Year: 2018

4 Easy & Striking Ways to Use Benjamin Moore’s Caliente at Home

Are we ready for red?  Benjamin Moore seems to think so, naming Caliente–a warm, welcoming crimson its 2018 Color of the Year.  While I have my own suspicions about which colors will trend this year, I can’t deny that vibrant vermillion affords some exciting decorating opportunities.  Of course, this in age of white walls and monochrome mania, embracing such a bold shade can be a little daunting.  So, here are four easy and striking ways (with little to no commitment) to incorporate Caliente red into your home.

Roll Out the Red Carpet

Although carefully edited with few frills, this room receives the royal treatment thanks to a ruby rug.


Water-toned walls tinge this living room in handsome contrast to the Caliente-colored carpet and regal, velvet-clad chaise.


With walls that resemble ermine, no other color would suffice underfoot.


In this traditional-leaning living room, a white chesterfield crowns a scarlet carpet.


A blood-red textile anoints the floor of Steve Aoki’s bedroom.


Turn on the Red Light

Roxanne, you don’t have to settle for predictable lampshades.


4 Ways to Decorate with Caliente | Turn on the Red Light | 2018 Color of the Year

Come hither says this red lantern.


A crimson pendant beckons in this powder room.


Garnet silk brings balance to a masculine loft.


When viewed from the right vantage point, this seemingly austere dome light reveals a passionate burst of color.


Paint the Roses Red

Painting the Roses Red | 4 Easy, Impactful Ways to Use Benjamin Moore's 2018 Color of the Year |

Miles Redd for Schumacher

Taking a cue from the Queen of Hearts, red roses adorn this charming vignette.


Here, an enormous looking glass reflects towering, flowering branches–creating a sense of scale worthy of Wonderland.


Painting the Roses Red | 4 Easy, Impactful Ways to Use Benjamin Moore's 2018 Color of the Year |

Oscar de la Renta

Black thumb?  Paint branches instead.  The result resembles coral.


Rosy blooms pop even in a room the shade of a spade.


Flaming botanicals send a very clear message in this space: checkmate.


Draw the Drapes in Red

Caliente curtains add a stroke of color this serene, silvery space.


In this exuberant bedroom, Miles Redd does justice to the primary color that is his namesake.


Cardinal window treatments usher the sunlight into this artful, Italian apartment.


4 Easy Ways to Use Caliente, Benjamin Moore's 2018 Color of the Year

A painterly palette juxtaposes vermillion and azure.


Flowing raspberry drapes sketch an idyllic backdrop for eclectic furnishings.

If you’re craving Moore Caliente in your life, check out these additional ways to decorate with red.

If Gowns Were Rooms – 2018 Oscars Edition

The 90th Academy Awards–better known as the 2018 Oscars–boasted some dazzling red carpet fashion.  Color has returned to the red carpet–particularly the blue hues.  Metallics and statement sleeves also made quite a splash.  And, as we know, fashion and interior design are each other’s favorite cousins.   So, I took the liberty of pairing up outstanding specimens from each discipline.  If gowns from the 2018 Oscars were rooms, they’d look something like this…

If Gowns Were Rooms--2018 Oscars Edition

The fabric of Betty Gabriel’s dress and this Steven Gambrel dining room share a brilliant peacock blue and whimsical botanical motifs.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

What do Nicole Kidman and Stephanie Coutas have in common?  They both know how to make an arresting sculptural statement in cobalt.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Sally Hawkins’ structured shoulder pads emulate the right angles of this contemporary space whose silver leaf walls recall the sequins of her dress.  Black accents punctuate both.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Audra Day channels a modern-day Marie Antoinette in this voluptuous blue gown.  Smoky eyes, a dark lip, and unexpected silver jewelry keep her current.  Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s NY apartment reflects the same palette, femininity, and updated interpretation of old-world glamour.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

I spotted this gown on Phoebe Waller Bridge and instantly recognized a loosely-adapted leopard print that looks equally fabulous on Nancy Braithwaite’s bedroom walls.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Wayward angles in electric blue can be found both on Jennifer Garner’s Oscar dress and the walls of this Kelly Wearstler designed bedroom.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Not only do the embellishments of Lupita Nyongo’s Academy Awards gown perfectly mirror the colors of this powder room’s mosaic tile, but there’s another common thread as well.  In both instances, outright glamour is balanced with a dash of masculinity.  The beading on the dress is almost spike like and the diagonal line it follows is reminiscent of a military sash.  The tile too takes on a subdued role when paired with spartan accessories.

All Oscars photos are from People.  Head over there to see the rest of the red carpet arrivals.  Who knows…maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your next redecorating project.

9 Times Ultraviolet Didn’t Damage Your Eyes

As the title of this post might suggest, I had some trouble mustering the enthusiasm to write about Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultraviolet.  It’s not that I don’t like purple.  A rich plum always makes my heart race and lavender (a color that might actually trend this year) never fails to beguile.  Ultraviolet, on the other hand, lacks nuance.  Instead, it feels like the standard-issue purple in a seven crayon pack.  Thankfully though, the internet is a magical and wondrous place and I was able to find 9 interiors that showcase ultraviolet in stunning ways…

Here, ultraviolet creates an electrifying backdrop for art hung gallery style.

In this stylish, neutral-hued living room, light spills from the window onto  a vintage medallion rug in Pantone’s 2018 color of the year.

9 Times Ultraviolet Didn't Damage Your Eyes |

Roberto Cavalli

Amethyst-colored velvet radiates opulence and grandeur.

Neon tubes make for an unexpected, but deliciously edgy accessory in this dining area.

Saturated colors and blue animal prints create an elegant if not surreal sitting room where ultraviolet art emanates from the wall.

A foursome of grape-colored stools double as cocktail tables and sculpture.

Delightfully quirky, this den embraces purple from top to bottom.

Sassy, large-scale art delivers a splash of the 2018 color of the year.

Cobalt and ultraviolet watercolor swirls beam and bedeck this vibrant foyer.


2018 Color Forecast: 4 Colors That Will Actually Trend This Year

Ultraviolet?  Caliente?  Am I the only one having a hard time seeing this colors take off in 2018?  They seem a far cry from the stark white and “millennial pink” walls we can’t seem to shake.  How do we expect the chroma pendulum to swing so far in in the other direction just because it’s now 2018?  My guess is that we’ll actually see softer, more neutral colors start to eclipse these light hued staples in the coming months.  Here are the 4 color trends I’m predicting…

Water Tones

Murky shades of blue with a hint of green are having a moment, recalling the tranquility of lapping ocean waves, flowing streams, and peaceful lake vistas.  Shades of seafoam and agave come to mind.

Warm-hued brass and a sepia photograph pop against this ocean-colored wall.

This charming scene imparts the illusion of dining under the sea.

Saturated seafoam walls need little else to make a lasting impression.

Foxed mirrored walls and aqua velvet impart an aquatic atmosphere in this unbelievably chic dining room.

2018 Color Trends


Layers of azure and teal compose this mermaid’s den.

This high contrast bedroom marries tropical water hues and deep, moody maritime blues.

Agave and turquoise get along swimmingly in this bedroom.

2018 Color Forecast: The Hues that will trend this year...

Steeped in tradition, this sitting room boasts an nautical palette.

Pale Neutrals

In place of the default “builder’s white”, which can feel sterile, more complex iterations of this go-to neutral are on the horizon.  Think: bone, cream, oyster, and platinum–layered upon one another to create “white” rooms with depth and soul.

2018 Color Forecast: Trending: Pale Neutrals

Sand-colored walls, natural wood, and misty gray create a delicate, opal-like space.

Shades of vanilla and mushroom reflect the ample natural light of this room.

White never looked so welcoming as in this airy, bone-clad living room.

2018 Color Forecast: Trending: Ivory, Oyster, Bone & Cream

This formal sitting room combines all manner of whites and pale neutrals with glamorous results.

Golden beige and ivory make for a serene first impression in this foyer.

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Platinum and parchment dominate Ryan Korban’s impeccably polished apartment.

Gold leaf and oyster gray–a match made in interior design heaven.

Creamy whites frame a dramatic photograph in this living room while metallics twinkle on the periphery.

Lavender & Pastel Purples

Lavender is the natural reaction to the blush or so-called “millennial pink” that has dominated interior design for the last couple of years.  It’s in the same vein–a feminine pastel–but slightly less sweet and often more alluring.  Lilac, wisteria, and heather and coming…

This unconventional living room celebrates simplified forms and color–particularly that dusty lilac wall.

I can only imagine what it must feel like to call this violet oasis “home” and step into its pastel cocoon after a long day.

This hotel suite proves that lavender is an ideal candidate for a monochromatic space.

2018 Color Forecast: 4 Colors that will ACTUALLY trend this year


These wisteria-colored chairs are an unexpected but delightful choice for this luminous dining room that echo its feminine-but-not-frilly vibe.

This serene salon must have plucked its palette from the most luminous parts of an amethyst.

Here we see how heather plays well with others–other colors that is.

Oh great!  Now I need something purple and furry in my life.  This is one of those images that will cause me to loose a few hours, combing the internet from something I didn’t know that I needed a minute ago.

Sweet dreams are made of these…pretty mauve walls.


Designers with an appetite for drama have embraced black paint.  Whether an accent wall or an entire room, a dark backdrop is the perfect vehicle for offsetting a pop of color or the silhouette of a sculptural piece.  Textured and 3D walls are especially arresting in jet.  I also suspect that the pitch paint trend will usher in demand for veined zebra marble (in lieu of ubiquitous Carrara) and edgy, ebony leather.

4 Color Trends for 2018: 1. Black Accent Walls

The subtle texture of plaster was destined to be reimagined in carbon tones.

Typically, bohemian homes have been airy white affairs, outfitted with ethnic textiles in an array of colors.  This space turns that cliche on its ear, showcasing the power of shadowy shades and neutral statement pieces.

This 3D wall adds a spicy note in peppercorn.

Brass furnishings compliment the matte black accent wall and masculine leather chairs in this space.

Both color and gilding are highlighted beautifully by a lightless backdrop.

2018 Color Trends | Black | Motley Decor

Richly veined zebra marble cocktail tables echo the dramatic, dark far wall.

This bedroom hosts a plethora of scene stealers–from exuberant textiles to large scale sculptures–and ebony proves to be a stage, on which, all these starlets can shine.

“Edgy glamour” might best describe this dining room with mammoth tusks, a live edge table, and mirrored credenza.  Here, black walls seem like the only possible solution, pumping up the contrast for a dazzling display.

Do you plan on painting this year?  What colors trends do you predict in 2018?  Still undecided?  Find additional color inspiration on Motley Decor.

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