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!

Professional Painting Equipment: How The Right Tools Affect You

Which professional painting equipment is right for your job?

Professional Painting Equipment 101

If you’re a pro and have been a pro for years, you know first hand the affect that the right professional painting equipment can have on the job. Your painting equipment has the power to make or break the final design of a space. No matter how much money you spend or save on that paint, it all comes down to the application.

Download our equipment guide for a more in depth break down of each of these application methods.

You can take your time and follow the install instructions to the T, but if your painters are ill-equipped with the wrong equipment you can say buh-bye to all that hard work and start over.

First and foremost: when you land the bid for the next hot project with a specialty paint spec, check with the manufacturer on what equipment is needed for the job. They will be able to provide all the necessary information to you so you and your painters can ace that installation. Many times they’ll also be able to locate a provider of this equipment should your team not already have it on hand.

What Equipment Is Necessary?

HVLP, airless and conventional… sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo if you’re not a painter, but since you’ve been around awhile this is pretty much painting 101 to you. Specialty finishes have been developed and tested an immeasurable amount of times by their manufacturers, so be sure to follow the equipment suggestions from the manufacturer to achieve the desired aesthetic. Ultimately, the manufacturer is going to know what equipment achieves the correct and intended look. We’ve seen time and time again installers use the equipment not recommended and then have to deal with unhappy clients, and ultimately end up re-applying the product all over again.

Professional Painting Equipment

Brushes And Rollers

Let’s start with the easy equipment: brushes and rollers. Pretty much everybody has painted with brushes and rollers and is familiar with them. They are the most simple, least disruptive and most cost effective form of application. Make sure you use the right brush for the right paint and surface you are painting. When it comes to roller covers you are going to want to make sure you get the roller with the right nap for the job.

Spray Equipment

Spray equipment is where painting equipment can get confusing. You have  Conventional, HVLP, Hybrid, Airless and Electrostatic all in your arsenal. Let’s make sure you know which ones are best for which jobs.

Conventional setup offers maximum control over the look of the finished product. It’s low capacity makes it a setup better for smaller jobs.

HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) is very versatile and portable, making it ideal for small and tight spaces.

The Hybrid setup offers a high degree of control that’s suitable for applying a wide variety of products.

The most commonly used spray method, no surprise, is the Airless setup. Preferred by painters as a fast and economical installation method, it also creates very little overspray. This is best for large jobs that don’t require a ton of precision.

Electrostatic application produces little to no over-spray or lost product, this is better for OEM paint jobs that are difficult (such as wrought iron or other fencing).

Download our equipment guide for a more in depth break down of each of these application methods.

Where Do I Get Painting Equipment For Your Finishes?

Which professional painting equipment is right for your job?

Not sure where to get the right professional painting equipment? Not sure what painting equipment you need?

Easy – once again, just check the finish application guides or give the manufacturer’s customer service team a call. If they don’t know, something is very very wrong and you probably shouldn’t be using their products. We really recommend Binks equipment and you can usually find it here.

Most of Scuffmaster’s finishes use conventional, airless or simply a roller for application. Follow our guides and make sure you have the right professional painting equipment and everything will go over smoothly – your finished product will be B-E-A-utiful.

Download our equipment guide for a more in depth break down of each of these application methods.


Professional Painting Equipment Guide Download

2017 Color Trends: Our Favorite Colors For Interiors

It’s that time of year again – time for all of your favorite paint companies and color labs to choose their favorite 2017 color trends. Color us excited.

We put a ton of effort into researching our favorite color trends each year; inspired by images across the world, runways, interiors new and young, and (of course) nature. Every year we make sure our collection is full of beautiful rich colors that can stand the test of time (nobody wants to paint a 3000 sqft. project with a color that is going to be dated in 2 years). Scroll through to see some of our picks for 2017 color trends.

Get our 2017 color trends lookbook here.

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This hint-of-blush is the perfect tone to use when looking for a soft neutral. We definitely saw this color coming when we chose a similar shade for our Fall ’16 colors.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Do beautiful rich gold tones ever go out of style? We’re loving this shade for 2017. Try it out in a bold metallic finish.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Pearly whites are the go-to for many designers, and for good reason. This year we see white becoming more of an accent, with dusty blush tones being used more for neutral areas. Check out some great pearl whites here.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This deep chocolate with a hint of red tone is a gorgeous deep neutral, adding some rich color to your interiors.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

You may have seen by now that Pantone’s Color of The Year is Greenery. Whilst not as bright, we are also feeling inspired by nature and the changing world around us for 2017. A deeper, more subdued shade of green is on our list for this coming year. This beautiful olive can almost get away as a neutral tone. How will you use it?

By the way – did you know humans can see more shades of green than any other color?2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This deep merlot has some staying power; it’s sure to be a classic and has us asking for another glass of wine (yes, please!).2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Deep rich shades combined with soft tones are our go-to combinations for 2017. This evolved shade of a deep emerald with a cool blue tone is one of our favorites in this collection. We can’t wait to see how you use it.

Find our colors from this palette here.

This is only HALF of our palette for 2017 color trends. Check out the rest in the lookbook below! We can’t wait to see how you combine these colors.




Color Trends 2017 LookBook


 

Why Specifying Paint Is Important

Toulouse specifying paint
It Just Is

Okay, we’ll elaborate more than that, if you insist. There are so many things to consider when you’re picking paint for your job. We’ve covered it extensively to the point you’re probably wondering why you’re reading another one of our blog posts about specifying paint. But it’s SO IMPORTANT we just can’t emphasize it enough.

Get our Specifying Paint Guide here.

Let’s make this fun. When you’re choosing carpeting for your job, you make sure you pick the grade that’s going to hold up to the traffic that the area experiences. You put a lot of effort into picking just the right commercial flooring and it’s often unnoticed. But if you didn’t put that effort into that decision, and you just chose any cheap flooring… your client, your boss, everyone who sees that space is going to notice. That’s not the attention you want and deserve.

So why wouldn’t you put the same effort into your walls? It’s the same thing. Woah. Crazy, isn’t it? If you chose any paint for those walls, chances are it’s not going to hold up and it’s going to look really crummy, really fast. Again, unwanted attention for that disaster. Avoid this at all costs! You can see more about how to pick the right paint for your space here.

Toulouse specifying paint

Differences In Paint

Paints come in all different shapes and sizes. Well, not really. They pretty much all come in 1 gallon or 5 gallon paint buckets. Maybe that was a bad analogy. Paints come in a variety of formulations, and an infinite amount of colors.

Water based vs. Oil based

Chances are you already know the disadvantages to oil based paints, and at this point with the environment in mind you’re more than likely not using them. We’ll lay out the differences nevertheless. Oil based paints often cover more thoroughly in one coat, shrink less, and take longer to dry allowing you more working time. That being said, oil based paints are more likely to crack, fade and yellow, the fumes are overwhelming and harmful, and the remains must be deposited in hazardous waste collection centers and never poured down a drain.

Water based paint on the other hand doesn’t yellow over time, is much better for the environment, dries faster, is easy to clean up and definitely doesn’t require a special trip to a hazardous waste collection center. We’re team Water Based for sure, how about you?

Toulouse specifying paint

Specifying Paint

When it comes time to specify the paint for your space (we know, more often than not paint is the last thought) make sure you actually specify which paint is right for the space. This way there’s no option for your paint selection to be flipped for a paint of lesser quality when it comes time to do the job. Keep the environment and your product’s impact on it in mind when looking to make you final decision on specifying paint.

Schools, dorms, arenas, hotels, retail outlets, and other busy spaces might be repainting as often as once yearly (or more!). Initially, going with cheaper paints will save money. But if that paints fades, peels, or cannot withstand people traffic, it will need to be regularly repainted (at great expense). Specifying the right paint, however, usually costs only a little more and will not only keep the space looking better longer, it will save time and money in the end. Factor in the reduction in VOCs from eliminating regular repaints and the value of specifying the right paint for the right job becomes clear.

For your P1 areas you’ll want to choose the paint with the best scrub rating and best ingredients, these paints will go the distance required for a P1 and protect those areas for years, saving you, your clients, etc on repainting costs. Not to mention, what a reputation saver! Whew.

Get our guide below to specifying paint.


Get Your Specifying Guide Here

Success! Metallic Paint In Commercial Interiors

Metallic paint in commercial interiors on ceiling

Recipe For Success: Metallic Paint in Commercial Interiors

Commercial interiors are more than white walls, fiddle leaf figs and re-pins on Pinterest. They take your blood sweat and tears to achieve perfection (or your client’s idea of perfection). Our favorite commercial interior designs pack a punch with metallic paint. Scroll through to see some convincing reasons why you should choose to put metallic paint in commercial interiors.

example of metallic paint in commercial interiors

Metallic Paints In Commercial Interiors

Metallic paints in commercial design are a recipe for success. Timeless and elegant or bold and trendy; Metallics can make as much or as little a statement that your commercial designs need. Check out some of our favorite designs featuring metallic elements.

Creative uses of metallic paint in commercial interiors

Metallic paints can fit in with your designs or stand out as much as you need. From covering all walls in beautiful metallic paint to selecting a few accent walls or architectural features, there’s a place in nearly every project for a metallic paint. Need something a little unexpected? Don’t stop at the walls, try a metallic finish on the ceiling for a unique touch.

Metallic paint in commercial interiors

Pair your metallic walls with a metallic ceiling and metallic finishings like pendant lighting and shelving!

Metallic paint in restaurant interiors

Metallic paints pack an extra punch in commercial interior designs where eggshells would fall flat (literally). This is one of the many benefits of specifying a specialty paint like a metallic finish. Add dimension and flair to your designs with a metallic paint that would catch anyone’s eye.

Metallic paint in commercial interiors on ceiling, walls and columns

Get Ideas For Your Commercial Designs

Think your commercial interior design could use a metallic paint? We think so too. Check out our lookbook on designing commercial interiors with metallic paint below, or check out our finishes to find beautiful metallic finishes in a huge range of colors here!

metallics-lookbook