As someone whose clients prefer neutral color palettes, it’s refreshing to work on a job that requires colors that remind you of the South Pacific.  So, you can imagine my excitement when the client’s “must haves” were vibrant colors for their Florida home. From fuchsia and cotton candy pink to orange – these intense colors brought back memories from my travels to Southeast Asia’s colorful street markets. When using color, remember that location of your home dictates what color palettes you should consider using. Consider cool grays and light blues if you live near mountains or yellows and greens if the property is costal. Do you have any methods that you use when working with bright colors?


  • Wow, I can’t wait to see the results of this project! As far as color placement and usage goes I usually try to pay attention to what is outside the windows as I am all about windows and bringing the outside in and how sunlight plays. For me it’s all about subtle mood and emotion when it comes to color. ~

    June 06, 2012
  • Eric Routenberg

    Your “remember, locatin of your home dictates what color palettes you should consider using” really resonated with me. You mentioned palettes for near-mountains & coastal properties; what about “urban neighborhood” locations? Lincoln Park in Chicago is like a Greenwich Village and my wife and I favor cool grays (in fact we’re are about to repaint our interior public spaces), what palettes–besides white of course–do you recommend to clients who live sun-drenched city condos, but with lots of green/trees and sky outside their many windows? Just curious and thanks in advance.

    June 06, 2012
  • I’m glad to hear you’re going to doing color! I live in the Midwest, and do a lot of exterior paint schemes. I try to make sure it’s fairly warm and fits into the landscape here which is green, gold, and brown.

    June 06, 2012
  • Great, continue to be inspired

    June 06, 2012
  • Hi Eric,

    I actually live in a loft and prefer it to look more industrial as oppose to overly decorated. So, I would select Benjamin Moore paint in super white. Think of all the apartments in Chicago whose spaces lack sunlight. Enjoy the advantages of sunny living and go for a new form of color, super white.

    June 06, 2012
  • Eric Routenberg

    Thanks Vicente, I smiled when I read your comment; when my wife and I were about to move into our new home 19 months we studied as much of your work as we could. I marked all the pages in your books that inspired us. And we chose Benjamin Moore Super white for all doors, casings, trim and the ceiling based on your well-documented support of it. We went with slightly warm grey-browns for bedrooms and public space walls. Now we’re about to repaint the pubiic spaces and I’ve brought up going with all Super White on all the walls too in addition to the casings, doors and ceiling. The wife thinks all Super White everywhere won’t be warm and will instead be cold and sterile (!). I of course point to your interiors and say, “is this cold and sterile?” We’re leaning towards BM Stormy Monday. Because our home gets East, South and West light all day, this cooler grey-brown would hopefully cut that light and be cozy even in bright daytime. But I still have this lingering feeling of wishing I had the courage to just do Super White throughout public spaces, upstairs & down. Can you offer an ammunition for discussing it again with the wife? Thanks in advance and cheers.

    June 07, 2012
  • Gary Nelling

    Eric – From another user’s viewpoint, Benjamin Moore Super White is the most subtle off-white in their pallet. It has all of the bright fresh qualities of their standard White but a gentle warm undertone too. All paint manufacturers have a tint base with a subtle yellow undertone to which they add gray in their pre-mix whites to make them look white to the eye, but also somewhat cold. I’m told that BM Super White solves this by letting a little more tint base peek through and cutting back on the cool gray. – Gary

    June 07, 2012
  • My husband created two blues for me for the wall plaster in my home office in Florida, above and below a chair rail.The lighter one is the color of the sky with just a little purple mixed in, and the darker one intensifies the purple. I love those colors and those walls so much. Right now I have layered yellows and pinks, greens and oranges into the room, making my office look like an exploded Crayola box. I am getting ready to make the room grow up, with a more restrained color palette – a subtle apricot, a blush pink, maybe, but I will never change those wall colors.

    June 08, 2012
  • I am looking now at homes for sale on real estate sights, a lot in the East, I notice a lot of people painting rooms really bright colors, with no, thought process from one room to the next… Look at some homes for sale in the East and see what I mean? I also, notice that even when people have large expensive homes, they often look so tacky on the insides and how the decorated and painted them???

    So, there must be a way to do color that is fresh and feels good to the eye from room to room…?


    June 13, 2012
  • Change is always good

    June 18, 2012

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