I went right to water colors, literally! From the Sherwin-Williams Tidewater paint color, to that creamy white, to a deep navy, these soothing blues will have you mentally checking into that beach cabana in no time.


Sandy beaches and sea glass were the inspiration for this living room’s palette, so I used a great sand color on the walls with Sherwin-Williams Kilim Beige. The gorgeous glass-based lamps, water-inspired art, and sea glass accessories bring the beach inside in a sophisticated way.


Summery yellow creates a special magic in darker rooms, like this Sherwin-Williams Alchemy color! Pair it with a creamy beige and a charcoal grey for a chic and warm palette.


And finally, there’s nothing that I love more than pairing summer whites with a deep citrus and a blue inspired by the sky! This palette is both calming and energizing, just like a seaside getaway.

So what do you think of my summertime palettes? Are there any colors that you love to use in your home to create an oasis? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,