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Benjamin Moore Announces 2019 Colour of the Year

Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

Wall panelling painted with Benjamin Moore AF-690

“Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s composed. It just is. This is colour, off-duty.”

—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

Metropolitan AF-690 is supported by Colour Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues.

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Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year – 2018

“Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy.”

Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2018 – Caliente

“Caliente is the signature colour of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.” 

—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

To be inspired and see the entire colour palette, visit the Benjamin Moore web site.

Paint Colour of the Year – Benjamin Moore 2017

It’s all about the paint! For several years now, I have attended Benjamin Moore’s much-anticipated Colour of the Year launch event.  Over the years it has been held at some of the loveliest venues around the city.  This year’s event took place in the Conservatory at Casa Loma in Toronto and how beautiful it was.

Casa Loma Conservatory - Benjamin Moore 2017 Colour of the Year launch
Casa Loma Conservatory – Benjamin Moore 2017 Colour of the Year launch

There is always a slide show presentation showing beautiful images from around the world that led the Benjamin Moore team to their paint colour selection.  In stark contrast to last year’s selection of “Simply White”,  the Benjamin Moore 2017 Colour of the Year is “Shadow” – 2117-30.

Wall colour Shadow as backdrop for vignette with round wood table and pewter candlesticks and silver goblets
Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year: Shadow 2117-30

“Allusive and enigmatic, Shadow is a master of ambiance.  It ebbs and flows with its surroundings and light brings it to life.  Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal.  Indulge your mysterious side.  Let Shadow set the mood.” – Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore.

To see the other 22 colours that make up the Colour Trends 2017 palette, visit the Benjamin Moore web site.

Colours of the Year 2017

Colour forecasters predict a shift away from GRAY and towards WARMER NEUTRALS.  It would seem that at least two paint companies agree.

Sherwin Williams recently announced their colour of the year:  “Poised Taupe” SW-6039.  “This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.”

Sherwin-Williams 2017 Colour of the Year
Sherwin-Williams 2017 Colour of the Year

Their announcement went on to say, “The 2016 industry shows revealed a surprising transition from grey to taupe. Both contract and consumer color / products have been focused on grey as THE key neutral – although grey is still important, we have seen a significant shift in materials and finish color to warmer, taupe-ier expressions of neutral.”

PPG Pittsburgh Paints have announced “Violet Verbena” as their 2017 Colour of the Year.  “Violet Verbena is a gray-purple hue that idealizes the popular bohemian, “gypset” lifestyle. This nuanced update on a classic shade adds depth, luxury and pampering to every space, making it the perfect backdrop for consumers looking to blend the masculine, the feminine, the mystic and the modern.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints 2017 Colour of the Year
PPG Pittsburgh Paints 2017 Colour of the Year

Violet Verbena adapts to surrounding environments and complements a variety of design aesthetics, from playful rooms to tranquil spaces.”  (

Interestingly, both of these 2017 colours are gray-based and have been warmed up with various amounts of red pigment.  What better way to transition away from gray!

Check back later to find out Benjamin Moore’s colour choice.

2016 Interior Decorating Trends

There are so many choices available that sometimes it seems as though “everything is in”, but this is not the case.  There are definite trends (not fads) that can be identified in furnishings and decor.  We are all exposed to them when we shop or open a magazine, so being able to spot them will help you keep your home “on trend”.

I would like to share my dissemination of twenty trends from the 2015 fall HP market identified by Deb Barrett of Soft Design Lab in the U.S.  (Deb is an award-winning soft furnishings designer, speaker, author and design consultant, who conducts tours at High Point market twice per year. ) Continue reading

More on Colour Trends for Interior Decorating

White was the Colour of the Year choice by several paint companies:  Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr and Glidden.  But each of these companies has a full palette of trending colours, because white is not all there is!

There is a trend towards dark and dramatic wall colour.  In 2015 we were seeing black. For 2016 black is still in, but now so is dark blue, and deep teal.

We are also seeing quite a lot of bold, energizing options such as Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Violet (2071-20), Patriot Blue (2064- 20), Blue Echo (AF-505), Royal Flush (2076-20) and Ravishing Red (2008-10) to name a few. Click to see the full Benjamin Moore 2016 paletteContinue reading

Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year

The 2016 colour of the year for Benjamin Moore is:   OC-117 Simply White. The suspense is over!   And interestingly, several other paint companies also chose white as their colour of the year.

Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director for Benjamin Moore says, “White is transcendent, timeless, its versatility unrivalled.  From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form–that’s why we chose it ….”  Continue reading

2015 Interior Decorating Trends

It’s great to have so many sources for decorating trends for the new year, so if you see the same trend identified in multiple sources, you’ll know it’s a big one. What follows is a dissemination of the “big” trends from various magazine and on-line sources including High Point Fall market.  If you’re thinking of updating any of your spaces, take note of these five 2015 trends.  Continue reading