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Benjamin Moore has been making both paints and happy customers since 1883. Featuring quality paint bolstered by the use of Gennex color technology, Benjamin Moore has been a mainstay in household decor, both indoors and out.

Ben Moore Purchased Insl-x Coatings a while back and acquired several companies in the process. Since then they have restructured and reorganized their product lines around these businesses and now have a robust set of coatings to offer beyond wall paint.

Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples

Be sure to check out the new offering in the Benjamin Moore online store: Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples, providing DIYers with an additional, easy-to-use option for trying on one or more colors before purchasing paint.

The large, 12″x12″ samples can be moved from room to room and observed in different lighting throughout the home. Sheets are produced in any Benjamin Moore color and fulfilled by Samplize, an established vendor known for a high-quality product, with two hand-applied coats of real Benjamin Moore paint.

Peel-and-Stick samples are not available in stores.

It is Easy Being Green

Green is probably one of the most versatile colors on the spectrum. From calming sage to vibrant and exciting lime, this color has something for everyone. From Cottagecore to Minimalist, you can incorporate this color into your home, office or business.

The color green is well known to be a calming color. One that brings quiet to a space and peace to a busy mind. Green is also a color that allows you to bring nature into your space, through the use of potted plants, herbs and even botanical prints in art and wallpaper.

People want to connect to nature and even with a minimalist style home, you can make this happen. Green accents in wallpaper, art and textiles are a great way to bring pops of color to a minimalist color palate.

Darker, forest greens on walls and furniture bring sophistication to a space and when paired with leather and dark woods make a room feel more masculine or connected to nature. Dark greens also have a feeling of calm and stillness which is why it is often used in libraries, studies and spaces where focus and deep thinking happen.

Bright greens such as lime and chartreuse are colors associated with nature, confidence and high energy. This color is used in gyms, sports gear and other areas where you want to pump up the energy. It is also associated with inspiration and creativity, so feel free to use splashes of these tones in art studios or creative spaces, like playrooms for kids!  Because of its energetic feelings though, this color should likely stay out of bedrooms or other areas of the home where you want to be able to relax.

Right in the middle are pastel and muted greens like sage and sea glass that are used to promote tranquility and calm. These colors are often used in spas, bedrooms and bathrooms- all places where you want to be able to relax after a long day. The soft feelings of these colors also bring to mind Spring and the changing of the seasons.

Bringing greenery such as potted plants, succulents, cut flowers and dried herbs are all amazing ways to add interest to a space and also improve the feeling of your home.

What is Minimalist?

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Today we are going to talk about our 3rd 2021 Interior Design Trend: Minimalist.

This trend emerged in the 20th Century as a foil for the highly decorative styles of days past. It has never completely gone out of style and has quietly evolved with the times.

Minimalist decor focuses on practicality with uncluttered spaces that highlight the items in them with a typically bright and clean color palate.

By having so few items in a space, everything there should be purchased with an eye for functionality, beauty and clean lines.  

Having a place for everything and having everything in its’ place is a major component for Minimalist style. This can be obtainable even if you have children by purchasing with intention and acquiring toys that are beautiful, bespoke and can grow with your child(ren).

 

For a more modern take, add greenery! Bringing live plants helps remove the stark feeling with the typical gray and white color palate. It is also a great way to start Spring and Summer.

Do you relate to the Minimalist style or is it something you would want to try in your home?

What is Grand Millennial?

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For our 2nd Interior Design Trend for 2021, we are going with a granny chic look that is taking over.

Grand Millennial is a term coined by House Beautiful. This style is designed “to have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be ‘stuffy’ or ‘outdated’. When we mean granny chic, we mean it!

Think of large floral wallpapers, or the heavily patterned couches of yesteryear. Needlepoint, knitting and crochet (with a modern twist) are other great way to incorporate the Grand Millennial style into your home.

Grand Millennial is also a complete push against the Minimalist style that was so popular with the previous generation. This trend mixes patterns, bold colors and textures to make a space feel cozy and inviting while also almost feeling cluttered.

Wallpaper can also be a large part of this trend. Toile, chintz and floral patterns are an easy place to start, but add a metallic accent to the paper for a modern twist. You can also add abstract art to modernize the look.  Other ways to easily incorporate this look into a room are lace and doilies, fringe, velvet furniture and bold jewel tones or saturated earth tones.

To really pull off this look, keep the color palate consistent. You can pick bold patterns for fabric, wallpaper and rugs but keep them in the same color family.

This style is perfect for those who want to support small businesses too. Etsy shops, antique stores and local artists are all options for accent pieces to give your room a unique, curated look. One local (to Miami, Fl) business is Vintage Rose Home, they refresh furniture and find amazing small accent items.

Let us know what you love (or hate) about the Grand Millennial style!

What is Cottagecore?

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The first 2021 interior design trend we are going to explore is Cottagecore.

While this is not a new idea, the pandemic made the concept very popular. I’m sure you remember the phase of lock down where everyone was making bread? Sourdough starters abounded and it seemed like every person on the planet made at least one loaf of banana bread. This was when the Cottagecore trend started to really take hold. Add to that Taylor Swift coming out with her “folklore” album and all of the plaid, walking through the forest aesthetics she used in her Netflix special and BAM, Cottagecore was a hit.

There are many people that argue that Cottagecore is more of a lifestyle than an interior design aesthetic, but I for one believe it can be both. (As much as I would love to run through a field of wheat in a floaty, floral dress, that really isn’t in the cards for this Miami girl.) But parts of the lifestyle can be adapted to everyone and every home; you can have a very minimalist home while still cultivating potted plants or a kitchen herb garden.

https://www.pinterest.com/ogeepaintco/2021-design-trends/ For a Cottagecore color palate, look to nature. Greens, browns, earth tones and sunny yellows are all great ways to bring a little of the outside into your home. Natural wood tones mixed with off-whites are also an easy way to tap into the trend. Vintage (or vintage inspired) tea sets, hand-thrown pottery, floral and botanical wallpapers, anything handmade are small and easy ways to add a little Cottagecore to any home too. And the more natural light, the better. (All your new plants with thank you!)

Finding accent pieces such as the hand made wood shelves or chairs, pottery, wall art and all the little touches are AMAZING ways to support small and local businesses. So many people have discovered new passions for crafting and people who were already experts have honed their art during the pandemic- so there are lots of awesome local artists you can support. I’m sure there is someone with a style for you. (And tell me who they are when you find them!)

So explore the Cottagecore trend in your own home. It does not have to be your whole house, but finding small ways to bring homey, earthy touches to your living space can go a long way to making you feel more cozy and comfortable. So make some bread, wear the romantic dress or throw on a plaid shirt, create something new and tap into your natural instincts, this is the year to explore something new!

Exploring 2021 Design Trends

2021 is here and it is time to make your personal space your perfect place.

With something for everyone, this year’s interior design trends are filled with color, comfort and best of all- customization, there is really something for everyone!

Quarantine has really helped people appreciate the space where they have to live and work more than ever before and because of this, we are encouraging people to go wild and figure out what really makes their house a Home.

This is the year to explore color, texture and personal styles. (Especially since great-aunt Maude isn’t going to be dropping by for an unexpected visit!)

Here, I will be discovering and defining a new Design Trend each week, including Cottagecore, Grand Millennial, Minimalist and how to use all the rich colors and fabrics in your everyday spaces. I will also discuss how to allow your children to customize their own rooms quickly and easily!

But let’s start with a brief look at the 3 main styles that are cropping up this year; Cottagecore, Grand Millennial and Minimalist. 

All of these styles are influenced by the  quarantine; which has caused everyone to stay home more than ever before. 

Cottagecore is our throwback style; think of flowy, floral peasant dresses, indoor plants, soft lighting and wood tones.  Taylor Swift spurred this style on with her new album “Evermore” and plaid covered studio sessions, while the bread making craze at the beginning of quarantine is what really started the aesthetic. This style is grounded in nature, bringing the outdoors inside and connecting to the world around you.

Next up we have Grand Millennial- which is all about Granny Chic and creating a cluttered, yet homey feel to your space. To achieve this look, jewel tones, lush fabrics, busy wallpaper and lots of knickknacks. While this aesthetic can seem overwhelming, it creates a space built for creativity or curling up with a good book.

The last design trend we are going to explore is Minimalism. This organized aesthetic was also made popular by quarantine and the idea that less is more. The clean, uncluttered look is a great way to bring calm and order to a world that feels a little out of our control. For this style, think warm whites or grays, natural wood tones mixed with concrete and a “Less is more” mentality.

I am looking forward to delving deeper into these trends and more in the coming year.

Always dream in color!

Benjamin Moore How-To Videos

Did you know Benjamin Moore has 11 DIY ‘How-To’ videos on our YouTube page? Below is a description and link to each…

How to fix cracks and holes before painting
– How to prepare your walls
– How to cut in paint in a room
– How to paint a ceiling
– How to paint interior walls
– How to paint trim
– How to paint doors
– How to paint doors – Aura Grand Entrance
– How to paint cabinets
– How to stain a deck
– How to paint a dry erase wall