Monday, October 1st, 2012
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
During this summer season when our gardens and local farmer’s markets are jam-packed with ripe fruits and veggies, kitchens become the focal point of our homes where we joyfully prepare fresh food for family and friends.
The YOLO Colorhouse Farmer’s Market Color Trend palette honors the farmers, the soil and the bounty of what is on our tables. STONE .06 is the warm soil, while CLAY .05 is reminiscent of the reds of apples, tomatoes and summer berries. LEAF .02 is the neutral green that is ever-present in the harvest and AIR .03 is the balance of light in this comforting palette.
As shown in the 4 colorways below, this harmonious combination can be used many ways to create a modern farmhouse kitchen. With our Farmer’s Market Big Chip 4-pack, you can try out these hues out in your own kitchen!
Go for a pop of color and put CLAY .05 on cabinetry! LEAF .02 and AIR . 03 on the walls and ceilings contain this coloristic surprise and prevent it from being overwhelming.
With the rich red hue CLAY .05 on the walls, this kitchen becomes a warm gathering space for summer meals.
Frame tile and appliances with a darker hue like STONE .06 on cabinetry.
For a neutral, sophisticated look, stick with the softness of AIR .03 and LEAF .02 for large surfaces like cabinets and ceilings. Create depth with STONE .06 on the walls.
Posted in Color, Garden, Green Living, Home Decor
Tagged cabinets, color trend, farm, farmer's market, gray, green, grey, kitchen, red, tile, white
Friday, August 31st, 2012
This summer, I visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at the Seattle Center. Dale Chihuly is one of America’s premier glass artists and hails from Tacoma, WA.
I went to the exhibit on the urging of my mom – a former florist and jewelry designer – from whom I got my passion for all things COLORFUL! I have only seen Chihuly’s work in Las Vegas hotels where the scale and saturated color of his sculptures make sense, but I was unsure of how they would translate outdoors in a garden setting.
WOW! Viewing Chihuly’s glass pieces in nature was like seeing the brightest flower blossoms you can imagine, or swimming in the most fantastic underwater coral garden, or immersing yourself in a forest’s flaming fall foliage.
Ablaze with natural light, the intensity of color is captured in the medium of glass – it simply glows like no other application of color I have seen. Color Nerds – you don’t want to miss this! Next time you are in Seattle, get there! www.chihulygardenandglass.com
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Instagram photos are everywhere! What exactly IS it about taking a new photo and making it look like it’s from a different time that is so appealing? For me, it’s the feeling of nostalgia that comes from looking at an old photo, a longing for a simpler time.
I grew up in a small Texas town in the 1970s where Sunday afternoons seemed to last forever. With the sun so hot, there was little to do except hang out inside and listen to the radio. Laying on gold shag carpeting, I would tap out the beats to every Fleetwood Mac song that came through those transistor speakers.
Part of what makes an Instagram photo look aged is the overall yellowish glow that that affects all of the hues in the photo. The blues take on a greenish tint while the oranges and browns are pumped up in saturation and intensity.
I used this harmonious color combination — blue/green, intense orange, rich brown, and warm golden hues — as the inspiration for the YOLO Colorhouse Fall Color trend palette. Surround yourself with the comfort colors NOURISH .05, CREATE .03, WATER .01, GRAIN .05. Nostalagic and at the same time so current.
Posted in Art, Color, Home Decor, Music
Tagged color trends, fall color, fleetwood mac, instragram, nostalgia, radio, retro, retro colors, vintage
Monday, August 13th, 2012
Recently, on a farm outside of Portland, OR, there was a weekend full of music, camping, and color … lots of it!
An annual event for the last 14 years, Pickathon is a continuous three-day music festival with 50 bands playing on 6 stages in barns, forests and fields throughout 80 acres of Pendarvis Farm. While our bodies fought triple digit heat during the day, our senses were on overload from the amazing sounds that came from each stage. Seeking shelter from the rays, we swayed to the music under beautiful shade sails whose colors came alive against the brilliant blue sky.
Jammed packed with bands from London to Portland, this year’s lineup was unbelievable! These musicians were at the top of my list:
Y La Bamba
Lake Street Dive
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
Neko Case on the Woods Stage
Heartless Bastards on the Galaxy Barn Stage
In addition to the beauty of the farm and the incredible band lineup, Pickathon is becoming a leader in sustainability for music festivals through a host of green initiatives. They have eliminated single use dishware and utensils, and with the help of Klean Kanteen removed all plastic water bottles and cups for sale from vendors during the festival. They have put an alternative transportation plan in place that includes local mass transit and shuttle system from EcoShuttle, bike routes and secure bike parking, and carpool matching. Other initiatives include renewable energy uses like solar-charging stations for cell phones and extensive composting and recycling.
Click for more information on Pickathon… See you next year!
Posted in Art, Color, Green Living, Music, Portland, OR, Travel
Tagged blitzen trapper, eco, ecoshuttle, green, heartless bastards, kitty daisy and lewis, klean kanteen, lake street dive, music, music festival, neko case, pickathon, sustainable, y la bamba
Friday, July 27th, 2012
Recently we did a blog post on Monochromatic White and gave some pointers about how to design an all-white room that is visually interesting and doesn’t fall flat. As a refresher, a monochromatic color palette is comprised of colors from the same hue, with variation in shade, tint, and value.
The same rules apply when creating a monochromatic room decked out in one bright and BOLD hue – like red, orange, or purple! By varying the lightness and darkness of the primary color and bringing in analogous colors, your space will appear connected and intentional, but not boring! For example – let’s say your favorite color is green. By incorporating lime greens, kelly greens, and even blue-greens, you can create depth and dimension all under the one hue!
Despite the challenges, it is possible to create harmonious, beautiful rooms built around a monochromatic color scheme — in all colors of the rainbow. Check out the collection of monochromatic spaces below and see how these designers vary texture, value, and color (ever so slightly) to create rooms designed around one color that work!
Posted in Art, Color, Green Living, Home Decor
Tagged blue room, color, designer, green room, monochromatic, orange room, paint, purple room, rainbow, red room, room, wall, yellow room
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Join our Color Community!
Summer is in full bloom! Inspiring color combinations are everywhere — bring that beauty inside with a new paint palette!
This weekend, July 20-22, you can buy 3 gallons of YOLO Colorhouse paint and get 1 gallon FREE with mail-in rebate!
Shop for YOLO Colorhouse paints here and simply download this rebate and send it back to us with your receipt and UPC codes.
At YOLO Colorhouse we are proud of what’s NOT in our paint: NO carcinogens, NO mutagens, NO hazardous air pollutants, NO ozone depleting compounds, NO formaldehyde, NO phthalates, NO volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and NO BAD COLORS!
Posted in Art, Color, Green Living, Home Decor
Tagged buy 3, free paint, get 1 free, green paint, promo, rebate, sale, yolo
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
A monochromatic color palette is comprised of colors from the same hue, with variation in shade, tint, and value.
When you think monochromatic, you may think BORING when it comes to interior design. However, varying shades of the same color covering the walls, ceilings, furniture and decor of a room can create a cohesive, intentional look. Calming hues like white and blue can provide a subtle, peaceful aesthetic, while vivid colors like red and purple can be stunning and dramatic!
When designing a space, it is amazing how much we rely on contrast between colors to create interest and depth. When limited to one color, differences in texture and material are necessary to create visual interest and make up for the lack of color contrast in the space. By paying close attention to the details of a carpet’s texture, a furniture’s style, or a fabric’s pattern, you can design an all white room that sings!
For image sources and more inspiration, visit http://pinterest.com/yolocolorhouse/monochromatic-colors/
Friday, June 29th, 2012
You’ll never believe what’s back…
This spearminty-fresh color was wildly popular in the 50s, and has not really made a resurgence, except for a brief stint in the 80s when we called it “Sea Foam”.
That’s how color trends roll – they’re hot, then they become ubiquitous, then you can’t stand them. But then you begin to miss them, and you yearn to see them again – and when you do, they look fresh and new and a little different – kind of like an old high school friend.
If you haven’t already met, let me introduce you to our mint green, THRIVE .04, try her out in bedrooms, bathrooms, or even kitchens for a fresh, new and a little bit different look.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
When we designed the Summer 2012 palette, it was easy to visualize these colors in kitchens and dining areas. Open and fresh hues are a no-brainer for rooms in which you make food and celebrate around the table. The warmth of ASPIRE .04 exudes sunshine all year long and fresh color pops of PETAL. 01 and THRIVE .02 make your mouth water. AIR .04 can be used on ceilings and trim to complete a clean look. Or put it on the walls for a modern, open feeling.
As perfect as the Summer palette is for kitchen areas, the fun doesn’t have to stop there! Other areas of the home can pack a pretty punch with this citrus combo. When used in living spaces, this color collection can cross architectural styles – from contemporary to traditional. Surrounded by white walls, furniture and décor in the hues of PETAL .01, THRIVE .02, and ASPIRE .04 create a crisp, simple aesthetic in modern dwellings. But, just as easily – when these colors are put on all four walls in older homes like Arts and Crafts bungalows and Victorians – the rooms come alive!
What would summer be without warm nights and even warmer days spent relaxing on the porch or in your outdoor room? Inspired by the boldness of summer hues found in fruits and flowers, use our Summer palette throughout your outdoor space to celebrate this season of beautiful color!
Posted in Color, Garden, Green Living, Home Decor
Tagged bedroom, citrus, color trend, kitchen, living room, outdoor room, painting, summer