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 However, the gray color palette is also a trend that will become outdated itself.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!

Making Your Home Back-to-School Ready

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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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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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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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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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Designing An Office You Will Want To Work in

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Whether you need a place to run a business, occasionally work from home, or just a spot to pay the bills and organize family life, every home deserves more than just an extra chair and old desk to get some work done in. Creating a space that is comfortable and flows with the rest of the home, all while serving you in the most effective way possible will make for a home office that you will never want to leave.

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Lighten Up Your Home With Springtime Window Treatments

 

Anna Lattimore Interior Design

 

It may seem hard to believe but the first day of spring is only 2 weeks away! We can finally say goodbye to the cold and dark days of winter and let the warm sunshine and cool breezes fill our homes. A simple and fast way to prepare your home for spring is to update your window treatments. Window treatments are a large factor in the the overall design of your home. Time to put away your current cozy and warm treatments and replace them with a light and airy spring alternative.

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