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Spring/Summer 2017 sees a refocus on inspirational sources; we are rethinking and reassessing the world around us. As perspectives change we gain more confidence with color usage and in turn, engage with the effect color has on our surrounds. Taking inspiration from our 2017/18 trends we look to advances in experimental technology, celebrating the hidden beauty of data that lies at the heart of our computerized world. We also explore unknown grounds with an organic and warming theme that reference sunny climates. Feeding our desire to collect and curate our personal spaces we then gain a carefree approach and are tempted by eye-catching aesthetics. Finally focusing on a weightless minimalism that has a universally pure and contemporary atmosphere. These themes will come together to inspire new directions in color and here we share 5 key colors to discover for Spring/Summer 2017/18.

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Experimental and positive in attitude, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE references the digital world and explores both human and mechanical errors. Inspired by the Glitch trend this color celebrates digital imperfections, using them to inform designs and emphasize the artificial nature of our digital world. Introducing a human element to technology, this green has an acid undertone that is detached from natural or organic connotations. With a refreshing and modern feel, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE can confidently lift your spaces into the now. Use in combination with the other saturated tones of the Glitch palette in kitchen spaces and children’s bedrooms for a dynamic and energized effect.

In contrast, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN references our direct connection to colors found in nature. From the Ground trend this tone has a glowing warmth that radiates throughout a space and brings a sense of sunshine to the inside. Desert-like landscapes inspire this rich sand yellow color and the tone offers a sense of comfort and refuge. Surround yourself with the lustrous heat of 0941 GLOWING LANTERN and combine this color with the other deep earthy shades of the Ground palette, which are inspired by the raw pigments extracted from the earth. This grouping is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms as it exudes an elemental glow that is sure to add warmth.

Appealing to our sweet tooth and magpie eye, 1069 PINK TOUCH embodies a carefree attitude with an indulgent edge. Part of the Candy trend this sugary shade has a joyful message that encourages a mix and match style. Inspired by sugared candy treats, this color is designed to catch the eye and deliver a note of positivity. Powdered and pale, 1069 PINK TOUCH can be used in combination with the other shades of Candy for an eclectic mix that encourages a playful approach to color. The milky undertones and soft finish of this tone creates the perfect option for updating kitchens and bathroom areas.

With an intriguing air, 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON looks to reduce visual noise with a controlled aesthetic and striped back approach. Inspired by the X-ray trend, this color references the delicate forms we find in nature, but with purity that demands attention. Genderless and seemingly universal grayed blue adds clarity and a reassuring sense of precision within a space. Use in combination with a palette of cool neutrals for a contemporary update. 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON can add a touch of clean modernity to your bedrooms and study areas for a current and refreshing outcome.

The dark alluring tone of 0536 SUBWAY strips away unnecessary elements to highlight the beauty of the structure of a space. Selected from the X-ray trend this color forms a clean and minimal palette that looks to intense monochrome combinations to reveal what is essential within your home. Referencing core architectural structures, the depth of 0536 SUBWAY acts as a strong and definitive dark tone. Black creates a sense of focus within rooms so use this tone in office areas and hallways in small amounts to highlight architectural details and create a sense of clarity.

0695 INDIAN NECKLACE, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN, 1069 PINK TOUCH, 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON and 0536 SUBWAY are the five colors we see to be key for Spring/Summer 2017/18. These tones are taken from the 2017/18 trends Glitch, Ground, Candy and X-ray. The colors work across a variety of interior applications and can be used singularly or combined successfully as an all over palette for a space. These colors all offer something diverse and convey different moods and aesthetics that are on trend. Each color has the potential to add something innovative and exciting to your home, whether it is used in isolation or with our suggested complimentary tones.

Pinkie Ring February 2017 Color of the Month

Not just a color just for the ladies, soft pink is an easy and unexpected neutral that’s been trending in home offices and living rooms. Pinkie Ring is a versatile addition to a single wall or an entire room. Accent this blush tone with deep moss greens, or light neutrals like ivory and cream. Simple furnishings can give the room a modern vibe, while more decorative pieces can give it a playful feel. Go bold with metal, stone, or black accents, and this shade will balance out the room with subtle warmth. Check out some of our design inspiration below. Let a little color in, and transform your space! How would you use Pinkie Ring in your home? Let us know in the comments!

Pinkie Ring Inspo Blog

 

 

PUMPKIN

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have a pretty temperate climate, despite all the rain. When summer rolls around and we start spending more time outdoors, it’s easy to notice where your home’s exterior needs some touch-ups. As temperatures drop, the cooler weather conditions can be perfect weather for painting! But don’t wait too long into the fall for the weather to take a rainy turn; weather that’s too cold or too wet isn’t ideal, and won’t allow your paint to cure properly.

Always check the labels on your paint or stain for temperature recommendations. The amount of time needed for paint to properly cure will be affected by temperature and level of humidity. If paint is improperly cured, due to humidity levels or extreme temperatures, it can crack, blister, and peel. A good thing to remember is to try to paint in dry weather, and in the shade as much as you can, as applying paint will be smooth, its properties won’t change due to the environment, and it is more likely to cure properly. In warm weather, the surface you’re painting will have a hotter temperature than the air. Always paint on dry surfaces, and after a rainstorm, allow at least 4-8 hours for your home’s exterior to dry thoroughly before applying more paint. Don’t forget to prep your surfaces properly, so your primer, paint, and stains can properly adhere.

Fall is in full swing, and there are going to be some gorgeous, perfect days for exterior painting! Take advantage of this transition between seasons and enjoy the cooler weather. This month, we’re featuring Pumpkin from our Color Evolution line of paint. Pumpkin is a wonderfully warm, deep, earthy orange that works on it’s own as a primary color for the interior or exterior of your home, and just as well as an accent color.

To take some of the guess work out of choosing paint colors, upload a photo of your home to our Color Visualizer app to see what it looks like in different Miller Paint colors: http://millerpaint.chameleonpower.com/visualizer.aspx

Waking up slowly in a hotel, you crawl out of bed and slip on the hotel issued robe and slippers and revel in the joy of a restful nights sleep. Have you ever had that experience? I know I have. It is likely a combination of things of course, but one thing they all have in common is the beds. They’re white. White beds often convey luxury. Isn’t there just something relaxing about sliding into a fresh white bed?

Why not bring that feeling home? Create an oasis in your room, without going stark white. Add some off-white accents to warm it up and you have it! That soft, welcoming space to take you away to your happy place in the night.

Off whites balance the starkness of having everything white, and brings a cozy warmth to the space without adding too much color noise.

 

 

Bring a little white back into your home and see how fantastic it can be!

~mg

 

Design & Ideas

Deep, highly saturated shades have been popular for years, but the palette that’s in vogue right now is just the opposite. Interior designers and colorists are favoring lighter hues that just tease the eye with subtle hints of color.

Vaguely reminiscent of the “pastels” of yesteryear, the light colors that are gaining popularity today are more sophisticated ensembles, often marrying three or more different hues to create soft color that is often hard to put a name to. Layering color in this way also produces some interesting visual effects.

Because the new tints are not pure yellows, greens, or whatever, many have a chameleon-like quality, shifting their appearance slightly when the light changes.

During the daytime, a wall color might appear to be in the pale green family, but at night, under artificial light, it may take on a yellow caste. Likewise, a light bluish tint might gravitate toward pale gray in dimmer light.

Because the new tints are so changeable under different lighting conditions, a useful recommendation is to apply some sizable swatches of the paint color to several of your walls and live with them for a day or two before fully committing to the color. That way, you can be sure you’ll like your new choice at every time of day or night.

The emerging trend to tints is part of the natural ebb and flow that occurs in the paint industry every five years or so, and this stage of the cycle offers some tangible rewards to those who jump on board.

For one thing, repainting walls, ceilings and woodwork in lighter-colored paint tends to “open up” the area, making any room seem more spacious.

Perhaps even more important is the psychological benefit that comes with a lighter indoor environment. Brighter surroundings can lift our spirits, no matter what the color. And soft tints derived from certain color families – green and blue, for example – have a restful quality that can be restorative after a stressful day.

If you’re truly serious about doing some interior painting, there’s no time like the present. Adding some light new paint color is the perfect antidote to winter’s shorter days and gloomier weather. You’ll be right in step with the latest trend in interior painting, and you’ll find 2016 to be a far brighter new year!

~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute:  www.paintquality.com

Happy Painting!

~mg

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite-Blue-Greens

 

Calming, and serene. These colors are sure to tantalize your senses and relax your mind.

~mg

Did somebody say classic modern? I love every one of these colors…

Dwelling-Palette Moderno

~mg

Pink, has been coming to the forefront of colors over the last couple of years. It is showing up in holiday trends as well. Pink can be your go to color for decorating this season if you dare, instead of the standard red.

Center your palette on pastel pinks with highlights of brighter pinks. Pair with moss, olive, and hunter greens to bring a renewed taste to your holiday color scheme. Even simply pairing it with white and sparkling or matte finishes brings a classic feel.

Have fun this holiday season and step outside the box a little with a new take on holiday décor.

~mg

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a light and bright color with just the right amount of warmth? Look no further…

H0017-ANDOVER-CREAM

Andover Cream 1

Andover Cream 2

Andover Cream 3

Let’s get painting!!

~mg

In honor of everything Pumpkin this season, today’s color is a rich and warm, robust and grounding color from Miller Paint’s Historic color line. Inside or out, enjoy!!

H0016-PUMPKIN

Pumpkin 1

Pumpkin 2

Pumpkin 3

~mg