It’s All About Colour

Posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:11 am by Kathy Filo

I’ve been wanting to change the colour of my fireplace for a while now. As I was flipping through the newest issue of Style at Home magazine, I saw an interesting advertisement for Sico paints called “My Project”. It actually engages the reader – there is a scrapbook folder inserted into the magazine which you can pull out and keep to help organize all your ideas for your next design project. Visit  www.styleathome/sico to view the folder. It got me thinking.

As a designer, the first place I turn to for colour is the Pantone swatch book. A couple of years ago I chose a spot colour pms #4515, which is equivalent to Benjamin Moore’s “Sombrero”. This time I’m thinking of going a little more dramatic and picking pms #404, or Benjamin Moore’s “Mortar” or “Nordic Grey”. Check out the 2010 – 2011 paint colour trends at and

Colour trends shift constantly, just like anything else, so it is important to keep up to speed on what’s new in colour. Sometimes I like to source for fresh new colour combinations for print media. A good site for picking complimentary colours is The Pantone website also has colour library updates at your disposal. All you have to do is become a member.

Designing for your home is kind of like print design – creating a harmonious and effective colour palette is important.


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  1. As soon as I saw the title I was going to comment on Colourlovers — glad you tackled that. That is one of my favorite sites – it is great.

    Unique post – love it Kathy

  2. … and thank you for introducing me to colourschemedesigner! I love the compliment setting ! AMAZING

  3. That's great, Bryan! Thanks for your comments. I love colourlovers too.

  4. Interesting links. Thank you!

  5. Thanks, Ken. I'm going to buy my pms spot colour paint this weekend. That's the easy part – it's the painting I'm not so good at. Isn't there a real-life Photoshop tool for that?

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