April 17, 2012
By now I am sure you have heard about the hottest color of the spring, Tangerine Tango. It is everywhere, especially when it comes to clothing and home fashions. For many it may seem easier to wear this hot color, than to decorate your home with it. This orange hue is a bright, vibrant color that can scare people to use in their home. Don’t be fearful of experimenting with bright non-traditional colors in your home. There are several ways you can add a color such as tangerine tango to any room, without going overboard. Take this bedroom pictured above; it uses tangerine tango in a chic way. I found this image on HGTV. They give several other ways to decorate with Tangerine Tango, which can be found here. The bedroom above pairs this hot color against a soft blue, and neutral white color. By adding tangerine tango to these less vibrant colors, it creates a nice balance. This is something that can easily be recreated in your home, by adding colorful accessories. The next time you’re concerned about playing with color, try adding a small accessory like a pillow or chair. Are you excited or nervous to decorate your home with vibrant colors?
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 2252 Blue Mist, # 628 Pure Orange, # 429 Winter White, and # 452 Raw Sienna
March 20, 2012
It is officially the first day of spring. Yay . This is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. I love seeing the trees and flowers in bloom, and I love all the hot new spring fashions. One huge trend you will see with spring fashion, is color-blocking. In case you are not familiar with this term or trend, it is very simple. Color-blocking is when a garment or outfit is composed of finite blocks of color. This trend was first seen in 1960s and again in 1980s. This is a fairly simple trend to create, and wear. This is a great trend during this time of year, because of all the vibrant colors one can use. Take the images above. These are all great exmples of how to color-block. Have you tried this trend lately?
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Apple Spice #951, Aqua #2580, Parisian Pink #2233, and Peach Fuzz #2489
September 13, 2011
Do you ever stop to realize just how similar fashion color trends, and craft color trends tend to relate? The craft and fashion industries both draw inspiration from one another. Since fashion week is currently going on in NYC, I thought it made sense to create a paint color palette using this season’s 5 fall fashion trends as the inspiration. While you may not be quite yet ready to trade in your summer maxi dress, for a cable knit sweater dress, at least you can be in the know of what fall fashion trends will be in style this season. Make sure you resist the very trendy items, and stay with these 5 fashion must have pieces. If you do that, you will definitely be on trend for the fall. The 5 must have trends for fall 2011 are, lace, polka dots, jade green, tartan, and chunky sweaters.
We created this color palette using FolkArt Acrylic colors, #961 Turquoise, #414 Cardinal Red, # 419 Teddy Bear Tan, and #479 Pure Black.
July 27, 2011
The beauty industry is getting very crafty. There are several new nail trends that are being inspired by longtime craft techniques. You probably are used to using a crackle finish to add an antique effect to a painting, or a piece of furniture. Or you are used to decoupaging a frame, plate, or tray. Well now believe it or not, you can take these same craft techniques, and infuse them on your nails. A few of the hottest trends with nail polishes today is the crackle effect, decoupaging, and tie dye. Many big beauty companies are backing this trend by rolling out entire lines inspired by craft techniques. Sally Hansen and OPI are leading the pack when it comes to this cool new nail trend. Have you, or would you try this trend? If so please leave a comment and let us know.
April 5, 2011
I love the laid-back feel of this Moroccan setup found in the latest issue of Fresh Home. I’m a huge fan of orange, and the gold and purple are great compliments. The whole scene above soothes me and I just want to grab a book and hang out. I can see this color scheme being beautiful in a home decor setting. The palette I chose is not an exact match, but I selected colors along that same lines that I like. I hope they inspire you too.
This palette was created using Apple Barrel acrylic colors (from left to right): Ivory, Kings Gold, Apricot, Plum Kiss, Pure Gold Metallic
January 22, 2011
At Plaid we use Pantone chips all the time for color matching and trend presentations – it’s pretty common for any company that is involved in design. Several of us squealed when we spotted these Pantone chip cookies on Kim Creative Star. She’s so good that she even made metallic chips. These will definitely appeal to the artist in you. Visit the full blog entry with more pictures here.
January 19, 2011
If you are here, then I’m assuming you have an interest in paint – since that’s what we’re all about! I wanted to point your attention to a site I found: Art is Fun! Thaneeya, creator of the site, started Art is Fun because she kept getting questions from readers on her personal art website asking how to begin to paint. I particularly like the acrylic paint section and her sample paintings (like the abstract art above). Your favorite Plaid brands FolkArt and Apple Barrel happen to be acrylic, and can be used to create many of the works on Art is Fun. Take a peek at the site when you have a chance; I particularly like Thaneeya’s instruction on how to paint abstract art found here.
January 5, 2011
Pantone recently made a bold move, declaring shade 18-2120 (also known as Honeysuckle) to be the 2011 Color of the Year! Pantone describes Honeysuckle as “Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.” A lot of designers on the web are shocked, thinking a shade of yellow would be picked instead. Nope, my friends, it’s a bright pink! Here are some great examples of the color in action:
Fashion, accessories, home decor – everything is turning up pink! We have a few great FolkArt colors that completely work with this Honeysuckle trend, so look for some fun projects in the next few weeks.
January 4, 2011
If you’re looking for color inspiration, you need go no further than some of the catalogs that just show up in your mailbox. I don’t quite remember how I got signed up for the Crate & Barrel catalog, but it came nevertheless. I started not to mind the catalogs so much when I realized that so many of them could be used for color inspiration, and this Marimekko comforter is a perfect example. This is funny – I actually have a Marimekko pillowcase on my bed from my childhood. It’s at least 28 years old and has no holes. You don’t get quality like that these days, do you? I was so inspired by the rich bluish-purpley shades of this comforter that I had to make a color palette. Ah, gorgeous!
This color palette was created using FolkArt Acrylics (from left to right): Titanium White, Medium Blue, Lilac Love, Perfect Purple