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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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Create Your Outdoor Lifestyle With Color

Read Time: 3 min Create Your Outdoor Lifestyle With ColorColor can turn a bland backyard into an outdoor oasis. A creative combination of hues can cleverly transform a space into an inviting haven for entertaining, dining and relaxing. “With an endless array of options in furnishings, finishes and accessories, homeowners have become more sophisticated and comfortable using color in […]

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Red-Violet Garden

I’m Dreaming of a Red-Violet Garden

Read Time: 4 min Is it just me or are you at a point in life where you enjoy snow more from the inside looking out than being out in it? I think the many years I spent in Upstate New York and New England digging out my driveway and being caught ‘under dressed’ in the interest of fashion […]

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Black Plants Conjure Up A Bit Of Magic In Your Garden

Read Time: 3 min Black plants: As popular in the garden as the color black is in fashionDoes it surprise you that black is a color that is now championed in the garden? Black has always been the sophisticated, chic wardrobe color for the confident. It’s the color of the business world and the ‘little black dress’. Yet in […]

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5 Reasons This Exterior Color Scheme Stands Out

Read Time: < 1 minute The attention to detail, the well thought out scheme, and bold use of color make this charming Victorian one of my favorites homes in Provincetown, MA. Here are the five reasons that make this adorable Victorian exterior color scheme stand out. 1. The homeowners had the confidence to use a bold color for the home’s […]

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Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden Is A Green Paradise

Read Time: < 1 minute The color green is said to relax the mind, soothe the nerves and provide a feeling of renewal. It’s no wonder tending to a garden or a long walk through a park helps to clear one’s mind.In spring the color also symbolizes rebirth. As these times of economic unrest have loomed over the entire world […]

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Picking A Paint Color Got You Seeing Red?

Read Time: < 1 minute So you’re ready for a change—but with so many colors out there to choose from, how do you find the right one for you? Let Sensational Color’s Kate Smith show you how easy picking a paint color can be, with three easy tips that will help you find your perfect color—and kick start your painting […]

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Historic Color: Mount Vernon Green

Read Time: 4 min I love George and Martha Washington’s home and it is on my fantasy list of places to live. In addition to the gorgeous architecture, spectacular water view, and beautiful grounds, this home may have been one of the first to use color based on affect on us physically and emotionally. Our first President chose to […]

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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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