Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue

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It’s late Sunday night and I should be drawing living rooms for my rendering class, but instead Ima gonna tell you about Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue, a pretty robin’s egg that’s super popular.

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Wythe Blue is the color of antique glass bottles, which have that beautiful patina.

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Design by Steven Gambrel

Above, the king of blue, Steven Gambrel, painted this guest bedroom Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.

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Photo by hiya papaya

Above, a door painted Wythe Blue.

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Wythe Blue in a dining room.

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And looking lovely in a kitchen, above, and a living room, below.

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Wythe Blue (with matching pendant) in a laundry room.

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I first noticed Wythe Blue several years ago when I read it was used on the set of “Mad Men,” in the Drapers’ suburban house in Ossining, New York.

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If it’s good enough for Betty…

About Wythe Blue

Collection: Historical Colors

Similar to: Benjamin Moore Pleasant Valley, Rhine River, Woodland Green, Wedgewood Gray

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Other colors on the paint strip: Benjamin Moore Swept Away, Bali, Stratton Blue, Sioux Falls, Cedar Mountains, Calico Blue

Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue paint strip, via #RoomLustSuggested complements: Benjamin Moore Shaker Gray, Olivetint, Van Buren Brown, and Distant Gray

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Mood Board: Refreshed

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If you harbor even the slightest interest in interior design (likely, considering you’re reading a blog that celebrates paint), chances are you’re familiar with mood boards. I’d never made a mood board, oddly, but this week I had my chance in my Interior Materials class.

Modern orange + pink mood board, via #RoomLust

We were each assigned words and instructed to create a mood board that evoked that word, using at least several colors, paints, fabrics, furniture choices, etc. The goal wasn’t to design a specific room but rather to visually express a feeling.

I was assigned the word “refreshed.” Using the amazing Luis Barragán and his Mexico City home as inspiration, I chose an orange/fuchsia/white/azure color scheme with modernist details. I wanted the ‘refreshed’ effect to be more ‘mango and raspberry sorbet’ than ‘blue and green spa’ — I wanted to avoid anything obvious.

I quite like how it turned out. Here are the sources:

Paint colors: Portola Paints Summer Squash, C2 Milk Moustache, Benjamin Moore Blue Wave, Ralph Lauren Racer Pink

Throw pillow: Missoni Home ‘Ormond’ pillow in turquoise

Fabrics: Designers’ Guild Sarafan linen (remnant found on eBay), Donghia Belgian linen sheer in Robin, Schumacher Sally in Bubblegum, azure velvet

Pink chair: Hans Olsen, Denmark, vintage 1950s (1stdibs)

Sofa: ‘Deco Sofa’ by Autoban for de La Espada, Portugal

ScreenEugenio Escudero, Mexico, vintage 1950s (1stdibs)

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

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Stonington Gray. The name is straight out of a Regency romance novel.

“Stonington Gray smiled rakishly at Olivia, his blue-black hair curling over his chiseled patrician cheekbones, freshly tanned from his voyage to the West Indies.

“You don’t seem to be struggling,” he purred, encircling her tiny waist with one large, thickly muscled arm. “In fact, I think you’re enjoying yourself.”

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Design by CWB Architects

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray is one of the company’s bestselling gray paint colors. It has a touch of green, and it’s just a hair – just a hair! – lighter than Benjamin Moore Silver Chain, another popular gray.

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Here’s what designer Claudia Benvenuto says about Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray:

I find that it gives you enough color without claiming too much attention. It doesn’t clash with anything you put against it, or detract from the art. It looks great against dark floors and helps make white trim look really crisp. I used a lighter shade of the same color for my bedroom and a darker shade for the bath.

Here’s Benvenuto’s living room, painted Stonington Gray:

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Photo by Joe Schmelzer

And here’s her kitchen, also painted Stonington Gray, which, as she says, looks great with those dark floors:

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Photo by Joe Schmelzer

Below, in this crisp little number by designer Joshua Smith, walls are Stonington Gray, the door is painted Benjamin Moore Bayard Blue, and the polished nickel Large Hicks Pendant is from Circa Lighting:

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Design by Joshua Smith

Below, Stonington Gray in two bedrooms. First, in Nueva York:

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Design by Knight Architects; photo by Weigley Photography

Above, the French iron bed is from Charles Rogers, the custom curtains are silk backed with sheer muslin, the rug is from Rugs to Riches in Flemington, NJ, and the bench is from RH.

Second, over in Nantucket:

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Design by Anne Becker; photo by Katie Kaizer

Above, walls are painted Stonington Gray and the custom bed was built by Cheney Brothers Building & Renovation. I don’t know who makes the pillows, but Annie Selke’s Links fabric is similar.

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Design by Martha O’Hara Interiors; photo by Troy Thies

Above, in this Minneapolis home, walls are painted Stonington Gray and the ceiling is the ever-popular Benjamin Moore White Dove.

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Design by Carpenter & MacNeille; photo by Michael J. Lee

Above, in Boston, walls are painted Stonington Gray, the counter is Luce di Luna, and the sconces and ceiling mount are from Circa Lighting.

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Design by Sealy Design

Above, I’m jealous of who gets to play with all those built-ins. Walls are Stonington Gray and the cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Willow. The Rittenhouse chandelier is from Arteriors and the bed is from Elte.

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Above, the trim, wainscoting and stair risers are Stonington Gray, the walls are Benjamin Moore Lacey Pearl, and the banister is Benjamin Moore Almost Black.

In conclusion, dear reader, Stonington Gray looks sexy with pretty much anything, like a swashbuckler with an affinity for breeches.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray ideas, via #RoomLustBut if you need ideas for color schemes, above are Benjamin Moore’s suggested complements for Stonington Gray. From left to right, we have Benjamin Moore Wenge, Timber Wolf, Stonington Gray, Stampede, and Red Rock.

The end,

Sarah

Benjamin Moore Powell Buff

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Let’s ring in 2015 with a calming neutral!

Powell Buff is one of Benjamin Moore’s bestselling and most-Googled paint colors.

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Below, a Seattle home painted Powell Buff:

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Design by Gelotte Hommas

Below, a house built around 1800 painted Powell Buff:

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And here we have Powell Buff hanging out in Pottery Barn:

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Here’s what designer Michael Roberson says about Powell Buff:

This wonderful warm tan is almost the color of dried wheat. What makes it so pretty is the way it reacts to light. When the sun hits it, it glows, and on a rainy day it casts a nice kind of cozy warm shadow on the room. This isn’t a get-excited-about color, but it’s a terrific background. Very calming in a bedroom. Great in a sitting room with almond-colored suede or gray flannel and, if you need an accent, a plummy linen.

Like this!

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Or you could pair it with some sexy purple Billy Haines chairs:

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1stdibs

But back to Powell Buff:

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Design by Astleford Interiors

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Design by Smith & Vansant Architects

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Design by Astleford Interiors

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Design by GEORGE Interior Design

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Design by Ventana Construction

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About Powell Buff:

Collection: Historical Colors.
Similar to: Benjamin Moore Pittsfield Buff, Monroe Bisque, Straw Hat, Lady Finger.
Benjamin Moore’s suggested complements: Benjamin Moore Carob, French Press, Shelburne Buff, Audubon Russet.

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Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

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Swiss Coffee! I’ll take 22 ounces, please.

A longtime bestseller, Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee is a creamy, slightly gray off-white, similar to the company’s very popular White Dove and Vanilla Milkshake.

Here’s what interior designer Schuyler Samperton says about Swiss Coffee:

I did this in a guesthouse where the previous owner had put in nasty fake terra-cotta tile. You know that icky pale pink color? It drove me nuts! I painted it white and did driftwood-colored wicker furniture with blue-and-white fabric. It completely transformed the space.

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Design by Tim Barber; photo by Karyn Millet

Above, the stairwell and trim in this Los Angeles home are painted Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee in semi-gloss. The Westie is also painted Swiss Coffee.

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Design by Tim Barber; photo by Karyn Millet

Above, walls are painted Swiss Coffee in semi-gloss. The custom rug is by Stark. That fetching niblet of walnut is by the Eamesessss.

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Isn’t this Los Angeles bedroom, above, so fresh and smart? The walls are Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee in eggshell; the trim is also Swiss Coffee, in semi-gloss. Natural ‘Veranda’ woven blinds from Horizons.

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Above, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant painted her bathroom Swiss Coffee.

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Design by Martha Angus; photo by Bruce DaMonte

Above, this San Francisco kitchen is painted Swiss Coffee. The top of the center island, which measures 4 feet by 9 feet, is made of glazed lava stone.

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Above, designer Eric Cohler used Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee in this Park Avenue bedroom. The layout feels kind of hotel-ish, but it’s a hotel I’d gladly stay in, Eric! Ha, ha, ha.

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Above, in a Napa Valley farmhouse, designer Erin Martin painted the walls and ceiling Swiss Coffee. The 1960s coffee-table base is topped with marble, and the sofas are by Verellen Home Collection.

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Above, Swiss Coffee in the farmhouse’s kitchen.

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Above, a spritely Kristen Bell, plus dogs, in her kitchen. The walls are painted Swiss Coffee; cabinets are Simply White, also by Benjamin Moore.

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Above, a mudroom painted Swiss Coffee. Very L.L. Bean.

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On this vintage dresser, above, designer Robert Willson accented the handles and frame with Swiss Coffee and painted the drawer fronts Winter White, also by Benjamin Moore. He used flat paint topped with three coats of semigloss clear coat to control the sheen.

About Swiss Coffee

Benjamin Moore collection: Off-White Colors.

Similar to: Steam, Icicle, Vanilla Milkshake, Dune White, White Dove.

Suggested complements: Nightfall, Mt. Rainier Gray, Nickel, Senora Gray.

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee palette, via #RoomLust

Left to right: Nightfall, Mt. Rainier Gray, Swiss Coffee, Nickel, Senora Gray, all by Benjamin Moore.

Photo credits: First photo: houzz.com; second photo: Kimberly Genevieve, elledecor.com; blue bedroom photo: Roger Davies, House Beautiful; farmhouse photos: John Ellis, Metropolitan Home; Kristen Bell photo: calfinder.com; mudroom photo: Trent Bell, Whitten Architects; photo of painted dresser: housebeautiful.com