From paint geek to paint obsessed

At some point last year, the Sherwin Williams fan deck wasn't exciting me anymore. The Harmony paint had been nice to work with because of the low-VOCs, but it was no easier to roll out than the cheap, Valspar paint I had gotten at Lowe's back when I painted the bedroom red. There had to be something better! I was planning on painting the common areas in my condo and wanted to find a paint that would make the job easier than the bedroom one had been.

I started seeing all sorts of reviews of Benjamin Moore's Aura paint on iVillage's Garden Web. Some people complained, but most of the experienced painters raved about the paint. The fact that it was a full spectrum paint was also nice...the colors would supposedly be more vibrant and "true" than traditional paints.

Around the same time, I noticed that most of the designers featured in magazines like House Beautiful, Home, and Traditional Home were recommending Benjamin Moore colors.

I went to the local Benjamin Moore store to look into getting a fan deck. I was a little annoyed that they maintain multiple decks and some colors are repeated in both. I spent some time looking at the chips and bought a deck. Once home, I was almost overwhelmed by the organization (or lack thereof) of the Benjamin Moore fan deck. It didn't seem as simple as the Sherwin Williams one. I also found it hard to tell the difference between colors from one deck and those with a different name in the other (I later found out that Benjamin Moore has reintroduced some colors with new names).

It took weeks, but I finally settled on a paint color for the common areas. Pictures from that paint process coming soon!

Comments

  1. I really do prefer Benjamin Moore's colors, hands down. Although, I love the creamy texture of Sherwin Willaims cashmere paint! Can't wait to see!

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  2. I hate picking paint colors...so many choices!

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