Art + Design


We’ve been reading up on recent design trends, namely interior paint, and thought you might want to know what’s in store for 2019!


Color Choice - It’s a Big Deal

It’s not an easy task to select a color of the year for many major interior paint manufacturers. Teams of designers and color stylists mull over the decision, and hours of research regarding consumer trends, lifestyles, and recurring themes in history are considered. Even the title given to color of the year can have serious marketing implications.

The ladies understand this 'color conundrum' when deciding between two shades of red at the nail salon...and making the final decision based solely on the name.  (Personally, we love “I’m Not Really a Waitress!”)  

Color is a psychological powerhouse in the fields of advertising, marketing, and design. It creates a mood, emphasizes a connection, and manifests intimacy in our living spaces.


According to the color experts, here’s what’s hot right now:

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 — Living Coral

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral — Read the Color Intelligence


Described as “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

Pantone, a company that proclaims itself “the global authority on color,” has been around since 1963 and employs a 20-person team called the Pantone Color Institute to help with the Color of the Year selection. The process of selecting a color takes 9 months!

Image: Furniture Choice

Image: Furniture Choice

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2019 — Cavern Clay

SHERWIN WILLIAMS Cavern Clay SW 7701 — Read the Color Intelligence

Image: Sherwin Williams

Image: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams describes Cavern Clay as a "warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots," and explains that it's a "nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together create the desert modern aesthetic."

Behr’s Color of the Year 2019 — Blueprint

Blueprint S470-5— Read the Color Intelligence

Image: Behr

Image: Behr

Blueprint, available exclusively at The Home Depot, is a mid-tone blue that Behr's in-house color expert, Erika Woelfel, believes is universally appealing, as it's "warmer than denim and softer than navy." 

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019 — Metropolitan


Image: Benjamin Moore

Image: Benjamin Moore

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.

What do you think?

So, there you have it! We’d love to know your thoughts. Please comment below and let us know what influences your choice for interior paint color!

O.M. Norling's - A Curious Art Spectacle

We are so proud to support our community, its members and their insane talent. Thanks to Jay Wilson for giving us yet another reason to celebrate Oakhurst and our decision to live and work here. We thoroughly enjoyed your show. 

Courtesy of Angela Georges Photography

Courtesy of Angela Georges Photography

Yes! We want one of these paintings on our wall. If we're being honest, more than one!
What an amazing pop-up gallery show by O.M. Norling at the Solarium this past weekend. The gallery walls donned 20 incredibly detailed, textural works with fantastic titles, too. Friday and Saturday were adult viewing only, but Sunday, the gallery was open specifically to the children. Brilliant! Little ones of all ages gained an appreciation for art and O.M. Norling's process while munching on popcorn and searching for clues in the artist's works. The fact that Jay Wilson (painting as O.M. Norling) was there, to field their questions and even take a photo, was the cherry on top. Everyone was inspired by Norling's subject matter and technique. 

Guess what? If you missed it, you can still go check it out:

WEDNESDAY, Jan 31: Noon-7:00PM

THURSDAY, Feb 1: Noon-7:00PM

FRIDAY, Feb 2: Noon-8:00PM

SATURDAY, Feb 3: Noon-8:00PM

Level Craft wants O.M. Norling to know our favorites. (If he needs to temporarily store them somewhere, we know just the place!) Only kidding, we're pretty sure most of his paintings already have new homes. Congratulations Jay Wilson!  We can't wait for the next show. 

Debbie's favorite pieces is titled "The Liar's Chair And". 

Photo credit: Frank Steele via

Photo credit: Frank Steele via

Virginia's is titled "Equilibrium for the Conspicuous Recluse"

Photo credit: Frank Steele via

Photo credit: Frank Steele via

If you're an artist and have an upcoming event, please let us know. We love spotlighting local talent. 


Virginia + Debbie