I had a young visitor at the paint store today, who knew exactly what to do with the color brochures: make houses! It was very clear that I was in the presence of one who may be designing our living spaces in the not-too-distant future. She went to town opening up the color brochures and made … More Choosing Colors on the Internet – Arrgh.
Valentine’s Day. Love, romance, red roses. You know the drill. Lupercalia. SO much history worth knowing. The Chinese New Year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey for which the key words are Powerful, Exuberant, Karmic Yang. I looked it up. “It is just about time to….commence another epoch.” So, hey, the stars are aligned … More The Red Holidays of Early Spring
How I wish I could take credit for this color choice. Awhile ago customer Michelle came in looking for a shade of bright orange for an accent wall. At least that’s what registered in my mind: Orange. Accent color. It was busy in the store that day, but I remember pointing out the 3 strips of … More Orange You Glad? Yes, I am.
I get a lot of questions about all the colors on the wall here at the store. I think there are 5000. I know a lot of their names now, but not all. Benjamin Moore has nine collections (aka palettes) of colors: Classic, Preview, Historical Colors, America’s Colors, Trusted Favorites, the Affinity colors, Color Stories, … More How to deal with the 5000 color choices on the wall – the Affinity Deck
A dear friend in Texas posted this article on Facebook the other day and up it came into my news feed. I like reading about whole neighborhoods dedicated to creativity and what my people, the artists, do with their houses, decoration-wise. The aspect of this sweet little bungalow I want to point out is that, in … More The color you desire, when you desire it.
Searching for a great lead-in for Window Treatment post, I came across an article, which I now cannot find, stating that lace was hung at open windows to keep out the dust and the bugs before someone thought up wire screening. Even with the high-tech screening in place, lace curtains were kept at the window to … More Before screens, there was lace.
My grandson is no slouch when it comes to color, or anything else for that matter. … More Why bother?
Color is very mysterious and wonderful. And tricky. Client Jillian (not her real name!) visited the paint shop recently looking for a color for a sitting room. She likes earthy colors, she told me. The green and gold she chose for her kitchen, hall and other first floor rooms were beloved by her family and … More Client Story: Massicot, the color of spicy, toasted tumeric
This comes up at every consult. What the heck to do on the ceiling? Common practice says paint it in Ceiling White in a Flat finish. This technique guarantees the ceiling to be pretty much a non-entity. In some rooms, where there is a lot going on and one wants absolutely no distraction happening on the … More Ceilings – what to do?
A surprising number of people walk into the color chip part of the store and say something along this line, either under their breath or out loud, but always with feeling. Because of this reaction to the glorious spectrum of visible color, I have a reason to live and a job to do. What’s the … More “God, I hate this.”