2015 Lecture Series about Color

This year's lecture series contains 3 talks: Color in Residential Interiors The Power of Color Color for The Nursery Color for Residential Interiors will be given January - April at the following venues. Admission Is Free Germantown Library: Jan 25, 2PM Saugerties Library: Jan 31, 2PM Staatsburg Library: Feb 7 Troy Library: Feb 22| Millbrook Library: Feb 28, 2 PM, snow date March 14 Tivoli Library: March 21, 1PM, snow date April 4 Olive Library: March 28, 2 PM Sheffield Library ( MA): March 15, 3 PM, snow date March 22 Kinderhook Library (Kinderhook Home & Garden Day): April 18, 2:45PM Columbia County Chamber of Commerce: April 30, 5:45pm Color for Residential Interiors For most people, choosing paint colors can be overwhelming. Not only is it necessary to take the room’s furnishings into consideration, but paint finish, adjacent room color, sight lines, architecture and light sources, all play an important role in making an informed choice.
This 60 minute talk (plus Q & A) includes over 50 examples of how and how not to use color. The talk combines both the science and art of proper color application and an exploration of the profound emotional, psychological and physiological effects that color has on all of us. Amy Krane, founder of Amy Krane Color, is trained by the International Association of Color Consultant/Designers of North America and was selected as “Best of HOUZZ" 2014 and 2015, the home decorating website with over 25 million monthly users. She is a regular contributor on Luminary Publishing’s Upstater.com and is featured in the Winter issues of both Hudson Valley Magazine and Home Depot’s in-house magazine, InPaint .  

Exterior House Color Trends

Interested in current exterior house color trends?  Read about them in InPaint Magazine. They tapped Amy Krane Color to hear what's happening in the NorthEast and around the U.S.http://inpaintmag.com/the-bold-and-the-traditional/ In general, Northern locales choose cooler, more muted colors while the South chooses warmer, bolder tones. The home’s architectural style, local materials, the landscape and the cultural background of the inhabitants all influence exterior home color choices around the U.S. southern homespanish style homeIn the Northeast, many colors are influenced by the proximity to the coast. Classic combinations for historical homes inform the choice for many homes from the Federal, Georgian, Colonial and Victorian styles, to name a few. The rise of the use of grey in interior home design has affected color choices for home exteriors also. We're also seeing an uptick in the use of black for homes. Northwestern colors tend to be monochromatic and nature inspired. The colors reflect the climate, the Pacific coast and the forests. Greys, blues, grey/blues and deep greens are common. Grey Home with red door Black HomeGreen northwest home Certain colors are used all over the U.S., the most prevalent being white. Traditional schemes like white body with black shutters still abound but we are seeing a shift to a darker body with a lighter trim, which reverses some historical tradition. white house black shuttersCoastal house color Also very popular are neutrals such as beiges and naturals like tan, taupe and putty. However we are seeing a new attraction for bold, bright individualistic choices for accent areas including front doors and shutters. beige HouseBold door colororange doorIn the Midwest, tones are earth- based. They include browns, wheat, rust, mustard, putty and greens. These colors are typical for Prairie Style and Arts & Crafts homes in that area. tan house mustard color arts and crafts houseThe Southwest goes for warm desert tones. These include terra cotta, beige, cream, copper, tans and sand colors. Proximity to Hispanic and Native American populations affects the choice of palette as do local construction materials like adobe and stucco. southwestern HouseIn the West nature dictates the color palettes. Greens, putty, browns and stone colors are used. The hues reflect the mountains and natural elements in the rugged landscape. Natural wood stains are common. So are deep rusty reds, gold and taupe. Mountain home