The season for opening the windows, donning those ripped jeans, and trying your hand at refreshing every wall color is here. And when it comes to painting, we turn to none other than Andrea Magno, Color & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore.

To date, we’ve touched on sheen levels, chevron stripes, and the just-right balance of dark and light. Today’s topic? Adding dimension with paint. No, not top coats and bottom coats. We’re talking the technique of using different paint tones, shades, and finishes in the same space. From matte finishes to accent ceilings, our go-to paint pro discusses the ways.

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June 18, 2014

You may have noticed that we’ve become fast friends with Benjamin Moore. And through our friendship with the store and its color & design expert, Andrea Magno, we’ve learned quite a lot: how to paint chevron stripes, what colors to use for which room, the importance of sheen levels, and how to tie rooms together with color. We could go on – but instead, check out these useful tips from Andrea or visit Benjamin Moore for more ideas.

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October 19, 2013

A season of celebration awaits. According to the experts at Benjamin Moore, deck common spaces with welcoming hues that inspire a sit-down-and-stay vibe.


Middlebury Brown HC-68
Come winter, pair this hue with pops of earthy greens and blues for entryways, or warm it up in the family room with jewel-tone magentas and emeralds.

Deep Ochre 1048
This sun-dried shade is begging to be surrounded by heirlooms and vintage-inspired everything. Ivory, white, and cream are its strongest supporters.

Adobe Orange 2171-30
Some colors make a big impact, even in small doses. Try this one in the interior of a bookshelf or window seat for an instant cozy corner. Accent it with pale oranges and yellows.

Pomegranate AF-295
Deep. Rich. Slight orange undertones. Style this juicy hue with white molding and dark oak furniture in the dining room. Your must-have centerpiece? Pumpkins with pinecones.

Be sure to enter Put on the Paint. The Benjamin Moore Sweepstakes. from October 18, 2013, through October 22, 2013, for a chance to win ten gallons of ben® paint, $1,000 in Rue Credit, and more.

Feeling inspired? Find these colors – and some expert advice – at Benjamin Moore.

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October 18, 2013

It’s official. They’ve booked their tickets. Your friends and family are 100% coming to stay for the holidays. But your guest rooms? Let’s be honest – they could use some sprucing up. And since the best way to do that is with a little paint job, we asked our friends from Benjamin Moore for some help. Check out their picks (and tips) below.


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October 16, 2013

You’ve finally decided to paint that room in your house. And what’s more, you’ve even decided on the general color direction. But here’s where things get tricky. Say you want a red room – do you go with a bright berry hue or something more like a deep maroon? Confused? Take a deep breath. With so many shades to choose from, we asked our friends at Benjamin Moore to help us narrow things down. Here, their top picks by color from the made-for-Rue 24-hue palette.


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September 14, 2013

Think neutral hues are the only choice for a calming bath? Not so. Turns out, color makes for a serene sanctuary, too. Here, tips that prove it – straight from the experts at Benjamin Moore.


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September 13, 2013

Ensure your walls speak volumes about your style – in soft, soothing hues, of course. Here, the experts at Benjamin Moore weigh in.


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September 13, 2013

Cozy. Quaint. Miniscule. So you have a small space, which, sure, can be hard to decorate. But remember this: it’s not impossible. Just check out these expert tips from our friends at Benjamin Moore and see how, with strategic furniture placement and the right coat of paint, you can fool the eye – and guests – into believing your place is massive. (Okay, maybe not massive, but you get the point.)


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September 11, 2013

They say first impressions are everything. So before wowing guests with an impeccably decorated house? Make sure your front door is up to snuff.

According to our friends at Benjamin Moore, that can be done with a simple coat (or two) of paint. Check out their tips for a colorful, inviting door below.


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August 20, 2013

Obsessed with all things chevron? Yeah, us too. So much so, in fact, we even dedicated an entire wall in our studio to the on-trend pattern. Get a behind-the-scenes look as Rue’s Assistant Stylist, Emma L., makes it happen – using ben® interior paint (eggshell finish) in Blanched Almond 1060 and Celestial PT-200 as the foundation colors, Deep Ochre 1048 and Fool’s Gold PT-250 as the corresponding top-coat colors, and Studio Finishes® Metallic Glaze for the stripes – for our Make It Warm & Welcoming: The Entryway Re-Do Boutique.

For all your chevron-wall needs, stop in to your local Benjamin Moore store.

Our Make It Warm & Welcoming: The Entryway Re-Do Boutique opens Monday, August 19, at 3PM ET.

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August 19, 2013