Benjamin Moore Colors for 2014

Even though it is only early October, anticipation is slowly building as to what will be “THE” Color for 2014.  Pantone is the big Kahuna in this area because they predict what color will be trending not only in home interiors and fashion but in all industries that have a product with color. (I’m predicting it will be a rich deep blue, but who knows!)

The major paint companies also have their say and last week while vacationing in Key West I received an email from Benjamin Moore announcing they had chosen Breath of Fresh Air (806) as their color for 2014.

Benjamin Moore Color of the year 2014

Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air 806

I had to laugh because the hotel room we were staying in was painted in what appeared to be this exact color. It got me thinking about color and geographical location. This fresh blue is so perfect for the hot sunny South where you want to escape from the heat or if you own a light filled beach house like in the photo above.

In the North East where I live, I rarely have client’s wanting to paint their walls blue unless it’s a bedroom. We deal with cold (or cloudy) weather a good part of the year so the majority of my client’s are looking for warmer neutral colored walls (warm grays, taupe, cream or soft white). If they do want blue walls then it’s rarely a fresh blue like Breath of Fresh Air, but a more grayed down blue gray.

Benjamin Moore says that it has “detected a ‘lighter touch’, hints, whispers, tints of color. Shifts to pastels without looking too ‘candy’, too ‘Easter egg’ which is an exciting message for us, a color company. We’ve begun to see a shift away from gray to tints of blues, greens, lavenders and pinks. Pastels, softened and filtered, to lift the spirit but not shout too loud… colors that can make a room happy, flatter your possessions and your art. We call these the new neutrals.”

Here are all their picks for the “new neutrals” for 2014. (Click on image to enlarge)

Benjamin Moore colors for 2014

Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014

Colors for 2014

Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014 (page 2)

Distant Gray, Clay Beige, White Dove, Wickham Gray and Elemental are all staples in my color kit and frequently spec’ed; and Palladium Blue and Van Allen Green are both popular for bedroom colors. The corals and peaches…not so much. Maybe it is simply because of the region of the country I live in as I saw both coral and peach walls while vacationing in Florida.

Lavenders and purples are trending in both fashion and home interiors and just within the past six months I have had an increase in clients requesting gray with a purple undertone. It will be interesting going forward to see if these softer pastels take hold.

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. What do you think of Benjamin Moore’s softer more pastel neutrals? Are they popular where you live?

If you would like help choosing the perfect color for your home give me a call!

Decorating Inspiration from the Brimfiled VIP Tent

This was my third year attending Brimfield and taking part in the official VIP tent. Organized by the amazing team of  Gretchen Aubuchon and Shane Inman the VIP tent was sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Robert Allen and Ru La La. The tent serves as a place where attendees can relax and regroup while antique and vintage shopping. Every year the tent and the event itself gets better and better. This year I think Shane and Gretchen hit it out of the park.

Shane built and designed the tent and it is such great inspiration for an outdoor event you might host this Summer.

Brimfield VIP tent

I love how he made the light fixtures out of plain rope and then painted them in shades of coral. Here is a photo of how they looked under construction.

VIP tent lighting by Shane Inman

Shane also made paper hydrangea flowers for the tables which I just love! Paper flowers are so on trend right right now and surprisingly easy to make.  Here is a YouTube video I found with easy step by step instructions so you can try it too.

Paper flowers by Shane Inman

My absolute favorite thing was the bar. Every bottle lining the bar was colored with one of the new Williamsburg colors by Benjamin Moore. 144 colors…144 bottles.

Williamsburg color collection bottles by Shane Inman

and an even better part of the bar was Bartender extraordinaire Warren Bobrow.

I mean what isn’t there to love about cocktails starting at 9am! Warren’s cocktails were so special they involved the use of eye droppers and flaming herbs…who knew? Of course the only down side is that indulging so early in the day could  make for some risky purchasing choices; like this set of horn chairs.

 or this life sized statue of Bruce Lee.

No, I didn’t buy either of those.  Instead, I bought 2 pair of vintage earrings and this beautiful purple glass bottle.

purple glass bottle from Brimfield

Good choice don’t you think?

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to post a comment on my last post about the newest Benjamin Moore color collection if you would like to be entered to win a free Williamsburg fan deck. I will pick a winner on Monday.

 

 

BIG color news from Benjamin Moore and Brimfield

Hello again! I am finally back to my computer after almost two weeks of design and blogging related travel.  I have so much design and color info to share with you from both Brimfield and Blogfest.  I will start with Brimfield and the big color announcement made by Benjamin Moore.

Drum roll please….Benjamin Moore has released a whole new line of paint colors called the Williamsburg Collection.  According to Benjamin Moore this new palette is “historic American colors derived from classic American design. Based on original pigments developed more than 250 years ago, Colonial Williamsburg’s curators have re-created this rich, authentic palette.”

Benjamin Moore Williamsburg color deck

williamsburg collection

The 144 new colors are absolutely beautiful and timeless. Another perk is that since all the colors have similar saturation the colors are meant to blend seamlessly with one another. In other words, you can mix and match these colors in your home and not worry about anything clashing. Of course you still need to get the undertones right so you still may want to hire me!

I am so excited about these new colors and they came at a perfect time as I get ready to repaint to the entire “core” of our house. I have my eye on several of the soft neutrals and plan to paint up sample boards soon. I’ll let you know what I pick.

I also just happen to have an additional Williamsburg fan deck to give away. If you would like to have it simply comment on this post and I will choose a winner next Monday.

What do you think of these new historic colors and do you think you would try them out?

 

 

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!

 

 

If you would like help choosing color or decorating your home, give me a call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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