Category: Kelly’s Best Colors

The Facts Regarding Cutting Paint By 50%

March 16, 2019

So you finally decide on your paint color and you are going to paint your living room walls with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. You think that a great ceiling color would be a lighter version than the Gray Owl. You read somewhere online that you can get a custom color made by asking the paint store to lightened your color by 50%.   Makes sense, right?  Adding white will make the color lighter, right? Nope- not that easy. I decided to look into the idea that when you want a paint color lightened by half, you can ask at the paint store to ‘cut’ the color by 50%.  Is it practical? Is it doable? Does it work?

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I spoke with many different Benjamin Moore store retailer and company representatives and also Sherwin Williams and these were my results:Read More

Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

March 9, 2019

Here are a few decorating ideas and inspiration I have found along the way and thought you would enjoy!

Did you know you can buy art online now at very affordable prices? I found a website Redbubble with beautiful art at great prices:

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If you are looking to change up the look of a room or just to update for the season, new art is a great way to begin your color palette. Using the artwork above as an example, you can bring in so much color with a blue and white area rug and bright happy pillows and throws in raspberry, plum and gold.

I also found on their site A-line dresses which I love for summer:

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So pretty and nothing is easier in the summer getting dressed. Only $46.00 for a complete outfit. Pretty good!

Did you know the best grout color to use with white tile is a light gray?Read More

Color Crush: Washington Blue CW-630

March 2, 2019

Hey everyone!  This Benjamin Moore’s paint color Washington Blue is from their Williamsburg Collection. This navy is right now one of Ben Moore’s best selling blues:

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I love it. A true blue beautiful navy!

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I was working on finding a paint color for a client to update and paint her bath cabinet. She was not as crazy about the Hale Navy as I am, !,  so I suggested a few other navy blues:Read More

Favorite Color Combo: Red Brick & Gray

February 16, 2019

Hey everyone! Over the years working with brick exteriors, I have found my favorite color combination with red brick is dark gray:

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Don’t you agree the gray together with the brick looks beautiful?

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Grays are tricky because of their undertones. The undertones of a color really stand out in the sunlight. The lighter grays have blue undertones, such as Boothbay Gray HC-165 and Stonington Gray HC-170. Here is a example photo:Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Stonington Gray Exterior Project

January 26, 2019

What color do you think of when you picture a home exterior on Martha’s Vineyard? I think of light and airy beach colors. And that is just what the customer ordered- “I want gray and white beachy!”.

The first paint color that came to my mind was Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray HC-170:

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A modern and fresh medium toned gray with a slight blue undertone.  I have suggested this paint color many times on exterior consultations. The client sampled on a large poster board and loved it.

Here is a before photo of her home:

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My friend thought she would like the whole exterior, including the bottom lattice, painted in the same paint color. But after priming the lattice:Read More

Reader’s Favorite Posts of 2018

December 31, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy 2019 to you all. While I am working on new content for January’s Newsletter, Roominations, coming out later this week, I thought I would share my top ten reader viewed blogs of 2018 with you. I know you want to see them again! 🙂

Number Ten- A close tie!:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron

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And the tie vote for #10 is:

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

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I love finding great paint colors and highlighting them. A lot of color crushes out there!

Number Nine:

Gallery Wall Grid Style

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Hanging art grid style not only looks great, it also takes up a large space over the sofa, like ideas here, which is not always easy to do.

Number Eight:

Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

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If you are thinking of selling your home, there are a few good ideas and suggestions included in this post.

Number Seven:

Another Home Project Completed

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My black wall- I love it!

Number Six:

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance®

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Gorgeous front door colors!

Number Five:

Best Colors That Work With Revere Pewter

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Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter is still one of my favorite paint colors because of it’s ability to play well with other colors.

Number Four:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

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A soft, beautiful neutral without strong undertones.  Works well with white trim and with stained wood.  A pretty perfect color!

Number Three:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Blues & Greens

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Number Two:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Neutrals

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A great list of neutrals that includes photos and undertones.

And the # 1 Top Voted Blog post:

Updated: Exterior Grays

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Exterior grays are still very popular going into 2019. Helping homeowner’s find the perfect gray for their exteriors was my busiest # 1 color consulting projects of 2018!

Happy New Year’s! Good luck for all the adventures you will be part of in 2019!

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Kelly  xo