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As often as I repeat the phrase its become a virtual mantra to me; Without light we would not even percieve color, its all about the light!
In an effort to sort things out with indoor light sources my associate, Jane Freiman, color consultant and editor of Atticmag has put together the following resource guide, rather then try to one up her info gathering I requested her approval to share, I hope it is of help to you all.

“Making Sense of Light Bulb Color”
by Jane Freiman

A few days ago I changed an incandescent light bulb to a compact fluorescent in a warm yellow room. Yes, the paint color is highly mutable. But then, so is the light bulb color.
Since we cannot escape the changes coming to lighting, I am embracing them! Oy.

Here’s an account of Jane’s initial experience; perhaps we can get a discussion going on this.


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!

Good Morning World;

Its day one of 2009 and the countdown is on!

What will we make of the days, weeks, hours, minutes given us in the next 364?
Goals for me; Starting over from the Crash and Burn of my seven year real estate career! Financially, physically and emotionally.

Maybe this blog should be named; Born Again Boomer Beats the Odds!

Because at the moment I am jamming online rebuilding from the rubble of real estate the foundations for my dream career. ie. This Blog!

Word to the wise; When trouble comes, embrace it! It may be the answer to your prayers!

I entered the real estate arena in response to a suggestion that I could put to use my love of interior and landscape design to make some $$. Now after a bumpy seven year ride I am where I really wanted to be profession wise anyway; in the design biz.

Thank you Jesus!!

As a professional color consultant for a local Portland, Oregon Benjamin Moore paint retailer. I love my gig! It offers great opportunity to build into a full consulting service, which I have begun and will continue to build by uploading photos of projects here on this site!

Now this is nothing short of a ‘Lazarus Experience” raising my finances from the dead! For behold they stinketh!

Talk to me about your paint and color experiences, your rebirth, your business saavy, et al.

Happy New Year 2009!


  • artzenflowers: Hi Loribeth, Thank you for taking the time to view my post and the feed back noted!
  • Loribeth: Interesting info about red. I think it takes a lot of daring to use it in decor...something I don't have a lot of. But I might consider adding little
  • Emmakins: This is so helpful, THANK YOU! I think I will do pashmina in bedroom since it is a cooler color and may not work as well in the main area. Hush throu