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Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year – Caliente!

Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year – Caliente!

Benjamin Moore recently announced its Color of the Year 2018 – Caliente AF-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red. “Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads, signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

As we are all contemplating our new year's resolutions, I can't think of a better color to ring in 2018: Caliente is chic, powerful and positive. This color packs a lot of punch and is surprisingly easy to incorporate into your home design, in small or large doses. Let's start with the former: just like a pair of red shoes or a classic red lipstick can jazz up an outfit, a touch of this chic hue can make a room.

If you're nervous about committing to such a bold shade, try painting just the inside of your cupboard, armoire or dresser – you'll get a colorful surprise every time you open it.

Even easier: “outline” your white walls with a plain red line, using paint or tape. This simple DIY will give your space a minimalist artsy vibe reminiscent of the works of Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.

Mix and match exotic prints and floral embroideries with a shared red hue for a cool middle-European folk look that is very “now”.

A pure saturated red is the perfect choice for a classic and timeless chinoiserie theme – think glossy red lacquer, which pairs beautifully with blue-and-white pottery.

A variation on this look can be found in Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Normandy, wonderfully restored by French decorator Jacques Garcia. In the grand dining room, he arranged Chinese furniture and lanterns in homage to Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, whose museum of Chinese treasures at Fontainebleau is one of Garcia’s most cherished interiors. The red and aqua color palette is nothing short of stupefying.

Here's a thought: consider red to be a neutral, the perfect base color upon which to layer florals and botanicals, both in print and in real life. The dark walls and floor make this festive look “pop” even more.

Nobody was a bigger proponent of red than the late, great Diana Vreeland whose all-red living room was beautifully captured by the late, equally great interior illustrator Jeremiah Goodman. In her own words:

“Red is the great clarifier—bright, cleansing, and revealing. It makes all other colors beautiful. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red—it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.”

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