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 According to today’s decorating standards, this rule is completely outdated and limited.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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Introducing Our Remodeled Benjamin Moore Stores

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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.

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Choosing The Right Deck Stain

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Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe – Arborcoat Semi-Transparent

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.

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Breathe Easy with Zero-VOC Paint

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Walls: Iced Mauve, 2115-50, Natura Eggshell.

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”?

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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

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Walls Castleton Mist (HC-1) Aura – Flat.  Stair Wainscot Castleton Mist (HC-1) Aura – Semi-Gloss.  Chairs Coral Essence (2007-40) Advance – Semi-Gloss

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