Picture this: you’re sitting on America’s oldest operating streetcar, a national historical landmark. Deep green live oak trees line the street. Sunlight beams through their branches, creating intricate shadows on the streetcar tracks. And the houses. There is nothing more historic to Uptown New Orleans than the St. Charles Avenue mansions. A sea of elegant painted brick, sculpted columns, and cast iron fences, these expansive houses have become a tourist attraction of their own. The history of these famous homes spans centuries, and over time, they have developed a timeless, only in New Orleans look.
As color specialists and New Orleanians, there are colors that will always remind us of New Orleans. These gorgeous off-whites create that classic old world New Orleans look on St. Charles Avenue. Several of these homes date back to the 1800s, each with a unique story. Many of these homeowners preserve the 19th century New Orleans feel of their homes using crisp, classic colors that evoke that timeless elegance.
As color specialists, we often find ourselves looking for unique variations on the classics. A crisp, beautiful white dazzles in any space, but not all whites are created equal. We have talked about the top 5 Benjamin Moore whites in the past, and these shades are certainly popular for a reason; they’re beautiful and timeless. But when it comes to choosing the best color for your unique space, we want to ensure a perfect fit. When choosing a perfect white, undertone is critical. A warm undertone can make your space appear sunnier, while a cool undertone creates a more dusky, regal space. Here are a few of our favorite whites that break the status quo and deliver beautiful results.
Over the past recent years, the go-to whites have been and still are OC-17 White Dove, OC-130 Cloud White, and OC-20 Decorators White. Truly 3 of our favorites! BUT if you are looking to venture outside these 3 beautiful whites, the list below will be your guiding compass for your next painting project. Enjoy!
Not necessarily. It actually depends on several factors. In short, however, the two main reasons for using primer are (1) to lock in the previously painted surface to make sure no oils or stains (e.g. water) bleed through, and (2) to create proper adhesion for the new coating you will be applying.
Applying The Right Kind Of Primer
The tricky part about primers is that there is no one size fits all. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Each primer is designed to address specific surface needs and conditions. If the wrong primer is applied, you can almost guarantee that your paint job will not last. Perhaps the more appropriate question is not whether you should apply primer, but which one is the right one for my project. But, that’s what we are here for. Below, we will discuss and properly match primers to each specific surface and situation.
Give me, give me, give me more! Literally, we CANNOT get enough of this timeless white. As a matter of a fact, it is not just us, designers and homeowners alike choose Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove time and time again. This all time favorite is slightly warm. OC-17 White Dove has a very soft creamy undertone with a tiny, tiny pinch of gray. Adding the pinch of gray creates a subtle cool variation of another wise warm color hue.
Why is OC-17 White Dove a favorite?
One reason OC-17 White Dove has become an undisputable favorite Benjamin Moore white is because of its ability to satisfies a wide range of cool and warm color lovers alike. It almost gives you the best of both worlds in a neutral way.
In rooms that lack natural lighting (typically rooms/spaces facing north), OC-17 White Dove allows you to appreciate its pinch of gray coming through. In rooms with medium to high lighting, however, its subtle creamy/soft yellowish undertone will become slightly more visible.
As painting contractors, we see colors, lots and lots of colors. But we also get to see how freshly painted rooms look after they are put back together. And we get to see how each color “works” with many different styles. Believe or not, colors look, feel, and reflect lighting differently with different materials, fabrics, art work, and other design and architectural elements. In this article, however, we will be focusing on whites–more specifically, the best 5 Benjamin Moore Whites. Well, our top 5 favorite Benjamin Moore whites anyway.
If you thought that choosing a white to paint the interior of your home was going to be a walk in the park, think again. With thousands of Benjamin Moore whites to choose from alone, it is no surprise that choosing a white can quickly become a daunting task. In an attempt to save you from drowning in a sea of whites, we narrowed the list down to the following 5 Benjamin Moore whites.
More often than not, homeowners ask us: How do I know when is it time to repaint my interior walls? We therefore put together a list of 3 signs that it might be time to repaint your interior walls as a guide to help you know when your walls are crying for some love.
Color fading and lost luster:
Color retention is probably the most common of the 3 signs that it might be time to repaint your interior walls. It is difficult to put a actual time frame on this one because it mainly depends on the quality of the paint that was previously applied. Typically, inexpensive paint have low color retention properties, thus causing the paint to loose its color much quicker than premium quality paint.
For the majority of the country, summertime is probably the best time of the year to paint the exterior of a home. Of course, and not surprising at all, New Orleans always has to be special, unique, and different. After all, that’s what we love most about our city, isn’t it? So when is the best time to paint the exterior of your home?
Fall season is the best time to paint the exterior of your home!
When it comes to painting exterior surfaces, one of the primary considerations to keep in mind is weather conditions. Even though September, the first month of the fall season, is not “prime” weather, October and November are absolutely ideal to paint any exterior surfaces.
Both bold (all in capital letters) choices, Colors of the Year 2018 are, by all means, not shy hues. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are taking us down a wild road. Certainly daring, these vivid colors are meant to allow us to explore a more risky design style. But remember, where there is risk, there is reward.
Benjamin Moore Caliente AF-290
The Benjamin Moore yearly journey to selecting one color to be “the color of the year” truly reflects the dedication and passion the company has for color and paint. For starters, Benjamin Moore has over 3500 colors to chose from. Can you imagine having to pick 1 color out of 3500? We cannot. But how do they do it? The company puts together a team of 7 incredibly talented people and sends them all over the world visiting art expos, fashion shows, design shows, and industry shows to look for and find “the color.” Just impressive!
Caliente AF-290 Benjamin Moore
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So far this year we have completed hundreds of interior painting projects. Needless to say, we have gone through many, many gallons of paint and colors. Though it is never easy to choose a few favorite colors, since there are so many truly stunning options, we did our best to narrow the list down to five gorgeous colors. For your inspiration, 2017 Favorite Interior Paint Colors are White Dove, Hale Navy, Chelsea Gray, Tapestry Beige, and Skylight.
Hale Navy HC-154 | Benjamin Moore
With a strong and vivid yet classic appearance, Hale Navy is the perfect navy blue. There are no other navy blues that can compete in terms of color depth and versatilily. By far the most sought after navy blue for some time now, Hale Navy is a favorite for furniture, interior and exterior surfaces alike.
As the Fine Paints of Europe high gloss frenzy continues to grow all over the country, the unique and beautiful architecture of New Orleans’ homes offers ideal spaces to explore this fun, rich, and sophisticated look. When people walk in a room that has Fine Paints of Europe high gloss, there never fails to be an unanimous “WOW.”
Why do we go into a frenzy over Fine Paints of Europe high gloss?
1. Mirror-like finish.
We all love shinny things. Remember back when we were all children, and we always wanted the latest shinny toy? Well, it is not much different now that we are all grown-up. Fortunately, you can get your “shinny” fix with Fine Paints of Europe high gloss. This mirror-like finish allows you to see your own reflection on the wall (see photos below). It is truly a pristine, perfect shine. When properly applied, the walls, ceilings, and trim look like glass –it is impossible not to be obsessed with this finish.