Classic Colour Combinations

April 11th, 2012 | Comments »

Trends come and go, but these 8 tried and true colour palettes have stood the test of time and will bring you from one era to the next.

Black and White

The most classic colour scheme of all — black and white — is inherently sleek and sophisticated. What we love most is the backdrop the two colors provide for unexpected punches of colour like hot pink, electric blue or lime green. We suggest white Benjamin Moore’s Super White or PARA’ Chrysler Hall White because these whites don’t change tone with other colours and they remain a true white.

Black & White

Orange and Blue

Like all of the classic combinations shown here, varying shades of these colours work well together. Here, orangey coral is an equally bright counterpoint to teal blue. ‘A neutral, like black, paired with a colour allows the colour to shine without overwhelming the viewer.

Orange & Teal

Red and Gold

Often found to be paired with deep green, these colours were used in many Victorian, Tudor and Renaissance-era homes. Red was a favourite for dining rooms in particular, giving dinner guests a warm feel in the days before central heating. Today, the combination evokes a rustic, Italian vibe.

Red & Gold

Robin’s Egg Blue, Yellow and Cream

Although it dates back to the French courts of Louis XI and Louis XIV, this airy palette could easily be expanded to include baby soft pinks, lavenders and hues of celery greens. These trio of colours are a staple for romantic French country and shabby chic interiors.

Robin's Egg Blue & Yellow

Green and Yellow

We often find that as in most classic colour combo’s these colour are borrowed from nature.  Case in point: yellow and green, reminiscent of sun and plants. If nature is pairing colours together then we know that they’ll work… blue and brown from a creek and naturally the green & yellow we’re looking at now.  Since there isn’t just one yellow and one green, the combination can create many different effects. Use the two as a base, and then add a third and a fourth colour to the mix.

Green & Yellow

Pink and Green

Bright colours were briefly popular during the mid-1800s, but it was mid-20th-century homemakers who really made them famous. Modern Baroque style and the bold use of colours like hot pink, apple green and turquoise were exemplar of the era.  Definitely spot on to the trends we’re seeing this year. But something that if done right can take you through the next few years.

Benjamin Moore 550 ~ Hot Pink

Green and Blue

Blue and green combos can go one of two ways; traditional or very modern.A traditional version could include, accenting an apple green sofa with a light blue throw and matching trim on the custom window cornices. The blue and green could work well together because they are analogous colours of similar intensity.  For a more modern feel, deepen the intensity to kelly green and navy. (Who doesn’t love a great navy!)

Green & Blue

Earth Tones

As the name implies, these colours are derived from earthy elements like rock, water and sky. Stick to this palette for a more neutral colour scheme or add ‘natural’ accents in brilliant floral or plant shades for a punch of colour. Earth tones although popular are a go to comfort for many home owners.  It’s a safe palette that also settles many colour arguments.

Earth Tones

Spring time Easter Fun!

April 3rd, 2012 | Comments »


With Easter less than a week away we thought we’d provide a few ideas for this weekend. A craft for the kids, a great recipe for your friends and or family and a fun but easy centre piece for your table.

TIME TO GET CRAFTY

When the most humble of art supplies meets the shell of a just-boiled egg, the crayon wax softens, and the colors swirl together in a magical way. The results are fast, fun, and gorgeous.

 Materials
  • white eggs
  • tongs
  • empty egg carton
  • crayons
 Instructions
  1. Hard-boil white eggs. Remove them from the hot water with tongs or a slotted spoon, dry them, and rest them in an empty egg carton or on plastic bottle caps (an adult’s job).
  2.  Color them with the crayons’ tips or remove the paper coverings and use the crayons’ sides. For a speckled effect, grate a crayon and sprinkle the bits over the eggs. The waxy eggs are very slippery, so take care when turning them to color the underside.
  3. When you’re done coloring, leave them to dry for about an hour.

HUNGRY YET?

How about brunch… here’s a great drink and tasty treat for your company to enjoy. (Compliments of www.marthastewart.com)

Time for some Mimosa’

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • Prosecco, chilled
  • Fresh mint leaf

Directions

  1. In a Champagne flute, mix together orange juice, lemon juice, and liqueur. Fill with Prosecco. Garnish with mint leaf and serve immediately.
Now what about something sweet… Cinnamon Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (from two 1/4-ounce envelopes)
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 1/2 stick, melted, and more for dish
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla Glaze

Directions

  1. Pour water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast evenly over water, and let stand until foamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk until smooth, then whisk in 1/2 cup flour to form a loose paste. Let rise in a warm place until yeast mixture has risen and fallen, about 30 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and remaining flour to yeast mixture. Knead dough, using dough hook attachment on mixer, until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add 1 stick butter, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes (add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky). Turn out dough onto an unfloured work surface, and knead by hand until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Transfer dough to another bowl, and let rise in a warm place, covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down dough; press out air bubbles.
  4. Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate or 9-inch square glass baking dish. Place melted butter in a bowl. Stir together remaining 1 cup sugar and the cinnamon in another bowl.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls (you should have about 45). Working with 1 at a time, dip balls into melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar and place in pie plate. Stack balls to form a dome. Sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon sugar, and drizzle with any leftover butter. Cover with plastic wrap, and let balls rise by half, about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap balls, and place pie plate on a baking sheet. Bake until golden and firm, and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let bites cool in dish 15 minutes, then drizzle with glaze.

 TIME FOR SOME PRETTY

Hollowed-out eggshells make naturally beautiful vases for tiny flower arrangements. Break an egg at the top of its shell, drain the contents, and carefully rinse out the inside. Next, fill the empty shell with room-temperature water and place it in an eggcup for stability. Finally, insert small cuttings of your favorite blossoms (we used lilacs, lily of the valley, and violas). Individually or grouped together in a centerpiece, these tiny arrangements make a wonderful addition to the place settings at your table.

Benjamin Moore Transforms & Excites

March 26th, 2012 | Comments »

“Life lived in black & white is not a life lived.Today I choose color – to see it, to feel it, to be in it, to be upon it, and to live a life surrounded by it. Today, I put on a fresh coat.” ~Benjamin Moore

For those of you who follow paint trends and what each brand is doing I’m sure you’ve not missed the new approach that Benjamin Moore has taken in their most recent ad campaign.  Bright, fun, bold and relating back to personality. Putting a face to the brand and in  a playful and exciting way.

As we enter into the spring/summer season where colour is all around us, this campaign comes just at the right time to inspire. Who doesn’t want to add a splash of 14 Carrot or Mystical Grape to our life. The way these images were designed brings a fresh new look at putting paint on your walls. Visit Benjamin Moore’s Color & Design Centre to find your colour transformation.

For a sneak peak at their transforming colours and exciting personality click on this link Benjamin Moore Transform

* Room image top right ~Peace & Happiness by Benjamin Moore