Monday, January 5, 2015

Lively Up Your Office!

Do you often wish that your office environment was not dull and mundane? Do white walls dampen the spirits of your employees, stinking up the place in a miasma of mediocrity resulting in lackluster performance? It does not have to be this way! Get your moxie on!

In yet another online color consultation, EB Color Consultants had the privilege of choosing office color for Pronto Marketing’s 7th floor expansion in Bangkok, Thailand.  

In a city that erects purple skyscrapers and where hot pink taxi cabs are the norm, color is never the adversary. As it should be, it is your friend.

So when asked to help Pronto inject some life into their newly expanded office space, I was thrilled. Any company that greets its employees with a purple cow expects greatness from them upon entering. As their color consultant, I was up to the challenge.

I listen to my clients and this is what the creatives at Pronto had to say:  We want a place where people walk in and feel that it's a happy environment. It should be energetic, but relaxing. We do quiet work here. It should say that Pronto is a fun and creative place.” 

So, with that in mind, a spunky red entry catapults its arrivals into the rest of the space, certainly an invigorating way to start the work day. 

This entry also serves as the hub around which the other areas radiate. 

The rest of the space is equally divided, with a quiet work area conducive to concentration and attention on one side and a lively lunch room and recreational area on the other.

The quiet desk areas are painted in a mid-tone gray. It’s cool, soothing and ideal in terms of visual ergonomics, resulting in no glare or areas of high contrast.

But enter the other and color quickly enlivens the employees for recharge. Tangy green for the rec room...

 and tangerine orange walls for the kitchen serve as such a catalyst.

Here you can see, employees at play after a productive day providing excellence in online presence for customers around the world.

To further make the point that Pronto is a fun place to work, Bangkok street artist Alex Face was commissioned by its owners to adorn the walls, adding even more levity to the atmosphere.

A nice balance was achieved between calm and lively, serious and fun, work and play with the simple application of color. Let EB Color help your offices – in person or with a consultation online.   206-353-0454

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If You Color It They Will Come

The courtship behavior of Bower Birds has always fascinated me.

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These crafty, clever avian creatures in Australia erect elaborate structures and decorate them to the hilt. These “bowers” are not nests, but ornate edifices built to attract a mate. And…it works. Take a look at some of these intricate, beautiful constructions created with the mere biological intention of wooing the lady birds. 

Do human males do the same thing? In the past eight years, I have had a lot of single male clients. And in my experience, what they’re after is the antithesis of the man cave. Bachelors, divorces, widowers alike all have had one thing in common. They wanted to create a personal space embracing the use of color. Now whether on some primordial level, they are doing so to attract the opposite sex is beyond me and the scope of this post, but funnily enough, over the years I have seen significant others enter their lives after their homes were embellished.

Here are a few images showing how I helped some male clients use color to enhance their space.

This music room adorned with C2-730 “Churchill” is now a haven for creativity.

Benjamin Moore AF -225 “Firenze” helped create a cozy nook.

Benjamin Moore HC-91 “Danville Tan” is a beautiful and warm living room color for this fellow.

The warm- cool combination of Benjamin Moore 1578 “IcedMarble” and HC- 44 “Lenox Tan” in this man’s home is the foundation for more decoration, if he chooses.

Now here’s a gentleman who has his priorities straight! J

Whether you’re single or married, have a large family or small, it doesn’t matter. EB Color Consultants understands the needs of everyone in Seattle and beyond when it comes to color.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Exterior Colors Not to Reason Why

People come to EB Color (that would be me) because they are planning to paint their house and want it to look great. It is understandable that one would seek such guidance because for many, it can seem a formidable task - expensive and scary.  EB removes the angst.

Some call me who are looking to sell their house and appeal to wide breadth of potential buyers. We accomplished just that on this home with the rich colors of Benjamin Moore - a neutral  "Ashley Gray" body, "Georgian Brick" sashes for accent color, "Wenge" shutters for punctuation, trimmed out in "Indian White".

Photo and color design by Elizabeth Brown

Some have strong existing elements to work around.  These clients had inherited a colored walkway, an integral part of the landscape, yet it clashed with the existing house color. Now painted  in Sherwin William's Roycroft Pewter the house complements the entry instead of fighting it.

Photo and color design by Elizabeth Brown

Others want rich exterior color without it getting too gaudy or, heaven forbid, breaking the law of chromatic distribution.   Sherwin William's "Rookwood Jade" provided just enough colorful oomph without going overboard.

Photo and Color Design by Elizabeth Brown

Some clients want to visually rearrange the balance of architectural elements using color. Check!

Photo and color design by Elizabeth Brown

And others, like girls, just want to have fun!

Photo and color design by Elizabeth Brown
No matter your reason, EB Color is at your service.  Believe it or not, it can fun.    206-353-0454-

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The EB Awards

Bearing intelligence, a sense of humor, groundedness, elegance and refinement - this describes my esteemed customer, brimming with wit, creativity and imagination.  I encounter bigness along the way as I go about my work.  Thank you, all, for making my job so enjoyable.  

You already know about the Grammys, the Emmys, the Tonys. Right? But did you know, there are also the resplendent  EB’s? And the award goes to…

Best Sign on the Gate

Most Elegant Tablescape

Coolest Dog in Quilcene, WA

Most Sublime Greenhouse in Washington

Terrific Entrance Advice

Exquisite Sound View Award

Wackiest Kitchen

Most Impressive Clock Collection Ever

Best Autumnal Rainy Day Seattle View

Imaginative Millwork Award

Distinction of Being The Sassiest Parrot in The World 

Most Enchanting Lobby Feature

Ultimate Tacoma View on a Saturday in January     206-353-0454

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kill Your Television

I'm kidding.  But I did have that bumper sticker back in the day.

As you know I've been preaching the gospel of hiding the television into its background. Seems TVs get bigger and bigger every day and are occupying way more visual space than ever. And often they look like big black hole.

Take this living room for example. The owners had just moved in and called me for help. Everything seemed to be floating, there was nothing to anchor the elements of the room. And, of course, the television was glaring. So I suggested they paint the wall a warm dark grey, taking a cue from their painting of Seattle's Pike Place Market. I chose Benjamin Moore's AF- 655, "Silhouette".

Nice improvement, huh?

In an online color consultation, I was sent a photo of yet another white wall, with yes, you guessed it, the ubiquitous TV. In this instance, I hoped to mitigate the situation with a darker wall color, one that complemented the rest of the color palette, Benjamin Moore, AF- 560 "Flint".

This is what the client said. You are spot on about the gray wall camouflaging the TV - they are such big ugly monsters, but the new wall color really helps, and gives the room a nice feel. I like it a lot.” 

In the next example, C2 371, "Caffe Latte," not only softened the effect of the TV, but also all that brick.

And finally, this TV has it's very own little room. It is awash in Benjamin Moore 2108-40 "Stardust", making it feel right at home.

So please, don't let your TV stick out like a sore thumb! Call a reputable color consultant like EB Color to help you.

Elizabeth Brown    206-353-0454

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Just a Few Colorful Gates in Bangkok

I wanted to upload 100, but Blogger cut me off at 18. Damn. Maybe there'll be a part 2.

As a Seattle based architectural color consultant traveling in Bangkok, I find this all very exciting.

Elizabeth Brown    206-353-0464