Daily Design Inspiration

Where do you find inspiration when you are planning to update your home? Many people are conditioned nowadays to go to Pinterest or Houzz to find ideas. They may see some pretty pictures of white kitchens and say, “Oooo! I want that!” So they complete their remodel with white cabinets and whatever else they found online.

Other people are inspired by life… maybe they recently took a trip. Perhaps they went to Italy and visited Siena.

Inspired by the beautiful red, gold, and black marble used all over Siena, they consulted a designer and asked her to “…design a room that makes me feel like I’m in Siena.” We probably won’t include a statue looking in the direction of Florence to fend off invaders, but we can select products and materials that evoke memories of Siena.

Or maybe you’ve just come back from a very cool exhibit at the art museum and you’d like to have that ultramodern feel in your home:

Can you imagine creating a room with this as your inspiration? Combine Monogram stainless steel appliances with white cabinets and add drama with counters and lighting. You are limited only by your imagination and your budget.


Maybe you aren’t into art and just want a room that coordinates with your beloved pet or the woods by your house…

Putting together a kitchen or bathroom composed of dark and creamy tones with natural green accents is welcoming and classic.


A neutral palette leaves plenty of room for pops of your favorite colors. Confine the accent colors to paint and soft goods to change out at whim with minimal expense and disruption.

So go out and look around and be inspired! Share your ideas with your favorite designer and together you can create a space that moves you.


Paint Colors That Speak Your Language

Color is a recurring theme in my blog posts. I am inexplicably drawn to them and the feelings they elicit. Few things affect our emotions more than color. That’s why it’s so important to choose wisely when painting rooms in our homes.

Take the time to buy samples and test them. What to do with the leftovers? Donate them… Paint a birdhouse…


Create art!


Just kidding!

If you are staying in the same color family as the samples, combine the contenders on a canvas. Add some texture and layers to get a piece that will work perfectly with your room.

Colors that mimic nature and combine different shades and hues tend to pull on our heartstrings. They speak to us. Color professionals call these “in-between” colors.

Read more about “in-between” colors in Sherwin Williams’ blog, Stir.

Originally published in STIR®

In-between paint colors are not one thing or the other — they’re both vibrant & soulful. They are so versatile that they can be used in everything from uber modern to more traditional homes. Learn more about using in-between paint colors & other styles & techniques at Sherwin-Williams.

Source: The Allure of “In-Between” Paint Colors

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 | Ultra Violet

If it seems to you that everyone, especially paint companies, announces their pick for color of the year, you would not be mistaken. However, the Pantone color of the year is the one to watch, as Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color.

Color of the Year 2018 - Quote from Lee Eiseman

Purple definitely makes a statement, and not everyone has the confidence to speak quite so loudly. Even so, purple has long been a favorite color of mine, as well as more than one of my clients!


For those influenced more by named trends than personal taste, Ultra Violet will find its way into graphic design, fashion, beauty products, and home decor.

Pantone created eight color palettes incorporating Ultra Violet. Use them as they are, or consider them inspiration to create your own custom palettes.

Looking for saturated color and drama:

When softer tones are required:

If you’d like to purchase products from Pantone, shop for merchandise in shades of ultra violet, view past colors of the year, or peruse tools for designers, visit Pantone Color of the Year.