Fire Up Your Home Design With Benjamin Moore's Color Of The Year 2018

Go big or go home. Elle Décor says “classic but undeniably sexy” red never goes out of style and Benjamin Moore’s 2018 color of the year—Caliente AF-290—is a spicy red that’s “full of energy” and works with any design style.

"Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. Harness the vitality,” says Ellen O’Neill, director of strategic design intelligence for Benjamin Moore & Co.

Numerous products found at ProSource Wholesale® can complement this daring color.

Caliente, Farmhouse-Style
The hugely popular modern farmhouse trend revolves around light-colored kitchen cabinets that aren’t “too white.” In that spirit, Omega® Cabinetry has launched a new line of off-white opaque cabinets—boasting colors like Elemental White, Beach House, Meteor, and Colonnade.

The fiery Caliente brilliantly complements these neutral cabinets by providing a striking backdrop as a feature wall or a painted backsplash. Benjamin Moore describes it as “nostalgia giving way to fresh, energetic hues and eye-catching silhouettes” to give a classic farmhouse a “jolt of drama.”

Caliente, Modern-Style
The “pure lines and crisp geometry” of a modern-style home are defined by minimalism. But the richly saturated Caliente—when added in big doses or small—adds a touch of unexpected playfulness to the otherwise stark palette of modern design.

Picture a striking foyer with modern black and white tile floor. Now imagine adding a pop of contemporary color with an entryway table painted in Caliente. The bold red enhances the black-and-white minimalist style without overpowering it. Red is a statement color, says Elle Décor, “but it doesn’t always have to make a statement.”

Likewise, envision the clean lines of modern living room furniture anchored by pleasing gray carpet. The simple look is magnificently enhanced by four walls painted a lively, yet still very-much modern, Caliente. Benjamin Moore describes it like this: Red enlivens, bringing depth and energy to a space and spiking deep grays with life.

Caliente, Beach-Style
A beach-inspired design palette does not typically include shades of red. But Caliente isn’t just any red. As Benjamin Moore’s color experts explain, the power of Caliente “revs up warm weathered woods and misty ocean grays and greens of a serene seaside retreat.”

Consider adding touches of Caliente to a beachy bathroom to enhance sea-glass shower tiles or a white pedestal sink. Introduce the color via accessories or a simple throw rug in this fabulous shade.

Caliente, Every Style…
Give it a go! If you’re not ready for a big wall of red, try Caliente on moldings instead. Greet guests with an impressive Caliente-color front door. It’s a color that works no matter what a home’s underlying style.

“Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure,” says O’Neill. “The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

Need help introducing Caliente to your new or existing home design? Find inspiration at ProSource: browse our website for endless room designs created by talented trade pro members, get an up-close look at your options at a local ProSource showroom, or connect with one of our talented design experts to create a one-of-a-kind space that customized just for you. Make 2018 your most colorful year yet!

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