The Gray Volume (Benjamin Moore Full-Spectrum)

September 30, 2011




It’s here!   Benjamin Moore has launched its new line of 240 full-spectrum colors online. Welcome “Color Stories” !




Colors are organized by hue  into “volumes”…Fluid Blues, Golden Fields, Violet Twilight, Fiery Sunset, Elemental Greens, Earthen Hues, Naturally Neutral and Shades of Gray. I’m most intrigued by the grays. Imagine grays without a drop of black pigment added…complex, nuanced, luminous.



Here are some screen grabs of  the “Gray Volume”…




Ally’s Earring”  …..”A single, heirloom pearl inspired this beautiful, warm neutral.  Radiant, elegant…both formal and casual in nature. ”  Absolutely beautiful imagery… professional designers may not need “stories” to inform their color choices, but I’m betting the busy consumer in the market for the perfect gray will be inspired by them. The images and descriptions do evoke an emotional response… “Tweed Coat”  is easier to recall than BMCC-315.



Is gray already on the way out?  NO… the perfect neutral will always be at home on the walls of our homes. It is classic, enduring and the perfect backdrop for other more vibrant hues like chartreuse, yellow and orange.


The paint deck (actual painted samples) will be available in November.  But for now, “wet samples” (pint-size cans in Aura eggshell finish) can be ordered online.




And take a look at “Bellbottom Blues”… hard to resist!


For more background on “Color Stories”, see my previous post, “Full-Spectrum Yum”,  here.



Apartment Therapy at CB2 (gray+chartreuse)

July 26, 2011



Part 2  of the post about the fabulous Apartment Therapy DC Meetup last week. Part 1 was all about the  “gray + red/orange” palette that repeats itself in the CB2 Georgetown showroom.  Here is the second palette- the combination of  “gray + chartreuse” :










Definitely buying the squirrel pillow for myself.



Great “edgy”  color combination. Also fun with small doses of orange.  Works for me.  Like?


“Shades of Gray” in Georgetown

April 18, 2011

Washington, D.C. is a conservative, somewhat buttoned-up town. Anyone can tell you that the thousands of starched men’s business shirts hanging on the spinning racks at the drycleaners all look Brooks Brothers same– oxford cloth, white, pale blue and pink, striped, maybe some tattersall thrown in.  Some march to a different beat for sure, but things on the exterior here are pretty East Coast classic, neutral


Brooks Brothers






Which brings me to the appeal of a little shop in Georgetown called Random Harvest .  This shop, with additional locations in Old Town  Alexandria, Arlington and Bethesda, is a local gem and go-to store for new, antique and vintage home furnishings.  The store has thrived here for 25 years- its combination of updated classics and eclectic accessories offers just the right mix.



The stores are styled simply with walls painted in a soft gray green- Benjamin Moore Clarksville Gray.  Floors are covered in a warm textured natural sisal– a perfect backdrop for showcasing furniture  upholstered in creams and pale neutrals.  The look is calm and soft. Accessories provide pops of color such as coral, blue  and yellow.




Clarksville Gray, Seattle Mist, Vanilla Ice Cream, Coral Bronze

Benjamin Moore Clarksville Gray, Seattle Mist, Vanilla Ice Cream, Coral Bronze



The furniture is scaled beautifully–  perfect for the smaller rooms of city apartments and townhouses.






And after Washington finishes up its “neutral” shopping  in buttoned- down shirts and loafers, there is always a little room for some pink flair.  About as wild  and indulgent as we get here.



Georgetown Cupcake


Happy shopping DC!