Category Archives: Color

DIY – Painted Pinecones, Pinterest Inspired

Today I’m talking pinecones.  I saw theses beautiful pastel colored ones not too long ago when surfing Pinterest.  In fact, I pinned the idea to my DIY and Craft Inspired board.



Back in early summer I posted about our trip to some Oregon golf courses and my obsessive determination to pick up and bring home every pinecone that had fallen from the Ponderosa Pines.  i’m talking huge and gorgeous pinecones.  Read about that here.

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So I grabbed some Ponderosa pinecones and some smaller ones saved from my neighborhood walks and some Rustoleum’s gold, turquoise and light blue spray paint.  Here’s what I ended up with.  They look so pretty in my newly painted living room (yes, post still coming).

Spray Paint Pinecones 2

Spray Paint Pinecones 1


What about you?  Have you decorated with pinecones?  Happy Wednesday!


More Color Inspiration by……Kleenex!

I’ve talked before about how amazed I am about the color combinations they put on Kleenex boxes.  For a reminder, click here or try this post.  I was out and about this weekend and it happened again.  Another Kleenex box perfect for summer.  Look closely at all the bright colors.  How cute would pillows be in these colors for a couch or an outside bench.  FANTASTIC!


I’m also thinking I need to get out and plant some flower bulbs. 🙂  Happy planting and just in case you have allergies and get the sniffles, I can recommend some Kleenex!


Color Wheels

I would like to start painting some of the walls in our hosue.  I’ve already done some.  My son’s bedroom is the perfect light shade of green.  And I think the walls in our den are my favorite.  Three of the walls are a rich deep almost gold color and one wall is dark gold, light gold and cream striped.  That wall was inspired by a pillow. 

I do have my kleenex box colors for inspiration (see previous posts).  However, I’ve gotten an itch to revist the color wheel. 

Does everyone remember which are the primary colors?  Yes, thats right; red, yellow and blue.

Secondary colors are  orange, green, and purple. You get these colors by mixing the primary colors. Example: red and blue = purple.

Then there are whats called tertiary colors which are made by mixing a primary color with a secondary color. The secondary color is always next to it. Examples are red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green.  I’m a visual so here is a wheel that is marked…

Let’s go one step further.  I did some research on different paint sites and now I know the following…..
A hue is the actual color with its qualities of yelowness and blueness. Intensity is the degree of purity, or saturation of the color.The more intense a color, the more of the pure color is added.
A tint is a color mixed with white. The more white in a color the lighter is the value of it.
A shade is a color mixed with black. The more black is added to the color, the darker is the color’s value.
A tone is color mixed with grey.

Colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel are called complementary.  Think  Christmas; red and green.

Neutral colors =  grey, white and black.    Beige and cream are also sometimers thought of as neutrals.

Warm colors – these are yellows, oranges and reds. They convey energy, and will induce a cozy feeling, having a warm psycological effect on us.

Cool colors – they are blues, greens and violet. The have a calming effect on us, and convey a relaxed mood. 

I found the chart below so this may help show what I just shared.

So I have to think about this for awhile, but I’ll be sure and share with you what paint colors I’ve picked as soon as I know myself.


More Color Inspiration

About a week ago I posted a blog article on color inspiration and where I sometimes went to visualize colors together.  Well……I went grocery shopping today.  Paper towels were on the list.  That’s the same aisle as the kleenex boxes.
And yes, I found a few more color combos to share…

I really like the mix of colors in this.  In fact, it reminds me of the bedspread in my son’s bedroom. 

If I didn’t think it would be too much, I would paint every wall in my housse green!

reminds me of the water. 

Have a good one!


Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration

Have you ever thought about where your color inspiration comes from?  Experts say to think about things you like to do such as gardening, the beach, hiking, and draw your decorating colors from there.  Not so long ago I thought of another way to draw color inspiration.  Can you guess from where?

or what about this one?

Can you figure it out yet?  Do you know where this color inspiration is coming from?  What about this one?

Last chance…this one should help you figure it out as it’s not the best picture…..

If you still haven’t figured it out.  Guess what?  All these pictures are of KLEENEX BOXES.  Next time you’re at the store take a little bit more time in the paper aisle and really see kleenex boxes as color inspiration for a room in your house.

Have a good day!