November 16th, 2015

Colors From the U.K.


The new Colortopia™ exhibit from Glidden® is an interactive color experience at Epcot® in the Walt Disney World® Resort. We’re celebrating its November 13th opening with a series of posts inspired by the World Showcase pavilions at Epcot.

Glidden color experts have put together a paint palette that brings the colors of the United Kingdom to our homes. These rich, royal tones evoke scenes of rustic Elizabethan cottages and the formal elegance of Victorian London. The United Kingdom Pavilion palette includes: Ivory Cream, Swan White, Dusty Mauve, Golden Needles, Crisp Linen White, Canadian Sky Blue, Red Rose Bouquet, Drifting Snow, Universal Grey, Mansard Stone, White on White, Polished Limestone, Greycliffe, Raindrop White, Bittersweet Chocolate, Washed Teal, Dove White and Granite Grey.

Once I saw this palette, I knew that I wanted to put together an inspiration board. My usual color preferences lend themselves toward bright and bold, so decorating with more understated, muted colors was a fun exercise for me.

With the United Kingdom Pavilion palette in front of me, I chose five colors to work with on my inspiration board: Universal Grey, Granite Grey, Bittersweet Chocolate, Dusty Mauve, Washed Teal and Crisp Linen White. I chose these colors because they were a nice mix of true neutrals combined with some unexpected color.

I started with the mauve and teal. I found a transitional rug with a mauve chevron and a comfy side chair in teal. These two pieces don’t necessarily go together, but this is a good place to start.


UK Palette Step 1


Now, it’s time to add in some neutral pieces. Once there are some larger pieces in colors similar to Granite Grey, Bittersweet Chocolate and Universal Grey to ground the selections, the Dusty Mauve and Washed Teal pieces suddenly seem to coordinate beautifully.


UK Palette Step 2


To break up the upholstery, I chose a fluffy Crisp Linen White-colored throw pillow and a floral pillow that reminds me of the beautiful English countryside.


UK Palette Step 3


As a final touch, I added some accessories to the room with white and gold accents. My style is generally eclectic, so I like pairing modern lines with this traditional color palette.


UK at Home


This little room using colors inspired by the U.K. is so lovely! I’m thrilled with the use of the United Kingdom Pavilion palette with a little modern twist.

When you are designing a room of your own, think about using your colors in the way I did—with a few pieces in colors layered with some grounding neutrals and accents. Using this process, you’ll be able to incorporate nearly any color of your choice.

Selections: Sofa (Urban Loft), Chair (Target), Coffee Table (similar), Rug (Wayfair), Chandelier (Amazon), Pillow (Zulily), Pillow (similar), Vases (Floral Art), Bowl (Canvas Home)

Read more posts inspired by Epcot or learn about the Colortopia exhibit.

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

Categories: Inspired by Epcot