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Kate Smith is an optimistic, expressive, artist, designer, writer and color fanatic. With her warm and witty style, Kate teaches you to clearly see, understand and be inspired by color. Then she guides you step-by-step to develop your own unique color sense-ability and achieve results you never dreamed possible.

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Pumpkin Colors

Pumpkin Colors: Beyond Orange

Read Time: 4 min Vibrant orange is the color that jumps to mind when we think of the portly pumpkin that symbolizes all things autumn. Today, bright orange is only one of the many colors of pumpkins. There are varieties in shades from deep, robust scarlet to a light blue and ghostly white.

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Sensational Color Blog
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Sensational Color Blog
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Color Wheel Tutorial

Color Wheel and Organizing Hues

Read Time: 6 min Color Wheel and Color RelationshipsWhether you want to learn to mix paint or put together harmonious color schemes, you must understand color relationships. An excellent way to see color relationships is to look at the color wheel.The placement of the colors around the wheel is not random. The spectral order (like the rainbow) of colors […]

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Creating Color Harmony

Creating Color Harmony

Read Time: 5 min Creating Color HarmonyPutting together harmonious color combinations begins with understanding how we see colors and the relationships of each hue to one another. A good way to see color relationships is to look at the color wheel.The placement of the colors around the wheel are not random. They are arranged in spectral order (like the […]

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Rose Color Meaning

Rose Color Meaning And Hidden Messages

Read Time: 9 min Flowers, especially roses, are used to convey the many emotions we have for each other. Be it “I love you” or “I’m sorry,” sending roses is the perfect way to give someone a lift as well as send a message that you may be reluctant to say. How simple and wonderful to be able to […]

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Color of the Year 2019

Color of the Year 2019: Six Takes on Color Trends

Read Time: 7 min What do you think of the Color of the Year for 2019?The answer depends on which color you consider the Color of the Year.A decade ago, the color Pantone put forth was the one that most people thought of when they heard “Color of the Year.” With many other companies jumping on this idea, Pantone’s […]

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Bauhaus Color Theory

Bauhaus Color Theory

Read Time: 5 min We think of color as transcendent – a language of sorts that signifies independent of cultural differences, time period, or aesthetic movement. Color is a powerful tool that permits designers to influence mood, compose spaces, and even make profound statements. We accept these truths about color, but we don’t often take the time to examine […]

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The Saguaro Palm Springs

Read Time: 2 min If you said, “Palm Springs”, until recently the first things that popped into my head after beautiful surroundings and nice weather were golf and old Hollywood. Considering I’m a lousy golfer and not much of a gambler Palm Springs wasn’t on my mental list of “places I’d like to revisit” but today I officially welcome […]

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Bahia Bands Color Meaning

Read Time: 4 min Good luck charms have been a part of religion and culture for centuries, often becoming fashion statements or fads. Brazilian wish bracelets known as Bahia Bands have a rich history spanning over 200 years and have recently become more popular throughout the world. Thought to bring the wearer good luck, each band’s color conveys a […]

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8 Ways Colors Can Help You To Reach Your Goals

Reach Goals With Colors

Read Time: 3 min Do you have a list of goals you would like to achieve? If so, I’m here to support you with colors to help you stay motivated. Colors can positively affect your level of motivation and that can keep you moving towards your goals. Here are my quick tips for choosing colors that can help you […]

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Feng Shui Your Desk for Success

Feng Shui Your Desk For Success

Read Time: 3 min Many times we find ourselves in a rut at work. Our desk becomes a cluttered mess that could not possibly foster productivity, let alone, creativity. It can seem overwhelming to tackle. If this describes how you feel, let Feng Shui swoop in and save the day.You may have heard of Feng Shui design and its […]

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Chinese New Year Colors And Predictions

Read Time: 2 min 2017 Chinese New Year is arriving on January 28, 2017, and originally I was going to share the colors associated with Chinese new year and their meanings. Instead, in light of what has been going on here in the U.S. in the past week, I thought you would enjoy hearing about the predictions for the […]

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Color of the Year 2017

Color of the Year 2017

Read Time: 6 min The Color of the Year 2017 buzz begins mid-summer 2016 and builds until early December when it reaches a color frenzy in the media and social-sphere.One by one companies reveal their Color of the Year to the press as well as post and boast about it on their websites. PPG and AkzoNobel are usually first followed by Sherwin-Williams, […]

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The Best Green Shutters Ever!

These are the Best Green Shutters Ever

Read Time: 2 min Part topiary, part trellis, part English garden, I think these ​are the best green shutters ever. Whoever added them to this charming home in Provincetown, MA is brilliant.The vines are well established and upon closer inspection I could see the original once painted green shutters beneath the ivy.Each plant was placed with the end design […]

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Recycle Dishes Beautifully

Recycle Dishes Beautifully

Read Time: 2 min Recycle Dishes BeautifullyI just hate it when I break a dish especially one of my brightly colored pieces of Harlequin or Fiestaware. It is even difficult for me to throw the broken pieces away. I’ve seen where some people have broken dishes up into ’tiles’ and set them into interesting designs. I know that is […]

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Tips For Matching A Metallic Finish To Your Outdoor Living Space

Read Time: < 1 minute 1. Kitchen ~ House Beautiful magazine 2. Runway look ~ Michael Kors 3. Rescue Beauty Lounge polish, ‘Look Rich, Be Cheap’ 4. Bathtub ~ Waterwork Flip through your favorite home or fashion magazines and its pretty clear that metallic colors are some of the hottest hues around. From the shimmery finish on the latest automobile […]

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Resort Style Decorating

Read Time: 3 min As if a million stars floated down, sparkling sunlight dances across crystal clear blue water. The sunlight mesmerize. The blue waters beckon and invite you it step in. Ahh, the pleasure of a seaside getaway in any one of the sought after destinations around the world. Is it any wonder that so many people choose […]

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