Color, fun, and…. whimsy alert ! Fine Paints of Europe has collaborated with local Richmond, Virginia designer Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs to create an exciting new signature paint collection.
The collection, Bridget Beari Colors, is a set of 76 custom wall colors formulated by the designer. Susan says that the “motto” of the collection is “inspired by the ones you love, created for the way you live” .
And the way that Susan lives? With dogs! She walks the walk-- each of her paint colors is named for a dog (or something else four-legged)– beloved pets of friends and clients. Is there anything more fun than that?
I recently had the opportunity to interview Susan about her fabulous color collection:
J: As a designer with a certain aesthetic, do you find yourself actually using an edited collection of “tried and true” colors time and again?
S: Yes, I do use certain colors over again, especially a good white or a perfect tan. All the colors in my Bridget Beari fan deck are colors that I have used throughout my 20 years in interior design.
J: You state that “good design comes from the ability to visualize the potential in every space.” Does the “potential” of a space have limitations in terms of color? Lighting comes to mind.
S: I believe that every room has potential. It is a talent to be able to see what the positive characteristics are in a room and what design changes can really bring it to life. I also believe that if something is lacking, then create. If a room seems dark, then add light by physically adding a window, by lighting changes or by changing the tone with color. The room will always tell me what it needs, then I have to mix that with the client’s taste and my Bridget Beari touch.”
J: Your saturated “brights” really caught my eye. These are easy to get wrong. Are your choices the result of trial and error or do you simply have that “eye” for what looks great up on a wall?
S: I think it is a little of both. The strong colors need very specific settings. This is a mistake most people make when choosing paint colors. They think the stronger and brighter, the better. They forget to take into account all the things that make up a room. Having a design plan is so important when starting any project. My clients like to call me the “Queen of Color” because I can pick colors quickly and with good results. That said, sometimes the lighting in a room throws the color way off. I always put up samples before a room is fully painted.
J: I’m loving the hot pink “Trixie”. In what sort of space have you used this color successfully? And don’t tell me that “Trixie ” is a dog!
S: Trixie is a horse from my childhood. It is a great accent color. I have painted chairs as well as the back of a bookcase. I’m geting a lot of positive feedback on “Trixie” from other designers.
J. I’m also wild about your range of warm neutrals. Do you have a favorite?
S: I am a neutral girl at heart. I could do a whole chart on just neutrals, so I really have a hard time paring down to a favorite. N.62 “Biscuit” is probably my favorite because it is the perfect base color for any room but it must be paired with a crisp white like “Snowball” for real impact.
Here at The Painted Room, I’m a huge fan of “signature” paint collections. The color choices of good designers are useful to me. I use them as a guide, but tweaking color to perfection depends on many variables in a space, most importantly…light. Keep that in mind when sampling paint colors.
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My personal fav?