First of all — congratulation to Beth, who won the gorgeous Jess Franks Art Calendar from last week’s post! Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the post. I hope you enjoyed learning about Jess and her beautiful work. Now, on to business!
Every year, marketing and retail entities roll out their “Color of the Year.” The first two companies to release their entrants this year seem to be following upon Ben Moore’s 2017 color, Shadow, a deep blackish, purplish hue. PPG Paints has named Black Flame (PPG1043-7) its new “it” shade, describing it as an “unprecedented, statement-making black with deep tones of indigo.” Meanwhile, Glidden Paint has selected Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000), which they describe as a no-fuss shade of black that encourages a “less is more” approach to design.
Meh. I didn’t love Shadow, and I don’t love these blackish colors either. I love sexy black in doses — on kitchen cabinetry, a powder room, an office I’m not in every day — but I really go for *livable* colors, not nightclub ones.
I only have one house, and I need to live in it every day, not just on Saturday nights. (And, come on, I haven’t been to a night club in 10+ years.)
So I’m encouraged by Behr’s first-ever color of the year — In the Moment (T18-15), “a cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green. This comfortable color evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives.”
That’s marketing speech that speaks to me.
Do you want your home to be bold or a haven? I have nothing against the former, but I think at least 75% of the world want the latter, myself included — and the paint companies want to makes sales, right? I’m putting my money on sanctuary for the sale.
Don’t you want your home to be a sanctuary? I want my home to be! Heck, that’s why we named our home “Maple Rest.”
Hmmmm, a “spruce blue.” Do they mean a blue/green? I think so. In the Moment is one of those colors that some people call blue and others green, because it’s a blue with a green or a yellow undertone. Or a green with a blue undertone. For example, I recently specified Benjamin Moore’s St. John’s Blue for a teen boy’s bedroom.
I called it blue. My client called it green.
But whether deeper or lighter, the resulting color is some sort of sea foam, aqua, teal, sage, or “mint.”
I have 2.5 more weeks of summer with the kids at home full-time (I know you Southerners have been back at school for 2 weeks already!) so my post today is text short and picture heavy with blue/green/aqua/sea foam/sage/minty inspiration. These rooms are not necessarily In the Moment. I’ll just call them a general “sea foam.”
Here we go!
Sea Foam Mixed with Neutrals
Mixed with taupes, natural fibers, and a heavy dose of white, sea foam can feel relaxed and refreshing, even in a formal room.
Modern art and fresh colors like sea foam are a fantastic way to freshen up a traditional dining room set. Another view of the same stunning room.
Looks wonderful with whites, rich woods, crystal, and pops of green. Oh, wait!
I did it in a dining room, too! With Schumacher’s Chenonceau in Aquamarine wallpaper.
Gary McBournie via House of Turquoise
Gary McBournie relaxes his sea foam with a slip covered sofa, natural Roman shades and rattan coffee table, and an all-American stripe.
Or how about a patterned sea foam grasscloth?
That’s Schumacher’s Acanthus Stripe in Seaglass and Chalk. How about this?
Haven’t seen a room done in the Seaglass color way yet, but I’m dying to use it!
Thibaut also has some beautiful sea foam grasscloths that are very reasonably priced. You can’t find them on Decorators Best, but they are, of course, available through Home Glow Design and potentially your local wallpaper store for a markup.
Remember this from a few weeks ago? Lindsey Coral Harper’s master bedroom for the 2017 Southern Living Idea House. Impeccable. Serene. And yet, still interesting. Sea foam grasscloth, like the Thibaut ones above or this one from Schumacher.
Sea Foam Mixed with Jewel Tones
For a more rich feel, mix sea foam with splashes of jewel tones like aubergine, bright or berry reds, and oranges. Just make sure that you keep a thread of neutrals going to keep everything from looking like kaleidoscope. Remember — sanctuary, not night club.
Now, the purple in the bedroom I would naturally think of going with sea foam, but the pops of lipstick red and orange here are brilliant! Tempered with neutrals and black and white art, of course. 🙂
Sea foam is a Gustavian go-to color. So naturally other Scandinavian shades like berry red and white washed furniture look right at home, and oh-so-homey!
Christopher Spitzmiller, the king of amazingly expensive lamps (granted they are beautiful, but still!), mixes more jewel tones with his sea foam — red, emerald, yellow — and neutrals. Browns temper the clear colors.
Suzanne Rheinstein used Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue HC-42 on all the woodwork up to but not including the crown molding for an enveloping feel. Notice the matching relaxed Roman shade. More neutrals and berry reds with bright white on lampshade and ceiling.
For Alexa Hampton, a richer latte brown works as the neutral with jewel tone purples and blues.
Sea Foam in the Kitchen
The kitchen is perhaps my favorite place to do this color — most especially on the cabinetry. It’s just so darn friendly.
John Huh uses Farrow & Ball’s Teresa’s Green. This is one of my favorite kitchens of all time, with the soapstone counters and center farm table.
Robin goes for aubergine to complement, and I love how the chair fabric brings in cranberry red and some orange, just like Alexa Hampton’s living room and Elms ID’s bedroom! I don’t know what Robin Henry uses here, but it could be Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue.
Stunning transitional kitchen using Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke. I spy berry red in the Moroccan rug!
Gah!!! I want this kitchen! How beautiful do the wood counters look … and the terra cotta dining room through the doorway.
Another long-time favorite kitchen by Rafe Churchill. I think this first appeared in Fine Woodworking magazine. I know, because as soon as I saw this kitchen in it, I bought the issue!
Oh, totally off topic — one other quick little thing I noticed. Months and months ago, I wrote a post about my obsession with Murano glass lamps. (Well, chandeliers, too, but the post was about lamps.) Then while perusing the newest Pottery Barn catalog, I saw this:
They start at $139. Pretty decent knock-off for this one that starts at $1,155 at the Inviting Home.
I’m not a Pottery Barn affiliate. Just consider this a public service announcement. 🙂
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Do you have a favorite shade of sea foam? Where have you used it?
For next week, I have a post in the works that is vital for anyone planning a kitchen renovation. I have an inside scoop. Don’t put a down payment on that counter slab until you read it!
See you next week!
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