ＩＶＯＲＹ ◽️ a creamy white color, also the tusk of elephant, walrus and narwhal, for which the color is named 🐘. Some of the earliest known ivory artifacts are the Lewis Chessmen ♟ , found on an isle in Outer Hebrides and the inspiration for Harry Potter’s wizards’ chess 🧙♂️(swipe ➡️). Queen Victoria made the color popular for wedding dresses when she wore it for her marriage to Prince Albert 👰🏻 (swipe ➡️➡️). Today, ivory remains a staple for fashion and interior design alike .
#ivory #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＭＵＭＭＹ ⚰️ yes, mummy brown is exactly what you think it is. For centuries, Egyptian mummies were dug up, examined, and ground into powder (swipe for an evocative scene ➡️) to be used by apothecaries and painters alike ⚱️. Delacroix used it heftily in the Salon de la Paix in Paris (swipe ➡️➡️) and it was pursued by artists until the 1960s, when the last mummy ran out💀. Mummy brown, perhaps an appropriate color for a room of rest.
#mummybrown #bedroomdecor #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＶＥＲＤＩＧＲＩＳ 🗽 the color of our iconic Statue of Liberty, and the perfect pop for a downtown NYC café. It’s the natural bright green patina that forms over weathered copper, and was one of the most vibrant greens used in painting until about the 15th century (swipe ➡️). “Verdigris” comes from the Old French “vertegrez” (previously “vert-de-Grèce”), which translates to “green of Greece,” from where the pigment originated 🇬🇷.
#verdigris #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＥＭＥＲＡＬＤ 🦚 a color of envy. It’s symbolically assigned to Shakespeare’s more troublesome characters, and a gem pursued since the days of Nero 👑. Its most iconic reference is perhaps The Emerald City, the seemingly dreamlike land in The Wizard of Oz ✨. The 2013 @pantone color of the year shines in the center of this sitting room in our #centralparkwest home.
Photography @kirstenrfrancis 📸
#emerald #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＡＶＯＣＡＤＯ 🥑 first off, happy National Avocado Day to all you avo lovers out there 💚. Did y’all know that before it was the poster child for clean eating, avocado was the hallmark color of the 1970s environmentalist movement? In an effort to raise awareness of earth’s fragility, the color blanketed everything from appliances to automobiles (swipe ➡️). Almost 50 years later, we’re combining healthy eating with healthy interiors, in our avocado laden bathroom at the wellness-minded cafe, @charleyst .
Photography @taramilktea 📸
#avocado #bathroomdesign #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＴＥＲＲＥ ＶＥＲＴＥ 🌏 “earth green,” alluding to both its hue and material composition. While terre verte was one of the few affordable and available greens, it was seldom used by artists, and there are only a handful of examples of its use in cave painting (swipe ➡️). Its glory came in artist Cennino Cennini’s claim that it was the perfect shade for shadowing everything from skin tones to drapery (swipe ➡️➡️). Today, @farrowandball has restored its glory, including it in their select palette of gorgeously refined paint colors 🎨. We think it’s the absolute perfect shade of green for any home.
#terreverte #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＰＩＳＴＡＣＨＩＯ 🌱 the light green color named after the beloved pistachio seed 🌰. While the color may seem millennial in use (its fresh hue mirrors the famed ‘millennial pink’), pistachios have been used to brighten Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Today, the iconic color stands out in a lineup of frozen yogurt flavors 🍦 and in famous desserts like the @milkbarstore pistachio cake by @christinatosi 🍰. At @charleyst , we translated this color from food to facade🏡.
Photography @codyguilfoyle for @dominomag 📸. #pistachio #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＣＥＬＡＤＯＮ 💚 one of our favorite colors for interiors. Céladon was the main character in a 17th C. French romantic novel 📗, so widely read that the color of his robe became synonymous with the eastern ceramics of similar hue 👘⚱️. It’s the perfect glassy green that, when installed in a bathroom, makes you feel like you’re showering in the sea 🧼🌾. Especially perfect for this beachfront home 🏡 .
#celadon #colorhistory #bathroomdesign #lizakuhninteriors
ＭＡＳＳＩＣＯＴ ✨ also known as ✨ ＬＥＡＤ-ＴＩＮ ＹＥＬＬＯＷ ✨ extinct by 1750, when it was replaced by the more vibrant Naples Yellow. While this pale yet lively yellow was a favorite of ‘The Old Masters’ (like Vermeer and Rembrandt, swipe ➡️), we find it works exceedingly well for the youngest of generations 👱🏼♀️. Photography @kirstenrfrancis
#massicot #leadtinyellow #bedroomdesign #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＧＡＭＢＯＧＥ 🌞 a golden yellow produced from the sap of Cambodian trees (once called Camboja, from where the sap gets its name) 🇰🇭. It was a favorite of Rembrandt, who used its golden hue to detail halos in his paintings (swipe ➡️). The toxic color is no longer available for purchase, yet it still perfectly describes the ambient glow in the gorgeus @christofle showroom 👑 .
Photography @don.eim 📸
#gamboge #yellow #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors