Catering to our Men… (or are we really?)

January 17th, 2012 | Comments »

In one of Color Companies past blogs we discusses colour names and what’s in a name.  We know that as a general population we’re all effected by the names of the colours we’re presented with.

LOFT SPACE P5248-44D, BAY STREET BLUE P5005-63 & HIGH ROLLERS P5030-85 ~ These colours are a great selection no matter what the name; however are they better than HOLD MY HAND P5246-44, SANTORINI KISS P5007-52 &  STROLL AWAY P5029-85D? Both sets of colours offer a soft grey, bold blue and deep green… slight variations in colour but very much in the same spectrum. The only difference… the first set were named with a man in mind.

Women look at paint selection in different ways than men… they are likely to feel inspired by names such as  LUNCH AT TIFFANY’S P5219-24, GIFT OF THE GAB P5147-73 or WALKIN IN THE RAIN P5204-85. Though men can also find a connection to paint names; as long as the colour name is one that they can admit they have in their space then they’re happy.

When PARA Paints launched their last colour system about 4 years ago they took the time to look at each colour strip and give it a theme. Themes that worked for everyone; yes there are some colours for the ladies and some that were particularly chosen for the men.  Then there are so colours in-between; palettes about Greece, Italy, Photography and many more.  If you’re looking for a brown, grey, green or deep red theirs a colour that works just for you!

If you’re looking for something different why not try a few of these; great colour, great names and definitely on trend!

  • DIGITAL P5222-62
  • SOAPY WATER P5233-14D
  • FILM FESTIVAL P5221-41
  • EPIPHANY P5159-24
  • SCHMOOZE P5208-85
  • WHIPPED CREAM P5233-14

To see all these colour or find just the perfect colour for you, visit one of your Color Company stores and let them help you find just what you’re looking for.

Remember… there’s something for everyone.


Benjamin Moore 2012 Colour Trends

January 6th, 2012 | Comments »

“Colour awakens the senses and elevates your point of view. We’ve searched the world, exploring the latest trends, to bring you a collection of inspired palettes that offer a fresh perspective on your personal style. These four select color groups will bring life to any home and transform the ordinary into the sublime.” ~Benjamin Moore

It’s very interesting to see what the various paint companies are submitting as trends for 2012; after the runway trends for spring/summer were released I definitely thought we’d be seeing many more feminine & ‘pretty’ colours.  However the blend of colours are some of natural, pretty, modern & inviting.

The first palette that Benjamin Moore presented was Earth & Sky… a palette where nature’s elements unite in a style-savvy manor.  This is a palette that offers a calm & relaxing escape from the busy world. Ideal for the master bath or a bedroom retreat. However if you gravitate to these colour then try it in your office or dinning room as well.












The second palette, Eclectic Elegance is one of casual glam.  This diverse palette offers the ability of a very tailored look while offering you the choice of both cool and warmth all in one palette.  What effect does this have? One that’s both enticing & fresh.









Looking for some spice in your life?  This third palette is one that has more of an urban feel… name the Spiced Life it all about offering a refined perspective. With elements of depth, soft tones and a kick of spice this palette with awaken any room.









Timeless trends and classic colours are what this fourth & final palette puts forth.  Sense & Sensibility brings us back to classic colours while offering a modern spin to the feel they present.  These colours will provide any home with a contemporary & established feeling while bringing a worldly feel to your space.












Hopefully some of these beautiful, modern and inspiring colours will give you the desire to try something new this year.  It’s a new year and time to step outside the box!

~Benjamin Moore; the most inspiring colours for 2012~

















2012 Colour Horoscope

December 31st, 2011 | Comments »

Turquoise blue denotes a desire for peace and order, and it is the colour of the present time — the Age of Aquarius. Wearing this colour helps to quiet the mind and soul; it has a cooling, even cleansing, effect on the mind. Turquoise acts as a de-stress and can even relieve insomnia. Many hospitals employ this tint for its healing influence, as it is said to speed up the healing process and ease symptoms such as asthma and breathlessness. This ray brings peace and calms the mind, as well as cools down the nervous system



What can soft pea-green, indigo, and violet do for you? If you need to learn to love yourself and achieve greater self-worth, then look to watery Neptunian tones. Rich regal indigo indicates knowledge, self-respect, and spirituality. Violet is the colour of the crown chakra, the energy center within the body that is closely linked to the “third eye,” which is said to be the center of creative visualization and psychic perception. Violet is linked to healing knocks on the head and skin eruptions via the nervous system, and it can help to induce sleep.



Red is the colour of the red planet Mars. This is the color of love, fertility, and energy. It signals action and can keep you alert or provide extra courage when needed. Like Aries, seeing the colour red gives strength of will and can act as a pick-me-up when depressed. Wearing red will actually raise your temperature and increase body heat, possibly because it is linked to raising blood pressure and circulation. It is good for those who are anemic, but not advisable for those with high blood pressure, as red acts as a stimulant and releases adrenaline into bloodstream. Red acts as a detoxifier for the psyche as well as the body and can help fight infection.



Pink, which is less active and aggressive than red, has an endearing quality. Psychologically, it is chosen by those seeking affection and has the ability to engender unconditional love, which appeals to the Taurean desire for domestic bliss. It protects and brings peace of mind, especially if grieving the loss of a loved one. Pink signifies Taurus’s comfort zone, as this ray gives soothing, comforting vibes.



The Mercurial colour is yellow, which signifies agility of mind, intellect, and inspirational thought. Yellow is good to wear if you are feeling down or shy, as it brings feelings of optimism and buoyancy. It cleanses the emotional “baggage” and even eliminates waste from our body. Wearing shades of yellow can help control weight, as it aims to maintain a correct balance of liquids in the body. Yellow can also help in the treatment of skin complaints such as eczema.



White, silver and even grey are Moon colours. The purity of white instills a sense of tranquility and peace. It should not be used to the exclusion of other colours, as white on its own can be passive, even deathly still, both physically and psychologically. Grey provides a bridge between black and white and opens doors to subtle moods. Silver is more versatile tone, with its reflective, glitzy vibrancy; it suggests optimism in the present, but makes you aware of the reflections of the past. Silver has the cold charm of a moonlit night.



Leo colours shine from sunup to sundown, radiating rich orange-gold hues, which emit positive vibes of well-being, warmth, and optimism. Orange tones deal with conditions that are dormant, bringing them out into the open. Gold and rich oranges are the colours to surround yourself with if you are undergoing massive emotional disruption, such as divorce, as these colours will help to stabilize your emotions. Leo colours also help to increase appetite and improve intestinal disorders, owing to their stimulating quality.



Earthy colours, such as dark brown, green, and even strong navy blue are Virgo shades.  Navy blue, a strong and cool colour, instils self-confidence and helps steady nerves. Green aids balance in all things and is a typical healing hue. Blues and greens are excellent for calming frayed nerves, especially if there is anxiety or fear of a breakdown. Boost your nervous system with these tones.



Soft pastel shades, from blue to pale green, are ruled by Venus and are symbolic of femininity, but also subtly emanate messages of regeneration, balance, and fertility. Soft blues heal, as they encourage relaxation and tranquility. Pale greens are neither warming nor cooling, but act as a tonic, balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Libra colors offer sanctuary from a stressful world. As Libra is of the air element, doing breathing exercises while visualizing Libra colours will enhance vitality and well-being.



Dark reds to maroon hues, reflecting the tones of autumnal berries, are the shades of Pluto-ruled Scorpio. These blood-red hues, although less vibrant than Arian crimson or scarlet, signify a warmth that holds strong undercurrents of heat. Scorpio colours are sociable and active, with an undercurrent of mystery. Black is also owned by Scorpio.  Scorpio colours give power, strength, and sociability, exuding sexual as well as dynamic change to those in its path.



Sagittarius colours, ranging from dark blues to purple, emit cool confidence. These shades reflect the cooler spectrum of the colour chart and are useful when there is a need to instill quiet confidence or even to sedate someone suffering from anxiety. Purple denotes creative energy and spiritual wisdom. Those who seek this colour desire an experience of oneness with a higher power, yearn for an understanding of the true meaning of life’s journey, and are compelled by an urge to search for greater understanding of who we are within a smaller but increasingly chaotic world.



Capricorn: As you would expect from Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, its colours represent power that consolidates and sets boundaries.  After all, why do most police forces wear black? Just as Capricorn is associated with limitations, so too, do black, dark grey, and brown denote enclosing, even shutting off. This is nowhere more so than when bidding a funereal farewell. Choose carefully these hues, if you want protection and a sense of enclosing space. Black is also a symbol of infertility within many cultures, and it signals the finality of life. But it can also act as a release and an awareness of time and nature with its never-ending cycle of life and death.