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!

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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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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