Month: March 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.

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