4 New Paints Inspired by Sky and Sea!

Last week, we introduced our new collection of paints Finish Folio: Paint Edition for the first time, and this week, Annie and I are taking a closer look at the spectrum of new colors and sharing tips for getting the most out of the new design tool and the new hues!

There are so many thoughts we have on using the new shades; we simply cannot fit them all into one post! So to kick it off this week, we’re starting with some sky-and-sea-inspired tones.

The beauty of blue

Starting with last summer’s introduction of blue paints, we have 3 NEW blues joining the sea and sky inspired palette: Billow, Lakeshore and Tidal.

Each of our original blue paints offer slightly desaturated tones with subtle and understated color. The new blue trio offers something a bit more daring: Billow is a serene wispy light hue, Lakeshore offers a mid-tone blue-green hue while Tidal brings a brilliant navy to the scene.

1. Billow

A powdery lighthearted blue that can be a homage to historical or contrasted as cool and contemporary. It all depends on whether your client has a memory attached to the original color or if they see it as an entirely new and exciting idea!

I came across this article featuring an interior designer’s home and her dream kitchen:

From the subway pattern marble tile, to the over-sized pendants to the honeycomb mosaic floor tile, this inset kitchen has a vintage, yet Transitional, vibe that makes a color like Billow feel charming and on-trend! (Read more about Tobi Fairley’s kitchen here.)

I really enjoyed pulling finishes together with Billow; I just find it to be a color that will always feel happy!

Perfect Pairings for Billow

A bit unexpected, but warm stains complement Billow quite nicely. Imagine a perimeter of Billow in a kitchen with a stately island in any of these comfortable stains! Or picture a Bath Silhouettes® Solaré vanity in Billow with a framed mirror, base and crown molding in cherry Smoke. The darker finishes add just a touch of industrial for a crisp distinguished flair.


Of course, white is a great complement to Billow, and our newest white, Magnolia, has just a touch of gray that makes it harmonious with Billow. Adding any of these textured finishes creates a soft coastal palette, and going bold with Carriage Black adds a glam feel to Contemporary or Transitional designs.

2. Lakeshore

This blue has slight notes of teal that will make it a vibrant design addition. This color just feels “designer-y” to me! But that’s not to say that it wouldn’t work in casual atmospheres as well. Like in this style story, with a neutral backdrop enhanced by décor, textures and shapes that give the overall design a classy, yet cozy composition:

Shown above: Platinum – Providence cherry Cappuccino, Bayside maple Lakeshore Background paint: Farrow & Ball – Skylight No. 205 Caesarstone quartz Cloudburst Concrete, Tile Bar Vector Reverb 4 x 8 polished ceramic backsplash Top Knobs Channing hardware, Hudson Valley Garden City wall sconce, Mission stone and tile: Hexagon King White Plain 8 in. wood look tile

From a color complement standpoint, Lakeshore’s tone works best with stains that are brown/red (this would be like orange and blue on the color wheel) which typically suits a more Traditional style color palette:

For color palettes that work better in Transitional style themes, these stains are more subdued:

And for something a bit more stylish, Shale and Boulder complement Lakeshore with hand-brushed texture:

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And finally, pairing Lakeshore with Buff or Fauna gives an overall warm English feel to a Transitional or Traditional design:

3. Tidal

At the top of the trend cycle for those seeking blue, Tidal is the true navy hue in the palette. Always sophisticated, timeless and classy – this color fits all style categories and is low on the risk gauge as the popularity of blue continues to grow.

You probably recall this stunning design that combines navy and white in a glamorous way:

This color pairing is a bit atypical, but shows just how far you can take classic colors while maintaining harmony and balance. You could also complement Tidal with Onyx which is a growing trend that incorporates light industrial elements like black metal for faucets, hardware, lighting and window casings that are trimless.

Above: Color blocking is a great way to utilize multiple hues without overwhelming the room. A good rule of thumb is to choose two colors that are similar and a third color that blends into the space. In this design concept, I used Sea Salt for the shiplap, and Tidal on the hood/canopy/crown and the island, leaving cherry Onyx for the base and tall cabinetry. Tidal and Onyx have similar dark vaules making them easy to pair and choosing cherry as the accompanying wood adds a warm character to the paint. Oh and don’t forget – along with creating amazing color schemes, also new for 2019 are Curved wood hoods and Shiplap material!

For a more mainstream color palette, Tidal with Sea Salt or Magnolia paired with gray undertone stains becomes a natural composition.

And speaking of gray, I took a look at the three new paints in this family: Gray Owl, London Fog and Perfect Storm and found that they all worked in their own unique way when paired with Tidal!

So as you can see the expansion of our blue paints will give you a great go-to palette for your color-seeking clients. With a range from subued and serene to bold and brilliant, we think there will be a good fit for every style and taste!

4. Marine: The Jewel In Between

Shifting a bit away from blue, but not quite all the way to green is our jewel-toned teal: Marine. I’ve seen iterations of this hue for interiors over the past several years, so it only seems natural to pull it into the spectrum of colors for cabinetry. It’s rich like Celeste, yet surprising practical, so you can use it in more than stand-alone vanities. (But wouldn’t that be a lovely vanity!?) I love the rich hue on this “wall of tall” and accent on the island in this contemporary kitchen I spotted at the A&D show last March:

In a Transitional design, it could translate into a style story like this:

Mission Raised Panel in Champagne on hickory and Mission Flat Panel in Marine Classic against a landscape of neutrals: Benjamin Moore’s COTY Metropolitan, Artistic Tile’s Cubo Velluto field tile backsplash, Caesarstone’s Pebble. (Faucet: Rohl Campo in Tuscan Brass, Hardware: Emtek Industrial Modern collection in Oiled Bronze.)

I love the rustic character of hickory; and how it contrasts the pristine sleekness of Marine. The Champagne color feels a bit Nordic and overall the palette has a chic feel to it. By adding the oiled bronze hardware, lighting and a faucet, you get a fresh Coastal theme that is a bit more outspoken than if it were a navy or blue-gray.

Here are few other ideas on how to pair Marine:

To the left and below, these finishes offer cool complements to Marine, while to the right and above you’ll find warm complementary finishes in light to dark values.

Left and right of are references to shades of brown finishes that pair well with Marine, while classic black options above and below offer a bit more contrast for the more daring trend seekers!

Overall, Marine is a great option for someone seeking color that will make a statement but doesn’t want to tilt the scale to the high-risk trend category.

That’s all for today! Check back again for the scoop on Medallion’s 4 new greens!


    1. Suzanne DeRusha - Medallion's Design & Trends Expert

      Thanks Georgia, glad to know you’re out there reading and always I hope to get better! 🙂

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