Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year is HOT

Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year is HOT

In a world where white walls and neutrals have reigned supreme in interior design as of late, what a suprise to find out this week that Benjamin Moore has promoted its paint color, Caliente AF-290, as its 2018 Color of the Year. Although I've used very saturated colors in the past, including having a dining room a dramatic cobalt blue, I've shied away from the reds. But there is something enveloping and dare I say--warm (in a cozy way)--about this particular color. Maybe that's why the grand libraries and galleries of estate homes often use red--it's also a great backdrop to collections and objects.

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It also works well with both light and dark woods, as well as other rustic elements such as stone, both in modern contexts or bohemian.

  (Image via Pinterest)

(Image via Pinterest)

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It's a winner as an accent color, whether on a single wall or on a door, as reds are often used, but Caliente seems to be just the hue to pop while at the same time not demanding to be the prom queen and grab all the glory--do you see in the entryway above how it works to enliven the gray/blue of the railing? It's a team player. 

If you've used a bold color in your home, tell me about it and how you made it work. I'd love to know as I embark on a few fall changes in my own home...

(All images unless otherwise indicated are via Benjamin Moore; not a sponsored post)

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