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We use only the best paints, no bargain brands at Franklin Painting. Sherwin-Williams is always a great choice and they have some advice on choosing colors for exterior painting that we wanted to share with you.

Raw materials continue to influence color trends, especially the more subtle hues. Picture a field of grain, pile of pebbles, weathered wood and earthen clay. Gold tones embody the sun and soft metallics – and warm up this understated yet refined palette. Textural elements, such as linen, unfired porcelain and mixed woods, provide subtle tonal variations.

Red is the color of love, fire and the earth’s molten core, and it stirs raw emotions ranging from the deepest passion to the softest femininity. This saturated palette includes hues of brilliant flowers and glowing embers. It isn’t a single red, but a deep gradation of fuchsias, red-oranges, violets and delicate pinks.

This soothing palette celebrates a pair of functional and treasured blues: denim and water. It explores the darkest indigo to faded-jeans hues, some with violet undertones, as well as the calm, shimmery shades that reflect rivers, lakes and seas.

Casting aside the more innocent yellow-tinged greens of the past, this eclectic palette focuses on greens that are lush, moody and complex. It showcases the depths of the sea and forest; leafy motifs; rustic natural textures; and organic elements such as algae, moss and seaweed.

ColorMix™ 2012
The Sherwin-Williams colormix™ 2012 forecast proves a color palette doesn’t need to stray far from its roots to make a big design impact.
Colors that are analogous, or adjacent on the color wheel, are a dominant trend,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “We discover a fresh array of combinations within color families – be it fiery reds, watery blues, grassy greens or organic neutrals.”
Forget the expected tone-on-tone pairings. Sherwin-Williams color experts drew inspiration from fashion-forward color-washing and ombré dyeing techniques to experiment with color values and hues within color families to create four vibrant palettes. They also embraced the sustainable landscape – which has become an enduring influence on all aspects of décor and design.
“Just hone in on a color you love and the ideal, natural complement will be right nearby,” Jordan said.
The 40 hues highlighted in colormix 2012 stay close to home with earth-inspired, color family groupings: Reds, Blues, Greens and Neutrals.

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