I first heard rumors that Ben Moore was going to be introducing a new line of full spectrum paint way back last Winter. I asked all three of my local Ben Moore paint stores and not one of them had heard a thing. Then as luck would have it, my blogosphere friend Kelly of Restyling Home by Kelly posted this blog about the paint and the fact that Babels was one of the 5 chosen “test” stores in the US to carry the line. Well hooray for me! Babels is where I bought all my paint before our big move 6 years ago and although Babels is now over an hour from me, I couldn’t get down there fast enough. The trip was not a disappointment. The 200 new colors are absolutely incredible. Being full spectrum they are made without any black or gray so just like other full spectrum paint, the colors are complex, rich and fabulous. The Colors are divided up into color “stories” with names like Urban Casual, Dark Romance, Free Spirited, Enriched, Organic Comfort, Worldly Views and Vintage. I brought home as many samples as the kind lady would let me and once home, “played” with my colors for hours (only another paint nerd would understand this).
Here is a sample of some of the more deep and intense colors:
and here are some of the beautiful complex neutrals:
I was so excited to try out the paint but which color and where???
I was currently in the middle of making over my dining room ( pictures will come soon) but I had already painted the walls and had just installed these new drapes from West Elm.
in this Pear Green Color.
Then, while sorting through all my Color Stories samples I noticed this color combination on the cover of a Mark Rothko book that was right in front of me on my desk. I pulled a beautiful red/orange called Tandoori and put it next to Turkish Bay Leaf (color of my drapes) and I knew what I wanted to do.
We have a big open hallway with a large window over looking a huge green tree. I thought the red/orange color of the Tandoori would be a great way to frame the ever changing art which is the tree itself. The hallway also opens up into my dining room with the Turkish Bay Leaf colored drapes and my living room which is green and navy blue with small accents of orange.
The paint itself was just as amazing as the colors; smooth, virtually odorless, and went on beautifully. I am totally in love with Color Stories. Here is the finished hallway. As you can see, I just painted the one back wall to frame the tree. It was difficult to get the impact of the trees coming into the house because of the glare, but trust me, it feels like the trees are right in the hallway.
The little chest belonged to my Mom, all the framed art on the “gallery wall” was done by my son and my Grandmother made the afghan hanging over the staircase. It’s funny and I just realized it now but four generations have contributed to this hallway decor.
Hope you enjoyed my little Color Stories Story and I hope Color Stories comes to a paint store near you soon!
If you would like help choosing color or decorating your home, give me a call.