November 28th, 2016

Paint Palettes Inspired by Venice


It only takes one trip to the paint chip section of your local hardware store to be overwhelmed. So instead of having endless options, I like to go to the paint counter with my options narrowed down to just a few. And what better inspiration could there be than a color palette inspired by the amazing city of Venice. Venice is a city so steeped in history that it presents beautiful inspiration in form and color at nearly every block. If you can look past the tourist shops and crowds, there is a beautiful patina on nearly every surface which makes for the perfect jumping off point for a paint palette.

The color that seems to be everywhere is green. Not a bright evergreen but the greyed down green of aged copper, moss growing on sculpture, the reflection of the water in the canals and the color plumage on the pigeons. It’s the color that stands out most in time there so of course I’ve included it in this color palette. I’ve paired it with a deep blue grey and a pale grey for balance.

For a pale version of this aged green color, try Barely Jade which has just enough green without going overboard. For a richer shade that brings in olive tones, try Shaded Fern. It’s deep enough to act as a bold neutral in any space.

To punctuate the palette further, try a deep blue which is almost black but works better with the green colors. For example, Approaching Storm or Sophisticated Navy will add some modern crisp balance to the green shades.

Finally, to balance out the darker colors, I’ve pulled in a paler grey to reflect the chippy painted trim and stone you see around Venice. For this, try Light Pelican Grey which will read closer to cream next to rich greens and blues.

Even if you don’t have fond memories of Venice, this color scheme is a fail safe way to create a sophisticated color scheme in your home without breaking a sweat. Happy painting (and travels!)


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.

Categories: Color, Inspiration