You need COLOR Part 1: All about the home

You need me. I’ll say that again. You need me.

People always tell me how cool, fun and creative my work is once I explain it to them, but my challenge is in communicating the RESULT of the work I do and its BENEFIT to clients. Having a creative job makes my life interesting and it brings smiles to clients’ faces, but what matters most is how I help clients to make their lives better in some way.

My work in color consulting encompasses three key areas: home, business and fashion (via personal color analysis). This blog series is broken into three parts, to explain once and for all what exactly I do in each of these three areas.

Let’s launch into part 1 of my work; that is, color for the home or office. That is going into a residential or commercial property and selecting every single color surface in the place, or at least the surfaces needed to bring the whole space into alignment. Sometimes it involves a simple exterior siding color. Other times I go into a full remodeling project and need to specify counter tops, flooring, fixtures, accent colors and paint.

When do you need my help? The simple answer: You need me when you are tired of looking at endless carpeting and tile samples, along with the 2,579 paint chips you brought home to “test.” You need me once you’ve exhausted yourself overthinking and aren’t making any real progress.

I SAVE YOU HOURS of TIME, ENERGY and FRUSTRATION in this process.

We narrow down color choices together and I bring your entire space into flow and visual harmony. Together we create color palettes for the space, make final determinations for paint and flooring, and even review accent colors and fabrics where needed.

I BRING YOU PEACE OF MIND IN YOUR OWN HOME OR OTHER SPACE.

Do you know that failure to create color flow in your home will actually affect you mentally and physiologically? This is scientifically substantiated. Just do a Google search using keywords ‘color’ and ‘psychology’ and ‘physiological effects.’ Proper use of color in the home or office creates balance, peace and a sense of well-being. Color can overwhelm and confuse just as easily as it can calm and soothe the mind. Let me get it “right” for you.

I MAKE YOU HAPPY IN YOUR OWN SPACE

when we select colors that resonate with you, ones that look like they belong in each room and corner of your home, and ones that express your aesthetic. I choose color schemes that bring you JOY.

I SAVE YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

especially when selecting hard surfaces such as marble, tile, wood and granite. These materials REALLY do need to be sourced properly factoring in color scheme.

I HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME MUCH FASTER AT MARKET VALUE…………

Let that one sink in. There is no one standard color that can sell your home, contrary to what you may have heard. Each home is unique in terms of the surfaces contained within. Let me select the best colors that are neutral enough to appeal to buyers AND that coordinate with all other surfaces.

PHOTO CREDIT: Benjamin Moore

When you find yourself in need of color help for the home, office or commercial property, please call me, friends!

WORK WITH ME, FOLKS!

281-989-4086 or email LAUREN@LFBCOLOR.COM

  1. Schedule a 15-minute complimentary phone call to assess your color needs. Sometimes it turns out that I CAN answer your question(s) in a simple call.

  2. Book an in-home color consultation. I am available in Houston and surrounding areas! Rates vary depending upon scope of project, home square footage, number of surfaces to specify, and if product sourcing is involved.

Live colorfully + joyfully, friends!

xoxo,

Your chief color strategist Lauren

Benjamin Moore announces 2019 Color of the Year + 15-Color Palette

Hey, hey, hey, color lovers worldwide!

It’s your color girl Lauren here. I extend sincerest apologies for delaying in the regular blog posts, but things have been very busy in my color world. For starters, Benjamin Moore has announced their 2019 Color of the Year, METROPOLITAN AF-690. At first glance, maybe it looks like a drab gray, but think again. Metropolitan serves as a beautiful backdrop for loads of other colorful accents and paint color options. I really love it myself! I was also happy to see a warm brown in the selection of Kona this season.

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If you look at the 15-color palette designated by Benjamin Moore, you’ll note an abundance of neutrals and greens. I love that we have soft greens, a slightly bold green and then a deep forest green. Good old faithful Hale Navy made the cut, and I have to say that I specify that color a lot for doors and cabinets. Decorator’s White is super strong, and I like it, as well, as a “clean” color to pair with other vivid hues.

Benjamin Moore 2019 Color Palette

I want to show some examples of how these colors work in different spaces, and thanks predominantly to Benjamin Moore on Pinterest, I am able to! I did find a few other great examples on other sites, and photo credit is listed in those cases. Check these out:

Beau Green 2054-20

Beau Green 2054-20

Hunter Green 2041-10 PHOTO CREDIT: Aestate

Hunter Green 2041-10 PHOTO CREDIT: Aestate

Soft Fern 2144-40 PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Bernier Designs

Soft Fern 2144-40 PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Bernier Designs

Hale Navy HC-154

Hale Navy HC-154

Kona AF-165 PHOTO CREDIT: Lucy Willis Interiors

Kona AF-165 PHOTO CREDIT: Lucy Willis Interiors

Walls in Smoke 2122-40 | Trim in Decorator’s White OC-149

Walls in Smoke 2122-40 | Trim in Decorator’s White OC-149

Cabinets in Head Over Heels AF-250 | Walls in Metropolitan AF-690 | Door + trim in Decorator’s White OC-149

Cabinets in Head Over Heels AF-250 | Walls in Metropolitan AF-690 | Door + trim in Decorator’s White OC-149

Putnam Ivory HC-39

Putnam Ivory HC-39

Kendall Charcoal HC-166

Kendall Charcoal HC-166

I want to personally invite anyone here in Houston who is interested to attend our 2019 Benjamin Moore COLOR OF THE YEAR Launch Party at the Decorative Center on Woodway and Sage. It will be held on November 1st and does require an RSVP.

To attend, please email me directly at lauren@lfbcolor.com. At that point, I will give you more details and put your name on the attendees list.

Have a great rest of your week, color lovers!!

Lauren

Great Day Houston segment: Lauren Battistini talks 5 ways to select the perfect paint colors for your home interiors

Friends and color lovers all around the world,

I sincerely hope that this finds you all well. Today I had the distinct honor of acting as on-camera spokesperson for my client, SRH Paint Co, a Benjamin Moore paint store in Spring, Texas.

The topic is 5 ways to select the perfect paint color for your home interiors. Please check out the informative link and give us a visit at www.springbenjaminmoore.com (Hint: We have a special in-store color consultation promo right now).

Without further ado, here is the link:

https://www.khou.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-houston/how-to-pick-the-perfect-paint-color-for-your-homes-interior/285-8269089

As always, please reach out to me with any comments or questions!

In color always……

Lauren

You say you want gray, but what KIND of gray?

Hello there, friends.

Today I’m chatting about the color gray. The key to understanding gray is to look at how cool or warm it is, and what undertones are present. Here is the tile sample that I am working with currently.

Coolness or warmth of gray can best be detected by color comparison. Remember: looking at a small paint chip tells you virtually nothing about a color. You can identify it as gray, and maybe even a “cool” gray, but until you compare a color to other colors, you cannot understand just HOW blue, or cool, it is.

At first glance, I can see that the overall undertone in this gray is blue, but it is key to look at colors in context. See below.

At first glance, I can see that the overall undertone in this gray is blue, but it is key to look at colors in context. See below.

What do I mean by looking at color in context? Well, it is important to compare different types of grays next to one another. This is a concept that I practiced during training with Maria Killam www.mariakillam.com, the inventor of a brilliant system which breaks down colors by undertone. Side note: I am now a certified Maria Killam True Colour Expert, using her materials and color boards.

Below you will see that we have several types of grays. Shown below are blue grays, green grays, and violet grays. Missing from the photo is blue-green gray. Looking at these colors alone might be difficult to detect undertone, but you can see it clearly when comparing one group of boards to another.

To the left you see the blue grays, and on the right we have green grays. Undertone refers to the underlying tones of color you see present in an overall hue (in this case the hue is gray).

To the left you see the blue grays, and on the right we have green grays. Undertone refers to the underlying tones of color you see present in an overall hue (in this case the hue is gray).

To the left we have the green grays, and on the right we have violet tinged grays. It is only by seeing these boards next to each other that we can truly detect undertone.

To the left we have the green grays, and on the right we have violet tinged grays. It is only by seeing these boards next to each other that we can truly detect undertone.

To illustrate my point further, take a look at the flooring samples below. The first sample pairs best with green gray boards, and the second sample pairs with the violet grays.

Armed with this information, I can make a more informed choice. The whole purpose of paint is to bring into harmony the existing fixed elements in the home. We want to create visual flow among significant furniture pieces, wall coverings, flooring, cabinetry and counter tops.

Below I determined that blue gray is the best color category for this tiling.

A selection of grays with a blue undertone….

A selection of grays with a blue undertone….

So what was my final paint color selection to accompany this gray tile? Drum roll please. Ladies and gentlemen, it is Benjamin Moore’s Coventry Gray HC-169

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram @matthewcandesigns + @miyeyesseethis and published by Benjamin Moore on Pinterest

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram @matthewcandesigns + @miyeyesseethis and published by Benjamin Moore on Pinterest

Until next time, friends, keep rockin’ and embracing color as often and as much as you can!

Your color strategist Lauren

Neiman Marcus' 2018 Fall Must Haves event in Houston Galleria store

Hello there, friends!

I had the distinct honor and privilege of being hired by Neiman Marcus to be a featured guest at their 2018 Fall Must Haves event with TV/media personality Courtney Zavala of Houston Life TV earlier this month. Courtney was the host, and I was there to offer my color analysis services to guests following the fashion show. It was a MEMORABLE NIGHT indeed. 

After the 21-or-so-look fashion show, I helped over 40 attendees determine which metallic tones best suit them based on an in-store mini color analysis I did with several metallic color boards. 

This exercise is useful in determining metallic jewelry and cosmetic color choices!

TV Media Personality Courtney Zavala and I had a blast chatting fall 2018 colors + trends

TV Media Personality Courtney Zavala and I had a blast chatting fall 2018 colors + trends

The fashion show featured fall 2018 trends, such as peacock hues (think blues, teals, berries, reds and purples), animal print, fringe, cowboy boots and boots in general, sequins for day and night, power tailoring and leather everything.

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Not only did Neiman Marcus put on an amazing fashion show, but they also let me select my own outfit, shoes and jewelry. Check out my look for the evening. I was all about combining power suiting (navy blue, the new black), sequins and peacock hued shoes embellished with cubic zirconium studs by Jimmy Choo. 

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I have two videos to share here with you, and both of them recap the event in different ways. The first video below was created by my business colleague and dear friend Ann Ngo. Ann is a well-known YouTuber and the creative director of Youtique Bridal, a DIY inspiration and lifestyle site for creative brides and creators in general. Please do subscribe to Ann's channel below, and enjoy this recap of the fashion show!

The second video is by Houston Life TV, Courtney Zavala and her camera guy Brian. Thanks to them for shooting coverage of this event, and for interviewing me about what I do with my color boards!

Again, this experience was a beautiful one for me, because I got to share both my love of color and fashion with everyone. It was a great honor to be invited/hired by Neiman Marcus to be a guest at this event.

Stay tuned for more of my events, and be sure to subscribe to my newsletters at:

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Until next time,

Lauren