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Conversations with Benjamin Moore: How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Picking the right color for a space can be a very intimidating process. We visited Andrea Magno, Color & Design Expert, at the Benjamin Moore showroom in the D&D Building to learn more about the tools they provide to make the process as painless as possible.

Everyone begins the process differently, but we like to build our room design from either a rug or fabric that acts as an anchor for the room. In this case, we have brought with us a colorful fabric to draw our paint inspiration from. Andrea, who is also a trained interior designer herself, explains that she begins by thinking about the use of the room- is it a cozy library or is it a lively family room?

Another great tip: don’t always look to the most obvious color in the fabric. Andrea points out that there are some subtle warm yellows that would be great for a family room or dark plums if it is a library. The lighting in every room is so unique, we suggest investing in a color deck so that you can easily decipher between shades within your space. Keep in mind that the higher the sheen the lighter the color will be perceived.

Once you have narrowed it down to two or three shades we suggest painting samples on white boards or straight onto your wall. If you decide to paint directly onto your wall, paint a white primer on a large portion of the wall first. This will ensure that you will see the true color of the sample and your eye won’t compete with the existing paint color.

When you have decided on the color, it is just as important to choose the product and finish. Benjamin Moore has many options to choose from. Their Aura Bath & Spa Waterborne Interior Paint is made specifically for bathrooms. Aura Bath & Spa enables us to have that nice matte finish we love without worrying about humidity. We also like their Natura line, a zero VOC and zero emissions paint with virtually no odor.  Click here for more information all of Benjamin Moore’s paint options.

J+G Design Benjamin Moore Showroom Paint Swatches Perfect Color Paint Samples


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J+G Design Benjamin Moore Showroom Paint Swatches Perfect Color Paint Samples

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Big thanks to Benjamin Moore for sponsoring this post.

J+G Project Reveal: Spring Has Sprung in Gramercy!


It’s hard not to smile when you walk into the entry of this whimsical pied-à-terre in Gramercy. We just love the garden-like feel of the wallpaper and tile floor. We decided to build the design off of the client’s favorite color- green! This kelly green hue is so fresh and bright even on the dreariest of winter days. The color is carried throughout the apartment to make for a cohesive space. Green pairs so nicely with coral, blue and lavender – it is such a versatile color. Our favorite part is the wet bar – doesn’t it make you want to throw a party?

The client wanted a colorful and traditional feel to her new city home. She brought with her many antiques from her prior house that she wanted to incorporate into the design, but did not want it to look tired. Reupholstering antique pieces in bright fabrics and pairing new items – like the white ceramic leaf lamps- gave new life to her family heirlooms.
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Get the look for your home: stemware // bareware // counterstool // mirror // side table  // throw blanket // lamp // headboard // rug