Category: Paint Color Selection Help

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

January 31, 2018

I think Ben Moore’s Collingwood OC- 28 is a great neutral color that is often overlooked for the more popular colors such as Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray.

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Did you know that Collingwood is one of the most ‘true’ grays, (non-undertoned gray), in the Benjamin Moore color palette collection? It does have a slight undertone of purple, but in all of my years specifying this paint color for clients, I have never heard anyone ever complain of actually seeing purple in their room:

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Unlike Revere and Edgecomb, (which are grays with green undertones with some beige mixed in), Collingwood does not change from gray to greige depending on the light in a room. It stays a true soft gray in all lighting.Read More

Just A Reminder

January 5, 2018

I just wanted to let you know that the January 2018 issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, January 7! This issue is packed with great content:

* This month’s special post is for those who are looking to update their master bedroom suite:

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* This issue answers this month’s Reader Question, “ Hi Kelly, I have a grey sofa and Brown lazy boy chair I’m trying to match a loveseat or 2 chairs do you have any suggestions please help.”

* In this newsletter I also share a few ‘Beautiful Bedroom Accessory Finds’ to finish off your bedroom redesign.

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Another Example Of Why Darker Paint Colors Look Fabulous with Stained Wood

December 17, 2017

I have been not only getting ready for Christmas this past week, I have also been moving to my new, full time home in New Hampshire:

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       Today:

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It has been a crazy couple of weeks, but I am really enjoying myself. I think part of this joy might be that both my kids and the new baby Jameson is coming to spend Christmas here! I can’t wait!

Anyway!   When we moved one of the bedrooms upstairs around, I wanted to use this wood headboard we brought from our previous home in RI that both my husband and I love. When we put against the wall, I really was struck how beautiful the wood looked with the wall color:

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This paint color is Ben Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20. A beautiful mid- tone turquoise blue.Read More

Pantone’s 2018 Purple

December 9, 2017

I am sure you have already heard this week on social media that Pantone has announced it’s color of the year for 2018:

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Ultra Violet 18-3838. Pantone chose this complex color to reflect a “complex” time. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet is a “provocative yet thoughtful” color. Historically, it’s been associated with nonconformity and spirituality. Pantone also believes this color symbolizes new possibilities and a hopeful future.

I am sure you have also read mixed reviews. People either are liking this color or giving it a definite thumbs down.

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But I guess that happens every year, right? I myself love a gorgeous purple! I always have. I would not paint a whole room in it:Read More

Caliente AF-290 is Benjamin Moore’s 2018 color of the year!

October 10, 2017

Caliente AF-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red has been chosen for the Color Of The Year 2018:

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Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and
makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of
Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red
turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

I have specified this color in the past as an accent wall in a large dining room. The client loved it! I am not sure if I would like a whole room painted in this color, but it looks great as a front door color:

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Beautiful Caliente Red barn with Ben Moore Simply White:

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I actually do like all the walls painted in this vibrant red in the bath:

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Great pop of color in an all white kitchen!:

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So what do you think readers? I have seen some terrible colors introduced as the Color of the Year so I am feeling pretty happy about this fun color! Let me know your thoughts!



What’s Hot in Home Décor This Fall 2018

September 2, 2017

Hard to believe it is the end of August. The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill in the air in the evening.  Fall equinox begins on September 22 this year which is less than a month away! Are you ready to change Seasons? Here are a few highlights of the popular Autumn trends this year:

Number one is Texture,texture, texture.

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The use of natural wood in decorating is everywhere and makes the room feel complete with the balanced look of soft and durable:

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