Archive for March, 2010

Unify a room by painting all the furniture the same colour

furniture (cityline)Furniture can take up a lot of visual colour space in a room, especially large wood pieces such as found in the bedroom or dining room.  When wood tones are miss-matched in a room it can make the space feel unfinished.  One simple solution is to paint all the furniture the same colour, as pointed out in this month’s Style at Home (March 2010, pg 34).

I know painting wood scares some people (especially the male portion of the population), but sometimes it’s the best solution. It’s also cheaper than buying something new.

Your existing furniture that just doesn’t fit with your new decorating plan can be incorporated into the plan with a new colour.  Also second hand furniture can live a new life with a fresh coat of paint. 

Choosing the right colour can transform the wrong style into the perfect piece. Imagine painting an ornate Baroque-style* hutch in a hot colour like Tangelo 2017-30, Tequila Lime 2028-30 or Hot Lips 2077-30.  The hutch would be transformed into a modern hip piece! 

If the same hutch was painted a cream such as Hepplewhite Ivory HC-36, it would fit in with a country style decor.

To coordinate an older piece with newer espresso stained furniture try painting it Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10.  For a trendy colour choose Ranchwood CC-500; this colour furniture would look great in a monochromatic grey room. The classic choice for painting furniture white is Cloud White CC-40.

The steps to painting your piece are easy.  First clean the surface with TSP.  Next gently sand. Priming is the most important step; use a highly adhesive primer such as Fresh Start from Benjamin Moore.  Next apply two coats of paint in your chosen colour.  Be sure to use a higher sheen such as Pearl, Satin or Semi Gloss, to ensure the finish stands up to impact and abrasion from everyday use. Lastly, enjoy you’re now put-together space!

 *The value of a genuine antique should ALWAYS be considered before painting it.  However, if it’s gathering dust in the basement it’s of no value to you anyway, and painting it could bring it back into use in your home, adding true value to the piece. 

-by Stacey Severs

Why is getting the right colour so important?

Because colour affects us: emotionally, physically and psychologically. This means that the colours we use in our homes affect our lives. Using a pleasing colour can put you in a good mood, and start your day off right. Feeling good in your home allows you to go out into the world with confidence, and when you come home from a challenging day you can recharge in a comfortable environment.

Colour is a personal expression of yourself.  What do you want your home to say about you? How do you want your home to inspire you?  By choosing the right colour, you can control how colour is affecting you.

So how do you choose the right colour? Using a professional colour consultant can take a lot of the guess work out of choosing colour.  A colour consultant can help you use colour to create the desired mood for your home.  Words like welcoming, warm, relaxing and comfortable can be translated into colours like Great Plains, Greenfield Pumpkin, Mount Saint Anne and Herbes De Provence.  Colour consultants will also assess the other colours existing in your home to help you create flow and continuity in your space. Contact your local Benjamin Moore Store to book a consultation.

If choosing a colour yourself then the best method is trial and error. Start with LOTS of chips from your local Benjamin Moore Store. Remember to look at the colour in isolation, if the colour is on a strip with other samples use scissors to remove it. Narrow your selection to your top 3 or 4 colours. Now it’s time to try the colour on the wall.  (You try on jeans before you buy them, it’s just as important to try on colour.) Benjamin Moore has testers of paint in every colour available for you to take home and paint on your wall. Look at the painted samples throughout the day to see the colour in different lights (i.e. day light vs. night time artificial light).  Then make you final decision. Try not to over think it and go with your gut instinct.

-by Stacey Severs