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Benjamin Moore Announces 2015 Color of the Year

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

It is that time of year again. The paint companies begin to unveil their newly selected color of the year. This week, Benjamin Moore announced Guilford Green HC-116 as the color of the year for 2015:

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Guilford Green is being called a neutral color that is a natural. A silvery green that works a wide range of color combinations – from neutrals to daring shades.

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It looks like a color that works well with lighter wood. Maybe try a sample with oak cabinets?

The Color Trends 2015 collection features four color families – green, blue, blush and berry. The bold, more saturated hues represent an evolution from the soft pastels that comprised the brand’s Color Trends 2014.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

The 23 colors of the Color Trends 2015 palette are highlighted below:

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I think the Guilford Green works well with most of the colors. I have to point out to you that the Guilford Green samples you see on the computer screen is nothing like it looks in real life.

What do you think of the new color of the year? Do you think it will be as popular as last year’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air’? Which color family is your favorite?

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

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Online Coral & Aqua Bedroom Design

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I recently completed an online design plan for Carol on a new bedroom design that she said I could share. She is recently divorced and was looking for a beautiful and feminine bedroom to come home to.

I found a coral fabric that we used as a starting point for the room:

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So pretty! Carol wanted white bedding, so she is going to use this fabric as a duvet folded at the bottom of bed and possibly even window panels.

She already has a bedroom set that we incorporated in our plan:

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I gave her a couple different wall colors to think about and she decided to go with Benjamin Moore Simply White:

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Fabric for pillows on bed and on new white chair:

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A beautiful new mirror for over the dresser:

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And here is Carol’s new bedroom design board:

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We love it! Coral and aqua is such a pretty color combination. I also suggested finding an old dresser that she could paint in a soft aqua color. Carol promised to send after photos which I will be sure to share with you!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Best Selling Benjamin Moore Blues

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Looking for the perfect new paint color? Based on my color consulting lately, it seems the color blue is the number one color choice for home color palettes:

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You know how I love blue! It is the perfect color in bringing other colors together as well as being a great neutral on it’s own:

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I often use blue to bring together the old with the new:

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Here is the top ten list of Benjamin Moore’s best seller blues:

Breath of Fresh Air 806:

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Breathe of Fresh Air is Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2014.

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Hale Navy HC-154:

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My personal favorite. I adore hale navy:

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Mt. Rainier Gray 2129-60:

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These blues will all work well in baths, bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, offices, etc.

Boothbay Gray HC-165

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Wedgewood Gray HC-146:

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Ashland Slate 1608:

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Santorini Blue 1634:

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Beacon Gray 2128-60:

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Van Courtland Blue HC-145:

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Gorgeous blue!

Normandy 2129-40:

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Do you see any blues you would like to update your space with? Which would you choose as your favorite blue?

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

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Kitchen Window Ideas & Inspiration

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Moving on with our kitchen redesign, it was time to talk windows. As you can see in our kitchen nook:

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It is in need of some fabric love. But of course, things are not always easy. My husband does not want to cover any of the window molding and we do not want to cover up the view:

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Tall window panels will not work here because it is too small of an area. Plus all of the molding would be covered up. So my next thought was maybe interior roman shades:

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I was pretty excited about the roman shades until my appointment with my window expert. He explained using roman shades would bring fabric to the room but when folded up all the way open, the stack would hang so low (because of the thickness of material), it would cover a lot of the window:

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Our only option for now is to hang cellular shades like we did in the living room:

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Their purpose is keeping out the sun which it does very well, without the loss of view.

As I am working through my own window challenge, here are some beautiful kitchen window treatments for inspiration and ideas:

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All so pretty! I saw a couple ideas I might be able to try on my kitchen windows. Which are your favorites?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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