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.
Powder rooms, foyers, and dining rooms are ideal areas of a house to let your creative side push the envelope. Those rooms are were you get to have fun. One of our favorite looks is crosshatch, brushed oil Satin Impervo. Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo is our go-to product to achieve this rich and sophisticated look.
What’s so beautiful about brushed oil Satin Impervo?
It is difficult to appreciate this look from a photo. This is, without a doubt, something that you have to see in person to truly appreciate this stunning concept. With this process walls, ceiling, and trim look like an actual oil base painting on a canvas. You can see how every brush stroke creates depth to your space. Another nice touch is the subtle shiny sheen of the oil base paint. And lastly, your walls are very smooth to the touch.
More often than not, homeowners are hesitant to go with darker shades. But that’s part of the fun. Powder rooms are great candidates for darker colors as it is shown in the photo.
We know, you are absolutely tired of looking at your outdated and worn-down kitchen. After all, if you are like most Americans, you and your family spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen/family room area of your house. You also are probably thinking that embarking on a kitchen renovation will be costly and time consuming. Well, it does not have to be. You can easily upgrade your kitchen by painting your cabinets.
What’s involved with painting your cabinets?
Painting your cabinets is truly a great way to revamp your kitchen. The process of getting your cabinets painted should be fairly hassle-free. This is, of course, given that you hired the right painting contractor, which we will talk about below. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of painting your cabinets is that there will not be any sort of demolition. Removing and demolishing translate in costly entanglements and messy, dusty, and time consuming situations. More often than not, homeowners won’t need to fully empty their cabinets either, therefore it won’t require any work on your end putting everything back into place. Painting your cabinets should take anywhere from 5 to 7 days depending on the size of your kitchen and the look that you are trying to accomplish. Most kitchens however take about 5 days to complete.
It is no secret that local, national, and global communities are increasingly becoming more environmentally conscious. As a result, chemists are starting to change paint’s chemical make up to satisfy these new market needs. Even though the paint industry has come a long way since the lead-base paint days, most paints still have many, many not so environmentally friendly ingredients. The good news is that there are paints available now that offer low VOC and Zero VOC options.
But what are VOCs in paint? In a nutshell, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are solvents that get release as the paint dries.
VOCs off-gassing (fancy word for evaporation) occurs once the paint is applied and starts to dry. What one smells when entering a recently painted room is nothing more than VOCs evaporating/off-gassing into the air.
Out of all the interior and exterior painting projects, front doors are the one project that need constant TLC.
But why do front doors fall apart so quickly?
There are a few things contributing to how often front doors need a little face lift.
1. High traffic. Front doors typically get the most traffic in the whole house. Thus, it is no surprise that front doors need constant maintenance.
2. Weather. Extreme heat and cold, humidity, and rain are the main causes of wood expansion and contractions, which causes front doors to crack and swell up. Needless to say, New Orleans weather with its high humidity, heat, and rain does not offer ideal weather conditions for any front doors.
Are you thinking of interior and exterior painting too? I think I might know why…
Spring time is already here! This is the season of renewal and rebirth. New beautiful flowers, new leaves on trees, people are out again–everything is sprouting back to life. And it is no different when it comes to your home. Most of us really love the idea of spring cleaning and everything looking fresh and new again, especially during the spring. What better way than painting to bring your house back to life? But be aware of low painting bids…
As mentioned before many times over, we are big fans of Farrow & Ball paint. Well, now there is a new and exciting alternative to Farrow & Ball products. Century by Benjamin Moore is a brand new interior painting product which offers amazing color depth (what we love most about the English company), and it also feels incredibly soft and smooth to the touch.
Benjamin Moore poured its heart and soul, and many years of research and developing, into creating a product that would satisfy customers who are seeking true and unique color depth. The only way to deliver such promise is by premixing each paint can directly at their own factory/workshops or at a very few independently-owned supply stores (currently there are only three authorized dealers, and more should be coming up by August 2017).
First things first. What’s a neutral color? To most neutral colors are beiges and whites, or any “light” color. But in actuality, neutrals are colors that don’t show up on the color wheel. That is whites, grays, blacks, and some beiges and browns.
One of the main advantages of painting your home with neutrals is that they look fabulous with any style (contemporary, modern, traditional, etc.). They are also timeless, so if you decide to change your furnishings or decor at any moment, you really would not necessarily need to change your wall color. You basically cannot go wrong.