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Williamsburg Collection

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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I have to admit that I was confused why Benjamin Moore would introduce another historical color paint palette when they already have the tried and true Historical Collection:

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How are they different? Well, I did find out their difference and it is actually interesting. The Historical colors are inspired by the popular colors of the 18th and 19th century. With the new Williamsburg Collection, the colors are from the 18th century and more vibrant than the original Williamsburg colors because new research revealed the colors were actually more saturated than originally thought. This discovery was a result of new technology used to revisited paint samples, period documents and fragments of wallpaper and other architectural items to discover more vivid and intense colors.

Basically, they took these old colors from the 18th century and broke them down to the true color pigments they used back then and are now what the paint colors looked like back in history. Pretty cool!

If you compare the two collections, you will notice the Historical Collection colors are more subdued/duller than the new Williamsburg Collection.

HC- 143 Wyeth Blue:                                  CW-590 Williamsburg Wyeth Blue:

benjamin moore wythe blue                  william wyeth

 

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CW-590 Williamsburg Wyeth Blue

HC-1 Castleton Mist:                                       Green Umber CW-460:

HC-1                     green umber

The colors shown here are not very accurate, but they do show how the Williamsburg colors are more vibrant and intense, lighter and brighter.

Here are a couple of my favorites from the Williamsburg Collection:

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The houses of Colonial Williamsburg are currently undergoing a color transformation inside and out since the creation of this new line.  Although the colors were 250 years old, the collection is being marketed with a ‘trend meets tradition’ theme.

I am glad I took another look at the new color palette. Some very pretty colors to try. Grab a brochure or fan deck of the Williamsburg Collection and check them out. I know you will be pleased at some of the colors! Has anyone used any of the colors yet? What do you think?

If you need help selecting paint for your space, contact me today.

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Green and Blue Combination

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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A couple years ago( 2010!), I wrote a post about loving the color combination of green and blue here:

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I still love the grouping of the two colors as a combination. Especially green and navy blue:

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I am working on an online kitchen design project now with a gentleman that needs help with color choices for this type of similar kitchen:

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I still think that green is the absolute best color to work with light wood cabinets:

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And to make the kitchen more interesting, I suggested a color palette of green and navy blue:

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I think it will look fabulous! I am waiting to see what he decides. I will keep you updated!

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What do you think of the green and navy blue color combination?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

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Great Wall Color For Light/Medium Kitchen Cabinets

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Five years ago, when we first moved into our new NH home, all the walls throughout the home were plasterboard white. Loving color, I wanted to paint the walls right away to make it my home. I was in love, like everyone else at that time, with the warm Autumn color palette:

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Around the same time, Benjamin Moore introduced their new Affinity colors and I fell in love with the color firenze AF-225:

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A very warm and neutral terracotta color. Our kitchen cabinets are maple which is a close color neighbor to oak. Look how nice this color works with our wood cabinets:

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The terracotta color enhances the wood tones. I have always loved the combination.

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Now we are starting a kitchen redesign. New countertops, new backsplash and now I want new paint! I really looked and thought back and forth if I should change it because it worked so well. But, everything else in the kitchen is going to be new, so why not a new wall paint color?

I never hung window treatments above because I could not find fabric that I loved enough. Someday, (right, Mike?) I would love to put a banquette against the back wall and flat roman shade window treatments in a coordinating fabric.

So if you have been looking for a paint color that will work well with your light to medium wood kitchen cabinets, give firenze or another terracotta color a try!

If you need help selecting wall colors for your home, contact me today.

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Why Does My Gray Look So Blue?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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A reader wrote me the other day and said that she was so upset because her new gray paint looked like ‘blue’ on the walls. I asked which gray she used and she answered’, “Benjamin Moore Sterling 1591.”

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I told her that I think Sterling is a very pretty gray, but it reads more ‘blue’ than gray once on the walls:

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As I explained in previous posts, if the gray has a blue undertone, no matter how small, the ‘gray’ on your wall will look more blue than gray. A couple of other blue-gray colors are Coventry Gray HC-169 and Stonington Gray HC-170.

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If you were looking for a ‘grayer gray’ for your walls, take a look at Revere Pewter HC-172 or Thunder AF-685. They are more of a neutral, beige gray. No blue at all.

Revere Pewter:

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Be sure to always test your colors on a large poster board before you paint the walls. Good Luck!

I know this is a review for many of you, but it is good to keep in practice!

If you need help selecting paint colors, contact me today.

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