I have a complicated relationship with the paint color blue. First of all, I love the color blue – the color of hydrangeas in the summer, blue sky at sunset, blueberries and so many other things that are blue. Blue is such an iconic color for our South Shore homes. But I have always had a “love/do not love” relationship with blue paint colors in my home. Maybe I took to heart the term “feeling blue” (why blue and not yellow, hmmm?)
Well, I walked into a customer’s home a couple of weeks ago and her living room was painted Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue – and I loved it. Thus began my ascent into loving blue. She is moving and I am hoping she puts it in her new house too.
Another customer asked me to find a complementary paint color for her dining room which will feature a gorgeously distressed blue and white sideboard and Voila! Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue was the perfect color, and I started to fall more in love, and am super excited to see the finished result (I will show pictures when done).
Then the trifecta of my color transformation happened last week. I went to a customer’s home thinking she would do a Tuxedo kitchen in gray and white – always an awesome combination. My customer asked me about a deep blue color for her island cabinets, and she was so right. That would be the perfect touch which would look amazing with crisp white cabinets. We are looking at these colors because being a fairly bright kitchen, and of these blues would really pop and ties the whole kitchen together. She already has soft gray walls. I can’t wait to see what she chooses and will post pictures next time!
Benjamin Moore Polo Blue
Benjamin Moore Bold Blue
Benjamin Moore Old Navy
Benjamin Moore Hale Blue ( my favorite)
Third time was a charm. Now I am obsessed with blue colors for our South Shore homes!
Please let me know what your thoughts on blue?
Painting a home in the right colors can have a significant impact on its sale price. According to a 2018 Zillow® analysis, homes with black or dark gray front doors, “tuxedo kitchen” cabinets (a white or light color on the top cabinets and a darker color such as navy or dark gray on the bottom cabinets or island) and blue bathrooms in shades of periwinkle or lavender blue could make you more than $6,000 richer.
“Zillow’s 2018 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 135,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average when compared to similar homes with white walls,” per Zillow.
Zillow notes that “homes with black or charcoal gray front doors sell for $6,271 more than expected, the highest sales premium of all the room and color combinations analyzed.
Tuxedo kitchens, or kitchens where the upper and lower cabinets are painted in two different colors, sell for a $1,547 premium. White cabinets contrasted by a dark navy blue or black kitchen island were some of the most common tuxedo kitchens in top-performing listings.” per Zillow.
Bathrooms with cool, neutral wall colors like blue sold for much more than expected.
However, some paint colors might actually discourage buyers. Homes with colors like brick or raspberry red kitchens sell for $2,310 less than expected. Homes with yellow exteriors also sell for less.
“For a seller, painting a front door is one the least expensive home prep projects, but also one that can have a powerful impact on a home’s sale price,” says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow home design expert. “While cool, neutral wall colors like gray, tan and light blue are still popular, we’re seeing a notable shift in home design where pops of color – particularly in darker hues of blue and gray to even black — are becoming increasingly popular. Contrasting colors, especially in kitchens and home exteriors add interest and dimension to a room that plays very well in listing photos and videos.”
Choosing your perfect paint color is one of many reasons why a home sells for more money. Walls painted in modern, neutral colors have broad appeal and may indicate to a potential buyer that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features. Be sure to ask a real estate color expert or a home improvement company who specializes in prepping homes to sell if you want the best bang for your buck.
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Over the years, I have tried most of the popular white trim paint colors that I am sure you all have heard of including Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White.
White Dove accommodates a lot of different paint colors because while it is a warm white, it has an almost greige base. This is a soft white, so it won’t act like white, but just a VERY slightly softer version of it.
Atrium White will generally act like white in the absence of a real white, but watch out, if you have yellow or green tones in the room it can activate the pink and bring things a bit more to life!
White trim looks best when it’s a subtle crisp white contract to the wall color but not so crisp and white that is is jarring. Back in the day, Navajo White was popular but now it just looks muddy. I also recommend staying away from creamy off-whites for trim color. The only creamy white trim I would recommend is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White because it has only the slightest warmth in the undertone (as noted below).
There are a couple of circumstances in a home that impacts the brightness/crispness of white trim. The first is the home with a lot of natural light and the other is the home without a lot of natural white. In a home filled with an abundance of natural light, white will naturally be brighter so it’s important to choose a white with a very subtle hint of warmth so the color will not be jarring. In homes with average to minimal natural light, I suggest a white that is brighter that would naturally help lighten a space.
So to help, I am breaking down the four best white trim paint colors that I recommend to my clients on the South Shore – 1) bright, 2) brighter 3) brightest and 4) reliable
1) Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (Bright)
If your home (or specific room) is filled throughout with bright, natural light, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Simply White for trim. . This was the 2015 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and I couldn’t agree more. It’s the perfect soft white (warm, but not too creamy). Simply White is a great, slightly fresh, slightly warm approach to white. It has a yellow undertone, but not so much that it’s obnoxiously yellow. It adds a touch of life, without adding too much color. As you can see below, Simply White is not a bright white, but when mixed in with natural light, you can see it is crisp with just the right amount of brightness. Paired with Benjamin Moore’s Baby Fawn, the beauty of both paint colors is elevated!
2) Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White (Brighter)
Decorator’s White has slightly cool undertones. It contains very vague blue/green/gray, so this will look fantastic with walls colors that also have gray undertones. This is a truly beautiful white that is not stark, just sort of a subtle bright white.
3) Benjamin Moore’s Super White (Brightest)
For those looking for a gorgeous, brighter/crisp white for trim, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Super White. I think this color is as bright of a white as anybody should choose. I love this color in darker spaces. As you can see below, this hallway with one small window is brightened up with Super White on the trim and staircase spindles. It’s so fresh, light and really updated!
4) Benjamin Moore’s White 01 (Reliable)
What can I say, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s White 01 probably 90% of the time because it is as true of a white as you can get and goes well with virtually any paint color you choose for your walls. It is a bright, brighter and brightest white depending on the room. This is a reliable, fail-safe white that works 90% of the time. Here White 01 is shown with White Sand walls. Simply stunning.
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Instead of searching through thousands of pictures on Pinterest for your home on the South Shore, I have compiled a list of four beautiful shades of gray paint colors that will look perfect in any room in your home. From Hingham, Marshfield to Duxbury and all the towns in between, these colors are beautiful choices.
Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray
I love this paint color because it is calm and subtle and pairs well with warm or cool tones. It is not a trendy color but is a classic that has withstood the test of time. This is a light color with beige undertones. Paired with a crisp white trim, you cannot go wrong.
Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray
This is a clean and happy gray paint color and will work anywhere in your home – walls, cabinets or trim. This color is one of my favorites and has blue undertones that look amazing in homes in our coastal communities.
Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray
What is not to love about this stunning gray? This is a rich warm gray paint color that looks very beautiful contrasted with white. This paint color is on the bold side since it’s a deep color. I love seeing Chelsea Gray on kitchen cabinets paired with white walls and brass hardware. Very chic. This is a true gray that looks amazing on walls too.
Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl
This is another beautiful gray paint color. It’s one of the most popular gray paint colors currently on the market. It’s a light, warm gray that can go cool with natural light. This color looks best in spaces with low natural light. What’s not to love?
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If you are like us, we are bombarded with ads from South Shore home improvement companies looking to paint your home.
But what about the costs of these services? They seem to vary greatly from estimate to estimate and company to company. How do you know if you are paying too much or getting a fair price? Do you pay more in Hingham or Duxbury and less in other towns? Not as far as we can tell. Here is all you need to know when you go to get a painting estimate.
According to new information put out by Home Advisor, the average cost to paint a room in the Boston area is $957 – $2,545, including walls, trim, doors, and ceiling. The cost to paint only the walls in an average size room (10X12) ranges from $380-$790, not including ceilings, trim or cost of the paint. Yikes, this seems like a lot!
However, there are numerous factors when a painter conducts an estimate:
What is the condition of the walls, trim and ceiling? Is there water damage, or are there cracks, warps or other issues? Is there missing or damaged trim? Repairing problem areas can take time to be done correctly. Carefully painting windows, trim and grills is painstaking work and needs to be done carefully; while typically requiring two coats of paint. This is why what you pay for your paint job could be vastly different from what your neighbors’ pay.
Overwhelmed yet? There is no need to be. Here are some guidelines to help you make sense of your painting estimate.
The size of the room is an important factor in determining the cost of professional painting. Average room sizes range between 300 – 400 square feet. When estimating the paint for such a job, keep in mind that a gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet (though the label claims it will cover 450 square feet).
Trim, Windows and Doors
As mentioned, trim, windows and doors require meticulous attention to detail and are very time-consuming. Usually, adding these components will double your cost when added to the cost of painting the walls only.
Prep and Prime
Preparing the walls and trim is the most important part of your paint job. Most likely your painter will need to patch and caulk holes and gaps. Rooms need clean, unblemished surfaces to look their best when painted. Be sure your painter preps the walls to perfection. If you are switching from a dark to light color, you most likely will need one to two coats of primer before the paint color is applied.
Generally, it will take a minimum of two gallons of paint to cover a room with two coats. At the highest end, the paint will cost anywhere between $30 and $60 per gallon and come in three different finishes: flat, semi-gloss or high-gloss. Painters will typically provide the supplies for a project, including the paint, brushes, and sundries, and includes these in the price.
|Behr||$31||up to $220||$30|
|Benjamin Moore||$55||up to $400||$66|
|Valspar||$31||up to $200||$20|
Hopefully, this helps clear up the guesswork when looking for a painting pro to paint your home! Was this helpful?