Client MW is doing the downsizing thing. She has kept her most treasured objects and furniture and moved herself into a sunny, bright condo about 6 stories up. She’s in the treetops! I think Downsizing is a polite term for the sometimes gut-wrenching process of letting go, but M is no sissy. When we met at her … More White, Gray, and a Pop of Color – A Downsize Story
Big project. Complex layout. Lots of character and charm. Chestnut-color stained woodwork. Tall trees shading the property. My clients D&E had been living with all-white walls in their converted carriage house for 10 whole years. Every room, hallway, and closet in their converted carriage house was painted a cool white. The day came when D craved color … More 14 Colors for a Carriage House
A paint contractor called me the other day to help on a big exterior project he was working on. His clients R & M had presented him with their large, dignified stone house that had not been painted in many years. It’s exciting to polish a diamond. This place has beautiful moulding, old wooden shutters with … More Exterior Paint Colors for a Big Stone House
There’s a large, beautiful house about 15 minutes away, and the owner guy “R”, called me in to work with him on choosing colors for the exterior. Right now he has bright white stucco with Wedgewood Blue trim and shutters. Wedgewood Blue is the color his ex-wife had chosen and although it is a good color, R … More Dignified Exterior Colors, with a Twist.
Client L has a rambling ranch house of Pennsylvania gray stone. I fully expected to cross the threshold and find glossy golden-oak hardwood floors, like usual ‘round these parts. But no, my Danskos landed on a huge expanse of honest-to-goodness Saltillo tile in a deep red-orange-brown color. It was a whole houseful of Mexican Saltillo … More Saltillo tile in Pennsylvania – a saga
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.
Many of you already have tremendous Paint Store Savvy. You know your way around the color names and the codes and the different palettes of colors. This post is for those of you who are in the process of ratcheting up your Savviness Factor. Insider information is always helpful, and in this case, it’s even legal. … More Insider Information and the Secret Codes
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