Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Summer Color Trends: Aqua Fusion

From the aqua shades of the Caribbean Sea, to the clear blue skies and the spectrum in between, our Summer Color Trends palette is inspired by sailing life and the remote places it can take you. The Aqua Fusion palette pays homage to global style; as the world becomes smaller through technology and easy travel, the trend to explore color and pattern from far away lands is inspiring us to be more daring in our spaces.

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A recent adventure took us down to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More commonly known as the West Indies, this small country is made up of islands in the southern Caribbean. The trade winds make for excellent sailing, and the leeward side of the islands have calm bays (perfect for anchoring), and beautiful, sandy beaches.

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The visual frame from sun-up to sun-down is made up of blues and greens from the sky and sea. Bright pinks pop off these hues and create welcoming hot accents that your eye craves and lingers on.

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Create your own Caribbean retreat with DREAM .05 and THRIVE .04 and one of our blues like WATER .01, use PETAL .04 sparingly as an accent and AIR .05 as a harmonizing white. Careful, you may find yourself humming reggae tunes and hankering rum punch!

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

How to Paint an Ombre Wall

Ombre is a blending of colors to create a fading effect. When talking interior paints, it’s basically blending 2 or more colors on a wall. The ombre look starts with the lightest color at the top, which blends into the medium value color, which blends into the darkest hue at the bottom of the wall. It’s like horizontal stripes, but without the hard lines.

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Ombre is best applied on a single accent wall. Colors that have less contrast blend more easily and create the best results.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Tape off area to ombre.

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2. With a level and pencil, draw a line where you want the colors to fade into each other. You will be creating wide, horizontal stripes. In this project, the Colorhouse colors used from lightest to darkest are: AIR .05, WATER .01, THRIVE .04, and DREAM .05.

3. Roll out colors, stopping 3” on each side of the level line, leaving 6” between the two colors.

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4. To create the blended effect, dip 4” brush – half in one color and half in the 2nd color of the stripes you want to connect.

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5. Brush back and forth blending the two colors – brush quickly, as paint dries fast!

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6. Repeat for every 2 colors you want to blend.

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7. Finishing touches! You may need to go back with a clean brush to touch up on either side of the blended area for any paint that got underneath the tape.

Works best in 5’ sections at a time.
Use similar colors overall for easiest blending
Use colors with low contrast next to each other
And most importantly….Have fun!

Explore all Colorhouse hues and find the perfect colors for your own ombre wall! Colorhouse premium paints have no VOCs, no toxic fumes/HAPs-free, no reproductive toxins and no chemical solvents!

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We Are Colorhouse.

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Happy Summer! Janie and I just harvested our first sprig of perfectly tender asparagus last month… it was worth the four year wait! The excitement and new growth of summer is always an inspiring reminder to recharge and rejuvenate and that’s exactly what we have been doing here at Colorhouse.

We are embracing new growth and change with the evolution of our name from YOLO Colorhouse to Colorhouse. With the name change, we are given the opportunity to refresh the look and feel of the brand and wanted to give you a sneak peek at our new Colorhouse label.

Many thanks to those of you who participated in the surveys and helped us make this exciting change along the way!

As Colorhouse, we are still the same company that we founded 9 years ago, with the same high-quality zero VOC products and the same commitment to making the world more colorful and less volatile! (and Janie and I will still answer to YO & LO!)

As always, we love your feedback and thank you all for your support.

Enjoy the colors of summer and be inspired to re-energize!

In color,

Virginia Young (YO) & Janie Lowe (LO)
Colorhouse Co-Founders

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Sunny Style

Ahhhh…Summer. It’s finally time to relax on the porch with a fresh fruit beverage in hand, feel the warm breeze blow by and spend time with family and friends at backyard BBQs. With our face to the sun, we soak up the sun’s rays and think of ways to capture the sunshine and bring it indoors to enjoy all year round. Embrace your sunny style and enliven your interior space with the combination of yellow, orange and turquoise. Summer 2014 is all about brights…bring virbrant hues into your home with paint colors that pack a little punch!

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Yellow can bring a sunny feel to a room like no other hue. BEESWAX .04 is a yummy yellow with a hint of green, like an Anjou pear. Use it to add a little zest in bedrooms, kitchens and family rooms.

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Light and bright, IMAGINE .02 is a warm white that makes a perfect backdrop for colorful pops of our Sunny Style hues used in furnishings and accessories.

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You can almost feel the cool breeze coming through the window. Take the temperature down with WATER .01, a cool hue that is clean and relaxing. Use this hue for a spa-like feel in bedrooms, baths, or as an unexpected color for a casual dining room.

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Charming like a country bed and breakfast, get this look with ASPIRE .04. A golden yellow like late afternoon sun, this welcoming hue works great in an entry, living room, sitting room or any space you want to add a little warmth and sunshine.

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We heart this fridge! Let this conversation piece speak for itself. With our whitest white – BISQUE .01 behind the scenes, nothing will distract from this fab retro inspired piece of functional beauty. Smeg appliances take center stage in the heart of the home, where people congregate.

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DREAM .04 is retro and modern, like a piece of beach glass. Soothing and cool, this blue-green hue can be used in bedrooms, baths, and kitchens.

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The use of complementary colors adds punch to any space. The high contrast of turquoise blue paired with the vibrant orange of PETAL .01 is energetic, visually stimulating and FUN!

How will you embrace your own Sunny Style this summer?

Photos: All photos can be found on our Sunny Style Pinterest board.

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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.


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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