In early December 2020, American journalist, Michelle Slatalla, contacted us regarding an article she was writing for her monthly column in The Wall Street Journal. Although her column discussed 5 projects to tackle in 2021, her concerns in the interview focused on painting kitchen cabinets in the least disruptive manner while living at home. In addition, she asked about safety during the COVID virus.
Jason Bertoniere answered her concerns about dust, fumes, noise, and time for the kitchen to be out of commission. He assured Michelle Slatalla and her readers that, as an experienced paint contractor in the New Orleans area, he has been dealing with these issues for years (even before COVID) and that he has strategies to take care of all of them. He advised that once an experienced painting contractor is contacted, he can devise a plan to paint an entire house while it is lived in, specifically by doing one room at a time or creating containment areas to avoid disruption—using plastic sheeting and odor neutralizers.
You go to your grandma’s house, your aunt’s house, and probably most of your friends’ houses, and it seems as if they all got together and unanimously decided upon a light blue for their porch ceilings. But have you ever wondered why?
Believe or not a few centuries ago, people painted their porch ceilings a light blue thinking that it would help keep evil spirits away. This was especially true for people who lived in the deep South. Yet light blue porch ceilings have never been exclusive to people in the South. Other parts of the country have been choosing light blues to paint porch ceilings for many, many decades as well.
Most of us no longer believe in evil spirits, or at least evil spirits that are easily scared off with blue paint. Yet light blue porch ceilings are just as popular today as they were hundreds of years ago. Tradition has played a big role in continuing this trend. It has been passed down for generations and it never gets old. After all, we are creatures of habit.
Exactly what we all needed during these unsettling times, a “deeply soothing,” as the Benjamin Moore team describes it, shade to calm even the most active minds. Aegean Teal 2136-40 is Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year is a great choice that can please both cool colors and warm colors lovers alike. Aegean Teal is a deep but comforting hue that would give any space an amazingly inviting feel. Definitely a match made in heaven for those of us who are housebound due to the pandemic.
If you are considering painting a room, or cabinets, or even a piece of furniture, any of the hues that made the 2021 color of the year palette would be a great option because of their welcoming and calming feelings. They will make you want to stay home!
Click here to access the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021 Brochure