The “Color of the Year 2014” goes to…

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 1, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Spring has finally beat-out the Polar Vortex and color is returning to our backyard in Dillsburg. With this change outdoors and the upcoming Easter holiday, color is front and center.  Seems only to appropriate to announce this year’s color of the year.

Color of the Year 2014 Exclusive PlumDrumroll please… This year’s color choice by Sherwin-Williams is Exclusive Plum.   Described as “a balance of cool blue and feisty red with a splash of gray”, it seems very well suited to a variety of rooms.

This color really caught my eye. So much so, that I’ve asked my wife to paint my office this color.   You must understand, we have very distinct divisions of labor, Kim and me. And painting falls on her side.   She doesn’t mind painting.   I mind it.  I mind it a LOT. 

Personally, I enjoy how much these wall paint colors bring a room alive.   And since I spend a lot of time in my office working, hiding, posting to our Facebook page, napping (if you believe my fellow SF team members), hanging out with my greyhounds and writing these blogs, I’m looking forward to a home office that welcomes you to work.

I think this year’s color will help me to get into that creative mode that it takes for me to write these blogs.   I considered last year’s Color of the Year – Aloe.   While a nice color, I’m glad I held out until now.

What does this have to do with Garage Floor Coatings?

Garage FlooringUnfortunately, nearly nothing; as we still don’t see many customers taking these wall colors into the garage.   Walls are still mostly white, light gray or tan.   

But, I’m hopeful we will start seeing more adventurous homeowners as they use our ever expanding pallet of decorative chip blends. This picture of a recent garage we completed in Lancaster shows a homeowner who is bucking the trend.

It’s not the color of the year, but it wasn’t too far off.

Where do these Paint Colors interact with Epoxy Floor Coatings?

Paint colors and garage flooringThese lively paint colors are showing up in the projects we do in basements and sunrooms.   We definitely see them in commercial locations – especially retail.   You need only to go to a sweetFrog frozen yogurt shop to see wilder colors in action.   And, in the case of sweetFrog of Carlisle and sweetFrog of Westminster, these inviting wall colors are matched into their customized floor coatings – installed by none other than Stronghold Floors.

This year’s color would be AWESOME with a metallic epoxy colors.  I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until I walk into a trendier store and see this color at work.   We have a salon in Carlisle who is now looking at adding these colors into their location.


What is our floor coatings’ Color of the Year 2014?

For the garage, I’m going with Berks (left), with Franklin (right) as the runner up.   Berks ¼” is a lively blend that has been a very popular decorative chip blend in porches, patios and sunrooms.   We’ve also used this blend in breezeways, carports and basements.    


With the stone blends we are seeing on many new homes, I think this blend will continue to pick up. Franklin ¼”, which incorporates some olive green and a little iridescent blue into a field of ivory an light gray , has always been a popular blend for garage coatings we installed in the Brandywine area of Pennsylvania (Bryn Mwar, ).    Now, we are seeing it pickup in our Baltimore location as well.


For the basement, I’ve chosen Cabana metallic epoxy (left), with Rum (right) as the runner up.These colors allow homeowners to put a dramatic, unique floor in the basement.  They are easily accented with warm throw-rugs and wall decorations.  

RumOur Cabana metallic epoxy really emulates the stronger acid staining colors, but without all the wax coats it took to bring out the pop of the acid stained flooring.  With our water-based urethane clear coats, we can create high gloss or semi-gloss finishes on these metallic – making them even more suitable for the multi-functional use most homeowners want in their basement.

Stay Tuned for more Exclusive Plum

As soon as I get the office painted, I’ll add some pictures to our Facebook page and update this blog.  Hopefully, it all takes place before we are announcing the Color of the Year 2015.


Mike Mincemoyer is the President and Business Development Manager of Stronghold Floors.  He is really hopeful this blog post will help get his office painted soon.   Drop a quick comment encouraging Kim to get painting. 

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