Blogs (94)


Saving Customer Paint Data Can Drive Repeat Business

by Industry Professionals

The retail paint industry is evolving, but one thing that has remained unchanged is t...


Relax with a Cool-Colored Wall, or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

Color experts have long said the colors we paint our walls can affect our psyche and ...


Green Building Materials and the New Administration

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

All of this begs the question of what impact these sea changes will have on the green...


Green Building: A Mission Uncertain

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United Stat...


Color Champion: Frank Stella

by Jill Pilaroscia

One of the most important artists of the last century, the formidable Frank Stella


Color Benefits Schools

by Jill Pilaroscia

The school environment is a clear example of how color shapes human experience and be...


Tips for Testing Paint Colors

by Barbara Jacobs

Perhaps you are a painting professional who has just been asked for the thousandth ti...


How to Choose the Right Colors

by Barbara Jacobs

That’s the question, and it applies to both interiors and exteriors of homes and othe...


Colorful Destinations

by Jill Pilaroscia

Wanderlust runs deep in summer, so this month we’ve rounded up some of the most color...


Painted Ladies: The Colorist Movement

by Jill Pilaroscia

Colour Studio principal Jill Pilaroscia played a pivotal role in San Francisco’s colo...


Tiny Houses: A Look at Materials

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

As an avid blue water sailor I have always been interested in how marine architecture...


Color Shock: Sandy Skoglund

by Jill Pilaroscia

Sandy Skoglund is a conceptual artist and photographer based in New Jersey. She began...


Is the USGBC Sustainable?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

It’s time to question the U.S. Green Building Council’s approach to transforming the ...


Color Sensation: Robert Swain

by Jill Pilaroscia

This month we’re eager to share the work of Robert Swain, a painter whose 50-year car...


Graphic Color: Massimo Vignelli

by Jill Pilaroscia

This month we pay tribute to the incomparable designer Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014), ...


Collected Color: The Harvard Pigment Library

by Jill Pilaroscia

As color experts, we're always excited to share new developments in the field with ou...


Rich Color: Top Boutique Paint Brands

by Jill Pilaroscia

Why bother with boutique paint? To start, many luxury paint brands offer deeper, rich...


Best of 2015: Eye-Popping Books on Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

For the holiday season, we’ve selected a few gorgeously illustrated new books in whic...


Artist Records Emotions in Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

Portuguese designer Luis Giestas recorded his emotions, at every hour, for 300 days, ...


UK Architects Sound Alarm for Space

by Jill M. Speegle

British architects say they are fed up with “tiny rabbit-hutch homes,” with the relea...


The Colorful Dynamics of Glass

by Jill Pilaroscia

As the San Francisco skyline welcomes new silhouettes to its configuration, Colour St...


Wellness: Focus of New Green Standard

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

One indication of the health and stability of the modern green building movement


Safer Materials: What Will It Take?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

The nature of building materials and products has been part of the LEED rating system...


Brutal Color: The Human Experience

by Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are interested in the role that color can play in crea...


A New St. Pete Pier Design Up for Vote

by Jill M. Speegle

Residents in St. Petersburg, FL, may soon see their 42-year-old iconic waterfront lan...


Color Icon: Alexander Girard

by Jill Pilaroscia

"Art is only art if it is synonymous with living," Alexander Girard once said.


The Colorful World of Tetrachromacy

by Jill Pilaroscia

A wonderful ballet of reds, blues and greens choreographs the rich colors we experien...


Wright’s ‘Hollyhock House’ Blooms Anew

by Jill M. Speegle

The Hollyhock House—Frank Lloyd Wright’s first venture into architecture in Los Angel...


The Business of Brand Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

When it comes to branding and business, color has the ability to communicate instanta...


Colorscapes Serve Down on the Test Farm

by Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are often faced with questions about how the materials...


One Hotel, 19 Architects

by Jill M. Speegle

Where can you admire the architectural genius of Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and David ...


The Art of Seeing:
Josef Albers and Relative Color

by Jill Pilaroscia

At Colour Studio, our job as architectural colorists is to please the eye—but visual ...


Historic Trends for a Modern World

by Jill Pilaroscia

We have been researching historic color palettes and thinking about what exactly make...


We LIKE This Colorful Series

by Jill Pilaroscia

Being architectural colorists, architecture and color are two words tha...


Sustainability: The Older, the Better?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

I recently contributed to a LinkedIn discussion about whether ancient structures and ...


The Ins and Outs of Color Blocking

by Jill Pilaroscia

Often, when we are thinking about color in our daily lives, it’s from the visual pers...


Designing a Better Education

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

For most American children, teachers and administrators, education is a linear proces...


‘Nobel’ Design Matches Prize Prestige

by Jill M. Speegle

An elegant, slender building clad in shimmering brass along Stockholm, Sweden’s centr...


Theater Designs Worth Applause

by Jill M. Speegle

A $5.4 million performing arts center that blends into the slopes of a volcano in Haw...


School Rises Colorfully from the Ashes

by Jill Pilaroscia

Last year in Normandy, France, the Jean Moulin Elementary School reopened after a ter...


Great Apps for Mobile Color Lovers

by Jill Pilaroscia

Apps, apps, apps! We are surrounded by them. They fill up our phones and tablets, and...


The Purpose of Color:
The Batel Centre of Cartagena

by Jill Pilaroscia

The Batel is the auditorium and convention centre of Cartagena, a


Coloring the Future: LEDs or Paint?

by Jill Pilaroscia

LEDs could replace paint as the future of color in architecture.


Shack Interacts, Lights the CA Desert

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s difficult to imagine a house more connected to its landscape than this desert ab...


Color Icon: Dale Chihuly

by Jill Pilaroscia

If ever there was an artist known for working with color, it’s Dale Chihuly.


Architecting Color: Emmanuelle Moureaux

by Jill Pilaroscia

This week, we want to introduce you to a fantastic architect with a commitment to col...


San Francisco's Color Icon

by Jill Pilaroscia

This post from Colour Studio features one of our favorite San Francisco icons.


Making Colorful History:
50 Years after the March on Washington

by Jill Pilaroscia

A recent post on NPR’s “The Picture Show” caught our color-loving eyes. The article f...


Sliding Façade Exposes House in UK

by Jill M. Speegle

After being abandoned for 11 years, a four-story house in Margate, England, is now th...


Hotel Packs a World Record Paint Job

by Jill M. Speegle

A recent makeover for a hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia, features a paint job worth


A Glass Ship for Vikings Unveiled

by Jill M. Speegle

It’s airy, yet enclosed. Love it or hate it, the recently unveiled, HKS-designed Minn...


Paint Adds Pride to Florida City

by Jill M. Speegle

Replacing blight with beauty is a common goal of public art projects these days.


Architectural Charm from a Wright Roof

by Jill M. Speegle

Attention architecture and jewelry lovers! For just shy of $50, you could be the luck...


Attic Discovery: $30M in Artwork

by Jill M. Speegle

When the two investors bought the run-down cottage in Bellport, NY, for $300,000, the...


Getting Your 250,000 Cents Worth

by Pamela Simmons

Let’s face it. Pennies have become pretty much useless as currency. Banks don’t seem ...


A Picture is Worth 1,000 Problems

by Pamela Simmons

In the name of beautifying neighborhoods and downtrodden spaces, murals have been spr...


Hadid Shines as ‘Woman of the Year’

by Jill M. Speegle

Hey! Who says architects can’t be glamorous? Dame Zaha Hadid, 62, was just crowned <...


Bright Idea? Enhancing the Wall

by Jill M. Speegle

Wish your walls could do more? Maybe even emit light?


Frank Lloyd Done Wrong

by Pamela Simmons

Hard to believe, but a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright may soon be torn down—and...


Working Ahead: Office Designs for 2020

by Jill M. Speegle

So long, cubicles! Hello, hackable buildings and b(Hives)! The high-performance offic...


Recycling Paint: Making Jobs Out of Junk

by Pamela Simmons

After 20 years in the paint business as everything from contractor to salesman, and a...


The Art of Paint Recycling

by Pamela Simmons

It is estimated that the amount of paint discarded in North America each year is almo...


Olympic Trials in Architecture

by Jill M. Speegle

As athletes continue to break records and crowds cheer at the London 2012 Olympics Ga...


Steven Holl Offers Tour of His ‘Art on Water’ in South Korea

by Jill M. Speegle

With water as the art’s foundation and an abundance of “perfect” light, a new gallery...


Modern Renaissance: Dynamic Color Scenario Seen in Glance Ahead

by Jill M. Speegle

How would you describe a modern renaissance? Do the terms “extreme salvage,” “restrai...


The Ideal and the Real: Firm’s Youthful Principal Blends Artistry and Utility

by Jill M. Speegle

Creating a space that enhances communication while providing visual appeal is key whe...


Testifying for Color: Celebs Relate ‘Stories,’ Build on ‘Habitat’ Assist

by Jill M. Speegle

When it comes to selecting paint colors to liven interior spaces, the indecisiveness ...


Barbie and Zaha: Fantasy Versus Reality in Architecture; or Not?

by Jill M. Speegle

With the upcoming one-year anniversary of the debut of blueprint-wielding Architect B...


Ready to ‘Check-In’ to Architecture? National Virtual Event Starts Sunday

by Jill M. Speegle

No flights, hotel reservations, or nametags are needed; in fact, you could stay in yo...


Vacation Planning 101: Safdie’s Riveting Museum Design in Arkansas?

by Jill M. Speegle

If you are in search of inspiration, culture, art and a dose of architectural magic, ...


Pattern and Color, and the Intriguing Effects Created by Their Interaction

by Barbara Jacobs

What’s in a pattern, and why should we care? Color is one thing, and of course I thin...


In the Limelight: ‘Vegan’ Paint Company Settles on Fresh Vision

by Jill M. Speegle

With ingredients like clay, chalk, lime, and Italian marble it’s not surprising Unear...


‘Indie’ Paint Company Offers its Slant on the 2012 Color Hit Parade

by Jill M. Speegle

“Sprout,” “From Farm to Table,” and “Dusk to Dawn” may sound like a playlist of the l...


The Little House That Did: Inspiring an Architectural Landscape Part 2

by Pamela Simmons

In her book, Margaret Henderson Floyd explores deeply the projects of these influenti...


The Little House That Did: Sunnyledge, Inspiring an Architectural Landscape

by Pamela Simmons

Along Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s fashionable Shadyside area, sits a somewhat plain ...


‘Argyle’ Positioned to Make Dramatic Entry at New Year’s Color Party

by Jill M. Speegle

Argyle, a true, earth-inspired green, will enter the color scene with considerable bu...


Inventive Reuse: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s…House?

by Pamela Simmons

Anyone who appreciates a good beer now and then knows that it can taste like heaven, ...


Sugar-Based Specs: ‘Gingertown’ Designs Sweeten the Season

by Jill M. Speegle

Chocolate, sprinkles, jelly beans and gumdrops may not meet the specifications of you...


Mixing, not Matching: Contrast, Balance Produce Harmony in Composition

by Barbara Jacobs

What’s the real story behind the concept of “Mix and Match?” What are we talking abou...


Decision Time…Cooking with Color, with or without a Recipe

by Barbara Jacobs

Ready to cook with color? Don’t start yet! Here are some questions to answer before u...


D+D Asks: Do You Pin?

by Jill M. Speegle

Favorites, bookmarks, traditional scrapbooks or storyboards may soon be “old news” wh...


Between a Rock and a Really Cool Place

by Pamela Simmons

“Pop, someday I’m going to build a house with three walls and the fourth one is going...


Mail Pouch Tobacco: Hitting the Broad Side of 20,000+ Barns

by Pamela Simmons

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family rarely took a trip when I didn’t spy at...


Specifying Mediocrity? Without a Technical Foundation, Design is on Shaky Ground

by Walter Scarborough

The architectural profession has settled for specification mediocrity. Allow me to ex...


Graffiti: It’s Not Just for Criminals Anymore…at the ‘Pintura Project

by Pamela Simmons

Graffiti has long struggled with its position in the world, striving for recognition ...


The Mystery of Color Perception, and the Variables at Work

by Barbara Jacobs

What’s important when the subject is the science and perception of color? I suppose t...


Batman, Architecture and a Detour Drama

by Jill M. Speegle

Well, my usual morning commute was interrupted last week for the filming of a movie. ...


Power of Architecture? Minus Building Knowledge, There’s a Serious Outage

by Walter Scarborough

We’ve all heard the saying that “Knowledge is Power,” but have you ever thought about...


Perspectives on Project Photography, from the Experts

by Barbara Jacobs

If you want to know more about the properties of paint, you go to the experts—the pai...


Intentional or Incidental? Taking ‘Color’ Seriously

by Barbara Jacobs

Inside or out…why should “color” be the subject of specific, intentional consideratio...


Conventional Wisdom and Unconventional Solutions for Small Spaces

by Barbara Jacobs

“Make More of Less”: Touching on a few thoughts about making the most of your small s...


Conversation Starter: The Myriad Responses to the Colors Around Us

by Barbara Jacobs

Why talk about color? It’s not because subjects pertaining to “color” are among my ow...


Two Words that Made this Contractor Tremble with Fear: Color Advice

by Burt Olhiser

During my years of contracting I loved most everything about my career choice, with o...


The Blurring of the Once-Sacred Line Between Design and Construction

by Walter Scarborough

My name is Walter, and I am architect. And let me establish from the very beginning t...


 
 
   

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