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January 03, 2011

Benjamin Moore Color Trends in 2011 For Your Home

New Year, New You, Right?  When it comes to the home, we sometimes feel the same way, but it's not always possible to load up our favorites (the kids, the fish, the dog, maybe the lover and a few pieces of art) and move.  So, what is a girl to do?  Focus.  Focus on what is good, edit what is not so great, and live in a way that makes you not only smile, but laugh out loud. 

We all know we feel better in a home that exudes our personality, incorporating every aspect of our style.  And guess what-- no one is perfect.  I know I'm sometimes wearing my 4" heels, my hair's done, my toddler's toys are organized, and the house smells like freshly cooked aebelskivers.  But, let's be honest.  There are times when the closets have somehow exploded, I'm looking for my other Ugg, my curls are unruly, and I wonder how much longer my toddler can scream.  Life is simply about creating balance and, luckily, THAT is what 2011 trends embrace, too. 

Balance is a great design and color goal to have, actually.  We try to prioritize everyday tasks so we're getting in both work and play.  We want all the advances of technology but don't want to sacrifice the environment for the progress.  We want beauty in every aspect of life, but only if it's real.  All these sensibilities play into the color collection for 2011 from Benjamin Moore.

Color of 2011 purple 1 
Vintage Wine 2116-20 with Wasabi AF-430 in an entry

Benjamin Moore's color of the year is called Vintage Wine 2116-20.  It's a color that's luxurious and comfortable at the same time.  Violet has always been a color linked to royalty because it was so hard to get the dye (Dye for violet was created by crushing mollusks and not everyone could get their hands on thousands of these little treasures).  That reputation followed as violet was used rather exclusively for royal garb and the robes of religious leaders (throughout European History, churches and kings seemed to have all the loot, somehow).  Vintage Wine has a layer of a rich brown which is culturally a color of comfort and familiarity.  Think of things that give us a sense of relaxation like nature (soil/wood), chocolate, a warm cup of chai/coffee... you get the idea.

When the two sensations come together, we have Vintage Wine to represent the idea of balance.

Etruscan vintage wine color benjamin moore 2011 
Color combo 1 

If you're looking for a few different color ideas on how to create balance in your home through color, Benjamin Moore offers several other choices, too.  Check back in for some other combinations throughout the next week.

More about color trends for 2011:

Elle Decor, Columbus Dispatch, Sensational Color, The Happy Home Workshop


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I love these colors! We are planning to paint our large,open livingroom these colors:) I would love to know where to find the copy of the design on the ceiling? I read that there was a website that Had a printable version? What color is the sofa in the photo?(Website to view it)Also, would you please suggest afew large sofas that would look beautiful in this room?(Website links etc) I love velvet and chenille! Thank u in advance:)

We wanted to copy the color combination provided here for our new home. However, it's hard to choose the best carpet color for our living room. Last week, we were very busy cleaning our old house. The carpet cleaning was handled by the best carpet cleaners in our area. We live in Glastonbury, CT, by the way.

Picking the right Paint colors
isn't just difficult. It's terrifying! Pick paint colors that are blah, and your house will seem flat and featureless. But if the colors you pick are too bold, they might overwhelm the architecture... and upset the neighbors.
The best paint colors will highlight the most beautiful features of your home. Skillful use of color can even disguise design flaws, boosting the curb appeal and market value of your home.

Our home truly reflects our personality. This 2011, many home designing trends have been introduced in public. And Moore’s color trends for home are truly amazing! The color combination is truly striking yet cool. It’s more likely stylish than just trendy home.

Sonu, I just love the combination of the Vintage wine and Wasabi. I actually used Vintage wine in my color theory final project. I got 275 out of 280. It was a very successful color project.

@Kate, just tweeted Mary's great take on Vintage Wine. I love to see the warming trend in hues-- it's refreshing, don't you think?

Cristin, of course I'd love to be a part of your beautiful blog! Let's do it!

Another gorgeous take on Vintage Wine. Thanks for the link to our post.

Did you see where I asked Mary to give me her take on how Vintage Wine is showing up in fashion? I loved this fashionable look at Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year


Happy New Year. Hope to see you early in 2011!

Vintage wine... looks great, sounds delish.

Would love to interview you on the ol blog this year! Let me know if you are interested.

Happy, healthly 2011!


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