A Colour I can get Behind

As the cooler nights arrive and I think of the winter months ahead, Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2018 seems quite fitting. While light neutral colours are still in fashion, a shot of warmth a personality is most welcome. Say hello to Caliente.



The Right White

For those of you who are done with Gray as a neutral, white is, well…. the new gray.

Maybe you feel white is too easy but believe me, once you come to considering this colour as a decorating option, you will realise it isn’t straight forward. Like all other colours, white can go in many directions. What undertone are you looking for? A cool white that has a nodding friendship with blue or green? Or are you looking for something with a warm undertone to combat gray, rainy days? Here are three whites from Benjamin Moore, which I use repeatedly.


 Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.


Chantily Lace

Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

Cloud white

Cloud White, CC-40, on the wainscoting and trim work. The “decorators darling” of whites, in previous decades. Very creamy, this is a very good white for rooms that want a little extra warmth.

If you are looking for a cooler white, I would suggest OC-51, Intense White or CC-30 Oxford White. (No images at this time.)




Recent Work

Here are some examples of recent work. There may seem to be a common thread as the gray and gray/blue palette has been in such demand.



Paint colours:

OC-51 Intense White, OC-52 Grey Owl

HC-169 Coventry Gray & HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Cabinet colours: CC-30 Oxford White & OC-65 Chantilly Lace


First to Show – the start of the Roses

Rosa pimpinellifolia  aka. the Burnet rose.

One of the first roses to come out each year and what a ray of sunshine these blooms create when they appear.


Such a delicate looking rose bloom but don’t be fooled. This is not a rose for the faint-hearted. R. piminellifola is very thorny and suckers wildly. A firm hand is required to keep her where you want her to be.


Planted in part shade in sandy, rocky soil, this rose thrives. Would be very suitable for a wild garden. or a sandy location near the ocean. This is a once bloomer so after a month of bloom, I just whack her back and ignore her till the following year.