Best Interior Color Trends 2016!

Posted by: Jessamy on January 6, 2016 • 0 Comments

Hello Everyone! The end of 2015 swept me up in personal home renovations (what a job!). I’m waiting on a sofa from to begin decorating & sharing. Thankfully the chaotic days are over, just in time for a fresh 2016. I’m recharged, ready to dive-in to a long business to-do list with the completion of new portfolio images at the top of the list. For a little preview visit us on instagram (colorzenmilwaukee). We’ve been steadily busy coloring & creating for you :) Some really cool jobs in 2015…

Most importantly, let’s talk color trends. After listening to forecasts & sifting through millions of inspirations, here are our picks for hot hues you’ll see in 2016 and beyond.

1. New Neutrals. Look no further than the eggshell >


Funny…we had this on the radar for a while. Very soft shades of cream, white, light tan, pink, and taupe. Center stage in Sherwin Williams Colormix 2016, titled “Pura Vida”, showcased by this model >

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The palette is inspired by the quest for balance, quiet, peace, healthful living… Most surprising note- GRAY WAS IN THE BACKGROUND this year :)

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Very zen, so you know we’re loving it. Can you do soft pink? That is the question, lol.

2. Green. Is back!

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It returns to us in a variety of shades, with very retro or deep earthy roots. Jade, forest, kelly, emerald, and dare I say SAGE ;) Even on the walls…sage.

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I just colored an amazing 1920’s flip home & kept wanting to sneak this color in ^

3. Blue-violet.


I find this one interesting! You don’t see it filter through very often. I would say my most requested color last year was blue. Lots of powdery versions, some periwinkle.

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Very, very serene in a room. Just don’t ever call it purple! People totally freak, ha.

4. Red. Flashes of it. In a bright shade between true and tomato. Mix in some white and you have hot coral. That’s a popular one too.

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Have you noticed an abundance of red shoes for men and women? In fashion and interiors it’s tempered by the use of black and white.

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Some amazing red chairs out there. Throw that in the mix and your room will sing.

There you have a taste. If you have questions about trend colors or better yet, a room that needs a lift- contact me anytime.

Cheers readers!

(thank you CB2 & pinterest for the best photo inspirations)

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We Have Holiday Gift Cards!

Posted by: Jessamy on November 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

*A few people have asked about holiday gift cards! Yes, we have them & are happy to send to you :) I’ve been caught up in moving back into our home (finally) after flood repair & many design clients. I’m looking forward to getting back into the writing groove- must share color trends for 2016 & projects in the works!*

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(previous post) Every year I receive calls from daughters, mothers, brothers, sons, sisters, and friends, interested in purchasing consulting hours for a loved one near the holidays.

A few years ago, a son called for his mother, wishing her a little more beauty (in her condo) as a small token of his appreciation for all she has done. It was such a touching call, I shared the story with my friend and we were both tearing up :) I will never forget that one.

Usually the background story is the gift recipient is just S T U C K. The room never came together, the paint is off, sofa selection is daunting, the room lacks personality, you name it…

So we have gift cards…

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…and we love to dive into all sorts of design dilemmas, even the ugly ones, ha.

Cheers readers! If you would like to purchase a holiday gift card, contact me anytime. We will take great care of your family/friends- near and far.

(thank you West Elm for the image)

holiday gift certificates / simple updates

Paint has been quiet for too long…

Posted by: Jessamy on October 2, 2015 • 0 Comments

The beautiful gray hues on my Sherwin Williams fandeck are so tattered, they’re tearing off in all directions. For at least 3 years, I have referenced them at almost every client appointment. Hundreds of times.

As we rebuild our own kitchen and living area I still turn to gray paint like an old, faithful friend.

But I must tell you I feel bold coming on…

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In sort of a graphic sense.

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A single stripe, an outline, black & white, geometric patterns. The accent wall reimagined.

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We shall see if next week’s Sherwin Williams Colormix presentation on 2016’s trends agrees with my hunch.

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Stay-tuned for all of the details. This is the best time for color consulting (trend forecasts galore).

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Cheers readers!

(thank you pinterest & apartment therapy for the images)

accent colors / color trends

Take a Little Risk.

Posted by: Jessamy on September 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

A funny tale to share…

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This home in our area ^, it was tan, tan, tan, tan. Tan siding, tan trim, no contrast. You drove past not even noticing the place.

Until the painters began. I passed by when they first started and several times after. When they were about half finished and you could compare old to new, I thought wow- this is stunning paint rework.

I noticed the owner outside one day, so I stopped to tell him how I’ve been admiring the new look. And asked if they worked with a designer and he said yes, my wife. She’s an interior designer :) Of course!

This photo does the look no proper justice, but in person the place just shines on the street. They even sprayed the outdoor lights a nice silver. I believe they were bronze before.

I could tell some love went into every shade. From the perfect stone white trim, to the grayed down blue/green. Kindred colorists we may be- I know a good one when I see it *

They took a little risk and it paid big. If you have the opportunity to repaint your home, explore new possibilities.

Cheers readers!

exterior restyling / simple updates

I know why you hire me…

Posted by: Jessamy on August 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

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On a peaceful morning, my son & I ran to the grocery store to grab ingredients for the picturesque dinner in my mind. I started a load of wash before we left…

When we returned, there were 2 inches of water covering the main living area. Thankfully the scene was dried quickly by a recovery team. However, to consolidate, the kitchen was completely “washed away” by this wash machine incident.

This comes at a strange time, for we almost began remodeling in July. So although the destruction is causing undue stress, we will emerge (eventually) in a much improved space.

To be perfectly honest, in the last 6 years of Color Zen, I’ve never faced a client job that really stressed me out. Even when the project is complicated. It has always flowed from my brain (thankfully) to the point that work feels like a retreat.

I’ve worked for designers, artists, creatives, etc. Some of which live in homes far beyond my own vision. And I’ve thought on occasion- perhaps I should hire you? But everyone insists I provide the right answers.

I never really believed them? Until I found myself staring at an entire room of tile, wood, paint, and carpet samples. I sat there, on the now bare plywood, with a completely blank expression. For days. Finally calling my design guru Mom in to bail me out. We still need our Mothers at 40 ;)

Should I be admitting this? Well I’ve never been one to hide anything…

Diagnosis- I can help everyone but myself. Life is a lesson and this process will make me even better for you. I will share the journey!

Cheers readers :)

(Cindy Crawford’s kitchen is my “look” inspiration)


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