Color + History
To help curate our 19th-century Revival-era and Victorian era colors, one of the architectural resources of the American West we looked to was Barnard Hall, located in San Francisco’s Presidio.
Welcome back to our Destination Inspiration series where we take a visual dive into the color palettes of locales near and far, from Iceland to France, and even South Africa.
Inspired by the uncluttered beauty of open spaces and a connection with nature, desert chic is as much a way of living as it is a design scheme. This is why—while there are some common themes in desert chic, like use of high-quality materials, simplicity and color palettes of roses and browns—there are different interpretations of desert chic as well.
Neutral palettes are the color pillars of Craftsman homes with a range of browns and tans complemented by clay and copper reds, fall golds, nature-inspired greens and watery blues an ideal beginning to completing a palette.
Spanish homes are cozy and warm with color palettes that reflect the aesthetic. Warm terracotta shades of orange, red and brown are traditional hues that make the home complete. Whether you choose subdued palettes, more vibrant colors or earthy and muted, there is a variety of choices reflecting nature and Spanish culture.
Victorians are well-loved and have become landmarks for the cities in which they are located. And while styles come and go over the years, the Victorian has sustained its popularity and in recent years has seen a revamp to a more modern interior Victorian aesthetic, while still maintaining many of the beloved historical details.
To help curate our 19th-century Revival-era colors, one of the architectural resources of the American West we looked to was Pasadena’s First Church of Christ, Scientist.The church’s historic paint colors were a simple scheme consisting of light, warm colors.
A timeless, versatile hue, Art and Craft (DET682) beckons us to revisit the classics. It evokes an earthy, sophisticated quality—the perfect backdrop for showcasing handmade objects and works of art.
The color of comfort—earthy, warmth and nature—brown is a stabilizing hue that grounds a design palette. Considered an unexciting hue by some, brown has come into its own the past few years and is now a trending force in both fashion and interiors. In the right context, brown adds elegance and warmth to palettes, highlighting nature’s influence.
White paint has the ability to reflect the sun’s heat rather than absorb it as darker colors do, therefore keeping all things that are painted white, naturally cooler