Shades of Grey
Posted January 4, 2009on:
Today’s client interaction again revolved around selecting shades of beighe, tans and gray, with a smattering of green between.
The coming year’s color trends are forecasted in ”Color Pulse 2010“, a high quality hardback book, published annually by Benjamin Moore, available on their website. The award winning love child of Benjamin Moore’s ’Color Guru’ Dotie “Color Pulse 2010” looks ahead into the next 18-24 months of color trends in architeture, fashion and interior decor. In this seasons presentation Dotie had stated the return of Beighes as the neutral of choice.
Who knew? Were they ever Not a Neutral? But it’s true!
For some inspirational tone on tone calm, take a look at Benjamin Moore’s Classic selections; 981 Winds Breath; 982 Cedar Key; 984 Stone Hearth or 1002 Featherstone; 1003 Kitten Whiskers; 1005 Hazlewood or for something a bit warmer try; 1100 Sundial, 1101 Fennel Seed and 1103 Camel Back.
Warm brown based tans, beighes, taupes are all highly sought after fare.
For taupes with a sophisticated color play & depth, hints of yellow and green in a rich gray base, see; 975 Tapestry Beighe and 976 Coastal Fog. For a bit more color saturation Affinty’s AF100 Pashmina, AF150 Cotswald or AF155 Weimaraner are proven winners.
Warm or Cool grays everyone is seeking the illusive, perfect gray to give them that restful zenlike bliss which also pares well with high energy impact colors; primary and tertiary beauties such as Acid greens, Citrus yellows, Vibrant red and oranges are especially great.
One special client, Betty, is absolutely smitten with this lovey neutral grey; Benjamin Moore Classic 1570 Gray Wisp.
Rich dark browns are the impact color of choice, hands down, though some people find brown an emotional mud bath that has them drowing in their woes, the rich mahogany, red or green based browns in sultry shades such as Preview 2114-10 Bittersweet Chocolat , AF 170 French Press or AF175 Barrista; Benjamin Moore Americas Colors #AC3 Texas Leather will add rich contrast to classic and historic home’s wealth of warm white molding details.
For slighty less intensity try Benjamin Moore Classics; 1001 North Creek Brown or 1036 Deer Trail. For something entirely sensual and rich go to the Affinity color deck; AF160 Carob, AF165 Kona.
For ceilings and trim a great white is the finishing touch; AF20 Marscapone or 967 Cloud White will do the job.
As for what goes well with Brown? You name it: Lavender, Lilacs, Violets, fresh Greens, Pinks, Yellows, Peach or Orange…try some of the many gorgeous browns available in your kitchens or baths.
What the heck they even go well with gray or beighe!
Here’s to a life full of color!
PS>My secret color wish? A room entirely painted in a grassy green, like Benjamin Moores Classic #574; ‘Once Upon a Time’. Ahhhh…Lovely!