Your exterior color palette has a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal and can play a large role in the value of your home. For a small investment, painting your front door an eye-catching color can bring in a significant return. While this seems like an easy decision, going too bold may cause your neighbors to start talking…and not for a good reason. So what have homeowners been turning to? Red! Red is undoubtedly the most popular color choice for a front door and it is easy to see why. Elegant and attention-grabbing, this timeless choice can jazz up an otherwise neutral color palette. However, a quick drive through any American suburb and you will find that this color is everywhere. It is time to move beyond the red front door. Be inspired by the colors below and allow your front door to make a statement, without standing out.
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Introducing Our Remodeled Benjamin Moore Stores
We believe that painting should be an exciting and fun experience, from planning to product purchasing, to application and enjoyment of the finished results.
National Lumber and Babel’s are proud to invite customers to their newly renovated Benjamin Moore stores. From new fixtures to paint, colorways and lighting — the new showroom layout is like a custom design center, rather than a traditional, warehouse-style paint store.
Choosing The Right Deck Stain
Warm weather has finally arrived and as New Englanders we know that we need to enjoy it while it lasts. As a place used for cooking, dining, socializing, and so much more, a deck is the centerpiece of summer entertaining; and one of the most highly coveted features for homeowners. A worn and unattractive deck is unlikely to entice anyone to go out and enjoy it. Luckily, stain is an easy way to quickly make your deck look like new again. However, one trip to the paint store and you quickly learn that choosing a stain is not as easy as it seems. Don’t worry, we will walk you through the basics so you can make sure your deck is just as welcoming as the rest of your home.
Creating a Color Palette
When it comes to decorating a home, the color palette is one of the very first things that needs to be decided. It can can also be one of the most challenging parts of your home design journey, but it doesn’t have to be! Read below for some easy and helpful tips on creating a color palette for your entire home.
Breathe Easy with Zero-VOC Paint
Are you dreaming of freshening your home with new color? Do you detest the smell of wet paint? Today’s Benjamin Moore paints are not what you’ve experienced in the past. Culture has shifted, consumers are now leaning towards more eco-friendly products and companies need to keep up with this growing demand. Home painting projects are no longer just about changing the color of a room. You may have heard low- or zero-VOC as a way to describe many paints in recent advertisements. What are VOC’s, why do they matter, and what does it have to do with being “green”?
Welcome to Babel’s Paint & Decorating Blog
Babel’s Paint & Decorating is a Benjamin Moore dealer with five locations in Massachusetts. We are a member of the National Lumber Family of Companies, a family owned and operated business that has been providing building materials and services to homeowners, contractors and builders in New England since 1934.
Our knowledgeable paint specialists are here to help you choose the perfect paint product for the interior and exterior of your home, plus the right supplies for your project. Color Consultants offer their expertise for an introductory in-store consultation free of charge for color selection and home design. Please be aware that our Brockton store has Benjamin Moore Experts on staff, but not a designer or consultant.
We also have experts in window treatments, wallcoverings, upholstery and furniture. Our talented interior designers are located in our Norwood, Needham, Canton, and Foxboro stores. If you would like individual attention, or have a large project, Babel’s provides services by appointment.
All questions are welcomed, no matter what you are working on. It is our pleasure to help you select colors and assist in home design. We hope that you will find the subjects covered in our blog helpful, and encourage your participation with questions and comments.
How to Select a Paint Finish
When choosing a paint for your latest project, the decisions don’t end with color. The finish you choose is just as important. If you are unfamiliar, “finish” (or sheen) refers to the amount of shine the paint will have when it dries. Below is a list of all paint finishes available in Benjamin Moore Paints. These are listed from the least amount of sheen (flat) to the highest amount of sheen (high gloss). A flat paint has no light reflection and each sheen will gradually show more reflection the further you go across this list.
Flat → Matte → Eggshell → Pearl → Satin → Semi-Gloss → Gloss → High gloss
Powder Rooms: Small Space, Big Design
Imagine a beautiful home nestled on a quiet street lined with oak trees. The interior of the home is elegant and traditionally decorated in creams and whites. In a small hallway between the kitchen and living room is a door, no different from every other door in the home. What is behind it? A closet, the stairs to the basement? You open it and see jet-black enamel walls, a simple mirror and eclectic selection of artwork. The simple sink glows in the corner and the small space is radiating with light. A half-bathroom, or powder room, appears seemingly out of nowhere yet gives the guest a small taste of the homeowner’s personality. Sophisticated. Artistic. Bold.
2017 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year, Shadow 2117-30
Allusive and enigmatic…a master of ambiance…indulge your mysterious side…
Babel’s and National Lumber, Better Together
Our long-time customers already know that Babel’s has been a family owned and operated business for over 60 years. With five locations in Massachusetts, including four beautiful interior design showrooms, and a comprehensive selection of Benjamin Moore paint and sundries, Babel’s has been proud to serve homeowners and contractors alike for generations.
But did you know that Babel’s is now part of the National Lumber Family of Companies? Although ownership has changed, Babel’s continues to operate as usual with the same products, same services, and the same knowledgeable and friendly staff. After searching for over two years to find the right company to take over Babel’s operations, Vic Babel has described National Lumber as “a great company to continue the Babel’s legacy”.