Lighten up!

I know you have all seen the zillions of magazine covers suggesting you get organized and lose weight in this New Year. As time goes on, I notice a distinct pattern of the same magazine articles giving me the same advice with a new “twist”. The information is not new.

Just try to live with less. Less Stuff. Less Food. Less Stress.
If we simplify, our lives will be less complicated.
We will accumulate less.
We will weigh less.
We will complain and stress less.
This brings me to the one simple thing we can do in our stylish homes
to bring a fresh, new ambiance to our worlds.
I love it.
I wish I was better at it so I could knock out a room in ½ a day
and still have dinner on the table at 6 pm.
At least I am good at knowing color.
I have an intimate relationship with color.
I know what works.

Today, you will see my favorite Benjamin Moore colors. These are my go-to colors when I am in doubt and they never fail me. There is a movement right now away from dark colors and into a lighter and more tranquil palette. This can be tricky because if you go too light there will be no impact. Your walls will fade into nothingness. If you go too dark, the walls can be
more exciting than the rest of the interior.

And so I present…

Southern Charm (this color makes you look fabulous)

Pittsfield Buff (this is a gorgeous neutral)

Palladian Blue (fresh and versatile it can be luxurious or casual)

Golden Straw (like candlelight)

Elemental (pale and soft-looks great with dark wood tones)

Carob (delicious and creamy)

Smokestack Gray (lots of depth to create a great backdrop)

Ashley Gray (saturated perfection for warm OR cool rooms)

Do you have a favorite?


  1. thank you for posting these!!! I'm bookmarking for future reference.


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