Posts By: Barbara Jacobs

What’s Neutral, anyway? Try these tips.

What is “Neutral,” anyway? A multi-use color that is complementary in many settings. Many colors can be made serve this purpose. They don’t have to be taupe, beige, or gray. Depending on the look you want, even vivid or highly contrasting colors will make a harmonious statement. The key is balance. Warm, cool, light, dark, saturated, pale…you have an entire spectrum to choose from. What to look for in a ‘mutable neutral?’  That will be a color that functions as a neutral but actually looks very color-rich.  One way to discern the colors that will be most flexible in your… Read more »

About color or not, open your mind to open your eyes

Are you perhaps one of the many individuals who is “stuck?” That could mean stuck in a pattern of thinking, behavior, reacting and responding…the list is endless. I was thinking about this recently and it even applies to color selections. With so many colors to choose from, whether for interior colors, exterior colors, or just new materials, it’s too easy to just revert to what’s comfortable, what we’re used to, and what we know “looks good.” On the other hand, there is a lot of stimulation available through examples, options, and advice both valid and incorrect, that can either help… Read more »

What more is there to say about color?

So, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post here. “Been So Busy…” is what people often say. I guess it’s true that I have ‘been busy.’ But here’s the thing. So much to think about color, so much to say, so little time, and so forth. I just decided to Ask! What would you like to hear about? It could be one of these topics but feel free to add your own requests! Interior color ideas? Exterior color ideas? Paint or other materials? Color Theory? Client questions? Full Spectrum Paint color questions? Coordinating paint and furnishings? What is… Read more »

What’s here to stay, and here to change? Color Trends. Period.

Color trends? Here, to stay… and here, to change. It’s that time again, Color Trends are all over the place! Most recently, Pantone reports “Emerald Green” as the latest thing. Green is what I call an “available” color, since because it’s right in the middle of the light-wave spectrum it’s a color most comfortably viewed in many instances. It’s mutable and earthy; inspiring of new life, growth, and positive direction. As a paint color, “green” can be flexible in interiors and can be used in many settings. Small World, Indeed While I don’t have an “emerald green” in the palette,… Read more »

A Maslow-Inspired Thanksgiving Color Palette

What are the colors of Thanksgiving? So much more than paint, decorating, or  “trend palettes.” I wanted to offer some color-reflections for the holiday season, and beyond. What’s important? Please share your own inspirations and color-reflections!

Asking the right questions

How to listen: Take a tip from Joseph Albers “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” Among the many “what’s the first step” items in the process of a new client-relationship, asking the right questions is at the top of my list. Of course this also goes for any project, even with people we think we know, since each project carries its own set of circumstances. That’s why I love the above statement by Josef Albers. While creatively problem-solving, opportunities to learn—and to teach—abound in every project Help clients discover their own… Read more »

Seeing it Anew, for a New Full Spectrum Experience

Have you ever heard someone say “I can’t believe I never noticed that before?” Have you ever said it yourself? How many times do we have to see something before we really notice it? “IT” could be just about anything, actually, and once you start to think about “IT,” the  list just grows. For example: Special People: recognizing, appreciating, not taking them for granted Disorder: Walk into a room you have not been in for a while and see it with new eyes open Color: combinations of color and new ways of seeing what’s familiar Ideas: open your mind, open… Read more »

Bio-What? Add Nature to your Life and Feel Better Now

Biophilia.* It’s not quite a “household word” yet, but is definitely becoming a regularly accepted fact: including as many references to “nature” as possible—in any kind of space—leads to more healthy living and working environments. How this plays out in a very real, practical way is documented in some very interesting articles.  You might say, it’s  even a matter of common sense—and dollars. We humans need to be connected to nature. We hear this so much that it borders on sounding trite. But it’s an innate aspect of our biological makeup—we’re “hard-wired” with this need, and it’s a good one…. Read more »

ICFF 2012: Something multicolored, something blue, and many things new.

It’s not borrowed. It’s multicolored, and it’s sometimes blue. Not talking about “June weddings.” In this case, it’s the ICFF show (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). A great place to see international contemporary culture expressed in design. Sometimes reflective of something old, and in many cases something new, and always interesting. In any case, I always find this show enjoyable on many levels. Seeing many of the latest new products, color trends and design trends from international designers, and talking with some of them in person, is an experience I find fun and inspiring. So, to share just a few of… Read more »

Color Q & A: Use Deep Color and be Happy

A question I received recently about using deep color prompted me to share this topic with you. First of all, I’d like to state that Yes, you can be “Happy” using deep colors. Q: We recently moved… into a new contemporary high-rise home , and ditched all the British colonial/country French stuff. We’re still living with builder’s paint and are getting eager to make a change. We’d like to try something new (maybe charcoal!) but afraid it will end up a somber cave instead of elegant and crisp. A: The question of using deep colors… always comes with the concern… Read more »