Colors for Your Dining Room

November 1st, 2011

Halloween is past us now, and the season of entertaining and eating has arrived.  We have been looking forward to a large and tasty Thanksgiving Day feast this month.  And coming up soon enough is Christmas and Hanukah, and even New Years.  These holidays, plus the chilly weather, make it easy to invite friends and family into our homes and entertain.

So while there is still time, we are here to help you spruce up that classic entertaining space, your dining room.  Thankfully, most dining rooms lend themselves to easy updates.  Because most of the furniture in them tend to be wood, glass or metal, there is little in the way of a solid color scheme to stay tied to.  Painting the walls makes for an easy update, a way to freshen up the room and create an intimate setting for the holidays.

Red

Ever wonder why red tends to be a featured color in fast food restaurants.  It is because the color red helps to simulate your appetite.  This makes it a perfect color choice for your dining room too.  We think Mythic’s non-toxic paint color, Sunburst Nose, would be the perfect choice for a dining room during the holidays.


Orange

Beyond being the staple color of Fall, orange is known to charge excitement and bring energy, which could help to keep conversation going after a big dinner, versus the turkey coma.  We really like Mythic’s VOC free paint color, Lucky Chance, for dining rooms since it is elegant and eye catching.


Green

Green is a wonderful color for anywhere in your home since it is relaxing and easy to live with.  Holiday’s are meant to be comforting and peaceful, and green naturally would bring about these feelings around the table.  In dining rooms, we suggest going with a richer green to play up the drama, such as Mythic’s eco friendly paint color, Alpine Lodge.



Finally, because Mythic paint is a VOC free paint and does not off gas, it is perfect for a quick dining room update.  When your guest visit, they will notice your lovely walls and the smell of turkey, not the headache and chemical smell that using other paints might give them.

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Blog Roundup: All the Mythic News!

October 21st, 2011

Mythic has been all over the blogosphere this month!  Perhaps you might have even read about our non-toxic paint on a blog somewhere.  We even hosted a fun Twitter party with the blog Practically Green. Incase you missed all this excitement, here is a round up of all our best mentions:

Making the World Cuter:

Tiffany has been a fan of Mythic paint ever since she used it before on a home project.  She used our paint this time to spruce up her children’s bunk beds that had been in the family forever.  She was excited to use Mythic paint because it is VOC free and non-toxic, making it safe for children.  Take a look at the makeover here.

The Plain Dealer:

Jell Sell of The Plain Dealer wrote a wonderful article on historic colors in which she featured Mythic’s Historic Color Collection.  Mythic’s collection can be used as exterior or interior paint, and are VOC free just like all our other paint.  You can read her article here.

Mom’s Balancing Act:

Jenna became conscious about the products she used in her home after the birth of her first child.  So naturally when it came time to paint her daughters bedroom, she insisted on using Mythic paint.  She liked that it is an environmentally friendly paint and was impressed with the coverage.  Check out her daughter’s newly painted room here.

Babybites:

The Twitter party we held with Practically Green on green décor was such a success, mainly because the wonderful Elise Jones of Babybites was our host.  She did a great job moderating and asking questions to the participants.  Mythic provided some VOC free paint as a prize for the party too! Elise even did a lovely recap of the party and some great green décor tips that you can read here and here.

Interior Paint Colors in Historic Homes

October 12th, 2011

A few weeks ago we discuss exterior paint colors in historic homes in this blog post.  Using the Mythic paint Historic Color Pallet, we even suggested a few colors that would work perfectly for homes of different time periods.  We did not want to leave you wondering what to do inside though, so this week we have some great tips and suggestions for interior paint to use inside your historic home.

Greek Revival

Unlike the exteriors in found on Greek Revival Homes, the interior colors during the Greek Revival were often brighter and richer since they weren’t exposed to light and weather, which causes fading.  In most cases walls were painted white or neutral and were accented with a colored trim.  This created a formal look that was suited for these types of homes. One suggestion would be to avoid very dark tones on the wood trim since they can hide the wonderful wood details these Greek Revival Homes are known for.  A good interior paint color scheme for a Green Revival room might be:

Historic Color Collection

Old Parchment                        Gold Rush                            Piney Woods

Victorian

During this period, the general feeling was that deep, rich colors enhanced the importance of a room.  Most of the walls contained a rich tint, and the trim was done in a light color allowing for the elaborate molding and other architectural elements to pop.  At this time, it was expected to use a complex collection of colors, starting with the rich main color, and several subsidiary colors to complement it creating a harmonious effect.   These VOC free paint colors below working together to create this effect:

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The Vineyard                            Moccasins                                Mulberry

Colonial Revival

During the Colonial Revival period there was a rejection of dark colors, feeling that they had no place inside.  Deeper colors were saved for exterior colors.  Rooms of this period were characterized with light colored walls and usually one accent color.  This accent color was normally white or ivory which was placed on the woodwork or celling.  To get the right look, you could pair these non toxic paint colors below:
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Granny Smith                         Cadence                                   Alamode