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10 common misconceptions about paint

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10 common misconceptions about paint

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Homeowners are likely familiar with the many misconceptions about painting such as: trim and ceilings can only be painted white, or dark paint colours make a room look smaller. The truth is, there are many misconceptions about paint and Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, Sharon Grech, explains 10 of the most common misconceptions and why they’re false.

 

1: Ceilings must be white

There’s no need to shy away from using colour for your ceiling, says Grech. “If you’re going with a neutral colour for the walls and trim, a colourful ceiling can really bring a space to life.” For example, adding a light green ceiling such as Benjamin Moore Soft Fern 2144-40 in a high gloss finish to an all-white kitchen can add interest, or opt for a pop of colour in a neutral low light bathroom with a red ceiling in Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red 2003-10.

 

2: Dark colours make a room feel small

It is a very common belief that dark colours make a room feel smaller, when in reality they add character and create a perception of depth. “Dark wall colours tend to blur the edges of a room, which can make a space appear larger,” says Grech. Of course, how we “feel” in a room has more to do with mood, than size, so consider that a darker colour will generally feel more intimate and cozier while a paler colour more fresh and serene.

 

3: Too much white is uninviting

Contrary to popular belief, white can soften, soothe and even warm up a room. According to Grech, “if you chose the right white for the space, paying attention to its undertones, and complement it with both pattern and texture, a “white” space can feel warm and welcoming or cool and contemporary.” Tried and true whites such as Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65 and Decorator’s White CC-20 maintain just enough warmth that they don’t appear stark or come across as yellow.

 

4: Every wall should be the same colour

Believe it or not, adding more than one colour to a space with the use of an accent wall has many benefits. “An accent wall is an economical design solution that can add character and depth to elevate and accentuate key elements of the home,” says Grech. Just a little colour goes a long way to define a separate zone in a room or act as a divider without adding walls or repositioning furniture. The key to maintaining harmony is repetition and is as simple as repeating the accent colour in small touches throughout adjacent rooms with accessories and artwork.

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5: Any neutral tone will work with a small space

While neutral colours seem like the safest choice, not every neutral paint colour is the right fit for a small space. It’s important to look around your room and determine if your furnishings and textiles have warm or cool undertones. Warm undertones, like yellows and reds, pair best with creamy or sandy neutrals, where furnishings with blue or violet undertones pair best with greyer neutrals. “Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, is a very balanced neutral grey with the ability to work well with both!” says Grech.

 

6: Trims must be white

Just like ceilings, trims don’t have to be white for colours to work together. This is especially true with door trims, says Grech. “A coloured trim against a neutral wall will showcase a room’s unique architecture. Or consider a graphic outline effect by painting the baseboards and door trim a contrasting colour like black in a white room or hallway.”

 

7: Paint can be applied with any brush or roller

There are several things to consider before painting a new space including the application tools. “If you are using a water-based paint such as acrylic or latex, it is best to use a synthetic hair brush. A natural bristle brush is better for oil-based paints,” says Grech. “Rollers with a higher pile nap such as 15mm are best for lower sheen paints while glossier paints are applied more easily with a low nap roller. It’s best to check with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer for the correct brush and product pairings.”

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8: White is not appropriate for a kitchen

Although white may not seem like the most practical paint choice for the most stain prone space in the home, painting a kitchen white can instantly brighten and energize the room. White is like a blank canvas that allows homeowners to be more creative and colourful with kitchen appliances, backsplashes and countertops. “I always recommend Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa for kitchens and bathrooms as it is our most durable matte finish paint that stands up to humidity and mess-prone areas like the kitchen,” says Grech.

 

9: Paint and primer are one in the same

Think of primer like a protective adhesive for your paint. “Applying the appropriate primer is crucial to delivering long lasting, exceptional results,” says Grech. Design choices like the finish of a given paint colour can also be affected by preparation with a primer. “High sheen finish will highlight imperfections on a wall, so it’s critical to sand the wall smooth if necessary and prime prior to painting.” Work with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer to ensure you are selecting the right product and finish.

 

10: Any good quality paint can work in a bathroom

Bathrooms are typically one of the most humid rooms in the home and can cause certain paints to break apart, resulting in surfactant leaching and accelerated mildew growth. So, traditionally, it was recommended to use a high gloss or even oil-based paint in the bathroom. “With Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa, you can now enjoy a smooth, matte finish even in the bathroom. It is ideal for high-humidity environments because it’s mildew resistant and stands up to repeated washing with no colour rub-off,” says Grech.

 

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Colour Trends for 2019

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Colour trends for 2019

Announcing the choices for 2019 Colour of the Year from three of the top paint brands in Canada.


BENJAMIN MOORE

Benjamin Moore named Metropolitan, a stylish grey with cool undertones, as its Colour of the Year.

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan exudes beauty and balance,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It’s a colour in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

The company also unveiled its Colour Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens.

Emphasizing the calming role grey plays in society, the Colour Trends 2019 colour card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quiet in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered greys and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

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PPG

The most impactful colour trends for the upcoming year will be closely tied to nature, according to the colour experts at PPG, and the PPG paint brand’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Night Watch is leading the way. Hand-selected by PPG’s global colour experts, this rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green will be at the forefront of design trends in 2019, and it allows homeowners to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature in their spaces.

“The restorative power of nature is important in society now more than ever,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager. “Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through colour. The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.”

“Night Watch’s ability to invoke a deep connection to nature is universal, which allows the hue to be versatile for a variety of spaces and design segments – from healthcare to commercial and residential design,” adds Schlotter. “The colour can be incorporated into interiors as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room, and it pairs nicely with gold or brass accents and décor. It can be especially impactful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors, like the end of a windowless hallway of a hospital. For exteriors, Night Watch is a gorgeous alternative to the trending black or deepest blue-black, and it works well as an accent on doors and shutters.”

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BEAUTI-TONE

Beauti-Tone is taking a more dramatic look at 2019 with the release of its Simon Chang 2019-20 Trend Colour Collection. Made up of 24 hues, some traditional, some contemporary — and some that are downright edgy — this collection features many shades that are even deeper, richer and more intense than on previous Beauti-Tone trend colour cards.

“Much like the way we Canadians are embracing our individuality and flexing our muscles when it comes to our independence, this colour collection sets the tone for being different and setting yourself apart. Out of the ordinary is the new normal,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores.

Canadians are embracing luscious, saturated colours, experimenting more and finding joy and excitement when it all works well.

“Nothing helps the psyche more than to add a bit of edginess, and to love the result,” adds Bell.

While many of the colours can be used to paint an entire room, others, like Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, Tropic of Conversation are fun to play with, either as an accent wall, on furniture pieces and interior doors, or hidden spots like inside closets or drawers.

“This bold colour choice is an homage to our positively powerful state of mind,” says Bell.

Tropic of Conversation is full of warmth, joy and positive energy. This vibrant orange hue is easy to engage with.

“I just love this colour because it is saturated in positivity,” enthuses Bell. Not intended to stand alone, it is a very social colour, beautiful to pair with softer or muted tones for maximum impact.

This is the sixth colourful collaboration between Canadian style icon Simon Chang and the design experts at Beauti-Tone, one of Canada’s largest Canadian-owned paint manufacturers. “Finding influence from the runway and taking inspiration from decor trends such as natural wood, classic whites, luxe high sheen fabrics and metal finishes,” says Simon Chang, “we created a collection of fashion-forward hues that are approachable, full of character and meant to expand your comfort zone.”

Beauti-Tone’s Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection colours and colour cards are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

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Bold and calm are hallmarks of 2019

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Bold and calm are hallmarks of 2019

Beauti-Tone and Benjamin Moore announced their choice for 2019 Colour of the Year recently.

Benjamin Moore named Metropolitan, a stylish grey with cool undertones, as its Colour of the Year.

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It’s a colour in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

The company also unveiled its Colour Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens, the Benjamin Moore Colour Trends 2019 palette features Putnam Ivory, Balboa Mist, Kendall Charcoal, Smoke, Black Pepper, Soft Fern, Cloud White, Beau Green, Metropolitan, Hale Navy, Head Over Heels, Kona, Decorator’s White, Pashmina and Hunter Green.

Emphasizing the calming role grey plays in society, the Colour Trends 2019 colour card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quiet in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered greys and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

The richness and nuance demonstrated through the Colour of the Year and Colour Trends 2019 palette can be achieved only with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura, Aura Bath & Spa, Regal Select, Ultra Spec, Benjamin Moore Natura ben, Advance, Arborcoat and Aura Grand Entrance.

All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colours are available in pint samples at retailers, along with Colour Trends 2019 curated palette cards. Benjamin Moore products are found exclusively at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across Canada and the U.S.

DRAMATIC LOOK
Beauti-Tone is taking a more dramatic look at 2019 with the release of its Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection. Made up of 24 hues, some traditional, some contemporary — and some that are downright edgy — this collection features many shades that are even deeper, richer and more intense than on previous Beauti-Tone trend colour cards.

“Much like the way we Canadians are embracing our individuality and flexing our muscles when it comes to our independence, this colour collection sets the tone for being different and setting yourself apart. Out of the ordinary is the new normal,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores.

Canadians are embracing luscious, saturated colours, experimenting more and finding joy and excitement when it all works well.

“Nothing helps the psyche more than to add a bit of edginess, and to love the result,” adds Bell.

While many of the colours can be used to paint an entire room, others, like Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, Tropic of Conversation are fun to play with, either as an accent wall, on furniture pieces and interior doors, or hidden spots like inside closets or drawers.

“This bold colour choice is an homage to our positively powerful state of mind,” says Bell.

Tropic of Conversation is full of warmth, joy and positive energy. This vibrant orange hue is easy to engage with.

“I just love this colour because it is saturated in positivity,” enthuses Bell. Not intended to stand alone, it is a very social colour, beautiful to pair with softer or muted tones for maximum impact.

This is the sixth colourful collaboration between Canadian style icon Simon Chang and the design experts at Beauti-Tone, one of Canada’s largest Canadian-owned paint manufacturers. “Finding influence from the runway and taking inspiration from decor trends such as natural wood, classic whites, luxe high sheen fabrics and metal finishes,” says Simon Chang, “we created a collection of fashion-forward hues that are approachable, full of character and meant to expand your comfort zone.”

Beauti-Tone’s Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection colours and colour cards are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca
https://www.homehardware.ca/

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