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Want to Live in a Teacup?

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by Sarah the Tea Mistress One of the most exciting things about brewing a new tea is watching the color develop as the tea brews.  The colors of tea are so brilliant and rich, inspirational even.  As I was sipping Lemon Zest one day, and peering into my cup I thought, “hmmm, I really like that color!”  And so what started as a simple and routine cup of tea has turned into an interior design obsession.  Those bright and saturated colors could be the perfect color story for an entire room or wall.  Here's a few ideas that I had for excellent color pairings that will inspire you to fill the kettle and kick up your feet! 

I like Lemon Zest (Who doesn’t, really?) which gives a copper or amber tint as it brews.  If you like this color I suggest Harvest (C178 by Valspar) which has a similar dark hue to Lemon Zest and would make an excellent accent wall.  I also like a lighter color like Lemongrass (UL 150-4 by Behr) that has a slightly yellow or amber tint of the tea.

[caption id="attachment_423" align="aligncenter" width="147" caption="Harvest"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_424" align="aligncenter" width="145" caption="Lemongrass"][/caption] Plum Crazy is delicious but also brews to a beautiful brown with slight tints of rich reds.  If you like this color I suggest Soul Chocolate (2011-9 by Valspar) which, besides a great name, sets a dramatic backdrop for neutral art.  I also like a lighter shade such as Artisan (UL 120-3 by Behr) which seems cheery and saturated in color. [caption id="attachment_425" align="aligncenter" width="151" caption="Soul Chocolate"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_426" align="aligncenter" width="147" caption="Artisan"][/caption] How would a green tea translate into a paint color, you may wonder?  I have never been able to pick a green paint but the green hue from a tea like Japanese Cherry seems to blend green, yellow, and brown to create an incandescent green.  To recapture this brew on your walls I like Inchworm (W34009A by Valspar) for its green tone, but ability to act like a neutral.  I also like Leapfrog (380D-6 by Behr) for its balance of green and yellow tones. [caption id="attachment_427" align="aligncenter" width="148" caption="Inch Worm"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_428" align="aligncenter" width="151" caption="Leap Frog"][/caption] In all the excitement of browsing paint chips, I chose a few paint colors based solely on name!   [caption id="attachment_419" align="aligncenter" width="151" caption="Cup of Tea"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_420" align="aligncenter" width="151" caption="Tea Bag"][/caption] So,which color will you be running to your local home improvement store for?

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