This is why I can’t be trusted to go to Home Depot to just “look around”. J sent me to home depot the other night and I picked up a ton of free magazines. Oh wait, does not everyone consider those little paint pamphlets magazines? Why not?!😉
HONEY, I AM GOING TO PAINT SOMETHING!
What are you going to paint?
I don’t know yet but I have a ton of magazines here and I just know I am going to end up painting something.
J sighs and gets back to what he was doing which is for the best.
And I didn’t even grab them all I promise! Only the one’s I really wanted! I LOVE paint; I love that for a small investment you can change a whole room. I also love that some rental properties (at least in YEG) are finally allowing renters to paint as long as the promise to paint everything back “renter’s beige” before they move out. This truly shows how non-permanent paint changes are.
Anyway back to some of the amazing things I discovered in my free magazines.
RALPH LAUREN seems to be really leading the back in unique paint finishes. I was amazed at the different brochures on new finishes and painting techniques the brand came out with. He is truly bring texture to paint. My sister painted one of the walls in her place with his copper metallic colour so at the very least I can tell you that copper paint turns out pretty well! On top of metallic finishes they have also come out with SUEDE paint, RIVER ROCK paint (almost a concrete look), DENIM paint (more about this in a future post), and LEATHER paint. Seriously Ralph Lauren?! You are freaking killing it for amazing accent walls.
BONUS : They have youtube channels to show how to apply all of the specialty finishes.
We really don’t think about our safety enough. I know that was random but the next thing I learned while flipping through my paint brochures was that CIL came out with an organic line. This did not mean what I thought it meant. I assumed it meant no pesticides (I was really, really wrong in thinking this lol) . It meant organic (read: nature-inspired) colours which are stunning by the way. But when I googled “how long has CIL had organic paint for” the first article I read was this one. I really recommend you take 30 seconds out of your day to read the same article because CIL makes it really easy to understand. But now I’m thinking, did I know that paint had VOC’s that were bad for me? I don’t think I did. Maybe I heard about it in passing but I never gave it any thought. It’s like I am interested in every paint conversation other than the topic that paint might be bad for me and I at least need to consider the risks. I will definitely be looking for low-VOC or no-VOC paint on my next trip.
Even though Organic didn’t mean quite what I thought it did I couldn’t help but share the above colour palette. It’s a bit of a warmer palette than I am usually drawn too but it is stunning. I know the photo is a bit unclear but the colours used are: 30YY 78/018 | T12 Winter Bird, 00YY 38/123 | T14 Sand Motif, and 30YR 18/212 | T15 Brick Road.
And now, the third brand of paint Home Depot carries (and I think the last, at least at my home depot!) : BEHR. Behr was the first paint brand I was ever aware of. When I was a kid they came out with there “upload a photo and try different wall colours” website and I tried every combination despite the fact that my computer would continue to crash as this was very advanced technology at the time (oh dear, I am not that old am I?).
Now that I have admitted I have a soft spot for BEHR, I will admit I found their 2016 trends a bit lack lustre. They had a light pink (Penthouse View) and a light blue (Celadon) which is pretty similar to Pantone’s colours of the year (read more about that: here). They have a mustard yellow/warm gold which is popping up everywhere (Citronne). They have a black and a white and a few shades a grey. They have a few interesting colours: darker, muted pastels almost (Modern Mint, Mauve Melody, and Stratus) which were probably my favourites of the colours they chose. I wasn’t a fan of any of the four colour palette combinations they chose but maybe I am just holding them to higher standards now. What do you think? Do you think any of the below colours are noteworthy?