Friday, April 11th, 2014

Windfall Lumber – A Colorful Collaboration!

Collaboration is one of our core values at YOLO Colorhouse. We LOVE working with like-minded companies that also want to Make the World More Colorful and Less Volatile! Windfall Lumber, based in Tumwater, WA, is one such company. They have a passion for sustainability and enhancing people’s lives by the beauty of their product.

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During the summer of 2013, we got an email from the Product Designer at Windfall Lumber, Roussa Cassel, with the subject line “Our products, your paint.” Roussa described a new product they wanted to develop using reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood and YOLO Colorhouse paint. The intent was to create a line of colored wall cladding with the lowest VOC they could muster. Since she had used our products on her own projects, it seemed natural to consider our Zero VOC paint for this endeavor. They wanted a select palette of about a dozen hues. We were intrigued.

A rendering to propose the idea Windfall Lumber envisioned.

A rendering to propose the idea Windfall Lumber envisioned.

After many questions about the end use of the product, the application method, the wood, and the look they were trying to achieve, we collectively decided to move forward with testing. It was important to let the natural beauty of the wood come through the color.

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Roussa and her team approached the application of the color like a stain, thinning the paint so that it wouldn’t be too opaque and hide the characteristics of the wood.

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The wood they use consists of reclaimed timbers from schools, warehouses, and granary storage bins as well as a wide variety of FSC hardwoods grown in the Pacific NW.

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They soon discovered that not every paint color looks good over the various types of wood. The combination of the natural wood color and the transparent paint creates a new, unique color.

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With a bit of trial and error, lots of testing, and many quarts later, Windfall Lumber narrowed down their color choices and asked to meet with us for help pulling it all together.

Roussa said, “One of the reasons we were attracted to YOLO Colorhouse is because they understand that color selection and a curated line is more important than an endless number of options. They helped us put together colors that look beautiful alone, together, or combined with our natural wood cladding.”

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The result: a stunning 12 color palette of wood wall covering designed for commercial, residential, hospitality, retail and other settings. Windfall Color Cladding adds warmth and character to large and small spaces and is being used by sustainable designers, architects and builders – and appreciated by color lovers everywhere.

For more inspiration around this collaboration, check out our Pinterest board.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Fresh + Clean Hues

Let’s face it – those necessary chores like paying bills, doing laundry, and cleaning are not exactly at the top of the list of our favorite things to do, right? With Spring finally almost here, many of us would much rather be digging in our gardens than purging and organizing an over-stuffed closet. But, a clean, well-organized space can actually increase productivity, save time and money, and create a sense of balance. At YOLO Colorhouse, we believe that adding color to your less-than-favorite spaces can make those tiresome chores just a little more FUN! Check out our Fresh + Clean ideas for inspirational and functional spaces.

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METAL .02 is a hue inspired by the softness of sand. This warm neutral makes a perfect backdrop for a closet turned organized desk area to pay bills and catch up on email. Having a work space like this will help you get to your favorite spot on the beach a little faster.

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We love small spaces! This desk area tucked away in a corner is a perfect spot for homework, working on home finances, or spending some extra time on Pinterest. Like an erased chalkboard, METAL .06 is a slate gray that has just a touch of white. It adds depth and definition to this multi-functional work space.

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You’ll have no problem finding the ingredients for your next meal here. WOOD .02 adds spice to what would be otherwise be a mundane pantry. Glass jars filled with baking staples and white ceramic dishware pop against the rich, warm background.

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THRIVE .05 adds some unexpected vintage charm to this closet. A bright hue like this adds a visual surprise and lends a pleasing effect when the closet door is left open.

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Laundry could actually be fun in a space like this. WOOL .01 is a slight, light blue is that evokes the airy feeling of a fresh breeze. This is fresh and clean personified.

Try a Fresh + Clean hue out in your home with our new 8 oz Colorspot paint sample! Having a color meltdown? We are here to help with FREE color help!

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Happy Hues

It’s well known that color can dramatically affect how you feel, so why not create a space that makes you feel happy? Happy can be defined as a feeling of pleasure and contentment, cheerful, joyful, vibrant, delighted. Here at YOLO Colorhouse we call the Pacific Northwest home, so our definition of happy includes the word ‘sunny’! On days when the clouds part to expose that long hidden, big yellow orb in the sky, we shake off the winter blahs and add splashes of fresh colors to our spaces. The result: lifted spirits and smiling faces! If you’re thinking it’s time to change your mood, these Happy Hues may be just the ticket.

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Here comes the Sun! Bring warmth and sunshine to your space with this Happy Hue. ASPIRE .04 is a bold yellow that glows like afternoon sun. Use in entry ways, kitchens, family rooms and other gathering spaces.

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PETAL .03 is a hue that shows a lot of confidence. Use this contemporary twist on pink as a fun bedroom or bath color – or be bold and put it in your dining room for an element of surprise.

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Fun and punchy – charismatic and contemporary. Use DREAM.05 as an accent in any space or flood the whole room with this vibrant hue to bring home a taste of the Caribbean.

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Make no mistake, PETAL .01 is loud, fun and vibrant. Use sparingly unless you want to live loud. This hue says “Welcome to my happy home!”

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A cheerful hue, like the first buds of spring, THRIVE .02 brings a modern twist to traditional architecture. Use in bedrooms, living areas, or any room you want to add a playful splash of color.

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DREAM .02 – Robin’s egg blue. Familiar and comfortable, it feels like home. This cool hue creates a relaxed atmosphere and is delightful when paired with crisp white accents.

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Red is a high energy hue associated with passion, power, confidence and action. CREATE .04 gets the party started. An extrovert’s favorite color, this happy hue is perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, or to ignite a spark in your bedroom.

See more Happy Hues on Pinterest, or try a Happy Hue out in your home with our new 8 oz Colorspot paint sample! Having a color meltdown? We are here to help with FREE color help!

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Purple Please.

Purple is making a big splash! PANTONE® has announced 18-3224 Radiant Orchid- “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple”- as the color of the year for 2014. It may be easier to imagine incorporating this royal and dramatic hue into clothing, make up, and home decor items like pillows and rugs rather than all over your walls as a fresh coat of paint. Before you say NO to purple walls, let us introduce you to 6 distinct YOLO Colorhouse purples that we designed specifically to play nice inside. These violet tones don’t overwhelm; instead, they bring an edgy and artistic coloristic surprise to your home. Check out the colors below — pretty sure they’ll make you say “Purple please.”

Inspired by the earthiness of lavender fields, AIR .07 is a beautiful hue for both urban living rooms and sweet spaces. Use in kid’s room for a light and airy feeling.

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As yummy as the scent of spring lilacs, use SPROUT .07 in a nursery for peaceful and pleasant dreaming. Or use in a living room as an unexpected surprise.

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WOOL .04 is the sky just before day break. It is elegant in a dining room when layered with antique silver pieces or set this color off with black and white tile in a powder room.

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WOOD .05 is magnificent and powerful — a stormy sky just before it breaks open. Use in a laid-back in a bedroom with loose-weave cotton sheets and colorful textiles.

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Rich and saturated like the inside of a beet, PETAL .07 is funky, flashy and fun for libraries or try it in a sleeping nook where you want to have sweet dreams of far away lands.

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The color of passion, CREATE .06 is a deep and daring hue that takes a serious tone when used in a study or den.

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Need more purple inspiration? Check out our Purple Please. Pinterest board!

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Hushed Hues

As we transition from the intensity of winter, we welcome the gentleness of colors that whisper. Hushed hues create soft-spoken interiors that feel open and light.

Absent of color, the bright white of BISQUE .01 is our purest and cleanest color, the perfect backdrop for handmade ceramics, oil paintings, or brightly colored textiles.

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Considered a white, but with hints of blue and green, BISQUE .04 is a quiet color perfect for farmhouse bedrooms or vintage bathrooms.

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Take the chill out of modern design with the warmth of AIR .02. With a titch of ochre, this linen white complements light birch and handmade tile.

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METAL .03- a powdery grey- keeps this combination delicate and removes the sweetness associated with most pastel pairings.

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Slather the softness of BISQUE .06 in any space where you want to let out a deep breath and relax. A little bit blue, a little bit grey, a little bit green, this color looks easy, but is very complex.

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Want to see more ways to use Hushed Hues in your home? Check out our Pinterest board!

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

The Beauty of WOOD — The Joinery

Our newest WOOD family of mahogany reds and teak-tinged oranges was inspired by material of America’s woodworkers and furniture makers.

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Founded in 1982 by woodworker Marc Gaudin in the SE Woodstock neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, The Joinery creates beautiful, functional furniture with an environmental story. From modern designs to classics pieces, The Joinery handcrafts custom furniture for every room of your home – bedroom to dining room.

The Whitman Bedroom Collection from The Joinery

The Whitman Bedroom Collection from The Joinery and Bedding from The Whole Nine Yards

The Celilo Collection in Dark Walnut from The Joinery

The Celilo Collection in Dark Walnut from The Joinery

The Metro Sofa with Eastern Walnut Base and Live Edge tables from The Joinery

The Metro Sofa with Eastern Walnut Base and Live Edge tables from The Joinery

Staying true to the tradition of the made-by-hand techniques of woodworking, The Joinery’s woodshop relies primarily on proven joinery techniques such as the spline, dovetail, and mortise & tenon to build their furniture. Using sustainably harvested wood has always been a priority for The Joinery, and in recent years have been purchasing more locally harvested Walnut, Madrone, and Maple than ever before. In an effort to continue to reduce their carbon footprint, solar panels have been installed to generate energy for the woodshop and when there is an excess of energy, wind power credits are purchased. The Joinery’s shop also includes a large dust collection system that turns all sawdust into briquettes for use in home fireplaces or outdoor firepits. See the video:

Enter to win a Walnut Live Edge Bread Board from The Joinery in our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest (value $1,500)!

The Joinery and YOLO Colorhouse

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Friday, November 8th, 2013

HIP+HOT: Industrial Interiors from Rejuvenation

Our newest METAL family of cool neutrals was inspired by the craftsmanship of blacksmiths and metalworkers.

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Rejuvenation began in 1977 as an architectural salvage shop in Portland, Oregon. When founder Jim Kelly couldn’t find the period fixtures he needed for his own remodel, he began crafting historical reproductions of the items he needed. From this point on, Rejuvenation has combined architectural salvage with the manufacturing of handcrafted period house parts.

Rejuvenation Lighting

Rejuvenation has many lightning fixtures that create an industrial feel in interiors. One of our favorites is The Hood, first spotted by Rejuvenation’s designers in a 1908 Western Electric Catalog archive . The net around the glass globe is made of woven wire originally used to prevent the broken from falling onto workers’ heads in rough-and-tumble factory settings. This was an inexpensive safety feature a hundred years ago that creates the perfect industrial look today.

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One of the most utilitarian of all materials, metal gives off a hard-working, lived-in vibe when used in interiors. Be it lighting, furniture, or cabinetry, the incorporation of metal objects is at the heart of the industrial design look.

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For more industrial inspiration, check out Rejuvenation’s Pinterest board.

And don’t forget to enter to win a Handcrafter Kitchen which includes a $500 gift certificate for Rejuvenation!

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Tufenkian – Artisan Carpets


In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our WOOL color family honors the work of weavers and knitters. Tufenkian Carpets preserves the traditional craft of Tibetan rug-making through the handwork of skilled craftspeople in Nepal and Armenia.

Tufenkian’s process begins with wool from Tibetan sheep raised in the Himalayan and Caucasus mountains. Tibetan sheep produce wool considered the finest in the world for rug-making. In order to protect the fibers of the wool, Tufenkian washes their wool gently in local rivers and streams without the use of harsh chemicals. Separated by natural variations in color, Tibetan wool is then brushed (a technique called carding) to get it ready for spinning.

Once dyed, skilled craftspeople weave rugs from full-size patterns into specific Tufenkian designs. Usually four to five craftspeople work on one 9’ x 12’ rug that is made from up to 1.5 million knots. To complete one Tufenkian rug of this size can take 3,000 hours of human labor!

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win a 2×3 handcrafted rug from Tufenkian Carpets. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win!

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Esque Studio- Contemporary Glass

Old into new. These Bud Vasers are made from recycled beer bottles by heating and reforming.

In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our GLASS color family honors the tradition of glassblowing in America. Esque Studio puts a modern twist on this traditional craft, by incorporating a strong focus on design when creating their pieces.

Esque Studio is a 15 year collaboration between founders Andi Kovel and Justin Parker. After meeting at a public glass studio in Brooklyn, they realized they shared the same vision: to create modern, functional, and concept-based glassware. Since then they have been trend-setters in glass, breaking the rules and pushing boundaries around traditional glass-blowing.

Esque Studio puts a sculptural spin on everyday objects, like paperweights, terrariums, and carafes.

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win a custom Pitcher + Cup set from Esque Studio. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win!

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Bee Local- Artisan Neighborhood Honey

In celebration of our new Handcrafter Color Collection, we have partnered with companies that specialize in the making of handcrafted items for the home. Our BEESWAX color family honors the tradition of beekeeping in America. The craft of beekeeping is exemplified by BeeLocal a producer of small batch, neighborhood honey.

Portland, Oregon based Bee Local is the only honey producer to offer terroir-based honey varieties. Like wine, BeeLocal honey bears a sense of place. With hives placed throughout the city, unique micro-batch offerings have complex flavor profiles that reflect the forage available in specific neighborhoods.

As part of our Handcrafter Kitchen Contest, you can win 3 jars of BeeLocal honey from various Portland neighborhoods. Bring the Handmade into your everyday and enter to win! link

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