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COLOR SPOTLIGHT: BENJAMIN MOORE COVENTRY GRAY

Hi Remodelaholics!  Cyndy here from The Creativity Exchange back with another Color Spotlight.  If you missed my my last post about the most popular black paint colors, you can find that here.

For today’s Color Spotlight, I wanted to highlight one of the most popular mid-toned grays on the market.

 

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is an all-star gray that has been extremely popular in the last five years because it’s such a beautiful and versatile color.

Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore

At first glance just at the paint card, you’re probably thinking Coventry Gray is just another basic gray-nothing special, right?!  Coventry Gray is one of the most versatile mid-toned grays out there because even though it’s a gray, it’s a gray with a lot of depth. Let me just show you!

In spaces with a lot of natural light, Coventry Gray will lean a beautiful shade of blue/gray.

via Matthew Cane Designs

At dusk with a mix of natural and artificial light, Coventry Gray is a stunning and rich slightly warmed gray with slight hint of blue.

 

via CWB Architects

In spaces that do not have a lot of natural light, Coventry Gray will lean more warm gray. A stunning color as well!

 

 

via 12th and White

While Coventry Gray really looks beautiful in almost any light, I think the “sweet spot” is in spaces with a mix of natural and artificial light like this below, where you can really see the richness and beautiful depth of this color.

 

via Benjamin Moore

Coventry Gray is also one the most popular gray cabinetry colors on the market today as well! For great reason, it’s perfection used on cabinets!

 

via Studio McGee

 

 

via Design Manifest

As you can see in the above two cabinetry images, the first image has a lot of natural light, so the color leans a little blue/cooler.  However, in the above kitchen with little natural light, Coventry Gray leans warm gray. I always talk about the sign of a great paint color is if it works well both interior and exterior. As you can see, Coventry Gray looks incredible on the exterior as well!

 

via Driven by Decor

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is one of those all-star colors that beautifully works almost anywhere and is a great color to consider!

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and if you’re interested in seeing more beautiful paint colors, I just shared a beautiful new home project that I color consulted on that you can see here on my blog. In that post, I walk readers through our process for choosing paint colors.  You can also find me on Facebook here, where I share lots of paint color inspiration.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Cyndy

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5 OF THE BEST EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT COLORS FOR SPRING

Goodbye, dark, primary shades — hello coastal colors and soft neutrals!

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Does your house need a facelift this spring? There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint for instant curb appeal. Of course, a home’s exterior should reflect the style of the inhabitant (you!), but there are a few paint colors that are particularly pretty this time of year.

“It’s important to note that exterior paint color trends don’t shift as often as interior trends colors — exterior paint colors typically are chosen based on architectural style and geography,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager at PPG Paints.

With that said, today’s homeowners seem to be ditching dark, primary hues in favor of cool coastal colors and soft neutrals that complement natural materials. Gray in particular is having a major moment because of its ability to blend into any setting, while still seeming sophisticated. First, a few things to consider when painting your house:

•The architecture. “When selecting color for the exterior of a home, rather than focus on what is “in” or “out,” look to colors that are appropriate for the architecture of the home and take into consideration the building materials used on the home,” says Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore color and design expert.

•The surrounding houses. “I do recommend homeowners consider the neighborhood’s color palette to harmonize best with the environment,” says Sue Kim, Valspar color expert. “It’s best not to choose colors that are extreme, bright and bold to ensure they have a timeless exterior.”

•The power of neutrals. “When applied to exteriors, neutral color palettes can give a home a look of maturity, timelessness and integrity,” Schlotter says. Look for shades that are not too warm and not too cool.

Read on for five paint colors we’re loving this spring.

 

WHITE WITH BOLD ACCENTS

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

You can’t go wrong with a classic. “To bring in accents of color that reflect your personal style or to add some personality to the exterior, use the front door as a colorful focal point,” Magno says. “Painting a house is a large project, so look to working on a smaller scale by painting a front door, which offers up the opportunity bring in a dash a color that can go a long way.”

Details: Benjamin Moore White Diamond OC-61, accented with Caliente AF-290 door and Harbor Haze 2136-60 shutters

 

BUTTERY YELLOW

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“Subtle yellows have the ability to breathe life into a home and can convey a friendly environment to guests,” Schlotter says. “A warm house is often perceived as more welcoming and family-oriented.” This buttery yellow will make guests feel instantly at home before they even step in the door. For contrast, opt for black shutters and white trim. But steer clear of overly bright yellows or neon shades, as they can easily clash or come off as aggressive and overpowering.

Details: PPG Paints Barely Butter PPG1205-3 house, accented with PPG Paints Blackhearth PPG1003-7 shutters and PPG Paints Sugar Soap PPG1084-1 trim

 

SKY BLUE

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

“Working with colors inspired by the natural landscape creates an instant connection to the exterior of the home is always a good route to take, plus these colors will endure for years,” Magno says. “Also, the exterior of a house is a much larger scale than painting one room, so think about how a large amount of a color will look to avoid choosing a color that will be overly bright for the neighborhood.” Inspired by and named for the horizon, this pretty pastel blue (on the right) hits just the right now.

Details: Benjamin Moore Horizon OC-53 (right)

 

WARM GRAY AND GREEN

Gray is here to stay, Kim says. “I’ve noticed homeowners desire gray colors that complement their current exterior materials, such as stone or brick. I’ve seen a strong push for warm grays like 5006-2A Wet Pavement, which help balance the natural materials, as well as colorful neutrals like 5002-1B Smoke Infusion, which has a sense of sophistication.”

Details: Valspar 5002-1B Smoke Infusion, accented with 5008-3B Spearmint Shale and 7006-1 Wispy White trim

 

MOODY GRAY

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Don’t be afraid to go to the dark side, either. Just keep the trim and surrounding landscaping light and airy, as seen here.

Details: Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain 2134-30 accented with Secret AF-710 trim

Could the Inside of Your Front Door Use a New Color?

An entrance interior is an often-overlooked opportunity to bring personality into the home. What will you do with yours?

February 8, 2016 – Houzz Contributor

 

Painting the exterior of a home’s front door a distinctive color is one of the fastest ways to add character and enhance curb appeal. But too often that’s where the color stops, resulting in a missed opportunity to carry the improvement into the entry by painting the other side of the door as well. If this is the case at your home, consider extending the exterior door color inside — or select another hue that both coordinates with the exterior while setting the design tone for the entry.

Here’s an entry that’s simply bursting with happy personality, thanks in large part to the color of the door. Just imagine if the door was white —much of the impact and charm would be lost.

 

In this example, the interior side of the door remains white. However, with the door ajar we see the pretty color selected for the exterior, giving us a glimpse of how the entry would read if the sky blue had been continued on the other side.

Crisp white on doors, trim and walls is classically attractive, yet a different kind of appeal is certainly possible when color is extended inside. The pale blue on this door is Farrow & Ball Blue Ground.

 

When deciding where to stop the color, there’s no right answer. Paint just the door, the door and sidelights, or go all out and paint the door, sidelights and trim. Such is the case here, with Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Bluemaking a dramatic statement in this entry.
The deepest shade of navy covers a door surrounded by white paneling here. The color looks fitting with the dark elements of the banister, stair treads and chandelier.
Spots of bright color work well with neutrals. Sherwin-WIlliams’ Mediterranean on the door, mixed with bright blue and lime green accents, creates a cheerful vibe.
The glossy apple green on the door and built-in console is a sleek complement to the warmth and texture of the brick and teak that line these entry walls.
Blue is certainly a popular choice for entry doors, and it’s no wonder. It invokes a sense of calm, and who among us couldn’t do with just a little more of that in our homes?
Red is another top choice: From apple red to the brighter shade of ripe tomato here, it’s a color that brings a sense of excitement and energy.
Here, Al Green by C2 Paint, a sophisticated yet edgy muted lime, stands out among the pale gray walls and white trim.
Benjamin Moore’s Gray, a stunning hue with blue undertones, makes an elegant statement on this beautifully paneled door featuring a brass mail slot. Can a door get any more chic?
A custom yellow green from Sherwin-Williams makes thishollow metal door an understated winner in a modern entry.
And don’t forget the attraction of classic black and white. Benjamin Moore’s Black covers the inside of this front door. Combined with pale gray walls, white trim and a small color accent, it adds up to an especially handsome entry.

Is there a favorite color you’d like to see enhancing the inside of your front door? Painting a door is a fairly simple one-day or weekend DIY job, depending on experience level. Here are the supplies and steps to get you on your way to a more colorful entry:

(Note: The steps will vary slightly depending on the door material and any previous paint, varnish or stain used on the door.)

Step 1. Begin by gathering your supplies: medium- and fine-grit sandpaper, tack cloth, painters tape, brush, adhesion primer and semigloss paint.
Step 2. Lightly sand the door to remove the top layer of varnish, paint or stain and give the surface a “tooth” for the primer to adhere to. Start with medium-grit sandpaper and finish with fine-grit; wipe clean with tack cloth.
Step 3. Tape the door edges and any hardware, leaving only the surfaces to be painted exposed.
Step 4. Paint a layer of primer. Consider KILZ Adhesion Primer, designed to bond to a variety of tough-to-paint surfaces.
Step 5. Let the primer dry, then very lightly sand with fine-grit sandpaper.
Step 6. Wipe clean with tack cloth.
Step 7. Apply the first coat of paint. This may be enough in many cases, or, depending on the color used, a second coat may be required for optimal results. If so, repeat steps 5 and 6, followed by the second coat.

 

 

Anything but Boring: The Antidote to All-White Kitchens

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White is huge for kitchens right now: white appliances, white countertops, and especially white cabinets. It’s a clean, uniform, and refreshing look — but it’s not for everyone. If you find yourself craving a little color in the kitchen, take a look at this roundup of 11 kitchens with cabinets in any color but white. If you love the look, it can be as close as a paint job away.

Above: We’re in love with the glossy dark green cabinets in this kitchen fromPeppermint Bliss.

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Red cabinets + blue tile = the opposite of boring. From Desire to Inspire.

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Bright pink cabinets in a cheerful space from Beautiful Kitchens.

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The folks at A Beautiful Mess painted the cabinets in their studio kitchen a bright yellow.

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If you love color but are feeling something a little subtler, let this mint green fromA Beautiful Mess inspire you.

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The kitchen in Allison Burke’s Austin home features these lovely green cabinets.

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Green cabinets + black countertops = a fresh, interesting new look for the kitchen. Photographed by Jonas Ingertedt for Elle Decoration.

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Beautiful blue cabinets in Kristin & Michelle’s Austin home.

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Blue cabinets in a classically styled kichen from Domino.

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Blue cabinets, blue walls and a touch of marble are a smart combination in this kitchen from My Scandinavian Home.

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And finally, a navy blue that’s not quite black in a kitchen from Skona Hem.

(Image credits: Peppermint Bliss; Desire to Inspire; Beautiful Kitchens; A Beautiful Mess; A Beautiful Mess; Adrienne Breaux; Elle Decoration; Domino; My Scandinavian Home; Skona Hem)