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!

How to Make The Most of Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Triangle Brick Company

Only a few years ago, “outdoor living” typically consisted of a few plastic chairs and grill. Today, more people are transforming their outdoor areas into an extension of their indoor living spaces. Whether you are using your outdoor space for fiestas or siestas, embrace the al fresco lifestyle and make your outdoor space just as stylish as the rest of your home. Keep reading for some easy ideas to make your yard into the new favorite area of your home.

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Making Your Home Back-to-School Ready

Shaw Design Group

The transition from summer vacation to a regimented school schedule does not have to be chaotic. From Kindergarten to High School, these simple changes around the home will make early morning school runs and afternoon homework sessions more enjoyable. Making these changes now, at the beginning of the year, will make the transition as smooth as possible for both yourself and your children. Follow these simple tips to start your school year off right.

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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

Knapp & Associates, Inc.

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

Robin Williams  Interior Design

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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Slipcover or Reupholster: What Is The Difference?

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Linda Holich – Babel’s Interior Designer

Whether your furniture is beginning to look worn or you are just searching for a fresh new look, reupholstery and slip covers are easy ways to make your piece look brand new. There are many benefits to deciding to alter the appearance of a piece that you already own, one of which being that it can often be less expensive than buying a new piece. Keep reading as we describe what it means to reupholster a piece, what exactly a slipcover is, and which would be the right choice for you.

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Preparing Your Home To Sell

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Photo courtesy of Duralee

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
The Dodge Voice

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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All About Lighting

Restoration Hardware

We are about to let you in on a little secret that interior designers frequently use to give a space an instant upgrade…lighting! Okay, maybe it was not that much of a secret but lighting is an often overlooked yet crucial detail in the design of any space. Lighting has the ability to dictate the mood and aid in telling the story behind your decor. It is so easy to become caught up in colors, fabrics, wallcoverings, window treatments, and accessories that your lighting becomes forgotten. Without proper lighting, your carefully curated details will fall flat or simply go unnoticed. Read below to learn lighting basics and some extra tricks on how to use lighting to design a show-stopping space.

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