November 16th, 2015

Colors From the U.S.A.


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.

When we think of the colors that represent America, we tend to think of the vivid red, white and blue of the American flag. But if you take a step back in time to when the first settlers arrived on the shores of Massachusetts and Virginia, the colors of America were more subdued.


USA Painting inspiration Glidden Paint Colors of the American Adventure at Home


American painting inspiration can be found in the colonial era’s subtle shades of red, white and blue. If you’ve ever been to Williamsburg, VA then you have seen firsthand how elegant the colors are. Classic Brick Red has a warm orange tone, a grey-blue like Sanctuary Blue feels peaceful and warm and soft whites like Elegant Ivory Cream add a soft contrast. These patriotic colors are inspired by the 18th century.

The colors are classic and have stood the test of time. Any of the palette colors pair well together in interiors and as exterior house colors. Consider painting your dining room in Charcoal Coast to create a dark dramatic space. When you add the gleam of shiny metal and glass with a chandeler and the soft glow of candles, you create a sophisticated dining room atmosphere.

For an exterior, Classic Brick Red painted on the siding accented by Hemlock Green on the shutters and doors are a classic contrast. Antique White makes the colors pop when used on trim. This color trio will stand the test of time and never look dated.

Here’s another way to give your home a touch of colonial-era elegance: water colored napkins for your dinner table. I created them using sample pots of Glidden paint that I bought at The Home Depot.

Water Colored Napkins Inspired by the American Adventure


Paint supples needed to paint USA inspired dinner napkins



  • Paint—I used Glidden Premium from The Home Depot in Classic Brick Red and Sanctuary Blue
  • 6 linen or cotton napkins (avoid polyester blends, which won’t take the paint well)
  • 1-inch wide paint brush
  • 1/4 cup fabric medium (sold at craft stores)
  • Mixing bowl—large enough to accommodate 2 or more cups of water
  • Paint stirrer
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • 2 cups of water
  • Large piece of cardboard to protect work surface


1. Wash, dry and press napkins.


Watercolor Napkin Painting tutorial


2. Mix 2 tablespoons of paint with 1 tablespoon of fabric medium in a mixing bowl.


Mix paint for USA painting inspired napkins


3. Pour 1/4 cup of water into mixing bowl and stir well.


Painting napkins


4. Place cardboard on work surface to protect it. Place open napkin on cardboard.

5. Dip brush into paint mixture and paint along bottom edge of napkin. Make sure to cover the bottom edge and hem.


USA color inspired painted napkins


6. Before starting the next row, add another 1/4 cup of water to the paint mix. Stir well. This will thin the paint, which will make the second row of paint painted on the napkin more transparent.

7. For each added row, add 1/4 cup more water to the mix and stir well before adding the next row of color.


dip painted napkins


8. Let the napkins dry thoroughly. Then wash them in cold water and dry them in a dryer on medium heat. Press with a warm iron.


USA Painting inspiration napkins


To see the watercolored effect on the napkin when placed on the table, fold the napkin in thirds.


Painting napkin tutorial


Mix and match the colors with your plates.


Dinner table U.S.A. inspired placemats


To add to the American Adventure theme, I made placemats using sheet music of The Star Spangled Banner.

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