Friday, August 16th, 2013

A Home Made in America – 2013 Street of Dreams

Relaxed elegance sums up the feeling of The American Dream home, part of this year’s Street of Dreams in West Linn, Oregon. Constructed and furnished with materials Made in America, YOLO Colorhouse is proud to have been chosen as the paint product of choice for this project. YOLO Colorhouse paints are manufactured in the first LEED Gold paint manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

For the majority of the home, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design chose YOLO Colorhouse hues that are easy backdrops for living, creating smooth transitions from room to room. Colors from our NOURISH, IMAGINE and AIR families are perfect for homes with open floor plans, like the American Dream home.

This soothing neutral palette was also laced with few hidden coloristic surprises! The unexpected use of THRIVE .05 on the cabinetry in the family room adds a jolt of vibrancy to this subdued, rustic space.

Just off the living room, the serene cool of WATER .05 peeks out from the powder room. This hue envelopes the small space, harmonizing with the dark wood of the cabinetry and floors.

Kid’s rooms always sing with color! The dusty lavender of AIR .07 makes this space sweet with a touch of sophistication.

The American dream home is open for touring through August 25th. Don’t miss your chance to see this home in person!

Photo credits: Blackstone Edge Studios

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Bright + Breezy – Summer Color Trends 2013

Inspired by long bike rides, green grass, and blue skies, our Summer 2013 Color Trends color palette embraces the vibrancy of THRIVE .06 and pairs it with complimentary hues DREAM .02, IMAGINE .02, and STONE .07 for a contemporary palette with a hint of vintage.

Bright + Breezy- this is the perfect summer cottage color scheme. Classic white and blue are made modern with hits of bright green and then grounded in grey. These typically more elegant hues take on a casual feel when paired with natural materials like wood and stone. When you view these colors together as a group, you can almost smell the ocean air, see the dock down to the boats, feel the breeze in your hair. Summer!

Carve out sleeping nooks and reading alcoves with darker colors like STONE .07.

Against wood walls in a cabin, try using color on the trim to create a cheerful, whimsical space.

Spots of more saturated hues like THRIVE .06 create a coloristic surprises in small spaces like bathrooms and entries.

One of our favorite cottages is the Tiny House by Portland, Oregon designer Jessica Helgersen. You can see her IMAGINE .02 kitchen above. This 540 sq ft home sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island 15 minutes north of Portland, and was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials. See how Jessica uses white as the backdrop throughout – keeping the space feeling light and bright – and incorporates color accents through furniture, artwork, and textiles:

In the spirit of summer, enter to win 2 gal of YOLO Colorhouse paint in the color of your choice and a bike helmet from Nutcase!

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Friday, June 14th, 2013 – Expert Design Advice Online

We know how difficult it can be to choose color for a room. Everyday we hear from people stuck on finding that perfect color for their space. With so many different colors out there, it can be hard to narrow down the options, even WITH a simplified color palette like ours! As shown in this bathroom, even choosing a simple white hue can be tough decision.

We’ve tried to make the process of choosing color even easier by offering free online color help through our website and by letting you see our colors in action on our Explore Color page!

BUT…what if you are doing a complete floor-to-ceiling room makeover or home remodel? When you throw tile, flooring, and furniture into the mix, your fun project can easily become overwhelming! Roomations can help guide you through the design process in a way that is easy, convenient and puts the fun back into the transformation!

Depending on your project needs, Roomations pairs you with a designer online that will assist you with anything from furniture selection to 3-D renderings. You can create a profile where you can determine your budget, the function of your space, measurements of walls, floor, ceiling- everything and anything that your designer will need to know to give you the best suggestions for your project.

Our favorite part of Roomations is their style quiz! This is how your designer knows exactly what you will like and what you won’t! Once your designs are finalized, you will receive a customized shopping list to create your perfect room. This detailed list includes a photo of each product; its name, brand and SKU; approximate price; and a link to the retailer’s website- how easy is that?! Prices for Roomations services range from $20 up to $400 depending on your needs. See how simple working with Roomations is here:

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Modern Kids Collection – Room to Grow Pinterest Promotion

As part of our Room to Grow contest on Pinterest, we have created a curated palette of 16 bright and lively hues that coordinate with modern kids room furniture from Room & Board. This simplified palette makes it easy to choose harmonious, yet playful hues for your little one’s room that reflect their unique, creative spirit.

By entering the contest, you have the chance to win a complete kid’s room makeover- paint from YOLO Colorhouse, furniture from Room & Board AND a year’s worth of snacks from Annie’s Homegrownso get pinning!

See how to use the colors from the Modern Kids Collection to make your child’s room full of personality and FUN!

Nothing says cheerful like yellow! ASPIRE .02 will make your child happy to hang out in her room, without keeping her awake at night.

Fresh and playful, green hues like PETAL .02 bring a brightness to any child’s space. You can turn down the intensity of this color by grounding it with warm neutrals, like tans and charcoals, in bedding and furniture.

Don’t be afraid of primary colors…in small doses! Accent walls and the back of book shelves are good way to keep these saturated colors confined so that they don’t become overwhelming.

Using neutrals like NOURISH .03 in a nursery creates a calm sophistication. Use pops of color in fabric and furniture to introduce some whimsy.

Zzzzzzz……soft blues like DREAM .03 promote restfulness and sweet dreams.

Warm whites like IMAGINE .02 create a crisp, clean look in a child’s room, without being too stark.

Pink walls don’t have to look like bubblegum. Your little girl’s room can feel grown up when you pair SPROUT .06 with modern furnishings and textiles.

See all of the YOLO Colorhouse hues in architecture here:

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Parker – Palm Springs, CA

Originally Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch estate, The Parker hotel epitomizes classic cool in Palm Springs, California. Once a playground for Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack, the Parker takes you back to a time of glitz, glamour … and good taste.

Re-designed in 2004 by Jonathan Adler, the Parker interiors combine elements from different eras- like 60s mod and 70s boho- that come together to create a contemporary aesthetic. Pops of colors in furniture, rugs and artwork define comfortable hang out areas against the interior’s bright white brick walls.

Adler’s signature ceramic pieces are scattered throughout the lobby in the form of lamps, vases, and wall mosaics. Positioned next to sparkling chandeliers, Adler remains true to his eclectic, “anything goes” style.

For design inspiration wrapped up in classic Hollywood history, stop into The Parker during your next visit to Palm Springs!

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger Week: Kinfolk Magazine

Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest bloggers: Nathan and Katie Williams from Kinfolk Magazine.

Comment on this blog to make a $1 donation to Kinfolk’s non-profit of choice, Work Activity Center – a West Valley City, Utah organization that provides day, residential, employment, and health services to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by actively providing opportunities for independence and individual growth.


Nathan and Katie Williams are the founding Editors behind Kinfolk Magazine. They, and the Kinfolk team, recently established their new office in Portland, Oregon. The idea for Kinfolk developed while hanging out with a group of friends while they were studying in Hawaii and is now a quarterly print publication and online resource for things to make, cook, and do.

Inspiration for us comes from nature, and the colors found in our surroundings. We gravitate to neutral tones that complement the more vivid accents you’d find in, say, the blue sky, or bright flowers. In our work we play up the light and airy tones, leaving a lot of space compositionally, allowing the photos and art to do the talking without having to compete with distractions. The color palette in our image spreads is often minimal, focusing on maybe 2-3 focal hues.

Photo Credit: Leo Patrone

We don’t mean to come off as sullen or austere as some may interpret this approach; truthfully, we feel that a simple combination tends to create a deep and dramatic impression. Our aesthetic taste could be labeled as neutral and minimal, and is very apparent in the resulting work we put out, be it in print or online. We see beauty in this approach and recognize that it has become a distinguishing part of who we are.

Photo Credit: Parker Fitzgerald

We recognize that color plays a big part in making editorial decisions and placements. We try to connect and link images together from one to the next, so that even as you turn pages into new stories, they transition smoothly with similar colors and feels. Each photo and design choice is made deliberately and with careful consideration. These things aren’t often noticed right off the bat, but do play a behind the scenes role in the overall reading experience, which we take very seriously.

Photo Credit: Tec Petaja

In our personal lives, color plays out in much of the same way. Our home is decorated with items from nature and found trinkets that remind us of special times. We have created a space that feels personal, and remains restful and cozy, with splashes of color here and there. It’s important that we feel excited to go home and it is separate from and a retreat from work – which has a lot to do with what we choose to display and have around. We also strive for it to be a place where others feel welcome and know that our door is always open.

Photo Credit: Parker Fitzgerald

- Nathan and Katie Williams

For more inspiring images from Kinfolk, visit our Color Your Life Pinterest board!

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger Week: Caitlin Flemming

Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest blogger: designer and blogger Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street.

Comment on this blog to make a $1 donation to Caitlin’s non-profit of choice, Shelter Box. Shelter Box supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless during disaster.


Caitlin Flemming is a designer and stylist living and working in San Francisco, California. She is also the founder of lifestyle and interior design blog Sacramento Street. Sacramento Street launched in May 2009, with the desire to create a space that inspired readers with daily posts on interiors, style, travel, photography and anything that comes her way. In her spare time, she is traveling the world and streets of San Francisco looking for the latest inspirational finds.

As a designer, it’s important for me to think about my actions and what effect they will have on the world around us. To begin with, I believe in the collected home, not a form of decoration where you buy everything new at once. By collecting over a lifetime, there is less of a “throwaway” philosophy to decorating. Don’t go with every trend that comes along. Rather develop an understanding of what you want. That being said, it’s also important for all of us to use environmentally safe products in our homes. This begins with using paint like YOLO Colorhouse and includes other items such as your soap and cleaning products. All of us taking small steps can make a tremendous difference in the environment around us.

While trends often tell you what color is the new “it” color, I tend to try and follow my instincts of what looks right for a room. Lately, I have been attracted more to a clean palette with white walls. So many of us have busy lives and sometimes going home to a serene and peaceful home can be the best tonic. This photograph is one of the latest projects I worked on and I chose to paint the entire space in white.

Photo: Henry Bourne, bedroom Rose Uniacke from NY Times

In keeping with a more neutral palette, sometimes using a darker neutral can warm up a room. In particular, I like the use of a gray in kitchen cabinets to ground the room.

Photo: HGTV

There are countless shades of white you can choose from. Steve Jobs had a special shade created for his computers when not being able to find the right white. It’s important to test a few samples before you paint a room. I once failed to do this and a room I thought would be a light gray ended up light blue.

You can actually create a wall with the look of elegant decay by using several tones within the same family of colors. In this example, you can see a bedroom wall with a great combination of neutral gray, tan, and white.

Photo: Mr. Perswall

- Caitlin Flemming

For more inspiring images from Sacramento Street, visit our Color Your Life Pinterest board!

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger Week: Sibella Court

Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest blogger: designer and author Sibella Court.

Comment on this blog to make a $1 donation to Sibella’s non-profit of choice, Cancer Council. As Australia’s peak national non-government cancer control organization, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. They also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.


Sibella Court – Author of Etcetera, The Stylist’s Guide to NYC, Nomad&Bowerbird, shopowner of The Society inc, interior stylist, product designer, globetrotter.

I like to look at life in colour, it is a strong memory trigger, and for those of us with poor ones, a gentle reminder is always welcome. To me, everything is about colour. It influences things I produce, places I go, seasons I gravitate toward and all other aspects of my life. Coming from a styling background, colour has always been the most important tool with which I work. It has led me to create The Society inc. paint range based on my 10-colour palette theory, as well as many commercial interior spaces, styled sets for magazines and other product ranges. This is tried & tested – I use it everyday!

Photo Credit: Chris Court

My 10-colour palette theory resulted from the fact that my world was based around a captivation with colour and the need to utilise it in all parts of my job. This palette gives me positive boundaries to work within as I style, create and design. You can use two, four, seven or all of the colours in a palette that you may have created yourself from things you love or been inspired to use from a space or shoot that already exists.

Photo Credit: Chris Court

Travelling is a huge inspiration. Colour can transport you to a space you once visited, always wanted to explore or like to dream about. I believe places reveal their identity through a colour palette. I look for colour combinations in the local architecture, crafts, textiles, buildings, nature, art, food, even transport (may that be a camel, train, tuktuk or rickshaw) anything really which you can refer to in your own travel photos or others. It might be complex or simple. But it tells a story, inspires memories, scents, scapes or emotions, acts as a foundation for design and opportunity for it to be translated into many parts of your life. In my line of work I am lucky enough to establish these globetrotting memories into my books and commercial bars. The pictures are from my third book, Nomad: Bringing Your Travels Home and the sets I created in the pictures were inspired by Mexico, the Amalfi Coast, India and Japan.

Photo Credit: Chris Court

Once I based a photoshoot entirely around the colours of a monarch butterfly: Damascus red, mustard and ochre oranges, and dirty cream. This came about after I discovered that Monarch butterflies migrate in their thousands to Big Sur in California every year. What a sight! It is on the top of my list and one day I will go there to see it for the first time, even though I have already translated into other parts of my life. I encourage all people to play with colour, to use it and change it and let it inspire them like it inspires me.

Photo Credit: Chris Court

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger Week: Glassybaby

Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest blogger: Marissa Brooks, Art Director at glassybaby.

Comment on this blog to make a $1 donation to glassybaby’s non-profit of choice, The Nick Wilson Charitable Group — a non-profit that provides compassionate financial support to children and their families undergoing cancer treatment.


Marissa Brooks is the art director at glassybaby. Marissa’s background in visual arts and design helps her oversee all color selection for glassybaby marketing and store merchandising. glassybaby are hand blown candle holders created by artists in 400+ colors. The company was founded by a three-time cancer survivor who found great healing in the color and light of a lit, handmade candleholder. The company has donated more than $1.3 million dollars from sales to charities dedicated to healing. It takes four artists to create each glassybaby at a Seattle studio and they bring color and light to people all over the world.

We use color as a language at glassybaby. Color is a language we can all speak regardless of where we come from. Words can sometimes be hard to find, so color becomes a solution.

As art director at glassybaby, I am inspired by this colorful language every day. Whether I’m creating a vibrant color palette for our road shows, or finding a soothing color for a quiet space, I love how the simple use of color can write that story. I’m inspired by the way a table full of glassybaby color can bring life to an entire room. Conversations are sparked, stories are told, and favorite colors are pointed out. Color is cherished for the emotional connection it instantly creates. But I also love how a single color, just one glassybaby, can create an overwhelming calm when I need it the most. Just the other day a customer emailed me a picture of her ‘peter pan’ glassybaby. She mentioned specifically how it helps her “relax on cloudy days when reading”. I love this part of my job because I get to hear stories from people all the time about how they connect with their glassybaby color.

The glassybaby founder was fighting cancer when she first dropped a tea light into a hand blown, colorful cup. She describes that moment as magical. She hired glass artists to create more and began lighting glassybaby everyday. That color and light helped her heal. Whether I’m looking for healing or just a perfect color in a fabulous space, both make me smile, both inspire me.

The possibilities are endless, just like our stories. We talk to our community with color; we connect to each unique story, sometimes without having to say a single word. It’s simply the power of glassybaby color. This video shares that power:

As we turn the corner into spring, I am naturally drawn to soft pastels; colors that make me think of spring buds and a time for renewal.

The YOLO Colorhouse colors SPROUT .04, SPROUT .05, SPROUT .06, and SPROUT .07 happen to match perfectly with one of my favorite images of glassybaby for spring.

- Marissa Brooks

For more inspiring images from glassybaby, visit our Color Your Life Pinterest board!

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger Week: Angela Adams

Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest blogger: designer Angela Adams.

Comment on this blog to make a $1 donation to Angela’s non-profit of choice, North Haven Arts & Enrichment at Waterman’s Community Center offering a wide range of programs and events for all ages including after school programs, concerts, art exhibits and much more in North Haven, ME.


For the past 20 years, partners in life and design, Angela Adams and furniture designer, Sherwood Hamill have cultivated a shared visual language that marries nostalgia and modernity in a way that is both grounded and quite unexpected. Since founding angela adams in Portland, Maine in 1998, they have been dedicated to celebrating a natural lifestyle by creating well-crafted modern home furnishings. They have launched several complementary collections of furniture, area rugs and tapestries that have established them as international leaders in contemporary design.

Sitting here at my desk, I am feeling a little stifled at the prospect of writing about color. I do not know where to begin – or if I will ever know where to end. Color is my first language and its what makes me feel at home.

Living on the Coast of Maine is a color-loving persons dream. The palette here changes every hour with the seasons, the weather, the tides… its ever changing and rain or shine – it’s always beautiful.

The things that most inspire me are: Dense foggy mornings with wet green grass… it’s almost as if the color keeps your eyelids hanging low and sleepy till the fog burns off.

A whirling big blizzard that blankets Portland in snow, casting blue shadows and soft pillowy acoustics softening everything.

Dead low tides in the fall, when the sea weed is draped over the ocean floor like gold, pearly pink winter sunsets that cast a soft glow on the waterfront. Its endless and feeds my inspiration every day.

When I design, I almost always start with the question “How do I want this to make me feel?” Very often, it seems that I am striving for a feeling, such as the one you might feel when you are looking out into dense fog first thing in the morning. That is a calm, comforting feeling. Fog makes you feel private and introverted. It’s not distracting, because its all one big beautiful thing visually (the other senses are also stirring… the smell is salty, wet and fresh… the sound is thick, muffled and soft). So if I am designing a rug that I want to feel like fog, all those things shape the process and the outcome.

On the other hand, when I want to try to capture the feeling of looking at an amazing sunset, it’s a completely different feeling. The colors are much louder, in the way you almost hear a boom when you see an intense sunset. The delineation among the colors can be very defined. Sunsets are bold and confident, so the colors need to blast off in a way that feels good and powerful, without making you feel like squinting. You want to soak it all in and not miss a thing.

My favorite colors are always changing, but a few tend to always bubble at the top. Dandelion yellow makes me happy and reminds me of my Grandmother. Aqua blues feels like home to me, because I grew up on an island and live on the coast. Grassy greens and soft greys bring the outside in and create mossy woodland areas in our home. My Grandmothers rule was that if two colors grow together in nature – then they go together in fashion or the home. So I still go with that – since that counts every color in!

- Angela Adams

For more inspiring images from Angela Adams, visit our Color Your Life Pinterest board!

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