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Steeltown presents: Color Round Up

Steeltown is introducing our own “Color Round Up.” Every post will include a color palette initially inspired by an image of Western Pennsylvania. We hope this post will simply add a splash of color to your day (and dispel the myth that Pittsburgh is always grey) or inspire a project, musing or artwork. Enjoy!

On one of the last Indian summer days we had in Pittsburgh, I snapped this photo of the Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze. The museum is a stately classic building with boxy topiary trees out front. Despite being a formal setting, the color of the trees against the stone facade creates a fresh palette of verdant green – accenting the massive brown doors and the neutral building. Green seems like a good place to start a color round-up column in Pittsburgh, as we have the “largest green wall (2,380 s.f.) in the United States displayed on One PNC Plaza”! This living wall has similar green tones, further modeling a great palette. Here are a few other inspirations to keep you on track – from green tea recipes to walnut tables.

Paint it up Pittsburgh! (left to right): California Paints Tee Off DE5614, Benjamin Moore Grand Teton White AC-42, Pittsburgh Paints Oregon Trail 422-6


Frick Art Museum
The Holidays at the Frick (Nov. 19 through Jan. 2, 2011) Lovely holiday ornament of the front of the museum.

1. Crystal line of Scavolini kitchens (

2. Liz Kuball print at 20×200

3. Crate & Barrel’s Geometry pillow

4. William daybed by Zanotta

5. Room & Board’s walnut Bradshaw end table

6. Former Pittsburgh Needs Eated blog: Green Tea Pudding (adapted from The Sweet Spot by Pichet Ong and Genevieve Ko)

7. PNC green wall


Karen Anderson is an interior designer and color consultant. She has a passion for great design and is constantly inspired by the beauty and history of the Pittsburgh region. She managed to fit Steeltown into her busy schedule and will be contributing to the color posts on a bi-weekly basis.

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1 Comment

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    Susan B.
    December 15, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Oh, I love talking about color!

    Hmmmm…I’ve got two bookmarks in my Etsy shop that would fit the green and brown color scheme.

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