Devine Color Creamy Wall Coatings, luminous paints that previously were sold only to professionals, are now available to the public.
The paint was developed by artist Gretchen Schauffler, who wasn’t satisfied with the options on the market. It comes in three sheens: Delicate, with a finish similar to silk; Powder, a soft, suedelike finish; and Luscious, a shiny finish like satin.
The 209 hues are gathered into 19 collections that simplify color selection.
Schauffler also takes an unconventional approach to helping her customers choose colors. She sells color palettes on large cards that have a window in the middle, so you can look at the colors in the context of the setting.
The paint covers most surfaces in one coat and creates a washable finish that stands up to everyday wear, the company says. It has little odor and no volatile organic compounds.
Devine Color paints sell for $22.95 a quart or $59.95 a gallon ($49.95 for ceiling paint) at www.devinecolor.com and Amazon.com.
ON THE SHELF
The creative forces behind the San Francisco floral design firm Studio Choo share their secrets in The Flower Recipe Book (Artisan Books, $24.95 in hardcover, $12.99 for e-book).
In the book, Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo provide instructions for creating 100 arrangements in a variety of styles. Their “recipes” are arranged alphabetically according to the main flower used in each, but the arrangements cover a range of occasions and seasons. They also represent different levels of complexity, from simple bunches of lavender displayed in cups to artsy arrangements fit for an elegant dinner party.