Month: January 2012

Sneak Peek Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse 2013

January 24, 2012

Benjamin Moore Colour Pulse 2013

Where our physical spaces intersect with our desire for expression, we seek to balance the dynamics of everyday living with cultural, environmental and personal reflections through design and color. Color Pulse 2013, Benjamin Moore’s color forecast for 2013, explores these tenets and translates them into tomorrow’s color palettes.”*

Have you received the new Color Pulse 2013? Just released, it is filled with Benjamin Moore’s visionary colors for 2013. I find it so interesting how our history, future, trends, cultures and other significant influences are  the basis on how these colors are chosen. I thought I would share with you a few color highlights from the 2013 forecast:

The main theme for 2013 is Intersection which is supported by four main influences: Flow, Cycle, Animate and Connect.

InterFlow : where color and textures of the past are reintroduced:


These colors reflect the past being reintroduced for comfort and familiarity.     

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InterCycle: To reuse and reinvent items that were once disposable. Colors included in this group are:


“Our eyes are opened to the vast new potential of seemingly useless objects.”*

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InterAnimate: Escaping everyday with bold colors:


                                                               Peony 2079-30

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InterConnect: “The matrix that is technology ever evolves into organic form.”*


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I have only listed a small sample of the beautiful colors in the new Color Pulse 2013. You have to check them out!


Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse is “The award-winning, internationally recognized color forecasting tool is highly anticipated each year by interior designers, decorators, architects, and others in the creative community.”*

If you would like to see all of the colors and are interested how these colors are chosen, click here to order.

You can read more about Color Pulse 2013 here in a special edition of Benjamin Moore’s Nuance.

Do you enjoy looking at the color forecasts? I think it is a great design tool when selecting colors today.

If you need help selecting the perfect colors for your home, contact me today.

*Benjamin Moore Resource

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Taking Better Pictures

January 6, 2012

One of my favorite gifts I received for Christmas was a digital photography book. In the last couple years taking better photos has become a passion for me. I think both living in gorgeous NH and decorating homes was what encouraged me to take better pictures of my subjects.


I have tried in the past to learn about the f-stops, pixels and resolution but is just seems so confusing! The book I received “Digital Photography” by Jason R. Rich explains different techniques and ideas so well that even I am learning! It is a good beginner to intermediate photographer book that helps break down the technical aspects of photography.

I wanted to share a trick that has already helped me take better shots:

The ‘Rule of Thirds’:

Amateur photographers commonly place the subject of the photo dead center in the frame and do not take into account the foreground or background. In most cases, placing your subject in the center of the frame is boring and predictable. Professionals know that placing your main subject off center is more aesthetically pleasing. This is where the Rule of Thirds comes into play. When looking through your camera viewfinder, divide the picture into vertical and horizontal thirds: Position your subject or main focal point where two of the horizontal and vertical lines intersect or along one of the lines:


Most digital cameras have an auto focus feature that requires pressing the shutter button half way. As you are taking a picture, center the subject in the center of the frame. Press the button down half way then reposition the subject in the frame using the Rule of Thirds:

So I started practicing:


Cute picture but now look at the snowman to the side:


I think the photo looks more interesting, don’t you?

Here are some professional photos using the Rule of Thirds:




Try to play with the Rule of Thirds when composing your shots. See if you think your photos are more exciting and tell a story. Professionals know that the Rule of Thirds is the best way to produce balanced and highly interesting subjects!

Comments? Do you use the Rule of Thirds when taking photos? Next time- When and How to Use Your Camera’s Built-in Flash.

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Test Those Paint Colors!

January 3, 2012

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I know that I have pointed this out in various other posts, but I’m going to say it again! I want to make sure that when you find a paint color that you like, make sure that you request a small sample first to take home. It’s important to test how the paint will look in the room (lighting, furniture, etc.), before you invest in an entire can of paint.

I know I have done it myself! We all have taken shortcuts and decided the little paint chip was all the proof we need. But it didn’t always work out, did it? There are times when the difference between the color on the chip has been so much darker than it looks on the wall! And that yellow! Should have tested first.

I have received horror stories from readers that wished they go just go back in time and brought home a sample so they would not have the ugly color on their wall now. This reader below had better results:

Dear Kelly,

Happy New Year! I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your advice in all of your blogs! A few week ago, my husband and I were decided that we really needed to paint our bedroom.  The room has dark wooden frames and only one window, so we knew that we wanted to find a color that would help to “brighten” up the room. I had read through a few of your blogs about choosing paint colors, so I thought that I was pretty informed about paint when I went to the store. My husband and I found this beautiful yellow color by Olympic Paint, called Limoncello. Right away we were drawn to the beautiful color and how it seemed to “pop” off of the paint chip. My husband went up to the counter to ask the associate to get us a few gallons, when all of a sudden I remembered your post about sampling paint. I quickly ran over to my husband and asked the associate if we could have a sample one first. When we brought the color home and painted a portion of the wall- we were shocked! The paint color didn’t look anything like the sample chip! I was so happy that we tried out a sample before we invested all of our money into gallons of a paint that we weren’t happy with.  Determined to find the perfect color, my husband and I went back to Lowe’s and picked out a different color, Belgian Waffle.  We bought a sample can first and tried it out on the wall of our room and immediately loved it! Thank you so much for writing such “simple” tips that are so helpful! Paint can be expensive, so I’m glad that I was able to use what I learned in your blogs to save money (and frustration!).

Thank you again! Keep writing!

-Sarah S.

Thanks Sarah!  So glad I could help!

Although we look at inspirational photos of rooms painted, we know that the color is not going to look the same in your home with your lighting and your furnishings. Take this paint color for instance:

Benjamin Moore® Aura® Paint - Smoked Oyster

Doesn’t the color look very different in the photo?  Here is another great example:


Benjamin Moore Stone Brown 2112-30


Both rooms are painted with Benjamin Moore Stone Brown 2112-30. See how different they look?  Such a little step to be sure you are getting the right color the first time!  Agreed?

If you need color advice for your home, contact me today.

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