All Posts by Kate Smith


About the Author

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.

Cultural Color Schemes Right For Today

Read Time: 2 min Whether you travel abroad or simply appreciate global style from the comfort of your own corner of the world, adapting cultural color schemes and design elements can transform your indoor and outdoor spaces.A desire to reinvigorate our lives and living spaces is satisfied by colors from cultures around the world. From Africa, to Turkey, to […]

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Downton Abbey Colors And Period Style

Read Time: 3 min Downton Abbey Colors And Period StylePBS’s hit Downton Abbey seems to be the talk of the town these days. The fabulous colors and textures this 19-Century period drama has reintroduced into home design have become a welcome change to the modern color palette. According to Architectural Digest, Downton Abbey’s set can be described as a “Gothic […]

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Create A Calming And Peaceful Environment With Color

Read Time: < 1 minute Do you suffer from too much pressure, stress and never being able to unwind properly? If the answer’s yes then perhaps it’s time to alter the color scheme in your home to something a little more tranquil and relaxing.Color therapists have known for decades that color affects mood and provokes physiological reactions. Being surrounded by […]

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Black and White Doesn’t Mean Dull

Read Time: < 1 minute When it comes to color, paradoxically enough, there’s nothing more striking and dramatic than black and white in a room. How could it not be when the basic facts stand – white reflects light and dark absorbs it? Source: istockphotoNot only can a simple black and white color scheme appear ‘orderly’ but the simplicity of […]

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Long-Lasting Exterior Paint Colors

Longest-Lasting Exterior Paint Colors

Read Time: 2 min Choosing the Longest-Lasting Exterior Paint ColorsPainting the exterior of you home is a major investment so you will want to make sure it will look good for many years to come. To get the facts on the science behind having the color last, I went to the experts in paint product development. Here is what […]

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Choosing a Color for Garage Doors

Read Time: 2 min Choosing a Color for Garage DoorsHaving a garage is great but having one that dominates the front of your home can be a design challenge. I have found that the biggest mistake homeowners make is to use color to draw too much attention to the garage doors rather than downplaying them. This is even more […]

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Be The Hottest House On The Block In Black

Read Time: < 1 minute Cheery yellows and creams have their place as exterior color choices, but if you are looking to really stand out from your neighbors think deep, rich black.Haunted? Too spooky? Think, again. source sourceModern and sleek homes really speak out loud when you paint exterior black. Elements of the home, special architectural features, a hot –colored […]

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Three Places To Find Your Color Inspiration Today

Read Time: < 1 minute Have you ever stared blankly at the hundreds of paint colors in the store display? Maybe you’ve paged through a design book that featured colors with odd names like oxblood or cerulean? Picking color doesn’t always seem so simple. But, in reality you don’t need to have an eye for design to create a color […]

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Play With Color to Create a Whimsical Space

Read Time: < 1 minute Did the illustrations of Dr. Seuss always draw your admiration? Maybe you love to watch Lady Gaga’s imaginative style? You don’t need to consign your free-flowing creativity to decorating a kid’s space. Instead, create a mood that highlights your personality by using these color tips to build a fun and whimsical mood. Bright colors are […]

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Classic Color: 4 Steps to Timeless Décor

Read Time: < 1 minute The classic look. The finest homes. That traditional and elegant feel isn’t something you can only get by looking at glossy magazine covers. You can create that same mood in your own home easily and affordably by simply choosing the right colors. Start creating that time-tested atmosphere in your room today with these five classic […]

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Feng Shui Colors Your World

Read Time: 3 min Running through our busy lives we often wish there were a way to achieve more calm or just a little more time to accomplish things. It is possible to carve out tranquility and even increase energy right in our own homes. As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape […]

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Color Scheme Inspiration: Vintage Carnival Palette

Read Time: < 1 minute Nostalgic, fun and whimsy fill our color scheme inspiration. Hues selected from the photos of an old fashioned carnival will bring energy and vintage appeal to any space. Soft blues and lavenders and yellow tinted neutrals allow for a calm environment while more vibrant pops of green, turquoise, and yellow add energy. The neutral walls […]

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Most Flattering Color to Paint a Bathroom

Read Time: < 1 minute For a room that often isn’t very large figuring out what color to paint the bathroom often turns into a big problem for many homeowners. A few easy to think about guidelines can make picking a color much simpler.Today a reader asked for advice on picking paint color for her bathroom. Here is her color […]

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Does Selecting Paint Color Scare You?

Read Time: < 1 minute Whether the white walls are starting to turn gray or you inherited a circa 1980 color scheme that you just can’t live with, you know it’s time for a change—a big one. But, if you’re like most people, the thought of choosing paint colors leaves you a bit green. Never fear! Inspiration is all around […]

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Dorothy Draper Colors and Style

Dorothy Draper Colors and Signature Style

Read Time: 5 min The Coco Chanel of DecoratingDorothy Draper (1889-1969), was America’s first female interior designer, and she turned the establishment on its ear with her outlandish use of color, texture and ornate fixtures. This forward-thinking woman was the Grand Dame of using bright, bold hue and texture combinations in her decorating of socialite homes, hotels, offices and […]

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Spring Color Palette

Read Time: < 1 minute Here at Sensational Color, ideas for new and interesting color palettes comes easily. We either close our eyes and imagine beautiful combinations or open our eyes to the gorgeous schemes in the world around us for inspiration.To give you a peak into our heads we’ll be putting together a series of color schemes inspired by […]

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DIY Color: Who Needs Paint When You Have An Album Collection?

Read Time: < 1 minute Don’t keep that vintage collection of albums in a closet or on shelf. Put them up on your walls instead. When displayed from floor to ceiling the album covers create a pixelated colorful graphic that is sure to bring back memories. Remember the hours you spent listening to some of those albums? Want to recreate […]

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Paris Pink Oh La La!

Read Time: < 1 minute “I want to paint a light, soft pink in my living room. I have mostly cream and black with gold accents. How do I find a pink that looks hip rather than like it should be in a nursery?”That was a question from a guest who attended one of my recent speaking events at Macy’s […]

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