- March 10, 2020
5 BENJAMIN MOORE COLOURS WE LOVE FOR 2019
When it comes to choosing a paint colour for your home, fear should never be your guiding principle. Pink in the living room, navy walls in the bedroom—don’t be afraid to work outside the “rules” and dip your foam roller into something other than white. Painting is one of the most inexpensive things you’ll do to your home, and also one of the most impactful. Feeling the urge to refresh your space? Instead of experimenting with velvet on the sofa (hello, $$$), experiment with colour on your walls (one $45 gallon can paint a whole room). Every couple of years you can completely reinvent your space with paint colour.
We love to play with colour in every project, but this is something everyone can do. Here are five Benjamin Moore swatches from recent PlaidFox designs to inspire your 2019 room makeovers.
Texas Rose (2092-40)
For this living room in our Abbott Street apartment project, we wanted a pink tone, but we didn’t want a full-on, Disney princess, Hubba Bubba pink. We like Benjamin Moore because they have every shade of a certain tone and we wanted to find something interesting. A bit of classic Art Teacher advice we never forgot from school, was to never use a colour straight out of the tube, you should always mix a colour to make it more intriguing. And with colours in a home, you always want to choose a colour that’s a little bit unexpected. So if you’re using a pink, opt for a pink with a bit of brown in it, or a dusty pink, something that has a bit of interest. Benjamin Moore’s Texas Rose is a muted, desaturated version of pink, which makes it feel a little more global—the perfect highlight in this edgy Moroccan-inspired apartment.
Cushing Green (HC-125)
The green kitchen in this farmhouse was a special request from the homeowner. She had seen a historic kitchen with green as its feature colour and loved everything about it. Rich forest green is actually trending right now, but we didn’t want the kitchen to be trendy. We wanted the kitchen to be classic and timeless, especially given the rest of the house’s honest vintage character, so choosing the right green was essential. We landed on an unexpected, lighter version of a green, Cushing Green, a shade that has been used on the east coast in traditional homes for years. Paired with the brick walls and vintage wood floors, the colour makes the kitchen hit exactly the right note of historical.
Hale Navy (HC-154)
For the bedroom walls of our Abbott Street project, we wanted a blue that rode that line of grey and blue. It’s a moody, warmer tone that feels sophisticated and mature, but also relaxing. People might write-off navy as too dark for interior walls, but when choosing a paint colour for your bedroom, choose one that represents the mood you want your room to have. Don’t worry too much about the actual colour. If you want your space to be dark and cozy, then colours you wouldn’t normally think of using will seem more obvious. Still hesitant to ditch the Eggshell? Go out and buy a paint sample kit, test new colours on your walls and be adventurous! You can commit to the full can when you’ve found your match and that perfect colour might surprise you.
Gun Metal (1603)
Although we do encourage the use of colour over Vancouver’s favourite 50 shades, grey does have a place on our top 2019 list. For our creative director, Ben Leavitt, an all-grey kitchen was a neutral base for his Gastown condo. Because the cabinetry spans almost the entire width of the apartment, Gun Metal felt like it was the ideal classic grey tone that Ben could build the aesthetics of his home around, without it dominating the space. When going for an all-grey kitchen, it’s important to choose a time-enduring grey—not too light, not too dark.
Dollar Bill Green (2050-20)
This colour, also found in Ben’s Gastown apartment, is a colour he plans on changing every couple of years. The antique brick, the lighting, the decor, all the elements in this room conspire to create an old New York, meets historic Gastown feel. This shade of green was chosen because all of the local buildings below in Gastown, all the millwork on the front of the stores, is this exact colour. Dollar Bill Green has that historical edge to it, but also a youthfulness. Try it out on bedrooms, feature walls or offices to bring in a touch of vintage Gastown.