Color Trends for Spring 2021

Benjamin Moore color Cotton Balls on the living room wall

As an interior designer, I can tell you most designers that deal with paint selections for clients know that as much as we WANT neutrals in the gray palette to be a part of the past they are NOT! Clients want their homes to be stylish, but no one wants to be tired of their walls in a year and chasing the latest trend. Therefore, clients think they’re playing it safe to use gray and white. However, the gray color palette is also a trend that will become outdated itself.

I am finding more and more clients taking my advice by keeping their walls simple and clean — striving for a minimalist look and feel. Right now, my residential clients are taking down strong colors and busy wall coverings on the path to simplifying. Many are hoping that neutralizing the color palette of their home will make it easier to resell their house down the road.

However, as we’ve all learned from the disruptions to normal life in 2020, one cannot predict all of what lies ahead in the next year, let alone the next five years. So, you want to be comfortable and happy in your home now and for an unknown amount of time to come. This is where we get to be creative!

Colors in your space are the key element to creating ambiance, so they should never be downplayed. My clients’ color preferences act as a guiding force for me. There are beautiful ways to introduce color through fabric, accent walls, art, and accessories. The objective is not to be so “obligated” to a saturation or hue of color on the walls that you will never be able to buy a new rug or change your furniture.

Photo of a laptop computer on a textile rug in a room with a “greige” color palette.
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Grays will continue to have a place in homes. With that being said, I will seldom choose “cool” cement-like gray unless I am dealing with new construction projects with unknown residents, and not dealing with an individual client directly.

Perhaps you’ve heard of a “greige” color palette. This refers to a NEUTRAL COLOR between grey and beige (light brown) that are warmer than gray and considered the safest and most elegant way to go. In my opinion, why not get the best of both worlds in one color.

Greiges are transitional and offer many functions such as coordinating floors, tile selections, rugs and much more. They look grey or taupe depending on lighting, including natural light at various times of day. If you are experienced, then you also know the undertones that are mixed into the paint formulas are the secret to picking a winner.

Selecting an ACTIVE COLOR is certainly necessary, too. I generally will keep it light and fresh, and again as neutral as I can with just a small bit of color so clients can have some fun mixing in their personal styles and vibrancy in other ways. The goal is to achieve the ambience of a color without being excessive. Benjamin Moore choices with a “hint” of color ~ including Marilyn’s Dress (hint of blue), Healing Aloe (hint of green), First Light (hint of pink), and Cotton Balls (hint of yellow).

Benjamin Moore color Healing Aloe on the kitchen wall
Benjamin Moore color Healing Aloe on the kitchen wall

If you’re eager to begin your design journey, it’s helpful to begin with a teleconferencing appointment. This gives us a chance to get to know each other and discuss your project. I also travel to client’s homes when appropriate, following COVID-19 safety procedures such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Babel’s Paint & Decorating is a member of the National Lumber Family of Companies, so while I work out of the Norwood location by appointment, I also travel to meet clients. We have décor areas inside the National Lumber locations in Berlin and Mansfield, MA where we can meet.

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Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery

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Neutral Sophistication

You know the old rules: pink is for girls and blue is for boys. According to today’s decorating standards, this rule is completely outdated and limited. As these traditions change, neutral sophistication is becoming more popular in nursery design. With many conventional decorating options still leaning towards traditional, gender-based decor, neutral nurseries can seem difficult to design. However, your options stretch far beyond yellow and gray, Don’t become discouraged, become inspired!

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Fresh and Uplifting Colors for Your Home

Room painted with Ballet Slipper Pink from Benjamin Moore

A cool-toned gray, like Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan (its 2019 Color of the Year) is a safe bet for the color-averse. The paint company leaned into calming colors last year, and while they aren’t going away anytime soon, they’re predicting the rise of a shade that’s a little more upbeat: “First Light,” a soft, ballet slipper pink that’s designed to cast the room in a rosy glow.

“It’s easy to live with, and easy to love,” says Hannah Yeo, the brand’s color marketing and development manager, explaining that it’s subtle enough that it won’t compete with your existing décor, but it still feels fresh and uplifting. Try this color anywhere you could use a pick-me-up, like the bathroom you trudge into each morning to start your day.

While the colors themselves run the gamut, it seems we’re all searching for the same thing. Maybe you can find it in a paint color. Maybe you can achieve it with a massage and a great glass of rosé (especially if the thought of staring at swatches stresses you out).

Personal Color Viewer Tool – Want to see what your favorite Benjamin Moore paint color looks like in a room designed entirely by you? Upload your own photo to the Benjamin Moore Design Your Own Room tool!

Three No Fail Exterior Color Palettes

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While we are nearing the end of the exterior painting season, there is still some time left to refresh your home with a new color palette! Choosing exterior paint colors can often be a lot more difficult than choosing interior colors. The color you choose is used on a much larger scale and is seen by friends and strangers a like. At an average of $50/gallon, choosing the wrong color can be a costly mistake. To help you get things right the first time, here are three no-fail exterior color combinations.

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Introducing: Century by Benjamin Moore

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Experience a new dimension in paint with Century by Benjamin Moore. The master craftsmen at Benjamin Moore worked together bringing years of experience to create an intricately balanced formulation. A curated collection of 75 colors are sold pre-mixed and produced in small batches in the same Benjamin Moore workshop to ensure exact pigmentation in every can.

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Sage Green: An Exterior Disappearing Act

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It is no secret that the Imagineers at Disney are true masterminds when it comes to magic and illusion. After stumbling upon this article from Mental Floss, one Disney secret stuck out – the Imagineers have created their own paint color called “Go Away Green”. A special shade of a green that is used to help the “ugly” parts of the park, like administrative buildings, trash cans, and fences, blend in with the landscaping. According to Disney, there is no official formula for this magical color but you don’t need pixie dust to bring this vanishing act to your own backyard.  Read below for some ideas to bring this color into your own space plus Benjamin Moore alternatives.

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Decorating with Black

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I know, black is probably the last color you would consider for your home design but before you make any final design decisions, read through this post to learn about the versatility of this chic color. You have the power to control the emotions in your space. Depending on how you use this bold color it can be sophisticated, edgy, glamorous, or simple, it is really up to you! Break away from the gloomy stereotype of this color and prepare for an effortlessly chic home.

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Preparing Your Home To Sell

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Are you planning on putting your house on the market this summer? If so, prepare to dress your home for success. When you are selling a home it is all about style, but not necessarily your own style. This is what makes staging different from interior design and can also make it more challenging. When you stage a home, you want to create an ambiance and lifestyle that appeals to all tastes and styles. Potential buyers need to feel as though they can make the home their own when they purchase it, even though the furnishings and accessories won’t be there when they move in. Homes that are staged sell 50% faster and for 6% more than homes without staging. Read below for some styling tips that will help you see results quickly.

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Moving Beyond the Red Front Door

Tradition of Painting Front Door Red
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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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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.

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