Aw yeah, you know we love a good Britney reference. And you know we love painting (walls, paneling, brick, large ceramic roosters…). A big part of that is picking a paint color. Paint chips are kind of like potato chips to us (we can’t pop just one), and Benjamin Moore has been our snack of choice for a while now. Their color catalog is massive so it’s no wonder we’ve used their tones in nearly every room (Sesame in the kitchen, Moonshine in the living room and dining room, Proposal in Clara’s room, and Dragonfly on the back of our dining room built-ins). Then we used their Advance paint when it came to painting our office built-ins and kitchen cabinets since we’d heard so many good things about it (contractors and readers alike were always such enthusiastic Benjamin Moore fans). We even used their paint for a bunch of secret book projects (both on the walls and on a number of furniture pieces).
So, long story short, when Benjamin Moore invited us to curate a collection of our favorite colors… ummm, it was pretty much a dream of ours. I can’t even tell you how crazy it is for us to see our header on their site.
So after months of development, we’re crazy-excited to share our Benjamin Moore collection with you guys. Our job was essentially to sift through gobs of swatches (literally thousands of them) to pluck out 32 of our favorites in the hopes of helping anyone who is suffering from the dreaded paint paralysis. So yeah, picture us covering the entire sectional (poor Karl!) with paint swatches and creating different combos and switching things in and out until we landed on a collection to call our own. This partnership is just like any other side gig that helps pay the bills – like writing our magazine column or our book – except we got to play with paint chips for this one, so… score!
Some of the colors in our collection are tried and true choices of ours that we’ve already got on our own walls and some are colors that we’ve eyed forever (and haven’t used in our own house yet… but it’s probably only a matter of time). And some of them are colors that we used for our book – so we’ve seen them on the walls and on furniture, but the walls have since been painted over and the furniture has been hidden because that stuff has to stay secret until our book’s out this fall. So while many of them would be great on walls, we also split or collection into some suggested uses to help you out (like for trim/doors or as accents), so you can check that out here. We love the idea of using the bolder accent colors to wake up a room by:
- painting a media cabinet, dresser, bed, desk, or chair
- making some homemade art on a large canvas to fill an entire wall
- painting a collection of frames to unify them and add drama
- adding color to a lamp base, basket, or tabletop accessory
- painting the back wall of a bookcase or built in for added interest
You can read a little intro to the collection here, check out all of our colors here, see them split by suggested application here, and read more thought behind the collection here (if you told us five years ago that we’d end up on the BM website, we’d have laughed at you for at least ten minutes). And you can pop over to view our collection whenever you’d like by following this little sidebar button.
Now can we just take a moment to talk about how INSANE it is to see our mugs right under Candice Olson’s? There might have been a series of ten to fifteen shrieks that scared a certain dog and delighted a certain toddler (who joined in on the last five to ten of them).
So that’s our latest secret project, which we couldn’t wait to share with you guys! I hope anyone out there who is overwhelmed by a giant wall full of swatches might find comfort in a smaller little collection of favorites to peruse and potentially use in their home. And since we’re on the subject of color, do you have an absolute favorite paint color? Is it the perfect neutral? A bold bright hue? Or a color that reminds you of a special place or time?
**Psst- We know most Fridays we just post once, but every month on sponsor shout out days we double up. So we’ll be back in a few hours with Sherry’s Dude Get On That Already challenge.
It’s time for our usual monthly show of gratitude to our sponsors. You know, the people who make the other 30+ posts possible, and generally keep us feeling all happy go lucky (hey, St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, right?). So we decided to highlight a few green/luck/clover related items from our sponsors this month (none of which have been gifted to us – here’s our no-swag policy). And if you’re looking for a way to save some loot, check out the discounts listed at the bottom of this post. And happy early Saint Paddy’s Day to ya!
- Hand-saving address stampers from Three Designing Women & The Paper Cafe.
- Z Gallerie’s gold clamshell. Forget a pot o’ gold, we dig this at the end of the rainbow!
- This (40% off!) Anysley anywhere rug we spotted over on Shades of Light.
- It’s not quite gold, but this honey onyx subway tile from The Tile Shop is pretty sexy.
- This WallQuotes’ take on luck (apparently it’s preparation met with opportunity).
- Solids from FLOR, like “Making Waves” – which has subtle swirls and texture galore.
- The Ameila Bow Tote from Initial Presents, which can also be personalized.
- Customizable pillows from Sarah + Abraham (Clara’s starting to look like this one)
- Funny finds at House 8810, like a “My Dysfunctions” journal. Might need two of these…
- Bien Living Design‘s portfolio page. Because you know we love a mood board.
- This “Hexagon Highway” design from Chic Shelf Paper, which comes in four colors.
- Liberty Hardware‘s Homegrown artisan hardware, like this iridescent black gold knob.
- Royal Design Studio‘s cherry blossom stencil gets us excited for DC’s blossoms.
- Finds on Ruby Lane (don’t have much use for grinding compound, but the tin is cool).
- Jenna Lou Designs‘ colorful and fun patterns for scarves, purses, and even wristlets.
- This Jilly’s Happy Home vase. I don’t think we’ve ever met a glass vase we didn’t like.
- Trendy Peas‘ invitations & announcements, like this cool monochromatic numbers guy.
- Custom designs from Heart & Stone Jewelry like this one with a gold heart inset.
- Smock Paper‘s collection of cheery, eco-friendly, and pattern-tastic boxes.
- This round up on kitchen-friendly art from Dot Coms For Moms. Hello soda tops!
- Ideas for spring that are popping up on Hometalk‘s boards. Like these moss planters.
- Joss & Main‘s weekly deals, which are especially timely since “Joss” means “luck.”
- Cute, simple, and one dollar (!) cards from Fabulous Stationery. Xo is right.
- The bike art lover in me is digging this trike art from Name Your Design.
And now for those DISCOUNTS:
- Shades of Light: 10% off using code YHL0811
- WallQuotes.com: 15% off with the code YHL15
- The Tile Shop: 10% off when you use the code YHL10
- Heart & Stone Jewelry: 10% off your with the code YHL10
- Royal Design Studio: 10% off stencils with code YHL10
- Initial Presents: 10% off your first order with the code YHL10
- Jilly’s Happy Home: 10% off with code SPRING2012
- The Paper Cafe & Three Designing Women: 15% off with code PCYHL22