Top 10 2017 Interior Color Trends For Fall

Millennial Pink, blush, camel, navy… What are the hot 2017 interior color trends for fall? Luckily for you, you don’t have to twist our arms too much to get us to dish on all the trending colors and styles for the upcoming season.

1. Crisp White

White hot for 2017 interior color trends

This isn’t a surprise to any of us. If you’re a designer you know you can always count on white to complete your interior projects. From white as a calm and soothing neutral to white as a bold accent, we don’t think this trend is going away.

White hot for 2017 interior color trends

2. Lipstick Red

Lipstick red 2017 interior color trends

Bold and beautiful, red is BIG for this coming fall. Unlike the reds of falls past, this year we’re going to see more pure reds instead of the more subdued burgundy toned reds common in fall interior designs.

Lipstick red 2017 interior color trends

3. Millennial Pink and Blush

Millennial Pink hot 2017 interior color trends

No surprise here, either! Millennial pink has taken the world by storm and it’s not ending anytime soon. Try incorporating some Millennial pink or blush as neutrals in your interior designs. Can we even call this a fall 2017 color trend if it’s been the #1 trend for awhile?

Millennial Pink hot 2017 interior color trends

4. Prints

Floral prints 2017 interior color trends

Bold prints are still big for fall. Tropical prints and bold florals (remember your grandmas couch?) are going strong. Try pairing them with a coordinating bold paint to really make your designs pop.

Floral prints 2017 interior color trends

5. Hygge

Hot for Hygge 2017 interior color trends

Have you heard of Hygge yet? Chances are, you have. Hygge is the Dutch inspired decor of “cozy living”. Incorporate comfortable rich textures and fabrics, with warm cozy colors into your designs to bring Hygge into your spaces.

Hot for Hygge 2017 interior color trends

6. Black Is The New Black

Bold black interiors 2017 interior color trends

Go BOLD with a rich black as an accent in your designs. Want to go really bold? Try putting it on the ceiling (you know, that space that everybody neglects). Take it up an extra notch with a semi-gloss black to really make a statement, try ScrubTough Max for a durable semi-gloss black.

Bold black interiors 2017 interior color trends

7. Velvet

Velvet on velvet 2017 interior color trends

Velvet, velvet, velvet. You’ve seen it from the runway to Target to chaise lounges… Velvet is still going strong. Perfect for the Hygge trend, velvet furniture is big for fall 2017. Mix velvet furniture with deep on trend jewel toned paint to finish your space.

Velvet on velvet 2017 interior color trends

8. Glitter

Glitter is the most surprising of 2017 interior color trends

Yes, glitter. We’re not high, promise. We’re not sure if this started with the Unicorn obsession or high fashion, but we’re not complaining. Try splashing some glitter on your walls with a specialty paint (our Smooth Pearl finish does this in a chic way). I have to imagine this is Paris Hilton’s favorite of the 2017 interior color trends.

Glitter is the most surprising of 2017 interior color trends

9. Green

Pantone predicted green 2017 interior color trends

Pantone called it again. Green is going strong into fall 2017 as one of the hottest interior trends. From deep greens to cheerful tropicals, this trend is one not to miss. Try a metallic green for an extra pop.

Pantone predicted green 2017 interior color trends

10. Chocolate

Chocolate interior 2017 interior color trends

We don’t mean the sweet and tempting snack… though we’re pretty sure that’s always trending. Chocolate brown (remember that lipstick from the 90’s?) is back for fall 2017 from fashion to interior spaces. We can see chocolate really taking off in your designs this year.

Chocolate interior 2017 interior color trends

What’s Your Favorite 2017 Interior Color Trend?

What are your favorite trends for fall 2017? Millennial Pink and Hygge are definitely top contenders on my list for favorite 2017 interior color trends. Download our palette below to take these trends with you on the go for all of your interior design projects!

2017 interior color trends fall '17 palette

The World’s Top 12 Instagrammed Buildings

If Instagrammable wasn’t a word before, it definitely is now. Welcome to 2017! We’re always inspired by architecture and design (obviously) and we could go on and on about the world’s best cathedrals, museums, retail spaces, the importance of durable paint and scrub ratings … but what *really* matters today is if a project is Instagram-worthy, right? If your building isn’t a popular backdrop on the ‘gram, does it even exist?

This is a little extreme, but just roll with us on this.

Check out the Top 12 Instagrammable Buildings below.

12 Sagrada Família

11 The Acropolis

 

10 Taj Mahal

Follow us around the world 🌹🍃 PHOTOGRAPHER @doyoutravel wiith beautiful model @taramilktea July 17,  2017 LOCATION #Tajmahal CHOSEN BY@boyephotografy REF TAG #Best_worldplaces Thank you for following @best_worldplaces 🌹🍃 Visit our family and friends galleries for more beauty @BEST_ITALIANSITES @BEST_AMALFICOAST @BEST_EARTHSCAPES @igworld_global @bestofnetherlands @ok_spain @bestgermanypics_ @wu_greece @worldprime @infinity_hdr #worldprime #vip_world_photo #Traveldrops  #ok_spain #bestcitybreaks #ig_world_colors #europe_vacations #igworld_global #travel #travellife #travels #vacations #traveldiaries #travelblog #travelphotography #pictureoftheday #l4l #like4like #traveltheworld #tv_travel #BeutifulDestinations  #wonderful_places #depthsofearth #igexquisite #pocket_world #bestcapturesglobal #monumental_world #BestVacations

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9 Empire State Building

Hanging out of a helicopter over the Empire State Building! TRAVEL GOALS! #seizetheholiday

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#EmpireState 🏙

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8 The Colosseum

7 Burj Khalifa

Downtown Dubai #burjkhalifa 📷:@sebastian_t1000

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Good Night Dubai..!! Pic by: @roaparcero #burjkhalifa #visitdubai #mydubai #lovedubai #dubaiview #dubaitag #dubai

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6 Notre Dame Cathedral

Au Revoir to Paris, if I stay longer I’ll fall more in love and never leave ✨

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5 Big Ben

LAST STOP: London. 🚂 #London #BigBen #England

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4 Disneyworld / Cinderella’s Castle

3 The Louvre

By the Louvre 🎨

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2 The Eiffel Tower

1 Disneyland / Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

My fav place ever 🙌🏽☀️🎡🎢🏰 #Disneyland #disneycaliforniaadventure

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How Can Any Piece of Architecture and Design Compare?

It’s pretty hard to compete with the likes of the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum, but we can all aspire to create something worthy of the ‘gram.

It’s impossible to design a building today with as much historical importance as the Acropolis, but you can design beautiful interior spaces meant to last and watch as they become insta-famous. Sketch London is one of my favorite examples of this.

Sketch’s Gallery room is a hotspot on Instagram due to it’s beautiful millennial pink interior. With lush velvet pink seating and a splash of pink paint as a backdrop to the plethora of artwork hanging on the walls (it’s not called the gallery without reason), it’s easy to see why this makes a popular backdrop for all the insta-famous fashion bloggers, models and travelers alike.

Maybe you’re not going to create the next Colosseum (we hope not, anyway) but you can make yourself a beautiful insta-worthy interior with some beautiful accent lighting, statement making paint and lush seating.

ScrubTough Max: Overachieving Paint for High Traffic Areas

New Product Announcement

ScrubTough Max specialty paint perfect for high traffic areas

ScrubTough Max

Scuffmaster’s newest product ScrubTough Max is the strong and dependable partner that can handle the rough and tumble action. This durable specialty paint looks great and holds up to high traffic wear and tear!

The Answer For High Traffic Areas

ScrubTough Max specialty paint perfect for high traffic areas

High traffic areas need an extra durable paint that can handle the daily wear and tear that’s also washable so you’re not constantly having to repaint and repair! We’ve all been there. ScrubTough Max is the solution to that sticky situation, being an extra durable specialty paint that simply looks like a regular semi-gloss paint.

Out Of This World Scrub Ratings

ScrubTough Max specialty paint perfect for high traffic areas

Unfortunately for other paints, ScrubTough Max is 20 times more scrub resistant than residential paints, and has a scrub rating of over 12,000! We’ve gone into great detail on the importance of scrub ratings when considering the paint for your space. Of course, the higher the scrub rating, the better – this will increase your ROI and make sure you paint lasts and protects your walls for years to come, even in those tricky high traffic areas. You can read more about scrub ratings right here.

Environmentally Friendly Specialty Paint

ScrubTough Max is a low VOC (you can read more on VOC’s here!) water-based paint with an advanced polyurethane formula. This makes application smooth and easy AND helps save the environment.

Infinite Colors

Of course with Scuffmaster there’s endless color possibilities, and with ScrubTough Max there really are an infinite amount of colors possible (at no extra charge!).

Brush, Roll or Spray All Day

ScrubTough Max specialty paint perfect for high traffic areas

Find out more about this durable semi-gloss specialty paint and request free samples right here. Looking for something specific? Any color is possible with ScrubTough Max, just contact our customer service team and we’ll be able to create the perfect color for any project.

High Traffic Guide

Not sure if your project needs a durable specialty paint with high scrubs? It can be hard to weigh the options and determine which paint is best for all situations. Download our guide on picking paint based on scrub ratings right here.

Get Your Scrub Rating Guide

15 of The World’s Most Colorful Buildings

The World’s Most Colorful Buildings

Just in time for summer, we thought we’d share some colorful inspiration for you as you work on your architecture and design projects in your busiest months. Being a specialty paint company with literally thousands of colors in our warehouse, we LOVE color, so it seemed only natural that we would spend a day finding some of the world’s most colorful buildings.

This was so much fun.

Scroll through to see our favorite 15 of the world’s most colorful buildings!

21 Cake Headquarters

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture 21 Cake Headquarters

Beijing -2012 // People’s Architecture Office

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture 21 Cake Headquarters

Located in Beijing the design for the 21 Cake headquarters relied on the use of the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. People’s Architecture Office designed the headquarters of the gourmet cake franchise to have primary colored glass panels layer to create a spectrum of changing colors.  You can read more on this awesome project right here.

Seguin Apartment Building

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Seguin Apartment Building

Boulogne-Billancourt, France // Agence Bernard Bühler

This apartment building in France designed by Agence Bernard Bühler features beautiful colored balconies. It was designed with an urban style with volumetric angles and terraces of various colored glass creating a playful exterior. The bright colored balconies contrast nicely with the deep warm grey used on the rest of the exterior. You can see more here.

Didden Village

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Didden Village

Rotterdam, Netherlands – 2006 // MVRDV

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Didden Village

Built for the Didden family on top of an existing monumental house this was designed as an extension to create extra space for their family. The Dutch architecture firm MVRDV created this is an example of the growing trend to use urban roofscapes for new living and working spaces. Apart from it’s obvious eye-catching-all-blue-everything exterior, this house is very neat in it’s use of space. Bedrooms are positioned as separate houses so as to optimize the privacy for all family members (and here I had to share a room with my sister). I wonder what the neighbors think of MVRDV’s choice of color, though (I love it). You can read more about it right here.

Juzcar Malaga

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Juzcar Malaga

Juzcar, Serrania de Ronda, Spain – 2011

The world’s first “smurf town” popped up in 2011 to celebrate the opening of The Smurfs movie. This small village in the scenic Valle del Genal was a weekend destination for hiking, climbing and ravining, but now attracts a larger number of tourists keen to see the famous blue village. Every building in this village from the houses, to the cemetery and church were all painted bright blue to embrace the premiere of The Smurfs 3D, launched by Sony Pictures. After the event had passed the residents of Juzcar decided to keep their buildings painted blue to take advantage of the unique advantage it brought to attract tourists to their village! You can read more about this one of a kind village right here.

Kuggen Building

Kuggen Building The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture

Lindholmsplatsen, Sweden – 2011 // Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Kuggen Building

This beautiful cylindrical building is situated in the middle of a town square. This design offers many unique features, having roots in Italian Renaissance whilst exploring an urban planning motif, featuring triangular windows and a rotating screen shade on the top floors. The architects on this job were also environmentally conscious; equipping the building with motion activated lighting and ventilation systems to save energy. You can see more of this project via ArchDaily here.

Mattel Shanghai

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Mattel Shanghai

Shanghai, China – 2009 // Slade Architecture

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Mattel Shanghai

Although Mattel’s massive 35,000 square foot Barbie flagship store in Shanghai closed its doors in 2011, we still wanted to include the design on this list. This three-story store featured a cafe, fashion stage, a spiral staircase lined with displays of Barbies in fuchsia pink outfits, a design center and so much more. The design expressed Barbie as a global lifestyle brand with its link to fashion, and targeted mid-20’s Chinese women. Slade played with the reality vs. fantasy of the store by playing with scale differences between dolls, girls and women, incorporating plenty of pink, and creating a feeling of youth and optimism. The pink escalator is easily my favorite part. See more on Slade’s design here.

Cathedral of Brasília

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Cathedral of Brasília

Brasília, Brazil – 1960 // Oscar Niemeyer

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Cathedral of Brasília

This incredibly unique church designed for Brasília by Oscar Niemeyer in 1960 was meant to make a powerful expression. The structure features 16 concrete columns reaching up towards the sky to represent two hands. Almost 22,000 square feet of stained glass work by Marianne Peretti replaced the clear glass filling negative space between the pillars, creating an incredible blue and green swirl pattern visible on both the interior and exterior of the church. You can see more on this cathedral here.

Palais des Congres

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Montreal Palais des Congres

Montréal, Canada – “new” Palais, executed between 1999-2002 // Tétreault, Parent, Languedoc et associés, Saia et Barbarese Architectes, Dupuis, Dubuc et associés

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Montreal Palais des Congres

The Palais des Congres in Montréal has a long history, with the original building constructed in 1970 designed by architect Mario Saia. When the Palais was expanded in 1999-2002 the architects included concepts spawning three centuries of design features, including this beautiful multicolored façade. This eye catching colorful façade is made of 332 colored glass panels and 58 transparent panels, making different kaleidoscopic patterns across the interior throughout the day. Check out more on the Palais des Congres right here.

Civic Center Parking

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Civic Center Parking

Santa Monica, California // Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Did you expect to see a parking structure on this list? I sure didn’t expect to stumble across such a beautiful and colorful parking garage when researching colorful buildings! This parking ramp in Santa Monica for the Civic Center was designed by Moore Ruble Yudell architects and planners and is one of the first LEED certified parking structures in the United States. The series of bays are made of colored glass that bring an ever-changing quality throughout the day, only to be illuminated by night to create vivid color. You can find more on this parking structure here.

Neal’s Yard

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Neal's Yard

Covent Garden, London

In a small alley hidden away in London’s Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a colorful little sanctuary in the city. This collection of shops and cafes features brightly colored buildings, windows, shop signs and decorations that give the place a very optimistic feeling. How cute! You can read a little more about it here, or just visit for yourself!

Pacific Design Center

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood, California – 2011 // Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Pacific Design Center

This new addition to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood was constructed in 2011 and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Known as the Red Building it joins both the Blue Building and Green Building completed in 1975 and 1988, respectively. These buildings are located on a 14 acre site that houses showrooms, office space, a film theater, conference center, and public outdoor space. See more on this complex here.

Pantone Hotel

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Pantone Hotel

Brussels, Belgium // Olivier Hannaert and Michel Penneman

Pantone Hotel The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture

This seven floor Hotel in Brussels was designed for color giant Pantone and features a different color palette per floor. Filling Pinterest boards the Pantone Hotel is designed to be a work of art in itself, inspiring guests with vibrant design and decor set against white walls, furniture and bedding. Read more about this project here.

Your Rainbow Panorama

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Your Rainbow Panorama Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark – 2011 // Studio Olafur Eliasson

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Your Rainbow Panorama Denmark

My favorite feature in this collection of world’s most colorful buildings is this Rainbow Panorama in Denmark. It is incredible the way color can change our perception of things, and in this case, the city of Aarhus. As you walk through this circular panorama the views subtly transform as the color seamlessly changes, creating completely different atmospheres and perceptions. Read more on this project here.

Saguaro Hotel

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Saguaro Hotel

Palm Springs, California – 2012 // Stamberg Aferiat Architecture

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture Saguaro Hotel

This bright and colorful hotel conversion of an old Holiday Inn that was originally build in 1977 is situated in Palm Springs and looks absolutely refreshing. The beautiful colors don’t stop on the outside, either, as the interiors of the rooms are also quite vibrant. Stamberg Aferiat Architecture designed this 245 room hotel and included 7,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, a pool, two whirlpools, a spa, fitness center, restaurant and two bars. Bonus? It’s also pet friendly. See more here.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture St Basil's Cathedral

Moscow, Russia – 1555-1560 // Postnik Yakovlev, Ivan Barma

The world's most colorful buildings and colorful interior architecture, St Basil's Cathedral

In stark contrast to the rest of the world’s most colorful buildings featured on this list, Saint Basil’s is far from modern, having been constructed between 1550-1560 by Ivan The Terrible. Saint Basil’s was constructed to commemorate Ivan’s conquest of the Islamic city of Kazan. An extraordinary structure that features eight chapels and ornate onion domes, St. Basil’s is the most recognizable building used to symbolize Russia. The colorful and ornate exterior is unlike any other, with strong pigments covering the exterior and carrying into the interior. Read about the cathedral here.

How To Get Your Own Colorful Building

We could stare at this collection of the world’s most colorful buildings all day long, but realistically it’s the interior of buildings that’s our strong suit. Scuffmaster’s specialty paint offers tons of colorful and vibrant options for your interior designs, from bold eggshells to stunning metallics and the world’s toughest paint. Find some color for your very own colorful building right here.

Met Gala: The Influence On Architecture & Design

Met Gala History

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

Fashion has long influenced architecture and design. This is never more apparent than fashion’s biggest night on the first Monday in May every year: The Met Gala.

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

This year’s Met was a historic one. It is the first time the gala and exhibit have focused on one living designer since it focused on Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. Comme Des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo is this year’s theme and exhibition, and is considered the world’s most important and influential designer of the moment, re-defining the aesthetics of our time.

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

This themed ball sets the trends for fashion, design and architecture for years to come. From color palettes, patterns, clean lines and structural elements, this elite gala could greatly influence your interior designs.

Met Gala Through The Years

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic, influential, and just straight up weird designs throughout some of the years of the Met Gala.

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

2016 Metallics At The Met

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

Last year’s Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology theme was talked about heavily here at Scuffmaster. The attendees very heavily leaned toward metallic looks for fashion’s biggest night in 2016, and our metallic finishes quickly became talk of the town. Though metallic paint is certainly not a new idea (hello, Solid Metal has been huge for 20 years!), we definitely saw an uptick in popularity from it!

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

2017 Comme Des Garçons

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

2017’s Comme Des Garçons was perhaps the trickiest theme to nail to date, and saw many celebs straight up ignoring it. Let’s look at some who really nailed the look.

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

We LOVE the combination of colors, textures, and structural elements in Rihanna’s look.

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid had this year’s most daring looks.

met gala influences the architecture and interior design industry

Some of those were pretty crazy! While this very clearly isn’t a fashion blog, I think it’s important to note the effect that fashion has on our industry. No doubt these colors, patterns, textures and structural lines will play big roles in our architecture decisions, paint palettes and design schemes throughout the year.

Color Palette

Color palettes are perhaps one of the biggest ways fashion influences interior design and architecture. This is why you’ll see so many color giants matching colors to designs seen on the runway! From the trusted cool silver metallics to the blush tone sweeping the world, these are our top picks for a Met Gala inspired color palette.

met gala influences specialty paint and interior design industry

Architecture

What’s your favorite way the runway has influenced architecture and design? We assembled some of our favorite examples of architecture that have similar structural elements to this year’s Met Gala Comme Des Garçons theme for inspiration! Download the lookbook right here.
architecture is influenced by fashion, architecture meets met gala lookbook

Environmentally Friendly Paint: Exploring The Environmental Impact Of Paint Part 3

Environmentally Friendly Paint

using environmentally friendly paint means avoiding removal and disposal

Saving The Earth Part 3

By now you and Mother Earth should be BFFs. You’ve already read (TWICE) about how to save the world with your design projects, and how environmentally friendly paint can play a part! You can read Saving The Earth Part 1 here, and Saving The Earth Part 2 here. Unfortunately STEP3 is the part that no designer wants to think about… the eventual destruction of all your hard work. What happens to all of those products?

Removal and Disposal

wallcovering and other materials fill up landfills

What happens to all that gorgeous wallcovering that you paid $3 a square foot for? Or all that beautiful tile that you made absolutely sure the contractor installed it JUST the way you wanted it? We know, sometimes those materials are required and you have to use them, but make sure you consider the eventual outcome of said products before you put the final spec in for them.

environmentally friendly paint has little to no waste

On the other hand, paint has VERY little waste. Waterbased paint (made with water…) isn’t harmful to the environment and can be easily recycled into new paint without creating waste. You don’t have to spend time and money chipping old paint off your walls (can you even imagine doing such a thing?) to send to a landfill, you just paint over it! Could it get any easier?

Where Are We Going With This?

many products end up in landfills

What are you actively doing to make sure your designs aren’t creating waste and adding to landfills? If you’re not considering this, just picture all of your products used on your project headed to a landfill (harsh, but you get the idea). All of that hard work ends up significantly harming the environment if it’s all just going to be thrown away in a matter of years for a remodel or design update.

We don’t mean to be harsh or lecture… but it’s an important thing to consider when working on a new project. If you can’t avoid it, simply move on and try to help out the environment in other ways!

Designing With Mother Earth In Mind

Starting new projects can be overwhelming and today you have an almost unlimited amount of products you can choose from. We know how stressful it can be to find the perfect products for all of your spaces. However, we can’t stress enough the importance of designing with the environment in mind. With LEED credits on the line, today’s new designs are already greener than ever, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work even harder to protect this planet. Environmentally friendly paint can do a lot to help projects stay on budget, look fantastic, update old surfaces, and put a smile on Mother Earth’s face.

Environmentally Friendly Paint: Exploring The Environmental Impact Of Paint Part 2

Environmentally Friendly Paint

environmentally friendly paint is versatile

Saving The Earth Part 2

In our last post about the importance of environmentally friendly paint we talked about how sustainability plays a role in saving the earth (and your projects). It’s a slippery slope with VOC content and sustainability, so make sure you’re up to speed. You can read our last post here, and more about VOC content here.

So what’s next? You already chose products that are environmentally friendly because you love the earth, what more do you have to do? It’s time to think about the future removal and/or versatility of the products you choose for your jobs.

Versatility

environmentally friendly paint is versatile

As styles and occupants change, painted surfaces are one of the easiest to update. Many products you could choose (tile, wallpaper, etc) require costly removal. Paint does not. There’s no need for removal (often hazardous for the environment) and there’s nothing to add to the landfills (score 3 for Mother Earth!). Simply choose a new paint and color and apply it over the previous coat. More often than not all that is required to repaint a space is light sanding and priming!

In situations where removing old tile, block or other built-ins is not an option, there are specialty coatings that can quickly modernize these surfaces without requiring their removal and disposal (score another for our Mother). Not only is this solution the best for the environment but it is also great news for your design budget and project timeline!

environmentally friendly paint is versatile

It’s amazing what a little paint can do to completely transform and update a space. Environmentally friendly paint is the most versatile product you can specify for your jobs.

Designing With Mother Earth In Mind

Starting new projects can be overwhelming and today you have an almost unlimited amount of products you can choose from. We know how stressful it can be to find the perfect products for all of your spaces. However, we can’t stress enough the importance of designing with the environment in mind. With LEED credits on the line, today’s new designs are already greener than ever, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work even harder to protect this planet. Environmentally friendly paint can do a lot to help projects stay on budget, look fantastic, update old surfaces, and put a smile on Mother Earth’s face.

Environmentally Friendly Paint: Exploring The Environmental Impact Of Paint

Environmentally Friendly Paint

Scuffmaster's environmentally friendly paint

 

Here at Scuffmaster we understand that no matter how pretty the color is or how unique the look might be, if the product isn’t also environmentally friendly, it doesn’t stand a chance in today’s marketplace. If you follow our products, you already know a few of the things we do to ensure that we’re one of the most environmentally friendly paints on the market. As manufacturers, it’s our duty to set a high standard and be great stewards of our environment. That’s why we jumped at the chance to put a humongous solar array on the roof of our Eagan Minnesota headquarters. We like to say there’s a little bit of sunshine in every gallon of environmentally friendly paint we produce.

Saving The Earth Part 1 (One Gallon At A Time)

Scuffmaster's environmentally friendly paint manufactured with solar energy
Solar panels on our rooftop used to manufacture our products

However, there’s more to saving the Earth than paint with renewable energy. Our products have always been water based (score 1 for Mother Earth). We officially use zero VOC colorants in all of our paints. (Mother Earth is up by two!) and we’ve continually pushed to lower the VOC level of our products while maintaining their durability.

Sustainability

durability and VOC levels all affect the sustainability of environmentally friendly paint

Maintaining the ideal balance between enough VOC content in our paint to make it perform well while simultaneously not harming the environment can be a tricky one. The more VOCs–the worse it is for the environment. But…increasing the amount of VOC in paint also increases the durability of the paint, which ultimately means fewer repaints, less manufacturing, less shipping, less travel, and less packaging– it’s a delicate balancing act. You can read more about VOCs here.

We love our products, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. While choosing product for your projects you may want to consider the environmental impact of your job. What are the most sustainable products you can use? Our customers know that specifying durable, sustainable products add value to their work and to their industry as a whole. We strive to make our products the obvious choice for anyone seeking a truly environmental solution for interior coatings that last.

Where Are We Going With This?

paint is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly product you can use

Simply put, paint is one of the most sustainable products you can choose and therefore the most environmentally friendly. (That’s where we were going, thanks for hangin’ in there.)

That means you need to make sure that the products you’re specifying are durable and will last as long as the lifecycle of your space you’re designing is expected to last. Remember, the absolutely lowest VOC content does not mean the most environmentally friendly paint, it could mean the exact opposite if it’s not also durable.

Designing With Mother Earth In Mind

Starting new projects can be overwhelming and today you have an almost unlimited amount of products you can choose from. We know how stressful it can be to find the perfect products for all of your spaces. However, we can’t stress enough the importance of designing with the environment in mind. With LEED credits on the line, today’s new designs are already greener than ever, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work even harder to protect this planet. Environmentally friendly paint can do a lot to help projects stay on budget, look fantastic, update old surfaces, and put a smile on Mother Earth’s face.

Architecture Cats: Combining Architecture And Feline Friends

Cat Architecture

Cats + Architecture

Paint tips and roller covers aren’t for everybody, sometimes we just need to take a break! If there’s one thing that we’ve found to cheer us up, it’s definitely animals. That got us thinking about cats (hello, internet!). Enjoy these lol-worthy images of cats and architecture together at last!

Cathedral Cats 😺

Have you heard of cathedral cats? It’s a thing, I promise (there’s even a book). In England (and probably elsewhere) cathedral cats are a very common occurrence. Usually, each cathedral has a cat that lives in the cathedral and wanders around, greeting guests and lounging in the gift shop. How cuuuute!

Cat Architecture: Louis the Cathedral Cat Wells Cathedral

This is Louis who is “mouser-in-chief” at Wells Cathedral in Southwest England.

Cat Architecture: Louis the Cathedral Cat Wells Cathedral

Architects Design Cat Houses (Seriously) 😻

Architects design special cat houses architecture

These cat houses designed by esteemed architects are *so cool*. I seriously hope your cats don’t see this and get cat jealous over “who has a better house”. Next thing you know your cat will be surfing insta talking about how Mittens down the road has such a better life than her omg AND she gets fresh salmon.

Architects design special cat houses architecture

Cardboard Landmark Architecture

Miniature cardboard landmark architecture for cats

Check out these miniature cardboard versions of landmark architecture for cats to play in. From the White House to the Kremlin to the Eiffel Tower, these are pretty cute.

Miniature cardboard landmark architecture for cats

Miniature cardboard landmark architecture for cats

Miniature cardboard landmark architecture for cats

Cat Shaped Architecture 😹

kindergarden cat architecture

I couldn’t believe that there was actually existing architecture resembling a cat, but then again, why would I be surprised?

john hejduk tower cat architecture

Of course we can’t forget about the Sphinx. 😉

sphinx cat like architecture

Cat Cafes 😻

whimsical cat cafe architecture in rome

Cat cafes (and animal cafes in general) are big in Japan, and they’re making their way across the globe! Check out this architecture for some of the first cat cafes in the US and one whimsical cat cafe in Rome!

cat cafe architecture in california

Cat Veterinary Clinics 🙀

cambridge cat clinic architecture

A little less ‘lol’ but still relevant! Check out these cat clinics designed to take care of your closest feline friends.

just cats clinic architecture

Human Houses Designed With Their Cats In Mind 😽

cat friendly house architecture

Okay – these are CRAZY cool! These people must be really great genuine people to literally design their home with their cats in mind. I’m sure they have some happy feline friends.

cat friendly house architecture

If I fits, I sits?

My boss would probably be mad if I didn’t ask you to at least browse through our samples right meow at the end of this.

2017 Color Of The Year – Greenery

By now we’ve all seen and heard about Pantone’s pick for 2017 Color Of The Year. We love the pick of Greenery for new beginnings in 2017. As an environmentally friendly paint brand (powered by solar panels, in fact!) we also value the environmental aspect in the choosing of their color Greenery for 2017. We hope Greenery has inspired you as much as it has inspired us.

Get your 2017 Color Of The Year collection matched in all of Scuffmaster’s finishes for free right here!

2017 Color Of The Year Greenery

Did you know that there are more shades of green visible to the human eye than any other color? “Flourishing foliage and lushness of the outdoors” is one of the many inspiring factors that lead Pantone to choose Greenery as 2017 Color Of The Year. Our favorite thing about the pick of greenery is the intersection it creates between indoors and outdoors. We love to see the outdoors brought into your interior designs. Lush living walls? Yes please! Indoor office gardens? Sign us up. Shelving filled with potted plants? How charming.

Green, color of 2017

A positively revitalizing shade with health benefits (reduces anxiety, paint your office green!), Greenery lifts us up even when the world is in its darkest moments. Green is a color of hope and passion; when nature’s greens revive, so do we. There’s nothing quite like the hope and optimism restored to the mid-westerner come springtime when the grass starts to grow and the trees and flowers start to bloom after a long and dreary winter season. Greenery captures that optimism.

Greenery in 2017

Green Paints for 2017

We think you should definitely paint some spaces green in 2017. After all, green has been shown to reduce anxiety and be the best color for your workspace! Get your 2017 Color Of The Year collection matched in all of Scuffmaster’s finishes for free right here!