It’s official. 2019 is the year of the neutral! In contrast to last year’s BOLD favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019 Metropolitan AF-690 evokes neutrality and balance. Last year, we saw bold shades of deep crimson and rich cerulean as industry favorites. This year, complete with its own palate of complementary shades, Metropolitan AF-690 is a utilitarian favorite. This rich grey easily translates to any home space. Described as “not arresting or aggressive,” Metropolitan AF-690 diverges from Color of the Year choices from years past as a versatile shade. This true neutral, charcoal grey pairs well with any shade, creating a canvas for bold accents and furniture or a more neutral palette.
You heard it here first, neutrals are in! Studies show that houses painted grey are more likely to sell than their bolder-hued counterparts, and sell for over listing price. Color us intrigued! With Metropolitan AF-690, an elegant classic grey, recently named Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, we know for sure, that grey is the color of 2019. With so many versatile shades of grey, it’s easy to stay within that color scheme–it goes with everything! But when your home is the fourth neutral in a row on your block, it’s time to spice things up and make your space stand out. Contrary to popular belief, you can use both neutrals and bold shades in the same space. Here are some of the best exterior accent colors and ways to incorporate them into your home exterior.
New Orleans celebrated its 300th birthday this year. In the city’s 300 years of history, several distinctive styles of architecture found their way into the Big Easy. Grand, off-white homes with undertones of grey evoke the beauty of French chateaus. Warm brickwork, broad porches, and towers nod to the British Queen Anne style of architecture. Rectangular, towered homes in shades of earth tones characterize the Italianate style. And crisp, true white, columned mansions speak to Green Revivalism. With century-old homes, care, expertise, and a very gentle touch help us preserve history. In a city built on a swamp that has survived hurricanes, floods, and dramatic temperature changes, historical preservationists work hard to combat the elements and preserve the character of historical homes.
Are you trying to decide whether you should take on that painting project you have been meaning to start for months, or whether you should hire professional painters? We understand! There are benefits to both. But as professional painters, and color specialists who have been working in the Greater New Orleans area for decades, we may be biased. In fact, one company took a poll and found that one out of every five people who paint on their own end up hiring a professional in the end. Here are 7 more surprising reasons why you should hire professional painters.
Bored of this seasons neutrals? You’re not alone. A study by a major paint company found that 58% of Americans want to switch out their neutrals for something bolder. While we love the classics and can always recommend a classy and beautiful off-white or beige, sometimes you need to spice things up. We love creating bright and beautiful spaces with vibrant colors. Adding a bold color to your walls can liven up a dull space and create something fresh and dynamic. These pops of color can elevate tired decor and allow your space to take on a distinct personality. Colors can evoke faraway places traveled and youthful carelessness. A lime green creates a childlike space. Bright red conveys drama and intensity in decor. Bright yellow invites warm and sunny feelings. And a bold black makes for a dramatic and sophisticated backdrop. However, a little goes a long way when you want to go bold. And knowing which colors will work with your space, lighting, and furnishings takes an expert eye. We have a few tips for how to brighten up a space and still keep it classy. Here’s your how-to-guide on bold interior colors.
Are you stuck on the shady side of the street? Or maybe you can’t seem to find blackout curtains effective enough to block out all of your natural sunlight? As painters and color specialists, we know how much lighting affects your overall paint color. And your mood. Brighter spaces tend to create more positive feelings, so social rooms with natural sunlight are generally the preference. However, in spaces for relaxation such as bedrooms, the overabundance of natural light may hinder your activities. In this case, darker rooms generally promote relaxation and restful sleep. Instead of drilling through your walls to create new windows, or hiding your natural light through thick curtains, try repainting! The clever use of color can actually help mitigate the effects of difficult lighting. Did you know that use of paint color can actually help brighten your dark spaces or cool down your sunny ones?
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, 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.