April 15, 2010

Lost in the Benjamin Moore Paint Chip Display?


















I was in the paint store the other day, and had the pleasure of helping three homeowners lost in the color chip display.

There are so many color choices for paint that it can be overwhelming for the untrained eye to choose an appropriate color. It is amazing how those little chips of saturated color virtually explode on walls, and look totally different than what many people envision.

May I enlighten you to a few of the challenging dynamics of color:

Color changes. It is not absolute. No way. No how.

Consider color ... alive. Like a person, color is moody, and changes with its surroundings.

Like a person, color is fickle. Likes some things sometimes, and other times not.

And like a person, color has personality that touches our emotions, our minds, and our bodies.

Color is all about context. It is how you use it that matters.

Think about color combinations as people relationships.

Because color has many temperamental qualities, it is important to combine colors so there are no personality clashes! As every personal relationship differs, so do color relationships.

Some color combinations are love at first site, others are just okay. Some intrigue our senses. Others bore us. And some color combinations do not get along. At all! They scream and yell and fight.

Color is powerful. It will make or break your overall design.

Color is the ring leader of design. It has the power to create harmony and bring the all the elements of your decor and design together.

Choose your colors for your home, as you choose your closest friends. Carefully! The paint color throughout your home reflects upon you, in more ways than one.

So when you are choosing paint, remember the color on the little chips in the store will change when you put it on the wall. Chose colors with less saturation because chroma tends to brighten and explode visually as it gets larger.

Test the color in the actual space. The color will change depending on the surrounding elements such as flooring, lighting, furnishings, time of day, etc. I prefer test boards because you can move them, up and down, and all around the room.

Make sure all the colors in a space are pleasing and get along beautifully with each other, by comparing the wall color to each colorful element in the room as well as adjacent rooms.

Think overall theme, let the wall color tie the whole design together. The wall color is the main field. And along with the architecture, paint color defines the entire space.

Don't feel alone if you get lost in the paint chip display. Most people do! Call in the color professionals.

Color consultants like myself, are experts who understand the dynamics of color, and have the experience, skills, tools, and knowledge to help you create beautiful designed spaces.
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Benjamin Moore Moroccan Spice Paint

Benjamin Moore "Moroccan Spice" #AF- 285

There are many warm and vibrant colors in the Affinity Collection of Benjamin Moore Paints. 

(Note the Affinity colors are Aura paint.  When I spec out Aura, I advise my clients that this paint dries quicker than most.  It is not a problem, as long as the painter is aware of it.)

What a spicy color for my client's exotic taste and culture!  They needed a warm look without changing the stark white cabinets and appliances. 

The kitchen is all open to the living /dining room, and it is a very active kitchen.  They are passionate about cooking and food.  And this spicy red color!

I repeated the paint color in the backsplash above a 4" granite splash.  A solid bold or dark color is a wonderful solution to calm the typical chaos of many items kept on a countertop.

The living dining room is painted one of my favorite colors:  
 Benjamin Moore Pismo Dunes

Hallway is Benjamin Moores Mesa Verde Brown

Main Bathroom is Benjamin Moore Elemental


Master Bedroom is Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog

Master Bathroom is Benjamin Moore Davenport Tan
I had fun on this job. My clients were not just bold and confident in their design taste, but in their food preference as well.  They fed me the most delicious spicy food. 

I hope when I go back to take final pictures, they feed me again!

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Poppy Red Accent Wall

Benjamin Moore Poppy #1315       

Accent Wall Guest Bedroom

This vibrant red was chosen to make a statement with my client's exotic artwork that will be hung on the wall.  

But caution! Red in general is not a calming color for a bedroom.  

However, red used to accent the back wall of a headboard in a room adorned with decor compatible with such vibrancy, not only invites your guest into a charismatic and alluring atmosphere, but the warm reflection of red makes them look their best too.

So be sure to have a mirror in the room!