Frank Lloyd Wright’s Colors Come To Life At Taliesin

PPG - The Original 1955 Taliesin Color Palette matched by PPG

PPG – The Original 1955 Taliesin Color Palette matched by PPG

I moved to Phoenix, Arizona this past year and, as a result, I have developed a newfound interest in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. From 1938 until his death in 1959, Mr. Wright came to Arizona for the winters where he had his office, school and home known as Taliesin West. Taliesin West still operates as a School of Architecture, as well as, a historic house museum and property through the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

This Spring, I attended an event for designers and architects at Taliesin West hosted by PPG Architectural Coatings. Along with wine, drinks and a nice buffet of food, was a presentation of PPG’s Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water and Taliesin Color Palettes. Ruthanne Hanlon, the National Color & Design Manager for PPG, made the presentation. How special for those of us attending, and for PPG, that the presentation of the Taliesin color palette be made at the original source and location of its inspiration!

The formulation of these two Frank Lloyd Wright color palettes was a collaborative project in 2014 between the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and PPG. The Taliesin West color palette was based on an original color chart prepared by Mr. Wright in 1955 for Martin-Senour Paint. PPG was tasked with developing specific paint formulas to match the original 36-color chart.

Here in Arizona, you simply have to look around at the natural landscape and terrain to see Mr. Wright inspiration for the color palette of Taliesin West. The red/brown of the earth, the warm tans and gray of the gravel and rock formations, the blues of the sky and the yellow greens of the desert plants and trees.

Whether in Arizona or elsewhere, Mr. Wright’s color palette is still very appealing and applicable to today’s interiors. How fantastic, that when we want to use his iconic Cherokee Red, we don’t have to guess from hundreds of shades in the fan deck. Instead, we can just go to our local PPG retail store! The palette works especially well for accent colors – entry doors, accent walls, cabinetry and decorative elements such as rugs and upholstery.   Painting the front door to your home Wright Spring Green, Wright Mustard, Wright Tanager Red or Wright Murasaki would be a fantastic greeting to all who visit your house! Why not try it?!

Doors at Taliesin West, School of Architecture, Drafting Studio.

Doors at Taliesin West, School of Architecture, Drafting Studio.


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