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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala


Each year Pantone announces it’s color of the year – the color it predicts will be at the forefront of interiors, fashion and more for the next 12 months – and this year the color is Marsala!

Here’s what Pantone has to say about it:

“Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors.  Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”

It seems that some years we as consumers are in sync with Pantone’s choice and sometimes not, so it will be interesting to see if Marsala is a hit.  The reviews I’ve seen so far are mixed.

I’m not a super big fan of the color itself, but can see how it could be great when paired with the another great color or two.


Will you be a fan of Marsala?  What has been your favorite Pantone Color of the Year to date?

Painting a Color on the Ceiling

Turquoise ceiling!

I recently helped someone who ran into a time crunch with a basement remodel and needed extra hands to get the painting completed on time.  It was a small painting project but it did include a ceiling, which was a first for me.

The ceiling paint had already been chosen by the time I arrived on the scene –  a nice basic white that was recommended by the paint store. It certainly did it’s part in finishing off the space, and painting the ceiling wasn’t as complicated as I imagined it to be.

The experience did get me thinking, though, about how more often than not we automatically choose white paint for the ceiling rather than opting for an interesting color.


I’m assuming that most of us probably aren’t going to repaint all of our ceilings just for the fun of it, but a color other than white is definitely worth considering – especially when painting a ceiling for the first time.

It’s an extra design detail that really takes a space to the next level, don’t you think?

Love this paint idea - something to consider for the office, with a framed section of chalkboard paint on the wall behind the door, then substantial desk furniture? The white on the walls will make the room larger, the color will be still dramatic.

If you’re considering painting a ceiling, but are unsure how to go about it, here are some resources:

  1. How To Paint Ceilings (Benjamin Moore)
  2. How To Paint A Ceiling Like a Pro (DIY Network)
  3. How to Paint a Ceiling (Bob Vila)


Tineke Triggs Transitional Bedroom San Francisco

Have you ever painted a ceiling? Would you ever choose a color other than white?

The Sun is Shining and Schneiderman’s is Bringing You Yellow!

Convey it with Color – Yellow

Yellow promotes optimism, enlightenment, and happiness.  (I can tell you that when I see the first daffodil come up in spring after a long Minnesota winter, I can tell you that I am nothing but optimistic, enlightened, and happy).  Yellow will advance from surrounding colors, create energy and promote creative thoughts. Where other colors darken from saturation, yellow is the one color that becomes brighter with more saturation. It is generally considered the happiest of all colors. One word of caution when decorating with sunnier yellows…be prepared to prime and paint multiple coats for good coverage. This color is most popular used in small, confined spaces to let the sun in, children’s spaces and eating and gathering areas. Bring the sunshine in and decorate with yellow!

A beautiful vase of yellow flowers.

Yellow is Sunshine!


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