When it comes to naming paint colors, Farrow & Ball takes the process to an art form. There’s a story behind every name. But are the names meaningful to shoppers? Here’s a fun – but meaningless – quiz to see if you think the way the paint moniker-makers at Farrow & Ball do (and toRead More »
Oh, Baby! Do You Love Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year?
It wasn’t traditional pastels announcing the birth of fraternal twins that inspired the pastel pink and blue hues that Pantone chose as its 2016 Color(s) of the Year. It was dying hydrangeas in a fog-shrouded Pacific West garden that spoke to Pantone’s lead color expert. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, saidRead More »
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2016: Soothing or Safe? Powerful or Plain?
When Benjamin Moore announced last week that its 2016 pick for color of the year was Simply White, design writers across the country rushed to judgment: “Benjamin Moore Has Completely Given Up On Picking Out A Color,” blasted the Huffington Post in a headline and devoted a large chunk of space to show how littleRead More »
Brights, Pastels and Neutrals: Luxury Colorful Kitchen Appliances
Today, thanks to color-match technology, it’s possible to custom order luxury kitchen appliances in almost any hue you can imagine. Want a refrigerator the shade of your Irish setter’s fur, a stove the shade of your canary or a cooktop as violet as Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes? Order it now! With caution. Anyone who lived inRead More »
Cheer or Jeer for Color of the Year? Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams Choose Hues
This is one holiday season in which a red wine spill doesn’t have to be a disaster. Rather than run to the kitchen in search of club soda and a dabbing cloth, you can just dye the rest of the rug or sofa the same color and consider yourself on-trend. As long as the wineRead More »
Purple: Garish and Girly, Yes. But Also a Sophisticated, Elegant Design Choice
Monica: Rach, can you give me a hand with this box? Rachel: No! Put that box down. We are not going anywhere! This is my apartment, and I like it. This is a girls’ apartment. That is boy’s apartment: it’s dirty and it smells! this one is pretty, it’s so pretty. And look — it’sRead More »