Coastal style colour palettes for interior decoration

The Colour & Paint team are just back from a trip to the home of coastal style and waterside living: Miami. Here is a short video of some of the wonderful art deco hotels on Ocean Drive and the fantastic waterside homes on Miami’s Star Island.

The trip was was truly inspiring for any architecture or interiors enthusiast. So much so that we asked one of our colour experts to put a coastal colour scheme put together based on the Mr & Mrs Smith – At Home Collections:

The main colour is Miami Deco – aclassic pastel inspired by South Beach’s famously cool architectural district. An alternative accent or lead colour might also be Miami Milk from our Fleur Designer Paint collection, this fresh and light pastel mint shade is one of the hallmarks of the Art Deco colour palette frequently seen in the South Beach historic district.

We are huge fans of blueat colourandpaint.com (we have 40 different hues!).So we are delighted to see that Dulux has nominated “Denim Drift” as their colour of the year. So why blue for 2017?’Blue is the colour of life; it is the clothes we wear, the sky we gaze at and the water that revitalises us,’ say Dulux.’Blue has been, and will continue to be, a constant in every aspect of our lives. From the deepest ink blue, to the palest misty blue, this colour spans every spectrum of life; it is a royal colour, but it is also used for workers’ blue jeans.’

Althoughblue paint is often regarded by conservative decorators as cold and unwelcoming we believe that blues can be stylish and cool. It is the naturaldesire to be near the water’s edge which plays a large part in our affinity for the colour blue and accounts for the perennial popularity of coastal style. So much so that it serves as inspiration for our New England coastal style brand The Nantucket Trading Company.Our equivalent to Denim Drift is Atlantic Shore.

This is the time of year when America’s great and the good decamp from their summer homes in The Hamptons: Long Island (south shore, darling), Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and of course our favourite – Nantucket island – all seriously cool in a kind of relaxed easy going way. But Hampton’s style isn’t only for the rich and famous, although expect to rub shoulders with a star studded crowd if you rent there in the summer. Back home getting The Hampton’s look is pretty straight forward, it’s all about stripped back simplicity with a coastal twist. Not surprisingly, elements of this east coast style echo Scandanavian design as many of the the original settlers from Sweden and northern Europe brought with them their simple, pared down style.Today the Hamptons is seen as much as a lifestyle as a location. Interestingly Dulux has nominated a very coastal blue as their colour of the year 2017.

The Hamptons and in particular Nantucket have inspired our palettesfrom Mr & Mrs Smith / Coast Collection and The Nantucket Trading Company’s Original Colours of New England collection. The colours schemes are all about shades of white, grey and blue with bold red accents – fresh and light with a homey feel. Throw in some simple linen checks and a few nautical references and you are on your way.

We love blue walls atColourandpaint.comand have been adding to our blue colour story for the last couple of seasons. In fact blues feature in all of our designer paint colour palettes. In order to help our customers to work with colour combinations we have collaborated with interior designer Yasmin Chopin on putting colour palettes together from our full range of colours. See more of Yasmin’s work and design inspiration onInstagram. She says “I call this palette Gym as itis based on a palette I created with a client. They wanted a mini gym included in their home hence the name…”

The colours in this palette are:

Royal Academy Silesia– aThis rich blue / grey that echoes the metallic forms of recycled hangers and hooks that artistDavid Mach RAuses in his sculptures

Mr & Mrs Smith Ontario–A hint of first light on the Hudson Bay, this gentle blue makes a soothing backdrop for living rooms and bedrooms.

Fleur Sugar–A feminine and elegant white that refers to the corridors of Versailles, dominated by the refined style of Marie Antoinette.

Nantucket Wilson’s Store–Wilson’s Store – a delicate creamy white as characterised in the store interiors at the heart of the Historic District. A classic New England colour.

Royal Academy Mexican Stone–A subtle granite-grey, very popular with interior designers and architects. Used on the walls in the RA’s Mexico exhibition in 2013, the colour was taken from a photograph of the pyramid at Chichen Itza.

Royal Academy Piazzetta–The Piazzetta is the area between the Piazza San Marco and the waterfront in Venice, which once served as a landing spot for officials and dignitaries. The area features tiles in this rich stone-grey.

Royal Academy San Salute–A soft stone-grey colour inspired by the famous Venetian landmark, Santa Maria della Salute.

Mr & Mrs Smith Bilbao Silver–Inspired by the elegant curves of the Guggenheim Museum, this poised subtle grey works well with strong contrasting colours.

Mr & Mrs Smith Medina Wall–A warm bohemian colour evoking the clay ramparts surrounding central Marrakech, this is a burnished golden orange for bright rooms and confident contrasts.

Mr & Mrs Smith Edinburgh New Town–This deep luminous grey is like a quiet saunter through Stockbridge streets, past Georgian gems and imposing weathered sandstone.

Mr & Mrs Smith Ontario–A hint of first light on the Hudson Bay, this gentle blue makes a soothing backdrop for living rooms and bedrooms.
Fleur Sugar–A feminine and elegant white that refers to the corridors of Versailles, dominated by the refined style of Marie Antoinette.
Nantucket Wilson’s Store–Wilson’s Store – a delicate creamy white as characterised in the store interiors at the heart of the Historic District. A classic New England colour.
Royal Academy Mexican Stone–A subtle granite-grey, very popular with interior designers and architects. Used on the walls in the RA’s Mexico exhibition in 2013, the colour was taken from a photograph of the pyramid at Chichen Itza.
Royal Academy Piazzetta–The Piazzetta is the area between the Piazza San Marco and the waterfront in Venice, which once served as a landing spot for officials and dignitaries. The area features tiles in this rich stone-grey.
Royal Academy San Salute–A soft stone-grey colour inspired by the famous Venetian landmark, Santa Maria della Salute.
Mr & Mrs Smith Bilbao Silver–Inspired by the elegant curves of the Guggenheim Museum, this poised subtle grey works well with strong contrasting colours.
Mr & Mrs Smith Medina Wall–A warm bohemian colour evoking the clay ramparts surrounding central Marrakech, this is a burnished golden orange for bright rooms and confident contrasts.
Mr & Mrs Smith Edinburgh New Town–This deep luminous grey is like a quiet saunter through Stockbridge streets, past Georgian gems and imposing weathered sandstone.

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LED lights are the future

More technology = more (LED) light.
 
When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb 136 years ago, I bet he didn't envision the world that we live in now.  If you look around you right now, you'd probably be shocked at the amount of light emitting items are within eye-sight outside of the standard room lighting light bulbs.  Just the screen that you're reading this article on is full of hundreds of thousands of pixels, each one a tiny microscopic light “bulb”.  If you look out of your window, you'll probably see vehicles, each one has at least 15 light bulbs in it.  Your cell phone is full of hundreds of thousands of glowing pixels as well.  We carry light anywhere and everywhere we go.  At this point, I'd argue that because of how our businesses and livelyhoods are so reliant on the internet, that we rely on powered light as much as we rely on just about anything.
 
Our planet is old, very old, and in the long history of it we've only harnessed light like we do for 136 short years, roughly two life generations of time.  Edison invented the incandescent light bulb in 1880.  That means it's possible that your great great grandparents knew life without the light bulb, and it's probable for your great great great grandparents.  How's that for perspective?
 
Recent developements in light technology include a total phase-out of the incandescent and florescent light bulb in Japan, to be replaced completely by the more efficent and reliable LED bulb.  The United States is also on course for the eventual phase out of the less efficient versions of light bulbs; the 40 watt and 60 watt incandescent bulbs have already become extinct because of the phase-out initiative. 
 
Other developements include the just announced “LiFi” data transmitting technology.  It basically replaces Wifi technology by sending data over inperceptable flickers of light through light bulbs.  The advantage is the ability to send data at more than 200 times faster than we can send it now over WiFi.  Imagine being able to wirelessly send a terrabyte of data, that's 1000 gigabytes, in around 5 seconds?  That is the type of stable speeds that are currently being reported using this technlogy.  Another advantage is its security, as the hacker would have to be under the same light source as the original computer.  The light can be dimmed to a brightness that's dark enough to be imperceptable and still work.  You don't have to be directly under a light bulb either, the light reflecting off of walls can still give you 70 megabytes per second which is still roughly 20 times faster than our current wifi technology.  This new tech is not without it's downsides however, because sunlight can really ruin it, so you can imagine its limitations.
 
Also, fiber optics, another light based technology, is the new standard in wired data transmition ability.  It seems like as our “data” driven world expands and its demand increases, more and more the solution to whatever technological choke point we run into is found in light.  Light is the answer to our future data choke point issues, make no mistake about that.
 
The point here is that the more stuff becomes bright and glowy, combined with the phasing out of inefficient old style lightbulbs, the more the LED industry is breaking through like a tidal wave of cutting-edge technology.  LED Video Wall Rental companies are providing affordable, temporary large LED Video walls for small town events when just a few years ago this technology was only affordable for the highest level concerts and sporting venues.  Digital video signs and billboards, which for years were reserved for only the fanciest of cities, are popping up in small towns across the United States. 
 
Savvy technology minded businessmen and investors would be wise to think on these things and keep an eye on the ebbs and flows of our technologically oriented world, with a specific focus on light.  Ours is a light emitting world, thanks to Thomas Edison, and we're just now harnessing the possibilities of what we can do with it, and what it can do for us.  To learn more about LED light technology, check out this wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LED_lamp
 
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Using LED screens creatively can take your event to the next level

How to Make Your Event Visually Stunning

As event planners we've all been there before.  One minute you're cruising the internet looking for ideas to make your client's event pop, the next you're banging your head on your desk doubting your ability to successfully plan an event.  Well it's our job to share amongst ourselves what's working now and what's not, and we've found something that's worked amazingly well recently.  Creatively constructed LED Video screens really can add an extra visual level of eye candy for your event.  So what does a “creatively constructed” LED video screen look like?

What is a Creatively Constructed LED Video Screen?

LED Video Walls are generally created out of small individual LED panels.  Each panel can vary in size, but these days the normal size per panel is roughly 2 feet square.  Now, imagine all the possibilities you can make by assembling several two foot square pieces of anything.  Let your mind run with that.  Pretty cool right?  One of the most successful (and now wealthy) people in the world, Markus Persson, created the video game Minecraft, and it follows this same creative construction idea.  By using an LED wall rental in a creative configuration, you can make giant LED video words, columns, runner boards, towers, pyramids, and mosaics.  If you can think of it in square pieces, LED screen rentals can be configured to do it.  

Imagine a 4 sided tall LED video “tower” for a virtual ball drop or count down, or giant video letters that spell out the name of the event with motion graphics displaying right on the letters amping the energy level of the people and adding a lasting impression of “awesome” to the event.  We've used both hanging and stacked LED columns to create a separated video screen effect to add flare to concerts and corporate presentations with amazing reviews from clients.  LED pyramids and crosses are other popular configurations.  The possibilities are only as limited as your mind can create and your budget can work with.

Understanding LED and Things to Consider

LED panels are not created equal.  There are indoor only panels, indoor/outdoor panels, panels that can reach incredible brightness, and panels that have incredibly good resolution.  Indoor panels can never work outdoors because of weather considerations.  So, if you're calling an LED video company to get a quote on LED wall rental, remember to specify indoor or outdoor.  Also the maximum brightness ability of the panels is a huge consideration.  Brightness of an LED panel is usually measured in “nits”.  A panel with a max brightness of 2000 nits or less will not work very well outdoors during the day.  Ideally if your event is outdoor during daylight hours, you're looking for a panel in the 4000 and higher nits range.  Another thing to consider is the resolution of your LED panels.  In the LED video industry, this is usually measured in a term known as “pixel pitch”.  In example, an LED panel with a pixel pitch of 10mm means that each pixel on that panel is 10mm away from the pixel next to it.  The optimal viewing distance for watching video on a 10mm video panel is 30 to 40 feet away.  At this distance, when viewing video on a 10mm LED panel, your eyes automatically blend the pixels together into a beautiful video image.  If you are any closer you can start seeing the individual pixelation of the screen.  For a 5mm video panel the optimum viewing distance is around 15 feet.  Click here for more info on this.  When you call to get quotes on renting LED video panels be sure and understand how far away your closest viewer is going to be from the LED screen, then make your decision on which pixel pitch to get based on that.  For the budget minded you should always try to target the highest pixel pitch that you can get away with, as the higher pixel pitch panels seem to be more cost friendly then the small pixel pitch screens.  It goes without saying that you pay for better resolution, but if your closest viewer is 30 feet away there's no reason for you to go with a 3mm screen when a 7mm screen will look the same from that distance.  Check this out as an example of creatively constructed columns.