SpringcolorpaletteSpring is finally here and as I joyfully emerge from what feels like a winter hibernation, I am so happy to see color peeking out everywhere; in the sky, the ground and in the natural light of the longer days. This is the season where I love to wear dresses and colorful jewelry and shoes. Do you notice that you shift to certain colors this time of year?

Here are some ideas for freshening a space in your home for Spring! I love using grays as a neutral. Try Tabby Cat Grey by Valspar VR095B. When it comes to trim, we so often gravitate towards white. Step out of your comfort zone and try black! Valspar Tomcat VR114A is lovely. Black really contrasts nicely when you add a fresh pop of color such as Vive l’amour VRO33B from Valspar. This accent color could easily be swapped out with your personal color preference! Beginning with neutrals of gray and black sets a great foundation. What color will you choose to bring the brightness of Spring into your home?




By Kelly Dubyne

Pantone announced the color of the year for 2017 in early December.  You may not think the color of the year has much significance but I am going to share with you how you can use it to make a positive difference in your life. As a designer, I get downright giddy when the color of the year is announced. This year, it is called ‘Greenery’. It is a bright, vibrant, happy shade of green!

On the color wheel, green is considered a cool, calming color, but this particular vibrant green has a yellow undertone and feels warm and active. Pantone describes Greenery as “fresh, calming, and meant to inspire new beginnings.”  Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says Greenery “bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose”.


Be ready to see this color in beauty, fashion, appliances, graphic design, home decor and even cars!  How can you use it in your home and life?  Consider a scarf, top or even jacket for your wardrobe. (Wouldn’t a Greenery pair of heels be fantastic?!)

slide10Bring Greenery’s warmth into your home by painting an accent wall in this rejuvenating shade. Or, consider simple accents such as a pillow, blanket, curtains or even a patterned chair!  Keep it natural by bringing in some green from the outdoors! These simple additions will bring with them the positive changes in mood and energy that Greenery inspires. 

However you enjoy the color this year, Greenery is sure to bring a vibrant addition to your home!

Photo Credits: Pantone



Color of the Year Forecast for 2017

November 20, 2016

By Kelly DuByne Every year, those of us in the design world love to think about what the color of the year for the upcoming year could be. Plenty of companies release their own color of the year, from paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams to clothing companies and even paper companies. Sherwin […]

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Doors: Opening Design Possibilities

April 26, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Windows and floors and doors, oh my! Windows and floors and doors, oh my! We all remember a similar rhyme from childhood (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), but now that we are adults, this revised version is probably a more accurate depiction of what scares us. Of these three design […]

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Not One, but Two to Color Your Year!

January 19, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Wrong again!  We’ve been wrong about the Color of the Year before, but this year, we not only guessed the color wrong, but also the number of colors that would be named. In November each year, Kelly DuByne and I like to take a shot at guessing which color Pantone will name […]

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Centering in on the Holiday Décor

December 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger I LOVE to check things off of lists!  I appreciate the finality of the act and my holiday decorating is no exception.  Whether actually on paper, or just a mental list, I have definitive areas of my home I want to decorate and, when they are completed, I CHECK, CHECK, CHECK them […]

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Our 2016 Color of the Year Predictions

November 17, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle–Sounds like a wonderful garden party, doesn’t it?  Well these are much more than aspects of some well-planned soiree.  These are just some of the Pantone Color of the Year ‘queens’ of the past. Each year, around this time, the designers of the world sit on […]

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Powder Rooms: They will never be palatial!

June 16, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Recently while brainstorming some blog inspirations I came across this idea for a piece: “10 color choices that will make your powder room feel larger” and I laughed OUT LOUD!  I have to shake my head every time someone thinks that a powder room can be made to feel larger with a […]

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Gardens Need Makeovers too!

April 21, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row. We all remember this rhyme from our childhood.  It was usually chanted while holding hands with our little friends and dancing around in a circle under the warm spring smile […]

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Wine with Everything!

March 24, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger As you have probably already heard, or at least read in a not too distant blog post of mine, Marsala is the Pantone 2015 color of the year.  This color is rich, deep and warm and was a fabulous choice by Pantone, but it got me thinking about all of the ‘wine’ […]

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