Lori Sawaya
Color Strategist and Expert
Onsite or Online

Email: lori@thelandofcolor.com


  • Catharine Perkins

    Hi Lori!

    I would like to paint the ceiling of my townhouse front porch Haint Blue. Do I order a gallon from you or does your sample have the BM formulary to purchase locally?

    Thank you so much!

    P.S. Trying to create a slice of Charleston in Atlanta!

    • Hi Catharine,

      Thanks for your interest! We do not ship paint. We ship hand-painted 4.75 inch circles with the custom formula printed on the back. I used Sherwin-Williams for my custom colors so that’s the formula that comes with your sample but because we also provided a hand-painted side on the sample, you can take it to any paint counter and have them match it.

  • Hi Lori,
    Would you be the Color Strategist that designed Mecum’s exterior colors(Green and Cream?) Is there a chance you could disclose that info? I have a project in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and my wife fell in love with that color choice.
    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Bill,

      No, I’m afraid I’m not the designer for Mecum’s exterior colors. Good luck on your color quest!

  • Sandy Copenhaver

    Lori, Hi! How do I download your color wheel?

  • Holly

    Trying to figure out the easyRGB site using the Manchester Tan number I found when using the site:
    CLCh (ab) is 90.6 degrees
    CLCh (uv) is 67.7 degrees

    However, from your entry at https://www.houzz.com/discussions/4477021/do-greige-paint-colors-look-more-gray-with-oak-and-warm-colors

    I see you plotted Manchester Tan approx 78 degrees on the color wheel.

    I am obviously missing something? Thanks for any assistance you might provide.

    • Hi Holly,

      Nope, you’re not missing anything. Good question. Kind of a long explanation. The color wheel is composed of two parts. The inside hue family spokes and on the outside degrees. Each part answers a different question.

      The inside hue family spokes answers the question, “If this color were a color in the three-dimensional Munsell Color Space what hue family would it belong to and where would it fit?”

      The outside hue angle degrees answers the question, “If this color were a color in the three-dimensional XYZ Tristimulus color space also known as The Human Gamut of color, what hue family would it belong to and where would it fit?”

      The Munsell Color space is smaller than The Human Gamut of color. That means sometimes the Munsell Hue Family notation and the hue angle degrees will not align perfectly but they will be close. This is a good thing because it provides two different contexts in which to compare colors.

      In the case of Manchester Tan, its Munsell Hue Family is 1.57 Y and it’s h° is 90.6. You’ll also notice that there are two Manchester Tan’s listed in easyRGB. That’s because they measured the paint chips from the Color Preview fandeck AND the Classic fandeck. One lists the h° as 90.6, the other 88.8°. Two differing measurements that are close which actually affirms that Manchester Tan’s hue family is indeed right around that 90° mark.

      Color measurements are not a perfect science for many reasons — but it’s a good thing. If the data were too perfect, then it wouldn’t be nearly as useful. When you have different numbers for the same spectral data values, what’s important is that they are close. Because then you know there is a high degree of accuracy. If the numbers are far apart, differ too much, then you know you have a problem with the data. So it works out as a kind of built-in checks and balances system.

      One last thing, only use LCh°(ab), ignore LCh°(uv).

  • petecphoto

    Really appreciate the work you have put into Color Secrets Vol. 1. Great… I am colorblind and this makes communicating easier. My question is… on the hexidecimal chart, the bottom two circles of Orange are the same number. Which color goes with #dd4124 and what is the other color? Thanks so much.

    • petecphoto

      sorry, I am working through the colors and purple-blue has 251066 twice as well. 😀

      • Holy cow! I did not know there were typos in the hex guide portion of the ebook. I am revising this immediately. Will email new PDF of the book with revised pages as soon as possible. Thank you so much for letting me know!

  • Kathryn McMahon

    Where can I get Haint blue paint in SE Oklahoma?

    • Hi Kathryn. I sell hand painted samples with the formula printed on the back in the store here on this website. When you get your painted sample with formula, you can take it to any paint counter and they can mix it for you. I had the colors custom mixed using Sherwin-Williams base and colorants and the formula on the back reflects that — but, again, you can take the sample anywhere and they will figure out how to mix the color for you.

  • connie

    Lori, I just left you a message on Houzz concerning the Laura Ashley fan deck you have and then I saw where you said to leave you a message on this site. Sorry. I didn’t get your post right away, so I assume that you have already been to your Sherwin Williams store. You are a sweetheart for offering to help me get the info from the chips and have your SW scan them, so I can get my colors accurate to repaint, here in Richmond, VA. I have two colors I need scanned when you head back to SW and have the time. LA1504 Sapphire 4 & LA604 Pumpkin 4. When I bought my paint, Lowes carried the actual LA paint line, LA paint. I don’t remember what sheen I got but if I remember right they only carried the normal sheen’s back then….Flat, etc. I can’t be 100% sure but I never get flat or eggshell, so I must have gotten Satin. It wasn’t a gloss I know. I love a good paint and whatever the SW’s sheen you think best, is fine with me. When the walls were first painted the colors were so rich and looked like jewel tones. No one could match it later on.
    ….so I love you for doing this and I am most appreciative!! Here is my reg email bentprincess@aol.com and my phone 804-652-9464 in case you need them. Thank you so very much! Connie

  • Mon

    Hi Lori,

    I’m interested in taking your course and would like to purchase a colorimeter but it does not ship to Canada. Is there another way of ordering it?

    • Great question! Yes. I have used Borderlinx.com before. I have a mailbox with them. Here’s how it works. You buy from Amazon and have the Color Muse shipped to the Camp Chroma Borderlinx mailbox in Lockebourne, Ohio. Borderlinx repackages the Color Muse and takes care of all the international paperwork and ships it via DHL to you. Shipping costs depend on where you’re located in Canada. It’s fast too. You can go ahead and enroll and get started in Camp Chroma and we can work on getting the Color Muse to you.