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Make the Holidays Bright with Fresh Color




Though the holidays are nearly upon us, there’s still time to brighten your indoor spaces with color. From the kitchen, dining, bed and bath rooms, to the living and family rooms, fresh hues can revitalize, adding life and personality to the interior of your home.


Short on time? That’s okay. A quick makeover is easier than you think. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money, either. We have a few ideas to get you started.


Accent the Wall


Want to make a striking statement? Complement your furnishings and décor with an accent wall. Choose one wall and paint it with a different color that suits the other walls in the room. This bold declaration is not only attractive on its own; it can highlight a fireplace, bookshelves, window, an assortment of artwork, photographs, or a TV.


If your existing walls are white, for example, the fiery hues of Caliente, the Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year (pictured above) could provide the perfect eye catching accent. A good rule of thumb for highlighting a wall is to choose an accent color that complements the other walls. With so many colors from which to choose, the decorative possibilities are endless. Need ideas? Feel free to stop in and peruse the palettes available in our collection of quality paints.


Energize & Refresh


Upcycle the items you already have to bring new life to your rooms. Repurposing your existing or unused articles such as chairs, benches, dressers, tables, or chests can add interest and personality. Add character by upcycling them, creating unique decorative additions to any room. A little effort will rejuvenate ordinary items, adding style and enhanced function.  Imagine the potential – a dresser becomes a dining room sideboard or bathroom vanity, shutters – a headboard, a small chest – an end table.


Check out these clever Upcycling Ideas for great inspiration. Don’t forget, we have the paint and supplies you’ll need to add life and color to these hidden gems.


Small Changes, Big Impact


Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Refresh spaces like a guest bath, bedroom, hallway, or foyer with a new coat of paint. Soft blue hues like Benjamin Moore’s Warm Springs or Mosaic Glass add a fresh, appealing touch. Finish off the makeover with coordinating wall art or pictures, pillows, guest towels, a small area rug, or other decorative items.


Make or buy new tablecloths, runners, or cloth napkins for your dining room or kitchen table. Use nature as your inspiration to add color, texture, and interest. Collect pinecones or boughs, twigs, apples, acorns, gourds, small pumpkins, holly, or brightly colored leaves to create a focal point for your table or sideboard. For additional suggestions, check out these links for fall centerpiece ideas and holiday table decor.


Spruce up a bedroom with new bedding such as a colorful comforter and shams. Add complementary accessories like pictures or wall art, a nightstand lamp, comfy chair or bench, new lampshades, or a colorful throw. Don’t forget the windows; they offer opportunities to brighten up a space too. New draperies, blinds, or shades add instant personality, framing that all-important natural light. These small changes can help transform a drab room into a cozy and inviting haven for family or guests.


It doesn’t take much to make your holidays at home bright and welcoming. From easy DIY projects to fresh paint, perk up those indoor spaces with a bit of imagination and pop of color. Don’t forget – we’re here to assist with color selection to make those transformations a reality. We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!