Category: kyra’s palettes

4-3-15 - chlorophyll

Our chlorophyll colorway is our take on the classic acid green found in mid-century ceramics – like this dessert bowl from our collection of vintage Russel Wright ceramics. A panoply of lively greens selected from the Benjamin Moore paint library, chlorophyll first came to life in our Acco 20 and Acco Kits wallpapers. We find that the tonality of colors creates a harmonious effect reminiscent of geometric wall tiles. Also featured is our Acco 22 pattern on cotton-linen and our jute grasscloth.

Acco 20 in a bedroom by Amy Lau Design, Inc. in NYC.

Acco Kits chlorophyll wallpaper

Acco 20 wallpaper

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3-16-15 - icy grey blue

We love creating icy color palettes inspired by the tonal grey blues of our vintage Russel Wright ceramic collection – which began with a set of plates we purchased as our wedding china. Peekaboo, our trellis pattern, comes in a chilling blue, white and lush silver color way called Ice. Our new sisal grasscloth in the color Chill captures that same frigid blue grey look. The textile is our Montague pattern printed on linen and the carpet is our Marea – made to order through Studio Four NYC.


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8-2-12 – I love paint chips

Our Brooklyn apartment circa 2002 - working on our neptune colorway?

Paint chips are a constant source of inspiration for me. I create all of our colorways using a library of paint chips that I have collected over a decade – and, of course, add to every chance I get.

The tactile feeling of that smooth, dry paint finish is very similar to the feel of our hand-printed wallpaper inks. I find that it provides us with a very real sense of how the colors will sit together. Weeks (and sometimes months) are spent with groups of chips pinned to the walls of our studio for consideration.

Patterns and paint chips hanging up for consideration... what to choose?

If I am still pleased with the color combinations after spending so much time with them, I know there is a good chance that we should proceed with creating a strike-off sample for approval. After all that ruminating, this full repeat sample usually looks just as I had imagined and we rarely make any further tweaks.

Chip shopping. Cell phone photo circa 2002.

Do you create your color palettes? What is your process?

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6-5-12 – froth

I wanted to create a colorway that felt ethereal and airy as a component for our debut wallpaper collection in 2003 that was full of intense pop colors. Froth was born – a palette of three neutral shades with a whisper of icy blue. Check out Acco 20 in froth below. We have seen this used everywhere from bathrooms to master bedroom suites and it always makes me want to take a deep breath and relax.

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10-21-11 - grenadine

Kyra's palette grenadine

A twenty2 signature color palette – originally inspired by the tones in my wedding bouquet. Even with all of its fire and brilliance, I see red as a neutral and love combining various shades for a layered look. Grenadine is grounded by a rosy red with lots of blue undertones and accented with a bright orangey red and a deep bordeaux. We use variations of this palette in our wallpapers and fabrics and find that it never goes out of style. Looks amazing with brown, grey and cremes. Check out our grenadine colored wallpapers.

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