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Our Benjamin Moore Color Picks for 2012

The fall redecorating season has officially begun!  You know nothing gives your home an updated look like new color on your walls.   To help get you started, we asked the color experts at Pucher’s to share their “go-to” Benjamin Moore colors for Fall 2012.

Pucher’s Berea

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Brick Red 2084-10

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Greenfield Pumpkin HC-40

Light Khaki 2148-40

Military Tan 2148-30

Pucher’s North Royalton

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Pairing effortlessly with contemporary or traditional furnishings, this rich mid-tone green has an earthy, organic quality that’s warm and welcoming.

Harmony AF-90

A soft, pinkish-beige, Harmony is a versatile neutral that anchors and beautifully enhances the color scheme of any space.

Meditation AF-395

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A soft, sophisticated neutral with a hint of green. To see how beautiful this looks on the wall, stop by our newly expanded North Royalton store!

And our two dramatic accents – Chambourd AF-645 and Salsa Dancing AF-280.

Pucher’s Westlake

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Edgecomb Gray HC-173

A go-to gray that’s timeless with a modern edge, this earthy, organic neutral is soft and stylish, creating a setting that feels distinctly personal.

Revere Pewter HC-172

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A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional colour, it’s perfect for an open floor plan.

Sweet Rosy Brown 1302

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A deep brown with a sweet rosy tint, this rich shade is wonderfully versatile, bringing warmth and cozy comfort to any space.

Waynesboro Taupe 1544

Wythe Blue 1544

Key Takeaway:  The designers at Pucher’s are color experts!  Let us show you how to use Fall 2012 Color Trends to create the look and feel you want in your home.

Fall Paint Colors for Home

Don’t you just love autumn? 

Fall is a beautiful time of year and can be a great source of color inspiration – with the falling leaves, ubiquitous pumpkins, cups of spiced cider … I could go on.  In this blog, Pucher’s and Benjamin Moore show you how the warm, rich colors of autumn can create warmth and coziness in any space any time of year.

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Delightful Green Bedroom – Anjou Pear AF-425

The key to making fall’s warm, rich colors work in your home is to balance them with neutrals.  Here, the bold accent wall featuring Anjou Pear is balanced by Olivetint (519).

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Vivid Yellow Bedroom – Citrine AF-370

Citrine is a stylish, rich gold adds warmth in the bedroom.

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Cozy, Comfortable Living Room – Etruscan AF-355

Etruscan is a rich, muted orange shade that enhances the cozy comfort of this neutral living space.

 

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Resplendently Red Home Office – Hot Apple Spice 2005-20

The wall of red draws the eye to this workspace. Hot Apple Spice is a rich, understated, gorgeous choice for red.

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Edgy, Original Purple Living Room – Vintage Wine 2116-20

Take purple to new heights with a ceiling of deep vintage wine.  Our North Royalton design staff did just that!  Stop in at Pucher’s North Royalton and check out this color on our ceiling!

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Fresh, Focused Entry – Sparrow AF-720

Warm grays are the hot neutrals right now and will be for the foreseeable future.  Sparrow is a super-saturated taupe-gray that adds a cozy layer of warmth to this entry.

Key Takeaway:  Stop in to Pucher’s and let our color experts show you how to use the cornucopia of fall colors to make your home warm and inviting this season and all year long.

Our Favorite Benjamin Moore Colors

Pucher’s Designers Share Their “Go-To” Benjamin More Colors

To help inspire you to start your summer painting projects, we asked three of our designers to name their favorite Benjamin Moore colors.

Brooke – Pucher’s Westlake

“I prefer colors that are ‘grayed down’ or muted but still interesting.  They are much easier to live with over time and tend to be easier to find accessories to coordinate with them.” 

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Caponata AF-650

Infused with purple undertones, this rich dark chocolate creates a lush atmosphere, whether in a master bedroom or spacious living room.

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Pashmina AF-100

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Flora AF-470

Pairing effortlessly with contemporary or traditional furnishings, this rich mid-tone green has an earthy, organic quality that’s warm and welcoming.

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Sparrow AF-720

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Agave AF-420

“This color is a little more intense than the others, but I would use it as more of an accent or in the fabrics and accessories.”

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Mascarpone AF-20

This use-anywhere shade of off-white taps a soft yellow undertone to achieve the versatility and creamy richness of its namesake cheese.

Cindy – Pucher’s Berea

I like toned-down cool colors.  Colors that are subtle, but also rich because they use multiple colorants to achieve their subtle tones.” 

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Crown Point Sand HC-90

“A great rich neutral that gives off a variety of shades, from golds to greens.”

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Fernwood Green 2145-40

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Colorado Gray 2136-50

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Autumn Leaf 1131

Evocative of the crisp rustling of fall leaves, this warm brown is earthy and elegant. A generous infusion of yellow gives this shade an almost golden cast.  “I love anything with a hint of terra cotta in it!”

Lisa’s Picks – Pucher’s N. Royalton

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Dinner Party AF-300

A sophisticated, deep red with black undertones, this color creates both depth and drama. It is an excellent color for a space used to host elegant dinner parties and other festive events and occasions.

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Stratton Blue HC-142

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Lenox Tan HC-44

The depth and warmth of this rich khaki with yellow undertones strikes the perfect balance between classic comfort and busy modern-day living.

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Chopped Dill 496

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Sweet Rosy Brown 1302

A deep brown with a sweet rosy tint, this rich shade is wonderfully versatile, bringing warmth and cozy comfort to any space.

Key Takeaway:  If you’re struggling to find the right colors for your interiors, bring your swatches to any of our three locations, and our talented designers will be happy to help you create the perfect color palette for your home!

What’s New in Window Treatments

silhouette-chateauTrend #1 – Texture

This season we are seeing lots of interesting textures in all sorts of window treatments – from wood and vertical blinds to fabric shades, even aluminum blinds!  We think this really adds style points to window treatments.  Let’s face it – most people choose neutral colors for their blinds and shades because they want them to coordinate with other furnishings in their home.  It’s very practical, but also kind of boring, right?  Adding texture to neutrals is a great way to add visual interest and style to your windows.

This season, everything from wood blinds to vertical blinds, roman to roller shades are getting a makeover with textures like grasscloth, raw silk, distressed wood finishes & woven wood looks, and shimmery metallics.  Let’s take a look at this season’s standouts:

Hunter Douglas Silhouette Sheer Window Coverings in Chateau

These light-diffusing horizontal sheer blinds are shown in Chateau, a fabric that mimics raw silk.  The vanes are available in 2″, 3″ , and 4″ to complement any size window, even specialty shaped windows.   In addition to adding texture, color, and style to your interiors, they do a beautiful job filtering daylight and also block 99% of UV light, protecting your floors and furnishings.

chair1Graber Traditions 2″ Wood Blinds in Barnwood

Distressed finishes, like the Windswept Barnwood pictured here, add a weathered look and natural texture to traditional wood blinds.  We really like Graber’s Elite Woods & Unique Finishes Collection which features whitewashed and hand-glazed wood looks, as well as natural hardwoods and bamboo.  Graber also lets you custom match your wood blinds to any paint or stain color!

Hunter Douglas Natural Elements Metallic Blinds

blindsI know you’re thinking, “Aluminum blinds – really?”  The new Natural Elements collection made us take another look at metallic blinds.  This collection features riverstone looks,  sophisticated brushed matte finishes and shimmery, fashionable metallic finishes in Bronze, Nickel and Copper that will highlight any decor.  Made of a special spring-tempered alloy, these blinds have superior resiliency and are extremely durable.  They are also made from 95% recycled aluminum, making them an eco-friendly choice.  Natural Elements will add a lot of style to your home for the money – a great value!

Key Takeaway: 

This season, we’re seeing all sorts of textures in blinds & shades which add great style and fashion to your windows.  Stop in to Pucher’s to see the latest fabric, wood, even metallic looks in blinds and shades. 

Could Benjamin Moore Color Be Good for Your Health?

We have always known that color affects our mood.   A room painted in a beautiful turquoise can evoke the relaxed feelings you get from being near the sea.  Just thinking about the vibrant colors of Mexico – papaya, marigold, terra cotta, lapis lazuli, parrot green – can perk  me right up on a dull, gray winter day.

There is a new science called Chromotherapy that looks at how color can adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony.   Humans need sunlight to live. The sun’s light is broken into seven distinct rays (colors), all necessary for health.  The energy of these colors is like the electromagnetic energy of radio and television waves.   Just like the transmitters and receptors of radio waves, humans are receiving and transmitting energy in the same way.  It appears we can emit the energy of a certain color by simply thinking about it.  Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration has characteristics related to different physical symptoms.

RED                       

  • Activates the circulatory and nervous systems, improving impotence, poor circulation, and shock.
  • Helps bladder infections, colds, back pain, trouble with the legs or feet, and low blood pressure.
  • Wear or surround yourself with red if you feel un-grounded, depressed, or lack energy.
  • Try Benjamin Moore Vermilion 2002-10.

ORANGE             

  • Helps address asthma and bronchitis.
  • Works on allergies, skin problems, constipation, spasms, cramps, and kidney problems.
  • Can also improve lactation for nursing mothers with milk supply issues.
  • Use orange if you feel repressed or inhibited in any way, or you lack sufficient energy.
  • Try Autumn Orange 2156-10.

YELLOW               

  • Good for breathing problems, exhaustion, liver problems, gallstones, muscle cramps, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hypothyroidism.
  • Improves food allergies, gas, and digestive disorders.
  • Beneficial in building strong bones as well.
  • Use yellow for depression, nervous disorders, and dispelling fears.
  • Try Concord Ivory HC-12.

GREEN                 

  • Acts as a nerve relaxant.
  • Used for heart and lung problems, high blood pressure, breathing difficulty, compromised immune system, and fatigue.
  • Works to harmonize all levels of being, improve loneliness, reduce negativity and tension, soothe the nerves and spirit, and reduce anger and paranoia.
  • Promotes emotional stability, calms fear of death, and prevents insomnia.
  • Try Kiwi 544.

BLUE                     

  • Blue lubricates joints & articulations.
  • Helps address infections, stress and nervous tension.
  • Blue stimulates muscle and skin cells, nerves and the circulatory system.
  • Use blue as color therapy if you have a sore throat, fever, ear infection, inflammation, burn, or other skin irritation.
  • Eases physical tiredness, mental exhaustion, and violent or hyperactive behavior.
  • Try Utah Sky 2065-40.

INDIGO               

  • Indigo helps address eye inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma, ocular fatigue and nasal bleeds.
  • Soothes diarrhea, intestinal irritation, infections in the ears, eyes, or nose, and pain of any kind.
  • On emotional and mental levels, indigo promotes inspiration, reduces psychic exhaustion, and releases negative thought and behavior patterns.
  • Try Midnight Navy 2067-10.

VIOLET                 

  • Violet relaxes the nerves and lymphatic system.
  • Addresses inflammation, urinary illness, depression, migraines, baldness, dandruff, and neurotic behavior.
  • Should be used instead of red for high-strung people.
  • Try Gentle Violet 2071-20.

So the next time you find yourself really attracted to a color, there may be more to it than you think.  Your favorite colors may help you feel better in more ways than one!  For more ideas about using color in your home check out Benjamin Moore’s Color Gallery.  Another way to safeguard your health is to use eco-friendly paints like Benjamin Moore’s Aura, Regal and Ben.  These paints are all low VOC and low odor, so you can get those paint projects done without inhaling a bunch of paint fumes.

Key Takeaway:  Who knew?  Color may literally help you feel better!  The science of Chromotherapy looks at how your favorite colors can contribute to health and harmony.  Plus get some great color ideas from Benjamin Moore.

Color Trends & Decorating Ideas

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There is no doubt that color is in and is being used in wonderful ways today.  We are seeing more mid tone and deep colors now than we did 10 years ago and it makes spaces very warm and inviting.

One key to a great interior is to establish a flow from room to room. Many more recently built homes have open floor plans that create a natural flow, but it can also be accomplished with thoughtful wall color selections or by tying spaces together with flooring and woodwork.

Hardwood flooring is one of my favorite ways to create flow. With all of the new engineered technology and durable finishes, hardwood can be used everywhere in the home which naturally draws you from space to space and allows for the character of the room to be created with wall color, rugs and fabrics.  Plus hardwood always adds to the value of a home.

If you prefer softness underfoot, the same flow can be created with the many beautiful carpets that are available today.  Choose a color and a texture that suits your family’s needs and carry it into as many adjacent spaces as possible.  Be sure to consider texture and tone-on-tone patterns as a way to add visual interest to your rooms.

There are many colored neutrals that are on trend right now.  In the Benjamin Moore palette HC-45 Shaker Beige is one of our most popular colors because it is a mid tone color that is so easy to live with.  If you prefer a gold cast try AF-365 Amulet and for a putty color one of my favorites is 984 Stone Hearth.  I also like greens as a colored neutral because they work so nicely with other hues – 515 Baby Turtle and 494 Lewiville Green are good examples.”

Benjamin Moore’s color forecast for 2011 is out and includes a continuation of the sea glass colors with the addition of soft purples, yellow toned greens and beautiful warm grays.  A free color brochure entitled “Envision Color” is available at any of the three Puchers Decorating Centers locations.

If I have to pick just one other bit of decorating advice for this season it would be… Don’t forget the windows!  The reason that every home magazine photo includes drapery is because nothing lights up a room like fabric.  There is a style to suit every interior, from lush and embellished to smooth and streamlined, and if you feel uncertain of your approach, we’d love to help you.  Stop into one of our stores or visit our website at www.puchers.com for more information and inspiration!

2011 Color Trends

benmoore room image-resized-600There are some new trends in color direction for 2011 and also a revisiting of some color trends from the past few years. Here are six color groups we should be seeing this year.

Corals will be big this year, a nice compliment to some of the blues and greens that are currently being used. Corals can be great choices to perk up a bathroom or bedroom.

Yellows will still maintain their popularity but going a bit bolder and brighter than before. Think of Southwest colors with stronger golden yellows.

Greens have been popular for quite awhile and they will be staying for 2011 but a bit more yellow based than before. To get an idea think of the outdoors, as in leaves and moss. To get an idea check out Benjamin Moore’s color AF430 Wasabi.

Remember how popular the grays were in the early 90’s? They are starting to show up as a popular neutral but now with a warmer base, more taupe hues, and grays with a subtle violet undertone.

Speaking of violet, the purples will be out in full force for 2011 and beyond. Deep royal purples and purples with red and blue undertones will be in the forefront. Purples can be dramatic, take a look at the color of the year – Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine. It is the perfect compliment with today’s wood finishes and leathers. We liked Vintage Wine so much that we painted the ceiling of our Pucher’s store in North Royalton with breathtaking results.

Along with purples some blues will be showing up more this year. Heavy earthy blues like Benjamin Moore’s Buxton Blue and aqua based blues such as Azores from the Benjamin Moore Pottery Barn Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

If you would like to see these colors and receive a free Envision Color 2011 book stop into one of our stores and start planning!