Color Inspiration

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2018

October, 12 2017

We love Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year!  Caliente is hot for 2018!

Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year






“Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.”

—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

This color is fabulous when used on grasscloth wallpaper.  Here are a photos of a home office in a Main Line condominium and in a Jenkintown home :







Benjamin Moore’s Color Palette for 2017:

For more information on these color trends for 2018, go to  Contact us for a color consultation!





New Fabric Collections from Quadrille

September, 17 2017




Quadrille Fabrics is known for their hand block screen prints.  The design, print and fabric quality is excellent and will brighten up a drab room.  The fabrics are printed on linen, cotton or cotton/linen blends.  They also make coordinating wall coverings.  Let MM Interiors Inc. help you freshen up your home for the holidays.  Contact us for an initial consultation.

Artist Johannes Itten and Color Theory

September, 17 2017

Johannes Itten was a Swiss born artist known for Painting, Drawing, Color Theory and Architecture.  His most notable work is entitled Farbkreis which was painted in 1961.  Notice the color wheel ring and the geometric center with color schemes.  MONOCHROMATIC color schemes use lighter and darker shades of just one color.  COMPLEMENTARY colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.  ANALOGOUS colors are next to one another on the color wheel.  TRIADIC is a combination of any three colors which are equally spaced on the color wheel.



The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color

The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten Based on His Book the Art of Color

Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and Later, Revised Edition


Robert Allen Lacquer Red Fabrics

September, 14 2017

Robert Allen Lacquer Red Fabrics – Bedrock

Bold, bright and regal, Lacquer Red has the power to infuse a room with good energy according to Chinese culture. We love it for a touch of glamorous decadence. Use it freely or sparingly this season and channel your inner Diana Vreeland, famous for her lacquer red living room designed by Billy Baldwin. This particular pattern is called Bedrock.  Robert Allen has several fabrics in this bold color.

New Fabric From Scalamandre

September, 8 2017

Here is a glimpse of what’s to come this fall from one of our favorite vendors. We love this fabric because it is colorful and works well with transitional decor. Notice the needlework detail which  makes this fabric unique. Ikat patterns are historic, however, this play on color gives it a fresh look. Please click on the image to get a better look!

Stay tuned to see the full Scalamandre collection which will be released the week of September 18th, 2017. We will post some more fabric images.

Sherwin-Williams Selects ‘Poised Taupe (SW 6039)’ as 2017 Color of the Year

September, 10 2016


The “new” neutral, Poised Taupe is classic yet modern and the perfect balance of warm and cool

CLEVELAND (August 29, 2016) – Sherwin-Williams announces Poised Taupe (SW 6039), as the 2017 Color of the Year. A modern take on a timeless classic, Poised Taupe signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.

“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level. Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams.

As the Sherwin-Williams team traveled the world to identify the latest trends and make this year’s selection, it became clear that neutrals are beginning a transition from the monochrome gray of the past five years to a more complex taupe and brown. In a recent homeowner survey conducted by Sherwin-Williams, nearly 40 percent of the respondents agree that they would like to incorporate warmer neutrals, such as warm grays, taupes or beiges, into their home décor. Additionally, more than two in five people identified taupe as a timeless neutral they would choose.1 Move over cool toned colors. A new trend is here.

New Bedding from a Favorite Vendor

August, 17 2016


Sophistication in a pairing of printed cotton, embroidered sheeting and lovely texture with a hint of bling. All of this in shades of white, ivory, gray, and charcoal create a rich, layered, textured, nuanced look that belies its simplicity.  This collection is called Burlington by Traditions Linens.

New Crawford Fabric & Wallpaper from Quadrille

July, 28 2016

Quadrille is know for their fabulous hand screen printed fabrics and wallpapers. Here is a transitional new pattern called Crawford which can work with both traditional and more contemporary interior design. It is available in a range of colors and would brighten up a room! Please contact us for assistance with a new project!

Spring Inspiriation from Thibaut

March, 22 2016


I am ready for Spring weather and love the “springy” color palettes. Thibaut did a great job designing these fabric patterns on the windows and chair. In addition, this chair is available from Thibaut’s new furniture line. I love Ikat patterns which are some of the oldest known patterned textiles in the world, and probably the most vibrant. Check out Thibaut’s other patterns if these colors do not inspire you, as Thibaut offers fabulous designer furnishings, wallcoverings, and fabrics at affordable prices. MM Interiors Inc. can help you freshen up a room or more.

Fundamentals of Color Design

June, 20 2014

Here is a quick lesson on color before you chose a palette to freshen up for spring.

Color schemes use lighter and darker shades of just one color.
Example:  Pink, Rose, Dusty Rose


Colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.
Example:  Yellow and Violet

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Colors are next to one another on the color wheel.
Example – Red, Violet and Orange



A combination of any three colors which are equally spaced on the color wheel.
Example – Blue Violet, Red Orange and Yellow-Green

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Using three or more unrelated colors where one color should remain dominate
Example –  Spring Pastel Flowers

The HUE is the name of the color, the VALUE is the lightness/darkness of a color, and the CHROMA is the intensity of a color.

That’s the quick summary of basic color.  If you need assistance choosing a color palette for your spring project, please contact me.  An hour consultation will be a good investment!

Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores are running a great sale now: 30% off paints and stains through July 7th.  Please contact me for color assistance and paint contractor recommendation!

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