Calming Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore

Create Harmony with Ben Moore's 2021 Color of the Year!If you’re looking to cover your walls with calming paint colors, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year.

“Soft power, silence, pause.” These are some of the words that Benjamin Moore uses to describe the blend of blue-green and gray that is Aegean Teal 2136-40. This intriguing mid-tone creates natural harmony and looks just as amazing in the kitchen as it does in the bedroom, den or home office.

Want calming paint colors? The entire Ben Moore “Color Trends Collection” for 2021 is designed to nourish the spirit with the comforting, sun-baked hues. It also helps us celebrate the simple pleasures in life—like “the faded rumple of linen sheets in the morning and perfectly ripened fruits on the windowsill. The twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and well-being. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home. Settle in.”

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So, go on… Take a moment to reflect and reset. Intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021, Aegean Teal 2136-40, creates natural harmony. Check out the full video introduction to this calming blue-green and gray combination:

This isn’t your ordinary mid-tone teal. The slight hint of bluish-green evokes calm and harmony, while making yellows, whites and beige tones POP!

Reclaim Your Ease

Pair Aegean Teal 2136-40 with Muslin OC-12 to beautiful effect, like in the cozy bedroom above. Muslin OC-12 is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.

Tip: Less is more when working with this subtle teal. Surround Aegean Teal with whites and off-whites to allow its soft colors to really sing.

Work in Harmony

Create a home office that truly inspires productivity! These soft Aegean Teal 2136-40 cabinets create a sense of balance to help you work better and feel less distracted. It pairs well light gray walls like Benjamin Moore’s Foggy Morning, or Gray Cashmere.

Tip: Wicker baskets, metallic hardware and lighting fixtures complete this cozy and homey look.

 

Get Your Interior Painting Project Done!

Painting the rooms of your home can have tremendous impact, and it’s a great family project with a modest price tag. Strive for a balance of linear elements and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-2021

Pick Your Perfect Ben Moore Paint Color Online

Pick Your Perfect Ben Moore Paint Color Online!

Pick Your Perfect Ben Moore Paint Color OnlineIf you’re looking for the perfect indoor project to get the whole family involved, considering putting a fresh coat of beautiful paint on your interior walls! Whether it’s the kitchen, bedroom, hallway, living room, bathroom or den, a gorgeous splash of color will completely reinvent the same boring old space. And the best part is, you can choose the perfect Benjamin Moore paint color online! With Ben Moore’s suite of Paint Color Picking Tools, you can match any mood, style or whimsical idea to create the palette your family will love.

Find a great color to match any room, upload photos of your actual space and test any Ben Moore color on the walls, or search popular and trendy palettes — all with the click of a button!

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Here’s the list of tools to help you pick your perfect Ben Moore paint color online:

Personal Color Viewer:

Personal Color Viewer

If you create a Ben Moore account, you can upload your own photo and then visualize any color combination you want! In a rush or don’t want to register for an account? No problem! Choose one of their photos to get the process started quickly and effortlessly:

Choose a Ben Moore Photo

 

Color by Family:

Choose a Color Family

If you have a general sense of the color you want to choose, exploring “color families” is a great way to find darker or lighter hues, more or less saturated hues, and a host of options in between!

After choosing a family of colors (in this case, vibrant oranges and orange-yellows), you can then select the exact Benjamin Color and view that color in the room of your choice:Choose a Color Family - Detail

 

 

Color a Room:

Color a Room

The Color a Room tool allow your to choose from a list of interior rooms like living room, dining room and entryway, and then select any Benjamin Moore color (or color combinations) to preview the finished look! Here’s an example of a living room in a warm beige hue:

Color a Room in Beige

Other tools to try online:

  • Color Collections: explore popular Benjamin Moore colors, such as Classics, Historical Colors, Americas Colors, Off-White Collection and more!
  • Search All Colors: looking for not just any red but just the right cinnamon and rose petal red? The search all colors tool is just right for you. Type in any color and see every option from Benjamin moore.

Get Your Interior Painting Project Done!

Painting the rooms of your home can have tremendous impact, and it’s a great family project with a modest price tag. Strive for a balance of linear elements and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color

4 Creative Kitchen Design Ideas to Try

4 Creative Kitchen Design Ideas to Try

4 Creative Kitchen Design Ideas to Try

Want to completely transform the way your home looks and functions this year? Because the kitchen is the most dynamic, gathering-oriented and useful room in the home, a kitchen redesign is an easy way to create a big impact. And did we mention that it increases your home’s resale value?  It’s a win-win!

No matter the budget or style, there’s a great kitchen solution waiting to fit your family’s tastes and needs. Consider these creative kitchen design ideas when planning your kitchen remodel. And, when in doubt, don’t forget to ask the kitchen design experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips. Schedule a free consultation.

So, what are some unique ideas for a fresh kitchen design? Here are our top 4 picks:

1. Two Distinct Counter Islands

Creative Kitchen Design Ideas - Two Counter Islands
Two distinct islands featuring Cambria Brittanicca™ and Roxwell™ pair with black cabinetry and gray hardwood floors.  (Image source: Cambriausa.com)

When it comes to kitchen islands, sometimes more is more. According to Cambria, if your kitchen is large enough to accommodate this design, “a double island layout may be the answer to all your prep, entertaining, and family dining needs.”

Double islands are functional and stylish, and a good alternative to one large island. They can help you create distinct zones for food preparation and dining, as well as facilitate traffic flow. Typically, in a double-island kitchen, the outer kitchen island is reserved for seating while the inner kitchen island is optimized for prep with a sink, cooktop, or both. If your friends and family spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, double islands may be for you. Having two distinct stations makes it easier to entertain a large group, create a meal together as a family, or gather for games.

In the image above, the Brittanicca island is used for food preparation, while the Roxwell island is designed for casual dining. Roxwell’s shimmer is accentuated with metallic hardware and lighting. A matching Brittanicca fireplace in the living room carries Cambria’s luxury design throughout the home.

 

2. Chic Meets Rustic

Creative Kitchen Design Ideas - Chic Meets Rustic

Highlight your kitchen’s focal point, like this stunning gold and black range, by opting for rustic open shelving.  (Image source: AmberInteriorDesign.com)

The black and gold range is a glamourous focal point, which is accented well by rustic, wood open shelves. Their neutral tones and minimalist design ensure that they play a supporting role to the more dramatic features in the kitchen. They also provide an interesting counter-balance to the colorful cabinets below.

When planning your kitchen redesign, think about which appliance, structural feature or other glamourous element of the kitchen you wish to highlight or make a focal point. That way, you can plan accordingly so another aspect of the kitchen design doesn’t steal away its thunder.

When trying to “de-emphasize” a kitchen design element, a good practice is to make use of neutral tones, simple patterns and less flashy textures.

 

3. Create a Working Style Kitchen

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(Image sources: BenjaminMoore.com and Omegacabinetry.com)

As prepping and cooking becomes more and more a part of the entertaining process itself, restaurant-style kitchens are enjoying a rise in popularity. These kitchens often feature vast countertop surfaces, several large, deep-basin sinks, and industrial-style lighting fixtures in metallic finishes.

Get creative and add whimsical elements like rustic chalkboards for making quick recipe notes, large wooden cutting boards on display, exposed kitchen knives attached to accent walls with magnet strips. Then bring the look together with open-shelving that displays potted herbs, jars of seasonings and infused oils to help create a utilitarian feel.

You can go even farther by establishing separate work zones for prep work, sautéing, baking and clean-up.

 

4. Use Color in Unexpected Places

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(Image source: BenjaminMoore.com)

The best way to change up your kitchen with a relatively small investment? Consider a well-placed coat of paint! The creative use of paint goes a long way towards redefining a space. Paint the back of your cabinets a fun color, like teal, to help them stand out from the wall, and brighten up your kitchen.

For a long time, white has dominated kitchen design. But, according to Benjamin Moore, “it may have to share the trend spotlight as pale or muted gray, blue and green cabinet colors shake things up a bit.

“If you’re not ready for a complete cabinet overhaul, consider a fresh coat of paint on lower cabinets or highlight an island with a different color. This will add some visual interest and a layer of detail, especially when the primary cabinet color is white and you use a deeper color on an island, desk area or banquette.”

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/project-ideas-inspiration/interiors/kitchen-ideas-inspiration/kohler; https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/project-ideas-inspiration/interiors/kitchen-ideas-inspiration; https://refineanddefine.cambriausa.com/5-cambria-combinations-we-love/; https://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/kitchens/g2190/open-shelving-roundup; https://refineanddefine.cambriausa.com/top-5-kitchen-layouts/


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Planning upgrade your kitchen or bath? The design experts at GNH are here to answer your questions and provide guidance and tips for each step of the project! Download our free kitchen planning guide.

How-to-Transform-Your-Home-for-the-Holidays

How to Transform Your Home for the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us again! As the days grow shorter and the occasional snowflake lilts through the air, you may be inspired to create a magical environment for family gatherings this year.

Maybe you want to create a warm and cozy bedroom, a festive winter wonderland in your living room, or a unique color combination for your dining room. Whatever the mood you’re trying to set, a touch of paint can help you transform your home in dramatic fashion. Here are some ideas to give you inspiration:

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1. Warm & Cozy 

 

How to Transform Your Home for the Holidays - Warm Paint Hues

Adding the right hue can instantly create a warm and cozy feel for the holidays. (Clockwise from top left, Cinnamon Slate; Hot Chocolate; Jack Pine; Spiced Apple Cider; all colors by Benjamin Moore)

And you don’t have to paint the whole wall to create a big impact. “Pops of color can be great ways to add interest to a room in a subtle way,” says Benjamin Moore color and design expert Andrea Magno. “The inside of a bookcase, behind glass cabinets, an accent piece of furniture, or even the inside of a closet or a door—the key is to bring in a pop of color in a location that makes sense with the space.”

 

2. Winter Wonderland

 

How to Transform Your Home for the Holidays - Winter Wonderland

Another great way to add a festive touch to your home is by transforming a room into a winter wonderland. A fresh coat of white or off-white paint with silvery-gray or blue trim is an excellent starting point. You can also paint your fireplace in stunning white to help set off your colorful holiday decorations. And, don’t worry – a white fireplace works well all year-round.

 

3. Colorful Combinations

 

Looking for a unique color combination for your holiday pallet? Here’s a great tip from HGTV.com: “Take a color cue from holiday gift bags. Incorporating several colors into a space is often a stumbling block for many do-it-yourselfers. By simply perusing the gift bag aisle, you’ll find exciting and unusual combinations that are often easily transferable to your space.”

 

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Painting the rooms of your home for the holidays is a fun family project with a modest price tag. Choose colors that will harmonize all year round, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Sources: https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/decorating-ideas/advice/g2094/cozy-holiday-decorating-ideas/; https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/architectural-details/painting-stone/; https://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/paint-color-and-decorating-tips

Painting with Benjamin Moore's Color Trends 2019

Painting with Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2019

Painting with Benjamin Moore's Color Trends 2019

Soft power, silence, pause. These are some of the words that Ellen O’Neill – director of strategic design intelligence at Benjamin Moore – uses to describe the recurring theme that inspired “Metropolitan AF-690,” Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year. “It goes well with soft pinks and blush tones, but it really accommodates any gesture of color—greens show up a lot in our palette. You see nature softening the more sturdy, raw, man-made materials. It’s a great backdrop—it can stand alone—but it can also be punched up as most neutrals can.”

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Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance. It’s supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues. Check out the full video introduction to this shimmering gray:

Think choosing gray is playing it safe? Think again. According to O’Neill, painting with a gray palette can evoke calm or sleek sophistication and can even highlight intense colors, like the Hunter Green that accompanies Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2019 Palette (see living room below).

Living Rooms for Life to Unfold InPainting with Benjamin Moore's Color Trends 2019 - Living Room

 

Don’t think gray can be used to dramatic effect? Check out the bold living room above.

This stately and masculine living room uses Benjamin Moore’s Aura Interior “Hunter Green 20141-10” Matte walls paired with Aura Interior “Cloud White OC-130” Satin trim and bookcase. Accented by Aura Interior “Hale Nave HC-154” Satin windows.

Tip: Deep greens can dramatize more soft-spoken paints.

 

Painting Your Kitchen Calm

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Fresh linens. Reflective metallic accents. Easygoing neutrals bring restorative quiet to a sleek kitchen.

In this rustic-meets-modern kitchen, cutting boards lay against a wall of Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Interior ”Metropolitan AF-690” Matte paint. Cabinets painted Advance Interior “Hale Navy HC-154” in Matte.

Tip: Dark cabinetry combined with gold metallic hardware, soft gray walls and countertops creates a serene but stately effect.

 

Create a Bedroom You Can Truly Rest In

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Pale grays and frothy pinks converge in a soft, beguiling haze that soothes the senses.

Choose Benjamin Moore’s ”Metropolitan AF-690” Natura Interior Flat paint for the walls and then paint your trim with Natura Interior “Decorator’s White OC-149” Semi-Gloss paint.

 

Get Your Interior Painting Project Done!

Painting the rooms of your home can have tremendous impact, and it’s a great family project with a modest price tag. Strive for a balance of linear elements and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-trends-2019; https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color-collections/ct19/color-trends-2019; https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/2019-benjamin-moore-color-of-the-year

How to Create an Accent Wall with Stripes

How to Create an Accent Wall with Stripes

How to Create an Accent Wall with Stripes

Want to give your living room or hallway a fresh and modern look? Maybe you want your kid’s bedroom to look as fun, vibrant and full of personality as they are. It’s easy to create a dramatic effect by painting a bold accent wall! And the best part about this DIY project is that it’s fun and inexpensive!

Painting the interior rooms of your home can have tremendous impact, and it’s a great autumn project with a modest price tag.

Strive for a balance of linear elements and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Here’s how to create a bold accent wall with stripes!

What You’ll Need to Pick Up at GNH:

  • FrogTape® Painter’s Tape
  • Benjamin Moore Interior Paint
  • Wall Primer
  • 2-in. Paint Brush
  • 9-in. Roller
  • Drop Cloth
  • Two Paint Trays
  • 220-Grit Sandpaper
  • Damp Sponge

 

Step 1:

Protect floors with a drop cloth, fill any nail holes and sand the wall. Wipe away dust with a clean, damp sponge.

Step 2:

Apply FrogTape® Painter’s Tape just beyond the corner of the adjacent wall to ensure a crisp, clean line.

Step 3

Prime wall if changing from a dark to a light paint color.

Step 4

Paint wall using a ‘W’ shape with a roller until the whole wall is covered evenly.

Step 5

Remove the painter’s tape when the paint is still wet.

Step 6

When the accent wall is dry, start decorating.

 

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

Want to make a bold, unique statement? Stripes that go up-and-down make a room with low-ceilings look taller, where horizontal stripes give a smaller room a more spacious feel. And remember, the thinner the strips, the busier the pattern, too.
How to paint Stripes on an accent wall
Here are a few tips to paint level, even stripes on your walls.

Step 1

Paint your base color across the entire wall using the lighter and flatter shade of the two colors you picked. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 2

Figure out your stripe spacing. Choose a stripe width that can be evenly divided into the wall’s width or height. Generally, 4-12 in. is a good width. For vertical stripes, measure the width of the wall and for horizontal stripes, measure the height of the wall.

Quick Tip: Paint an odd number of stripes on your wall. This makes sure you’ll get a solid strip at the edges of the wall or ceiling.

Step 3

Create your outline. If using a level and pencil, mark your stripe widths across the wall. With your level, draw a light line continuously across, making sure the level is straight.

How to Create an Accent Wall with Stripes

Step 4

Mark an “X” where you want your solid stripes to be.

Quick Tip: Create a guide the exact width of your stripes and use it to make your marks

Step 5

Apply the right FrogTape® product for your surface

Quick Tip: Place your tape on the outside of your pencil line so the paint will cover up any markings.

Step 6

Burnish or seal the edges of the tape. Run a plastic toll along the tape’s edge so paint can’t bleed through.

Step 7

Pull the tape off when the paint is still wet at a slow, 45-degree angle backward toward the wall. Don’t forget to control the end of the free tape so it doesn’t drag along the freshly painted stripes.

Painting stripes takes time and patience. Just follow these steps to prepare the space and you’ll be sure to make your stripes look crisp and straight.

 

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Planning to paint an interior room? Find the perfect color and SAVE at GNH Lumber, your local source for Benjamin Moore interior paints and painting supplies! We’re always glad to offer guidance, tips or suggestions, or point you in the right direction for just the product needed to get the DIY project done. Just stop by our Greenville or Windham location today!

Sources: https://www.frogtape.com/inspiration/tutorials/projects/update-your-room-with-an-accent-wall; https://www.frogtape.com/inspiration/tutorials/projects/how-to-paint-stripes-on-a-wall

Creative Ways to Paint Your Bedroom

5 Creative Ways to Paint Your Bedroom

Creative Ways to Paint Your Bedroom

One of the easiest ways to transform the look and feel of your bedroom is with a fresh coat of paint! Creating signature style in your master bedroom starts with you. What colors, textures and elements make you feel most relaxed and cozy?

Don’t forget that inspiration can come from anywhere! Think about fabric, wood, stone, or artwork. Whatever gives you restful comfort at the end of the day and helps you wake up energized in the morning is all that is required.

Finding sanctuary at the end of the day is something we all crave. Creating a personal retreat in your bedroom is easier than you think! Strive for a balance of textures and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way.

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Here are 5 creative ways to paint your bedroom and inspire a new color pallet!

1) Modern:

Creative Ways to Paint Your Bedroom - Modern

Photo Source: Houzz, https://www.houzz.com/photo/47521799-dominion-contemporary-bedroom-moscow

Contemporary design is less ornate but bold in color and design.

 

Create some drama with dark tones, natural elements and cream accents. This earthy sanctuary incorporates natural oak floors and a wood accent wall behind the bed. The color pallet is derived from the tones found in the wood. Smokey neutral hues provide the foundation for the subtle drama of dark and light tones in the fabric and the ceiling.

If you have a tray ceiling layer, use light, medium and dark tones to add interest and depth to the architecture. This color pallet uses Benjamin Moore Barren Plain in the center. Keep the ceiling and the tray edges white and tape off a shadow line with Scotch Blue painter’s tape to create a darker border about 1.5-2” wide in Wildwood Crest. This will create that dark inner edge that adds depth to the ceiling tray.

Benjamin Moore Colors used in fabrics, furnishings and walls:

Walls: Barren Plain 2111-60; Bedding, Drapery: Mink 2112-10; Furniture: Black 2132-10; Chair/Shadow Line: Wildwood Crest 1538.

  

2) Vivid

Creative Ways to Paint Your Bedroom - Vivid

Photo Source: https://www.houzz.com/photo/238678-casa-paralea-eclectic-bedroom-miami

Bold color stories create a vibrant environment that makes even the darkest winter day feel like springtime!

 

This bedroom achieves its sunny, tropical vibe by using a vibrant green fabric to create the color story.  Pulling greens and yellows from the inspiration fabric dictates a lively color palette. Try painting three yellow or pale yellow-green accent walls to add vibrancy. Get clean painting lines by taping off the corners and edges with Scotch Blue painter’s tape.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could do a Strié finish using the contrasting color over the three yellow walls, or just the bed wall. Strié is a popular form of faux painting using glaze and paint brushes to create a soft natural striped texture. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tape off the corners, ceiling line and the baseboards with Scotch Blue painter’s tape.
  2. Add some glaze at a 2:1 ratio to the paint and apply it in 2’ wide sections.
  3. Drag a wall paper brush or a long bristle Strié brush through it from ceiling to floor to create subtle stripes.

Practice this technique first, you may need to go over it multiple times to achieve the effect you are after. It works best done over eggshell paint to extend the working time.

You may need to use a smaller soft brush at the ceiling and baseboard to smooth it out. And don’t limit yourself to just painting the walls: a brightly-painted side table pulls this scheme together nicely!

Benjamin Moore Colors used in fabrics, furnishings and walls:

Walls: Hibiscus 2027-50, Flower Power 398; Table: Orange Nectar 2013-20.

 

3) Textured:

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Photo Source: https://www.houzz.com/photo/90957482-woodside-eclectic-bedroom-london

Paint is a medium that can take on many forms.

 

The use of unique materials can be transformed by paint. It redefined the tin or textured wallpaper panels on this wall.

This look was achieved by painting these wall panels alternately with a base coat of Summer Harvest and Blue Heron, then employing additional colors to help accent and contrast the textures. The other neutral walls allow the bed wall to make a huge statement.

Don’t forget to be creative! Instead of covering the entire wall, you can frame out an oversized headboard area to fit 9 of these tiles for a scaled down effect. Frame the area out with wide mitre corner boards painted Hearthstone Brown.

Benjamin Moore Colors used in fabrics, furnishings and walls:

Ceiling & Walls: Seapearl 961; Tin/Textured Tiles: Gingersnaps 1063, Hearthstone Brown 2109-20, Summer Harvest 2016, Blue Heron 832.

 

 

4) Deep

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Photo Source: https://www.houzz.com/photo/90957482-woodside-eclectic-bedroom-london

Dark tones are very tranquil and relaxing in a bedroom.

 

Darker colors absorb light, creating a womb effect to induce deep relaxation. Creating contrast with soft neutrals makes this space feel comfortable and welcoming.

Painting the wall behind the bed a slightly lighter shade of Bella Blue will provide subtle contrast to the remaining darker walls defined by Salamander. The trim is a shade of gray with the ceiling a lighter tone of gray. To keep the lines clean, tape off the trim with Scotch Blue painter’s tape.

This room has a very sophisticated use of color with simple clean lines, which gives the moldings and artwork center stage.

Benjamin Moore Colors used in fabrics, furnishings and walls:

Bed Wall: Bella Blue 720; Rest of Walls: Salamander 2050-10; Trim: Timber Wolf 1600; Ceiling: Heaven 2118-70.

 

4) Graphic

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Photo Source: https://www.houzz.com/photo/841470-masterpiece-design-group-contemporary-bedroom-orlando

Creating architecture with color and simple moldings gives this room a modern feel.

 

The walls are painted a Natural Linen tone. Tape off the simple rectangles with Scotch Blue painter’s tape to approximately 6” wide, or use mitered wood painted Alabaster.  Paint the inside color (above the lamps) with the darker shade of Aged Bronze to provide some contrast and interest against the dark lamp shades. Black is a strong modern component in the fabric design, lamps, accent tables and upholstery.

Providing a neutral backdrop gives the design elements a chance to be seen. It has been said that every room should have black to ground the design. That is very true of this room.

Benjamin Moore Colors used in fabrics, furnishings and walls:

Walls: Natural Linen 966; Wall Molding/Blocks: Alabaster 876; Inside of Wall Molding/Blocks Above Lamps: Aged Bronze 231; Side Table: Black 2132-10.

 


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Do you have a painting project in mind? Stop in to your local GNH Lumber to learn more and to get that project started today.

How to Build a Rustic Bench

DIY: How to Build a Rustic Bench

How to Build a Rustic Bench

Handmade furniture adds beauty and functionality to any home. Plus, a custom look is sure to impress friends and family.

This time of year, it’s convenient to have a bench next to the door of a mudroom or entryway for all that pulling on (or taking off) of winter boots, socks, hats and gloves.

And here’s the good news: you don’t have to be a master carpenter to build this simple, rustic bench! Just follow this step-by-step guide from Shanty to Chic based on the Providence Bench design by Ana White. It costs at little as $20-$50 and can be completed in one afternoon with the help of a handy Kreg Jig® tool (available at GNH)! A Kreg Jig® makes it easy for anyone, even a beginning DIYer, to create rock-solid wood projects and to make strong, long-lasting repairs.

Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at GNH Lumber to build your rustic bench:

Materials:

  • 5 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long – cut longest boards first
  • Optional 1×3 under bench supports
  • 1 ¼ inch screws
  • 2 1/2-inch Pocket Hole Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Finish nails
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Wood conditioner or primer (as needed)
  • Damp cloth
  • Safety glasses

Tools:

  • Tape Measure
  • Speed square
  • Kreg Jig®
  • Drill
  • Sander

Rustic Bench dimensions

Cut List (dimensions shown above):

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 14”
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 15 1/4″ – both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 12 1/2″ – long point to long point, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, NOT parallel
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 34”
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 38”
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 13 3/8” (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 54”

 

Build Ends on Rustic bench

Step 1) Build ends

Build two ends as shown above. They are identical. Use the Kreg Jig® on 1 1/2″ setting with 2 1/2″ pocket holes, or countersink screws with glue. Here’s are our suggestions for pocket hole placement.

This is the bottom inside of the legs:

Build Ends of Rustic Bench

This is the top of the legs:

Top of Rustic bench legs


2) Add the stretchers:

Rustic Bench stretchers


3) And then the cross supports:

Rustic Bench cross supports

 

 

4) Add the seat boards:

Rustic Bench seat boards

NOTE: Use the Kreg Jig® to plank the top of the bench before attaching it to the base.

You can leave a small 1/8″ gap between boards for water drainage if desired.

Add seat boards to rustic bench

 

This is the back of each of diagonal piece.  Tip: Don’t worry about covering the pocket holes if they will be facing a wall:

back of rustic bench

Attach bottom piece like this:

bottom piece of rustic bench

Use 1 1/4″ screws through the bottom into the top planks to attach the seat, and don’t forget to use wood glue on all joints:

rustic bench bottom

5) Finishing touches!

Finished rustic benchFill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed.

When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Sand all surfaces thoroughly. Vacuum to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. The bench shown has a coat of Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.

 

That’s it!  This rustic, entryway bench is now ready to enjoy all season long! Questions about this project or another DIY-project on your list? Stop in to your local GNH Lumber for tips, guidance and recommendations!


Lumber at GNHQuestions or concerns about your woodworking project? Stop in to your local GNH Lumber! We’re always glad to offer guidance, tips or suggestions, or point you in the right direction for just the product needed to get the DIY project done.

Stylish Painting Techniques

9 Stylish Techniques for Painting Living Rooms

Stylish Techniques for Painting Living Rooms

Does your living room need a fresh look? Are you thinking about painting your living room but don’t want to go with the same, boring solid walls of solid color?

Don’t worry – there are many creative and out-of-the-box ways to approach your living room painting project. And we’ve gathered up a few stylish and fun living room painting ideas you can try yourself.

Painting is one of the most amazing tools for creating a whole new living space quickly and at minimal cost! It’s a fun weekend project for the whole family. Beyond a rainbow of colors, sheens and finishes, there are also a wide range of textures, effects, stenciling and other creative techniques you can use to really make your living room walls pop.

The only question is: which stylish technique for painting living rooms will you pick?

Get your painting project started!

1. Ombre Walls

Ombre Walls

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Watercolor painting, or “Ombre” painting, is a beautiful decorating trend that can personalize modern interiors. It gives the effect of one color melting softly into another color, like a sunset sky. Follow these step-by-step directions from Spruce.com to make sure you get the look just right. This is a really satisfying way to create visual depth in your living room, and lend an airy, ethereal mood.

Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at GNH:

  • Masking tape
  • Two colors of Benjamin Moore Interior paint
  • Disposable measuring cup
  • Five-gallon bucket (for mixing)
  • Large mixing stick
  • Three large paint trays
  • Three medium-sized paint rollers 
  • Small paintbrush 
  • Several large paintbrushes

 

2. Stenciling

Paint Stenciling

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Break out of the constraints of solid walls of color with stencils! With an endless supply of stencils available, plus, the ability to create custom stencils of your own, the sky’s the limit when it comes to designs.

If you want to create a repeating pattern—or even an entire wall mural—but don’t want to test your freehand artistic abilities, a stencil should be your tool of choice. It’s fun to involve the whole family in choosing just the right stencil pattern to create a design you love. You can stencil a whole wall or just a border to create a range of effects.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at GNH:

 

3. Rag Rolling

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Rag rolling is a paint technique that’s considered “country finish.” Use this simple method on an accent wall to create a focal point, or go bold on all four walls.

To create the rag rolling look, first paint your walls with an overall base color. Allow it to fully dry. Then use a crumpled rag to apply a darker or lighter glaze color mixture over it. You simply roll the rag over the wall in random directions.

Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at GNH:

  • Painter’s tape
  • Base coat of Benjamin Moore Interior paint 
  • Top coat of lighter or darker paint glaze
  • 2 large paint trays 
  • Several large rags
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint rollers

 

4. Sponging

Sponging

Image source: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-sponge-paint-wall

Sponging, which is like rag rolling, is another way to create a textured wall that works well with many decorating styles. It’s easy really to do too! Just paint your walls with your desired base coat to get started. Once dry, use a natural sea sponge or sponge roller to dab on your desired top color in random, slightly overlapping patterns.

 

 

3. Strié, Dragging or Linen Look

Dragging Painting Technique

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The dragging, or “Strié linen weave” painting technique is a great way to add texture to a modern, contemporary, or very eclectic space. It’s also easy to create by dragging a coarse brush through a tinted glaze in section. First, mix your satin base coat color of Benjamin Moore Interior Paint and glaze, then apply the paint/glaze mixture on the wall in sections, dragging your wallpaper brush over the wet glaze vertically and or horizontally. The idea is to create the look of a linen weave. It will take some time but the look is stunning.

 

What you’ll need to pick up at GNH:

  • Paint tray
  • 2″ and 4″ china bristle brushes
  • Paint pad
  • Rags
  • Water bottle
  • Benjamin Moore latex glaze
  • Base coat of Benjamin Moore Interior paint, eggshell sheen 
  • Top coat of Benjamin Moore Interior paint

 

4. Bold Accent Walls

accent wall

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If you aren’t brave enough to paint the whole room with bright colors, why not consider a bold accent wall? This is a great way to introduce a pop of color, create a focal wall, or to add depth and texture to the space. You can use a focal wall to showcase artwork, photographs or to direct traffic down a hallway or up the staircase. You can also break up a smaller room into zones with a well-placed wall of color.

Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at GNH:

 

Questions about your interior painting project? The experts at GNH Lumber are ready to help, offer tips and guidance, and help with your paint selection. Stop in to see us today! Get your painting project started!

subway tile backsplash

DIY: How to Install a Subway Tile Backsplash

subway tile backsplashSubway tile backsplashes are a growing trend in kitchens and baths and can make for a gorgeous, clean finish.

By taking on some of the work yourself during your kitchen or bath remodel, you can save money and have fun in the process! Installing a subway tile backsplash is a simple project for any DIYer.

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In this DIY, we’ll help you learn how to install a kitchen or bath subway tile backsplash in 7 simple steps:

Materials & Tools

  • Subway tiles
  • Tile spacers
  • Tile saw
  • Grout
  • Grout sealer
  • Wall tile mastic or adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • Squeegee or tile float
  • Sponge
  • Level

 

7 Easy Steps to Installing a Subway Tile Backsplash

Step 1: Apply the Mastic

Cover the surrounding area to protect adjacent surfaces.

Begin by applying the thin-set adhesive or mastic to the wall using a notched trowel while tilted at about a 45-degree angle, moving in the same direction. Use a thinner notch with this adhesive so you don’t have build-up and unevenness behind the tile itself. Create consistent ridges of the adhesive on the wall. Only apply as much adhesive as you can cover in 10 or 15 minutes.

Smooth over or knock down the thin-set to get rid of the comb marks. Otherwise, you’ll see the comb marks through the tile. The trick is to do this without changing the depth of the thin-set on the wall. Use spacers to make sure the tiles are set in a uniform pattern.

 

Step 2: Set the Tile

Set the tile into the adhesive. Install any border tile first, then position the sheets of subway tile on the wall next to the border. Align your outer lower tile flush with the edge of the countertop and press into the mastic. Work horizontally, placing your second tile next to your first and adding 2 tile spacers in between them.

Clean out any mastic that was squeezed in between the tile (a toothpick or a knife will work). This will make it easier for you in the long-run.

 

Step 3: Cut Your Tile

Once you are done with the first row, you’ll start on the second row. Remember, you’re installing subway tile so you’ll want them to be staggered. You can cut your tiles in half using your tile saw.

 

Step 4: Tackling an Obstacle

When you’re working around an obstacle such as an outlet, measure the distance between the electrical outlet and the last laid tile. Subtract the length of your space (most likely 1/8 of an inch), and then mark a tile for cutting.

Cut the tile along your marked line. A tile wet saw makes this project much quicker and easier with better results than other tile cutting methods. You’ll want your tile to be hidden under the switch plates, so make your tile as close the electrical outlet as you can. Use a level to make sure you’re on track and tiling in a straight line.

Step 5: Let it Sit

Once the tiles are installed, let the mastic set up overnight.

 

Step 6: Add the Grout

Once the mastic has dried completely, remove the tile spacers. It’s now time to add the grout!

Tape off any edges you don’t want grout to go, including cabinets, outlets and walls.

Mix the grout according to the package. The consistency should be similar to peanut butter.

Using a tile float, apply the grout to the backsplash. Use the same 45-degree angle to work the grout into all the crevices. Work in 2-feet to 3-feet spaces.

When you spread the grout on with the float, you’ll want to apply pressure into the tile spaces themselves so you are squeezing the grout completely into the spaces to prevent cracking and flaking over time. Run the grout line in multiple directions.

 

Step 7: Sponge Off the Grout

Once you have applied the grout to the tile spaces, it’s time to sponge off the grout from the tile themselves. Wet the sponge with water and ring out most of the water.

Begin wiping down the grout with the sponge. It’s a messy job, so you’re going to have to ring out the sponge quite a few times.

Get the tiles mostly cleaned of grout and then let it sit. Once the gout has dried completely, you’ll be able to totally clean the tiles. Make sure you let it sit before completely wiping off the grout or else you will begin to pull the grout out of the tile spaces!

Use the terry cloth side of your sponge for your final wipe-down before allowing the grout to dry completely. You’ll want to wipe down your grout about 5 times before letting it dry completely.

Step 8: Admire Your Hard Work

Now that you’re done, step back and admire your hard work!

Allow at least four hours for the grout to cure.

Congratulations! You’re an expert at installing subway tiles! Now get to work and make your kitchen or bathroom look gorgeous.

 

Kitchen Redesign, How to Plan Your Dream Kitchen

For help with your kitchen and bath redesign, the team at GNH can help you get started on the path to that one-of-a-kind kitchen or bath! We are here to assist with everything from conceptualization to final layout, from browsing style options to choosing the right materials and brands, from in-home measurements and consultations all the way through to the final installation.

To help re-imagine your kitchen layout, download our FREE Kitchen Layout Guide.