The bathroom is where you and your family get prepped to face the world, and it’s your own private retreat when it’s time to recharge. Set the right mood with a look-good, feel-good bathroom paint color. Benjamin Moore Aura® Bath & Spa Paint is the only paint with both mildew resistance and a luxurious matte finish that stands up to humidity, so you have a stylish spectrum of worry-free color options.
To get an accurate read when you’re grooming or applying makeup, pick a paint color that doesn’t recast the light in an artificial or unflattering way. It’s helpful to know which colors will alter the light: Strong blues, greens and yellows have the most impact; creamy whites and soft grays are safe choices.
A master bathroom is where you grab some “me” time. Choose soothing paint colors that ease you into a Zen attitude. Whether it be a light and airy pastel or a calming watery blue, this is your most personal space, so pick a color that you love. Here’s one caveat: For visual flow, choose paint colors that share either cool or warm undertones with an adjoining bedroom.
A powder room doesn’t have to be forgettable—the pint-sized space offers an opportunity to use strong color. If the powder room doesn’t have natural light, vivid or rich color can play with artificial lighting sources to make a strong style statement. Or, experiment with painting the ceiling for additional color interest.
With tiles, mirrors, fixtures, bathrooms are full of hard surfaces. So allow the wall color to bring a sense of softness to the space. Warm whites and neutrals are very flattering in bathrooms and complement the hues found in many countertops and tiles. Benjamin Moore Aura® Bath & Spa paint has a soft matte finish that provides a low sheen level and resists the damaging effects of moisture and humidity, while also locking in color.
Our team of trained professionals at The Paint Centers are here to help you! Come see us and we can help you find the perfect color combination to update and personalize your bathroom.
Whether you are a professional painting contractor or a homeowner, one of the most common paint problems you may encounter is mildew. Often mistaken for dirt buildup, mildew appears as a black, gray, or brown discoloration on a painted surface. Many mildew resistant paints are now on the market, but how do you clean mildew that is already there?
Mildew thrives in damp environments with little exposure to sunlight. Though it is most commonly associated with high-humidity spaces like bathrooms, mildew can affect most painted areas, including home exteriors. Once developed, it is generally easy to get rid of mildew and prevent it from coming back—as long as the correct process is followed.
Before steps are taken to remove mildew, you should determine if the surface spots you are seeing are actually mildew.
You may have heard the words “mildew” and “mold” used as if they are identical, but mildew is actually a type of mold, and is typically less harmful than the black growth it gets confused with.
To check whether mildew is present, apply a few drops of household chlorine bleach to an affected area. Mildew will lighten or disappear within a few minutes, while dirt will remain. If this happens, the good news is that the paint has not deteriorated and the mildew can be removed.
Bring a touch of shimmer to your home without having to mix glitter with wall paint. Add character and fun to any room with Benjamin Moore’s Studio Finishes® Glitter Effect (311), a clear, low lustre finish that creates the look of glitter wall paint or sparkle wallpaper with the ease of applying a topcoat. Ideal for a child’s bedroom, an accent wall, or even a piece of furniture, it is the perfect finish for an iridescent pop over any paint color in your home.
A clear finish with a low lustre sheen, Glitter Effect can be applied over nearly any wall color or interior surface, turning ordinary paint into sparkle paint. While the glitter may be easier to see over lighter colors, the tiny specks of reflective material in its finish catch the light, adding a whimsical twinkle to most rooms or painted furnishings. From pink glitter walls to gold glitter walls and even black glitter walls, shimmer in any paint color is within reach.
When applying glitter to walls, select rooms where sconces or table lamps will draw out its shine. Glitter looks particularly lovely by incandescent light and candlelight, which emphasize its twinkling, reflective qualities. One to two coats of Glitter Effect can be applied depending on your preference.
The key to successfully painting glitter walls is to work on a properly prepared surface. Before you begin your project, clean your walls thoroughly and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections.
If you are starting from scratch and are going to be painting your walls with a base color as part of your glitter project, make sure to sand down any rough spots and prime surfaces with a top-quality primer before painting.
If you are adding glitter to a not-yet-painted wall, follow these steps:
If you are adding glitter to an already-painted wall, follow these steps:
Use Glitter Effect as a veil of iridescence on furniture or craft projects. Try it over a painted toy box to protect the finish and add a touch of magic. Consider a topcoat on chairs and chests: because it dries to a clear, durable, washable finish, its shimmer is ideal for any kind of furniture.
From bringing a surprising sparkle where guests will least expect it, to lending an elegant, ethereal quality to more formal setting, Glitter Effect has something for every homeowner eager to tap into their creative side.
White Heron OC-57
First Light 2102-70
Windmill Wings 2067-60
Buxton Blue HC-149
Golden Straw 2152-50
Cushing Green HC-125
Oxford Gray 2128-40
Blue Danube 2062-30
Flaking paint occurs when cracked paint begins peeling off its original substrate. In its early stages, the problem appears as hairline cracks in the paint, but will worsen over time if the problem is not fixed, causing larger pieces of coatings to chip off.
Paint cracking on walls, ceilings, and exterior surfaces happens due to a variety of causes, one of the most common being poor preparation of a surface prior to painting. Painting over cracked paint is a bad idea; it is important to remove any flakes from the surface before repainting.
Note: A more uncommon version of paint cracking is mud cracking, which is when paint cracks when drying due to too-thick application or extremely dry painting conditions.
WARNING: If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE.
Bring a more inviting look and feel to any room by using a technique known as color washing or glaze painting. Benjamin Moore’s Studio Finishes® Latex Glaze (N405) is directly mixed with the paint color of your choice to create the solution needed to color wash walls and create a beautiful faux finish. Drawing from Tuscan roots, color washed walls are ideal for dining rooms and other areas where guests will gather, and its decorative look will exude warmth and charm anyplace in your home.
Start your color wash journey by choosing your paint color. Selecting shades from the same color strip is the best way to combine hues that complement one another. Use one of the lighter shades from the strip as your basecoat, and choose a satin or semi-gloss finish to start building the finish.
One of the keys to a successful color wash, sometimes referred to as “faux painting,” is to have the right supplies. Color washing can be achieved by sponge painting or brushing the latex glaze onto walls. A paint brush will provide a more textured look, while sponges or soft rags will create a softer, more diffused appearance.
Studio Finishes is available exclusively at local paint and hardware stores authorized to sell Benjamin Moore. Start with this checklist, then visit us at either of our locations and we can help you get all you need!
You will need:
Surfaces must be properly prepared before you begin glaze painting walls. Clean your walls thoroughly and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections.
After you have prepared your walls, apply your selected base color, taking care to follow the label directions. Allow the base color ample time to dry. We suggest waiting at least 48 hours before moving on to the next step.
Once your base color is dry, you can select the color washing paint technique of your choice, using either a brush or rag/sponge. Begin by mixing Studio Finishes Latex Glaze with a latex or acrylic paint with an eggshell sheen to minimize glare. A good ratio to start with is four parts glaze to one part paint (adding an additional one-half to one part water will further the transparency of the glaze). The more glaze you add, the more transparent the effect. Using less glaze will allow more of the base color to show through.
Next, dip a soft cloth or sea sponge into your glaze mixture. The soft cloth will give glaze a more subtle appearance, while sponge painting walls will give a more textured look.
Apply the glaze mixture to your wall using a crosshatch motion, creating large, overlapping X-shaped stripes. Continue this wiping technique until the entire surface is covered, and feather out any harsh brush strokes by lightly sweeping over the glaze with a clean, dry brush. For a gentler finish, apply the glaze in a random wiping or circular motion, as if you were washing the wall. Be sure to let the glaze dry thoroughly.
Tip: When you color wash an entire room, glaze walls opposite from one another first. This will allow adequate time for drying and avoid smudging the wet glaze.
There are different wall painting techniques that will make your color washed walls stand out.
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