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green: history and mystery

(left) nature and its infinite palette of greens: a perennial inspiration photo: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue; (right) herbs transformed, photo: Gentl and Hyers Green, the color of nature, is having quite a moment. Not one but six paint companies have chosen a shade of light green as the color for 2022. But...

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In the Green

(left) cindered olive bejmat zellige, design: ADG Architectecture + Design / photo: michael wiltbank + ivan halper; (right) cement 4x4 square in leaf, design: Emily Farnham Architecture / photo: Yoshihiro Makino for Domino Magazine   At clé, we have a deep affection for the color green. In fact, we think it is...

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The Grass Is Greener in 2022

It’s the most colorful time of the year. Every autumn, the arbiters of color from the worlds of paint and design release their annual predictions for the next “colors of the year”. Generally, predicting trends in color is more of a marketing exercise than a true glimpse into what’s to come for...

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how to pair farrow & ball with your zellige tile

clé zellige is as traditional as it gets: made and glazed by hand, then fired in traditional kilns, just as it has been done for thousands of years. The science behind the firing produces not only a glorious gloss and surface texture, but also a wildly natural color variance. This is a...

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Pick the Perfect Palette for Pairing Paint with Your Tile

  The perfect paint partner for tile doesn’t need to be an exact match. Here, a bold, mid-range color like this blue complements, rather than detracts from, our Cathedral cement tile.   clé’s Benjamin Moore Paint Color/Tile Color Guidelines In a cast of design characters, tile almost always plays the lead. But that’s...

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