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Color Trends

I have translated Color Marketing Groups latest prediction for colors to be trending next year into our own color palette of ColorEvolution. Which is your favorite?




Color of the Month: I’m a Local| Color Is 0863

August’s Color of the Month is a great looking yellow with a fabulous name: I’m a Local. This yellow has life and warmth; it’s bold but not glaring. It’s really a range of yellows: mustard, goldenrod, or dijon that brightens and relaxes a room without feeling chaotic. This pleasant color goes well with the cool and warm shades of gray that are still so popular. It can be a neat wall color, but it seems to be trending more as an accent color. Trim on a drapery, a splash of color in a piece of artwork and on statement pieces like sofas or side chairs.



Color of the Month

I'm a Local on the walls

These walls are a very close match to I’m a Local.

Transitional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

yellow basin sink

yellow couches

yellow door

I’m a Local is a great complimentary door color for a home with a charcoal exterior and creamy white trim.

yellow accent pillow and throw


Suburban Oasis by Kristina Wolf Design

I’m a Local puts a cozy, modern twist blended together in this snapshot with June’s Color of the Month: 0669 Frozen Stream.

How will you use this warm and local shade of yellow before August runs out?



~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

Hey all of you folks in or around Bend, Oregon! There is a color show tonight, that you don’t want to miss! If you are searching for the right color, or want to know how to apply it to your current scheme, you’ll want to be at the Denfeld Miller Paint in Bend tonight! You’ll get insight, advice and a personal color consultation if you wish! Here is the info you’ll need. See you there!

color show



There are color trends that come and go, colors that were once hip that are “in” again, and then there are certain neutrals that seem popular year after year. They have long-term staying power. Gray is one of those colors—it goes with so many complementary shades, can be cool or warm, acts as the perfect background for bright pops of color or can stand alone, too.

This bedroom uses gray to set the tone for a soothing, relaxing retreat.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.




Sometimes you want to incorporate a color into your home that’s fresh, colorful and trendy. That’s when you may consider the Pantone color of the year, which for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

Let’s take a look at this color and discuss ways you can incorporate it into your home to update your décor.

As you can see, Radiant Orchid is in the purple-pink family, rich but not too bright or dark. It works well with neutrals, especially taupes, grays, and creams. According to Pantone, “As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.”

Pink has been ascending in popularity, especially among trend-savvy customers. Not just orchid shades are on the rise, but pinks of all descriptions, from brights to pales.

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

You can add a pop of Radiant Orchid to your home by adding throws, pillows and household accessories (think bowls, lamps, candle sticks and vases) that include the hue. You could also have a chair upholstered in Radiant Orchid. If you have a room that has neutral colors and you want to make a bigger statement, you could also paint one focal wall the vivid color. You can visit your local paint store for a wet sample of the matching color.

When you feel like you want to add some extra pizzazz to your home without going overboard, incorporating the latest color in small splashes is a great option. Pantone also says about the color, “Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.” Sounds perfect for updating your home in the year ahead.


Best colors for 2013.

Color trends come and go, but if you’re looking for an update, these palettes will keep you in style and your home fashionable.

Color of the Moment

Emerald green simultaneously evokes a feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. These nuances in the essence of green are relatable across the spectrum. The range in green hues are popular across the board with shades of chartreuse being a top pick.

Pantone Moroccan BlueFeeling Blue

Blue serves as the up-and-comer for 2013 and into 2014. The Mediterranean shade of Moroccan Blue is the color of choice. Complement it with ranging colors of blue for a look with depth. This will keep you on trend into the upcoming year as it is predicted Moroccan Blue will be the Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014.

Sunset Color Story

Pull from the sky to create this popular color combination of orange, pink, and red. The color of coral serves as the contributing factor to this theme’s success. Shy away from true oranges and true reds. Choose a shade between orange and pink to pick the perfect coral hue.

Grey Doesn’t Need to Be Gloomy

Grey isn’t new to the scene, but it has overcome it’s predecessor of beige. If you’re not ready for walls of bright and bold hues, grey can be used as the main color allowing you to take smaller risks with spots of color. If you live in an area with lengthy winters, shy away from grey with cool  undertones. Winter provides all the cool you need! Lean towards a grey/beige that still leaves you feeling warm.

If you’re questioning your color choices for an upcoming paint project or interior design update, you can’t go wrong with Emerald Green, Moroccan Blue, coral, or grey for 2013.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.



There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut lavender in the summer. It is said to be stress reducing, balancing, soothing and normalizing. Lovely all year round!

The purple color of lavender is considered to be a cool color for its blue qualities, is also however creative and uplifting for its red qualities. This unique combination of warm and cool makes purple the perfect embodiment of those two colors from which it’s made.

Representing royalty and wealth in some countries, it is also the color of spirituality representing a sacred mysticism in others. Purple is versatile and can fit many environments.

Something fantastic about purple is that like blues and greens you can mix, match and combine all kinds of tints tones and shades of it in different patterns and solids and have them work beautifully together.

Come on down to your local Miller Paint store to check out the plethora of purples to play with!!

~Melanie Gibbs


Spread The Red!

Remember in about the year 2000 a trend began with people painting Red in dining rooms all over? All kinds of reds were used… Maroons, Burgundy’s, Brick’s, Scarlets and on.

Red is energetic and an appetite stimulating color.  The perfect hue for dining rooms, AND in kitchens if you ask me!  This trend is still going, as you’ll find this color in dining rooms across the nation.

Still love Red? Spread the love by taking that love into other areas of the home too!  Red is found in many home styles from Asian and Country, Nautical and Tuscan, Indian and Southwestern. So the options are really endless!

Try Red in an office, for perking up your work. Red in a theater room for a rich and cozy ambience. Red in a bedroom can be nice too, but remember to be careful with how much you use here because of the stimulating effect of this color could keep you up when you need to be resting!

Red is quite bold, but with so many reds out there, there is sure to be one that reflects your personality even if your personality doesn’t fall into the categories listed before.  Picking which Red for your walls can be tricky. See below for a few tips on looking for the perfect one.


Maroon – A deep bluish red that isn’t as bold as a true red

Crimson - A lighter variety of maroon with bluish tones

Burgundy – Similar to maroon in depth, but with more purple tones than blue

Ruby – Slight pink undertone (think the gemstone)

Brick – Brownish based red

Scarlet – A brighter version of red with a touch of orange

REMEMBER!!! The best way to know how a color will look in any given room before committing to purchasing the gallons you’ll need for the job, is to sample it on the wall in a small quantity in the room FIRST! Then just have fun with it, and Spread the Red!

~Melanie Gibbs

Color Meanings & Symbolism: Red

Ladd Carriage House & Miller Paint

The Ladd Carriage House Comes Home

The Ladd Carriage House was designed by architect Joseph Sherwin in the English Stick Style, the 1883 house is the last remaining building from the once expansive Ladd Estate.  Constructed at the NW corner of Broadway and Columbia Streets in Portland, Oregon, it housed twelve horses, William Ladd’s personal carriages, a hayloft, and residential quarters for the estate’s coachman and gardener. The Ladd family owned and maintained the building until it was converted into small shops and offices in 1926. The building later housed architects such as Van Evera Bailey, civic institutions such as the Portland Civic Theatre and major employers such as Hoffman Construction.

William Ladd was one of Portland’s pioneer entrepreneurs responsible for creating the eclectic city that Portland is today. Ladd arrived in Portland in 1851 when the city was little more than a ramshackle trading post. He grew a single product store into a thriving business and within three years was elected Mayor or Portland. In 1859 he co-founded Portland’s first financial institution, the Ladd & Tillton bank. Throughout his life Ladd continued to expand his influence by serving on numerous boards and was a vocal advocate for Portland’s business community.

A devout Presbyterian, Ladd felt duty bound to give back to the community. He provided offices for the Portland Library Association and left a generous endowment upon his death. Other institutions such as the Oregon Humane Society, the Ladies Relief Society Child’s Home and the San Francisco Seminary all received support during his lifetime.

In October 2008, the Ladd Carriage House was moved down Columbia Street and back to its original site after a sixteen month absence. Relocating the Carriage House was part of the first phase of a redevelopment project which includes Ladd, a 23 story residential apartment building located in the heart of Portland’s cultural district. To help retain the history and character of the neighborhood, Opus Northwest, LLC worked with a number of local partners including The first Christian Church, the Friends of the Ladd Carriage House and Ankron Moisan Architects to create a revitalized mixed use block that will prominently feature the Ladd Carriage House. Construction requirements included an underground garage that necessitated the moving all 350 tons of the carriage house to a temporary location in June 2007.

The Friends of the Ladd Carriage House are actively engaged in preserving and restoring the iconic Ladd Carriage House by serving as advocates for the buildings retention and integrity. For over three years the Friends have worked diligently with their partners towards the goal of producing an economically viable building that will enrich the Ladd redevelopment site and downtown Portland in perpetuity.

Painting contractor Schiller and Vroohan painted the building using Miller Paint. Colors were selected by Opus Northwest based on their suitability for the style of the building and to also fitting into the surroundings. They are a combination of subtle neutrals much like the colors of the era.


Posted by Melanie Gibbs

This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.


In part 1 of our 2012 Color Guild Color Forecast posted on January 16th, we shared the Color Guild thoughts on colors from the reds, neutrals, and purples that have moved into the limelight for 2012.  All of the colors in the palette are influenced by nature, comfort, calm and harmony.  These themes, as mentioned, are not new but are showing in fresh new ways and in unexpected places!

In part 2 of the Color Guild’s 2012 Color Forecast we examine the blues, greens and yellows.

Color Is... 477 Ocean Cruise

Blues are soft and dusty, 477 Ocean Cruise is a perfect example of this hue. They are as comforting as an ocean breeze and serene as a calm day making them perfect for bathrooms and spas. Here they are paired with gray and beige marble tiles.

Color Is... 751 Green Glass & 932 Sun Splashed

Nothing is closer to nature than green and for the most part greens are warmed with yellow like 751 Green Glass. Or they can be soft sages or bright limes that coordinate with deep olive and bronze hues. Here green is shown with a tropical orange, 932 Sun Splashed.

Gold paired with Brown is still high on the list of best selling colors.

Yellow is a cheery hue, toned down to gold they are the core of many patterns, especially present in area rugs. Here gold is paired with brown, certainly not new, but it still high on the list of best sellers.

Visit your local Miller Paint location to see these exciting colors in person and to talk about the 2012 color trends!

This post was inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization which serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, Miller Paint welcomes their contributions and appreciate their opinions.