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 Barbara Jacobs

Barbara Jacobs

Can we talk?...about color, that is. That’s our objective with this ongoing discussion—a Color Exchange, if you will—in this Durability + Design blog. Whether we know it or not, color affects all of us, in many ways. So let’s engage in this exchange and explore this mysterious and exciting subject of color, its effects, and its applications.


Tips for Testing Paint Colors
By Barbara Jacobs

Perhaps you are a painting professional who has just been asked for the thousandth time, “How will it look?” ... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 10, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS

How to Choose the Right Colors
By Barbara Jacobs

That’s the question, and it applies to both interiors and exteriors of homes and other buildings... READ MORE

POSTED SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 | 2 COMMENTS

Pattern and Color, and the Intriguing Effects Created by Their Interaction
By Barbara Jacobs

What’s in a pattern, and why should we care? Color is one thing, and of course I think it’s one of the key aspects of design, and of creating supportive, interesting, and attractive spaces.... READ MORE

POSTED MARCH 2, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

Mixing, not Matching: Contrast, Balance Produce Harmony in Composition
By Barbara Jacobs

What’s the real story behind the concept of “Mix and Match?” What are we talking about when we use this term? From paint color names to defining spaces, what do we mean? ... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 23, 2011 | 3 COMMENTS

Decision Time…Cooking with Color, with or without a Recipe
By Barbara Jacobs

Ready to cook with color? Don’t start yet! Here are some questions to answer before using color recipes... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 11, 2011 | 10 COMMENTS

The Mystery of Color Perception, and the Variables at Work
By Barbara Jacobs

What’s important when the subject is the science and perception of color? I suppose that could be the working title for every post I do.... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 12, 2011 | 3 COMMENTS

Perspectives on Project Photography, from the Experts
By Barbara Jacobs

If you want to know more about the properties of paint, you go to the experts—the paint-store manager or a painting professional, right?... READ MORE

POSTED JULY 13, 2011 | 1 COMMENT

Intentional or Incidental? Taking ‘Color’ Seriously
By Barbara Jacobs

Inside or out…why should “color” be the subject of specific, intentional consideration? It’s surprising. Even though color is such a great part of our experience in the responses we have to an object ... READ MORE

POSTED JUNE 14, 2011 | 3 COMMENTS

Conventional Wisdom and Unconventional Solutions for Small Spaces
By Barbara Jacobs

“Make More of Less”: Touching on a few thoughts about making the most of your small spaces.... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 31, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS

Conversation Starter: The Myriad Responses to the Colors Around Us
By Barbara Jacobs

Why talk about color? It’s not because subjects pertaining to “color” are among my own personal favorite topics (even though they are), but rather that we all share many common experiences that relate... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 18, 2011 | 3 COMMENTS

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