Guilford Green

Irwin Weiner ASID - Seasonality tends to dominate our thoughts when it comes to decorating our homes. In the winter months, we tend to favor warm, cozy, and even darker colors. In the summer, it's strong and vibrant "in bloom" hues. Benjamin Moore, the paint manufacturer, has spoken and crowned a pale shade of green (Guilford Green) as this year's Color of the Year. So spring has triumphed. Long live spring!

Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore's creative director, was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal as pointing out greens as a strong color trend in decorating this year, along with berry colors, blushes, and neutrals - all of which can work together to tell a color story in your home. She also says Yves Klein blue is popular. Citrus-green and yellow-green paints are popular in master bedrooms and as accent colors in white kitchens ("Green has the beauty of the color palette of a bright green garden salad.").

Here are some of Ellen's tips for decorating with paint.

  • Try a striking color as an accent - paint a ceiling or floor with it.
  • Shiny, lacquered or metallic finishes are currently trendy. Try it on the dining room ceiling.
  • Pick a wall color that picks up on a shade in the most striking furnishing in the room.
  • Before confirming a color, paint a section of your wall in a color and let it sit for 24 hours.