My Ben Moore Color Stories-Story.

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:

Linda Holt Interiors

Linda Holt Interiors photo

and here are some of the beautiful complex neutrals:

Benjamin Moore Color Stories neutrals Linda Holt Interiors

Benjamin Moore Color Stories neutrals Linda Holt Interiors

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.

West Elm Curtains


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.

Tandori and Turkish Bay leaf


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.


Tandoori from Ben Moore Color Stories


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!



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12 Responses to My Ben Moore Color Stories-Story.
  1. Jil Reply

    How wonderful, I love the idea of the Tandori playing off it’s opposite color – green. How cool to use paint color to ‘bring the trees inside the room’. Fantastic. Can’t wait til we get the colours up here, bu!t I understand it’ll be a while. Thanks for a great post

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Jil, it will most likely be awhile until anyone gets the paint..the woman at the “test” store said at least a year or more before they even introduce it to other US stores.

  2. Heidi Nyline Reply

    I just love that hallway. Absolutely beautiful and the artwork by your son opposite the agfan by your grandmother are perfect.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Heidi!

  3. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    your hallway looks fabulous! love how you drew attention to that view. and i love the gallery wall – looks like it’s hung by an expert (which of course, it was!)

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kristie! I won’t tell you how long it took to hang that gallery wall. I almost threw my hammer through the window a few times I was so frustrated.

  4. Kelly, Restyling Home by Kelly Reply

    Thanks for the link Linda. You sound like me with new paint- which color and where to paint??? Isn’t the depth and richness of the colors incredible? The only fan decks they have are real paint on real wood. How are we going to get samples cards of the paint? Love your hallway, especially because it is decorated with your ‘special’ items.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I had to become really friendly with the sales person. They guard the samples like gold. The samples I have are not on wood but paint on paper..they are so rich and beautiful though.

  5. Sheila Zeller Reply

    I love the stories behind the decor! And I think the Tandori is fab!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Sheila!

  6. Shelley Armella Reply

    Love it! You must smile each time you gaze upon this scene. Your hallway displays a richness that isn’t due fully to Benjamin Moore’s new paint.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      You are very kind Shelley, thanks!

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