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Monday, April 4, 2011

Color Changing Paints and Materials

Choosing colors for architecture, finishes and materials involves so many variables. Obviously, that is why we colorists are here to help. 

Now add to the mix the option of color changing paints and materials.  Feeling too indecisive to pick just one color?  Well, there are more and more products coming on the market that let you avoid just one choice.  Granted many of these, to me, can easily cross the line into gimmicky. But with a little creativity and careful use, I can see the beauty and interest in some applications.

This company, Moving Color,  has a wide range of color changing tiles.  They respond to heat or touch and react a variety of ways from simply changing color to having painted landscapes change seasons. 

Color changing paints, such as a line from the company, Eclipse, make paint that changes from one color to another.

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli used color changing paint on his yacht.

No small price tag at around $500 per gallon. Yes this is the same designer who has a color changing house in Italy as well!

Italo Rota and partners

Other applications under consideration are for the use of road paints that change colors to alert drivers of changes in road conditions such as the presence of ice.   

As for me, I'm waiting for the car that changes colors with the push of a button.  Yes, a way has been developed in which a car can change colors in seconds with the flip of a switch using changes in electrical charges to produce a full spectrum of color choices. Imagine how much fun this will create for the DMV keeping track of all these color changing vehicles!


Sarah Greenman said...

Thank you so much for your sweet words and support for Charlie and our family. I appreciate it more than you know.

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debra disman said...

What fun Marie...and how complex the choices will become. Even more so then they already are! Thanks for the post!

K&B by the Sea said...

Wow, these colour-changing products are so cool! I'd love to try out the tiles.

Wouldn't it be fun to come home to the house in the first picture every day? :-)

Elizabeth Brown said...

Not completely sold on the idea, but I did enjoy reading your post...thanks!

Unknown said...

fun post, Marie! Hadn't seen those tiles yet. Hmmmmm. very interesting. Reminds me of an oatmeal bowl I had as a kid that changed colors from the hot cereal. I loved that bowl!

Just came across this color-changing chair that you might want to take a look at. Apparently, it tells you if you are fat.


Marie Brady said...

Oh yikes Kelly, that's funny! I don't think that chair and I would get along;)

Donna said...

As much as I love color, that house is even a bit too wild for this color girl!

Marie Brady said...

I know, Donna! Can you imagine the neighbors reaction?

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I just love color and love how in depth and visual you break it down for us all. Never a lazy post, just always full of energy and beauty from a colorful, kind soul like you! XO, Kelly

Marie Brady said...

Kelly, you really just made my day with that-thank you! I don't blog very often, but my goal is to make it worth your time. I'm glad I'm on the right track :)

Karena said...

Marie, this post is so interesting!! I love the idea of a car changing color!!

As an artist there are so many applications!

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Unknown said...

I absolutely love this post! Thanks for sharing!!