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Oil-Based Paint: What It Is and When To Use It
Learn the pros and cons of oil-based paint, plus how it’s different from water-based alternatives. The paint experts explain when to use oil-based paint vs. water-based paint. #paint #paintcolor #oilbasedpaint #homedecor
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Designers Share the Worst Kitchen Paint Colors
If you're in the process of renovating or remodeling your kitchen, there's a good chance you're going to paint something. We all know there are classic colors that will always look good in a kitchen, but what about the worst kitchen paint colors? We asked designers to share shades you should definitely skip over. #paint #paintcolor #kitchenpaint #wallshades
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33 Absolutely Perfect Paint Colors Designers Love
Picking paint colors can be scary, but rest assured, you can't go wrong with one of these gorgeous, designer-approved paint colors. #home #paintcolors #homedecor #homestyle #wallpaint
How to Make Bold Paint Colors Work in Your Home
Designer Megan Hopp, one of the designers for our 2023 Real Simple Home, says that she often has clients who say they really want to use color but are afraid, so they think starting with a neutral backdrop and incorporating smaller scale accent colors is the safer choice. But Hopp offers a different framework for thinking about this.
How to Make Bold Paint Colors Work in Your Home
Designer Megan Hopp, one of the designers for our 2023 Real Simple Home, says that she often has clients who say they really want to use color but are afraid, so they think starting with a neutral backdrop and incorporating smaller scale accent colors is the safer choice. But Hopp offers a different framework for thinking about this.
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Pantone Announced the Color of the Year 2024 and It’ll Give You All the Fuzzy Feels
The Pantone Color of the Year 2024 is 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, a soft, pastel orange shade. Find out why and how it was selected.
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How To Choose the Right Paint Finish for Every Project
This is your guide for learning which finish is best for your needs, ranging from flat to semi-gloss and satin finishes. #paint #paintfinish #homeimprovement #homestyle
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Pantone’s Top Color Trends for Spring 2024 Are All About Bold Transformation
Pantone announced its color trends for spring 2024 in the Fashion Color Trend Report released during NYFW. Consider using these shades in your home for a bold pop of color. #pantone #colortrends #2024colors #nyfw #homecolor
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These Are the Top Front Door Colors Across the U.S., According to Angi
Front door colors range from home to home and region to region—but there are some colors that stand out as favorites. Find out the most popular front door colors across America here. #decorinspo #details #homedecorideas #realsimple #remodeltips #renovationideas
4 Paint Colors You Should Never Use In A Bedroom, According To Designers
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home—these places are our sanctuaries! Consequently, there can be a lot of pressure to design them, especially when it comes to choosing paint. And while you can always re-paint, it's best to get it right the first time, so choose wisely. Here are four paint colors you should never use in a bedroom.
4 Paint Colors You Should Never Use In A Bedroom, According To Designers
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home—these places are our sanctuaries! Consequently, there can be a lot of pressure to design them, especially when it comes to choosing paint. And while you can always re-paint, it's best to get it right the first time, so choose wisely. Here are four paint colors you should never use in a bedroom.
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2024 Is a Gorgeous, Out-of-This-World Shade
Benjamin Moore has announced that their highly anticipated Color of the Year 2024 is Blue Nova 825, a saturated, vibrant blend of blue and violet that the brand says “was inspired by the brilliance of a new star formed in space.” (We love a poetic paint moment!) In a press release issued by the company, Andrea Magno, the color marketing and development director, described the color as “an alluring mid-tone that balances depth and intrigue with classic appeal and reassurance.”
Behr's 2024 Color of the Year Is a Dramatic yet Soothing Neutral
The wait is over. You can now say hello to Behr’s 2024 Color of the Year, Cracked Pepper. A soft black, this shade can easily transform and elevate any space—whether you use it as an accent to a door or kitchen cabinets, or go all-out and paint an entire room in this timeless hue. And it’s not only a versatile paint color for interior spaces; it can add sophistication and drama to the outside of your home, as well—whether it’s used for gutters or the entirety of your exterior.
Sherwin-Williams’ 2024 Color of the Year Is Cool, Calm, and Collected
To explain why Sherwin-Williams opted for this cool hue, Sue Wadden, the brand’s director of color marketing, says it “represents the gentle forward momentum in all of our lives. It brings to life that carefree, sunny day energy that elicits a notion of contentment and peace.” That’s actually a pretty apt description, and we didn’t even think it was possible to capture that in a color—but Sherwin-Williams was able to!
The Paint Colors in the 2023 Real Simple Home
We love the paint over here at Real Simple and our #RSHome2023 was full of so many beautiful shades, that we had to share them with you. Click the link to take the full virtual tour of the home and shop your favorite paint colors!