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10 common misconceptions about paint

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10 common misconceptions about paint

Benjamin Moore common misconceptions about paint

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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Front porch makeover

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Front porch makeover

By Jaclyn Harper

Well friends, fall is officially here. Have you started your fall decorating yet? Personally, I think the best way to kick off the season is with an updated front porch or entry. With that said, today I’m giving you five tips to instantly transform your front porch.

Paint
This may seem daunting to a lot of you, but you’d be amazed at how much paint can transform your space. Last year, we painted the brick of our home. The transformation is honestly incredible. Our home went from old and dated to new and modern. Of course, getting your brick stained can be much more expensive than simply painting your front door. In fact, we did paint our front door and our garage, too.

When we purchased our home they were white and they looked dirty. We thought that this coffee brown colour looked amazing against our new grey brick and would hide the dirt as well. So why not give your front door a refresh? It’s simple, it’s inexpensive and it’s fun. Plus, it’s so simple to change the colour if you want to in the future.

If you pop into Lowe’s they have the new HGTV Home By Sherwin Williams line, which makes shopping for your paint colour really easy. I’m thinking I’m going to repaint our door a light blue to give it a burst of colour.

Texture
For fall you definitely want to incorporate different textures on your front porch to bring it to life. I’m talking about corn stalks, hay bales, birch logs, textured pillows and throw blankets. All of these things help to create a cozy and inviting entry to your home. These items are also a great way to play with different heights and will help add some dimension to your space.

Corn stalks can be really dramatic, which I love. Using hay bales to add height can be helpful, too. They make for great fall side tables, stools or pedestals for your fall accessories.

Accessories
Speaking of accessories, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins. But don’t go crazy — when you choose a lot of smaller accessories your space can look very cluttered very quickly. And make sure you’re choosing some larger elements so that people can see your items from the street. Stand on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street to see how it’s all coming together.

These days a lot of people are actually purchasing their accessories online. So, if you’re shopping online already, go to airmilesshops.ca and get miles at the same time! They’ve added a bunch of new brands like Etsy, Wayfair and Ticketmaster, in addition to the 175 brands they already have. In fact, the pillows, the black lanterns and the magnolia wreath are all ordered from Wayfair. Everything else on my front porch was picked up at Lowe’s. We found a really fun blue and black doormat there this year

Colour
The easiest way to add some colour is with flowers. Mums are great for this time of year, but there really are so many options to choose from. I think it’s important to start by figuring out what your colour palette is going to be. You can look on Pinterest or head to Lowe’s Ideas and Tips section to get inspired. Once you’ve decided on your palette — stick with three colours — then it’s time to pick out your flowers. This year I’ve chosen to use navy, white and green. Of course, you can also add colour in your throw pillows, your throw blankets, your doormat and in your flower pots.

Lighting
It’s really easy to update the look of your home with some new lighting. Whether it’s a wall sconce, ceiling light, solar lighting along the walkway, or just adding some lanterns, it’s easy to update your home. If you look outside and notice that you’ve had the same wall sconce for about five years, it’s probably time for a change.

At Lowe’s there is such a variety of lights to choose from. That’s where we found ours and it was only $22 at the time. Total bargain right?

Well, I really hope you get to try out these tips for yourself. I’d love to share your front porch makeover on my Instagram page and all you have to do is use the hashtag #jhdfrontporch. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with.

Jaclyn Harper is a TV host, interior stylist and busy mother. http://jaclynharperdesigns.com/

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Exterior Decorating

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Exterior Decorating

Usually the fancy painting goes on the inside of the house. A Florida couple painted the exterior of their home to look like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night for their 25-year-old autistic son. The artwork made headlines when local bylaw officers tried to get them to paint it a solid colour. City council recently ruled they could leave it as is.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint & Window Coverings

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint & Window Coverings

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint & Window Coverings

by Rise Levy

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Sun-Brite Drapery recently introduced two new wireless shade systems by Lutron, battery-operated and a low voltage system, offering remote-controlled shades that are fully motorized and reasonably priced. The Serena system is a stand-alone product, which makes it more affordable for homeowners who cannot afford to fully automate their homes. Serena roller shades can be installed with or without wires, and come in a wide variety of colours and fabric textures.

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MAXIMUM PROTECTION

Paint that powerful rectangle, your front door into a stunning design statement with Beauti-Tone. Formulated for the Canadian climate, providing maximum protection for years on your exterior. Exclusively at Home Hardware and Building Centres throughout Canada.

BEAUTI-TONE PAINTS

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BENJAMIN MOORE INTRODUCES NEW CENTURY

Benjamin Moore has launched CENTURY in Canada –a new dimension in paint that builds upon the brand’s legacy of craftsmanship, precision and beauty. Formulated to exceed the creative desires of the most exacting designers and environments, this innovative paint comes in a curated collection of 75 brand new colours that are brought to life with the first Soft Touch Matte finish. Shown here, Bittersweet Vine.

BENJAMIN MOORE & CO.

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THAT SPECIAL AMBIANCE

Made in Spain, Ambiance Roller Blinds & Sliding Panels from Shades of Homes offer a selection of unique banded fabrics, translucent materials with slim aluminum horizontal bars separating the panels. These Roller Shades and Panel Tracks are available in unique materials and finishes to give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind window treatments, manual and motorized. Shades of Home offers many unique window covering treatments. Visit one of their design showrooms in Oakville or Toronto to see for yourself and speak to one of their experienced window treatment experts.

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LOOKS NEW LONGER

Providing superior physical and esthetic qualities, Behr’s Premium Plus Interior Sateen Kitchen and Bath Enamel makes use of Nanotechnology. This 100 per cent acrylic latex paint doubles as an impenetrable safeguard against mildew and stains in high traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen and bathroom. Water resistance, excellent scrub-ability, easy stain removal, superior stain-blocking resistance, and improved application properties are all benefits of the product. The finish is formulated to retain its luminous sheen for extended periods of time. Over 2,000 colours, available at The Home Depot stores nationwide.

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High ceilings… or are they?

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High ceilings… or are they?

Tricks to make your ceilings appear higher

One of your home’s defining features is its ceiling. High ceilings make a room feel more open and airy, while low ceilings can often result in a cosy, or sometimes cramped atmosphere.

As an interior decorator, I’m often tasked with making a space look and feel bigger than it actually is. Don’t be fooled, this is not magic. Just a few tricks of the trade. Short of a full-blown renovation, there are some optical illusions I like to employ to bring perceived height to a space.

One way to fool the eye is with floor-to-ceiling curtains. Purchase full-length curtains and hang them a few inches above your window frame to imply a larger window.

By the same token, low-profile furniture can also create the illusion of higher ceilings. Think uncomplicated pieces with vertical, tailored lines. Lower profile pieces can help emphasize the distance between the furniture and the ceiling, with uninterrupted sight lines from one end of the room to the other.

When it comes to the colour palette, think light, bright and airy. Darker colours tend to make a space feel cosier and yes, smaller.

DECORATOR’S PICKS: Check out Moonshine, Grey Owl and French Canvas by Benjamin Moore, or Decorator’s Grey by CIL.

Once your space is ready for furniture, arrange it to create “high corners.” Place tall items such as apartment plants and floor lamps in the corners of the room to draw the eye s far as possible and make the ceiling recede.

A “disappearing” ceiling is the easiest way to make it seem higher. Out of sight, out of mind right? In this case, I avoid ceiling fans or low-hanging lighting, which can draw unwanted attention to a low ceiling. Opt instead for streamlined pot lights, or layer floor and table lamps to ensure enough light where needed. If you have your heart set on a chandelier, suspend it a few inches higher than you normally would. Like your curtains, a higher chandelier will naturally draw the eye upward.

My final tip, though not as sexy as chandeliers and colour palettes, will truly make or break your space. I’m talking clutter. Nothing eats up visual space more than stuff on every surface. Ensure you incorporate sufficient storage when planning your space, so everything has a proper home. This can come in the form of built-in shelving, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, or nice wicker baskets to wrangle the chaos. The result is a room that looks and feels bigger, brighter and by all accounts, better!

Achieving the illusion of a higher ceiling can be as simple as arranging your existing furniture and accessories to accentuate the right features of your space, while drawing attention away from others. Think tall, think bright and set your sights high. That low ceilings is looking up already!

About the Author: Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services. www.redesign4more.com

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome

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Urine Trouble

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Urine Trouble

Paint maker Valspar and UK retailer B&Q have agreed to pay to repaint customer’s homes after the paint they purchased came with an unwanted side effect: it smelled like cat pee. Some people likened it to more of a dead animal odour. Regardless, the warmer the weather, the worse the smell got.
It’s believed that a batch of paint cans were afflicted with a bacterial infection that, once it was applied to walls began to off-gas hydrogen sulphide, which is usually described as “rotten eggs” smell.
One microbiologist suggested ever-tightening EU restrictions on the use of preservatives in products could be partly to blame for the problem.

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Domestice Details: Picture-Perfect Paint Tips

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Domestice Details: Picture-Perfect Paint Tips

Innovative formulas offer style shortcuts to refreshed rooms

Without a doubt, the easiest, most affordable way to transform a room is with a fresh coat of paint, which can change everything from the tone of the interior light to which colours stand out in furnishings, art and accessories.

Now, special formulations also make it possible to paint everything from walls to textile to furniture, with new options for texture and sheen.

IT’S NOT JUST PAINT

Dulux Paints, for example, has introduced two-step, light-reflecting products with burnished finishes called Venetian Silk and Liquid Metal.

Low humidity and moderate temperatures make fall a great time to paint outdoors.

In June, Benjamin Moore introduced to the Canadian market Century paint, an “ultra-premium” collection of 75 new colours with a suede-like matte finish. The saturated tones were inspired by gems, minerals, spices, herbs and plants—many of which were among the original sources of paint pigments.

SENSE OF TOUCH

Benjamin Moore paint expert Sharon Grech thinks the soft finish will be especially appealing to those who embrace hand- and custom made design. “People are looking for the handcrafted. Here, you don’t just see the colour, the experience becomes tactile.”

With some patience, and a steady hand, DIY paint stripes can define a room.

If a whole room re-do isn’t feasible, tired furniture and thrift-shop finds can be given new life with easy-to-use chalks paints from Annie Sloan or milks paints from Toronto based Homestead Paints.

WHERE TO START?

Many people, says Grech, want to “dive into colour” but are unsure about how to choose a shade that’s liveable and long lasting. For inspiration, she suggests looking to a beloved print or a treasured souvenir from a family trip that can serve as a starting point for a palette.

“Pick a favourite colour, and make the room about what you love,” she says.

However you arrive at the perfect hue, the following tips will produce a more professional-looking result.

EXPERT PAINT TIPS

“If you want a premium job, do premium preparation,” says Grech. That means cleaning walls, filling holes, and repairing damaged areas. Smooth these out with sandpaper and give the entire wall a final light sanding and wipedown. Use the correct primer for the paint. Check the surface again after priming, as it can sometimes reveal imperfections.

Good lighting is critical to a superior paint job. Floor lamps with the shades removed work well for this.

The Dulux website (which has a series of how-to videos) explains that rollers—ideal for painting large areas and ceilings—come in foam, mohair or sheepskin, and with various lengths of pile. The type of roller you need depends on the paint. For example, they suggest that foam rollers don’t typically work well with latex paints, as the spongy texture can produce an orange-peel effect.

Chalk paints are forgiving and fun to use.

Dulux advises that brushes made from natural bristles should not be used in water-based paints—they absorb water and swell, destroying the shape of the brush—and that synthetic brushes that stand on their bristles in solvent will develop a fatal curl.

Always paint from dry to wet, keeping a “wet edge.” Save breaks until you hit a corner rather than in the middle of a wall.

Extension poles aid in rolling longer, more efficient strokes, save bending over to refill, and make a wet edge easier to maintain.

Don’t try and save time or money by getting by on one coat. The pros always do (at least) two in order to get the true development of the colour.

Vicky Sanderson

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF FARROW & BALL (TURQUOISE DOOR, STRIPED ROOM WITH DOG), COURTESY OF ANNIE SLOAN (COLOURFUL CHEST)

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Product Showcase: Paint & Wallcoverings

Product Showcase: Paint & Wallcoverings

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THAT SPECIAL AMBIENCE

Made in Spain, Ambiance Roller Blinds & Sliding Panels from Shades of Home offer a selection of unique banded fabrics, translucent materials with slim aluminum horizontal bars separating the panels. These Roller Shades and Panel Tracks are available in unique materials and finishes to give you the ability to create one-of-a-kind window treatments, manual and motorized. Shades of Home offers many unique window covering treatments. Visit one of their design showrooms in Oakville or Toronto to see for yourself and speak to one of their experienced window treatment experts.

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MAXIMUM PROTECTION

Paint that powerful rectangle, your front door, into a stunning design statement with Beauti-Tone. Formulated for the Canadian climate, providing maximum protection for years on your exterior. Exclusively at Home Hardware and building centres throughout Canada.

BEAUTI-TONE PAINTS
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EASIEST SKYLIGHT TO INSTALL

The Rigid Sun Tunnel from VELUX Canada is the easiest skylight to install. Ideal for projects where the distance between the roof and ceiling is too long for traditional skylights, it installs in as little as three hours with the patent Flexi-Loc system. To ensure the tunnel withstands the extremities, an Energy Kit is added to increase energy efficiency and for Energy Star compliance.

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BENJAMIN MOORE INTRODUCES NEW CENTURY

Benjamin Moore has launched CENTURY in Canada—a new dimension in paint that builds upon the brand’s legacy of craftsmanship, precision and beauty. Formulated to exceed the creative desires of the most exacting designers and environments, this innovative paint comes in a curated collection of 75 brand new colours that are brought to life with the first Soft Touch Matte finish. Shown here, Bittersweet Vine.

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Design: The Life of Our Walls in 2017

Design: The Life of Our Walls in 2017

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Design: The Life of Our Walls in 2017

by Linda Mazur

With the new year comes new trends, great new colours, patterns and finishes to create beautiful personalized looks for your home.

Whether it’s paint or wallpaper, the trends of 2017 will let you unleash your creativity, transforming your walls into inspirational focal points in your room.

Venetian Silk paint by Dulux
Venetian Silk paint by Dulux

Though the Pantone Colour Institute has selected Greenery (15-0343) as it’s colour of the year, we are finding that many major paint companies have in fact gone the way of purple as their colour of the year. Benjamin Moore is calling Shadow (2117-30) their go-to-colour for 2017. CIL has unveiled Antique Violet (50BB 46/091) a subtle, serene violet for their lead colour of 2017 and PPG Paints has toted a soft, muted purple with grey-blue undertones called Violet Verbene (PPG 1169-5). All these varying shades o f violets add a warmth and richness to your living spaces while still maintaining a soft, relaxed look. 2017 will also see earthy greys, sand, terra cotta, mustard and grey-greens emerging in popularity. These colours are reflective of our desires to “unplug” and create simplicity and calmness in our hectic ever-changing lives. Accent these warm earthy tones with bolder hues like teal, deep coral and onyx, which will balance these soft shades beautifully; and for the final touches trendy warm copper, bronze and terracotta will complete your look.

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PPG Paints

For some fun on your walls this year, look to Dulux Venetian Silk or Liquid Metal paints to add a spark of life to your plain walls. Venetian Silk paint is a product that delivers a luxurious elegance to your room. It’s part of Dulux Effect Finishes, which also includes the Liquid Metal paint. These new paint products allow you to create unique finishes customized to your own specifications and artistic imagination.

But it’s not just about paint in 2017. Wallpaper continues its resurgence as we see many new and wonderful patterns appear. Whether you love vintage, colour, floral or a geometric fretwork inspired look wallpaper could be your answer to injecting some life into your living space. The wallcoverings of today have been designed to accent and highlight your walls while emphasizing our continued love of texture, pattern play and colour. They are not the wallpapers many of you may remember from decades ago so be expressive and creative in your selections. Whether it’s a soft subtle look that simply compliments your room’s décor or a bold vibrant pattern that punctuates your space look to wall paper as a part of your décor projects this year. One of my continued go-to wall paper collections is Meredith Heron Wallcoverings for J.F. Fabrics. From mid-century modern influences to fretwork, chinoiserie or floral, the collection continues to inspire design in 2017.

Our walls are no longer just about a simple paint colour. They are in fact an integral part of the design of your living spaces and will continue to be so this year. Texture, colour and pattern play are important elements of design, so be inspired by these great paint finishes and wonderful wallcoverings and bring life to your walls in 2017.

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Liquid Metal
Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

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Colour Trends - 2016

Colour Trends – 2016

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Colour Trends – 2016

Every year, we bring you the picks for the top shades for 2016 from some of the top paint manufacturers.

Benjamin Moore

While colour selections typically vary widely from company to company, one exciting almost colourless colour is Simply White (OC-117) from Benjamin Moore as their Colour of the Year.

White has been making countless appearances in fashion, architecture and home décor. White is transcendent, powerful, polarizing – white is more than a design trend. It’s a design essential. In 2016, white will not play the silent hero.

Accompanied by a curated palette of 22 additional colours, Simply White is part of the Colour Trends 2016 collection and Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year.

Simply White is a perfectly neutral white, whose resilient hue stays true in a variety of lighting, complements a multitude of colours and draws attention to architectural details.

White energizes other colours giving them crisp borders and providing focus.

Sherwin-Williams

Another company sporting white on the centre stage of their collection is Sherwin-Williams with Alabaster (SW 7008) as their 2016 Colour of the Year. The colour white, hotly debated as to whether it is a colour at all, has a deeply rooted history filled with symbolic meanings, messages and associations that are speaking to us in a profound way at this place and time.

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, wellbeing and an atmosphere that is pure and simple. It provides an oasis of calm, simplicity, spirituality and less is more visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor is it overly warm, but more exactly an understated and alluring white.” said Jackie Jordan, director of colour marketing, Sherwin-Williams.

Pair it with other neutrals like soft grays, dusty blush hues, light to medium woods tones, honed Carrara marble and other natural materials. This colour sometimes requires an earthy bronze or off black to create Yin Yang harmony and balance. It has no clear-cut design aesthetic making it a versatile foundation for many design sensibilities.

Their colour experts researched global trends to determine the 34 colours that make up the forecast. Grouped into four palettes: Pura Vida, Mas Amor Por Favor, Nouveau Narrative and Trajector, these colours highlight a positive outlook and represent a passionate pursuit toward mindfulness, happiness and well-being. “This year, we forecasted colours that provide a range of inspiration for homeowners to create spaces that surround them with the things that ignite their passions and make them feel happy and healthy.” said Jackie Jordan.

Beauti-Tone

Warm, hypnotic, and calm characterizes Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, FLICKERING FLAME. The surging popularity of gold, copper and rusted metals in design influences our love affair for the rusted down-to-earth colours. Flickering Flame is hot for 2016. It is the essential colour across all design styles from traditional to contemporary. It’s on fire!

Becoming more grounded has, in fact, emerged as the driving force behind the three palettes that make up Beauti-Tone’s Trend Colour Collection for 2016.

PPG – Voice of Colour

There’s safety in colours. That’s the message of PPG THE VOICE OF COLOUR program by the PPG PAINTS brand in unveiling its top paint picks for 2016 – a collection of 22 rich, nurturing hues intended to help create a refuge in the home.

“From sturdy darks such as metal grey and burgundy, to earthen mid-tones such as olive brown and indigo blue, to matted taupes and soft grey-whites, the colours for 2016 emit a sense of serenity and security, whether painted on one wall or all four”, said Valerie Jager, channel marketing manager for PPG Architectural Coatings.

Likening the 2016 paint palette to “a big, warm hug after a long day,” Jager explained that “these colours are like a silent guard, emanating strength and protection in the midst of uncertain times.”

Their Colour of the Year is a soft, muted green called Paradise Found (PPG1135-5). With an earthy edge, it hints at nature while emitting a sturdy, shielding feel, echoing the popular urban militia-inspired look that is showing up on fashion runways, Jager said. Pairing well with muffled plum and armour grey, the new green works particularly well in a family room, living area or bedroom.


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