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how will new paint make a difference?
The new colors will: • create an environment that meets your needs; it can nurture, energize, comfort • unify your space, and create harmony and flow from room to room
what is "color stories" paint?
Color Stories paint is a full-spectrum paint line developed and manufactured by Benjamin Moore Paint – from their website: "Unlike conventional formulas, the unique Color Stories palette does not use black or gray tints. Instead, more pigments—anywhere between five and seven—are incorporated per color (traditional methods generally utilize three pigments). These colors have greater clarity and purity, and are richer and more vibrant."
Color Stories paint colors are sold exclusively in what Benjamin Moore calls "über-performance" low-VOC Aura® Interior Paint. (You can read more about VOCs on this FAQ page.)
From Benjamin Moore's website: "Because Color Stories hues are achieved with many pigments, each prescription is very complex and requires paint with a formulation that can easily support the increased pigments. Aura applies easily with excellent flow and leveling for a smoother, premium finished look. And it dries fast, allowing you to apply a second coat on the same day to save you time and money."
Aura paint is a paint and primer in one, and comes in four finishes: Matte, Eggshell, Satin and Semi-Gloss. Also available in a High-Gloss finish is Aura Grand Entrance (in quart size only in California) – perfect when painting fireplace mantles, bookshelves, furniture – anywhere where you want a little more drama or light bounce; Color Stories is not recommended for exterior use.
• my expertise in both functional and aesthetic use of color in architectural space • a custom “color map” created for you with authentic color chips from Benjamin Moore, plus all the information needed to complete your painting project
what is a color consultation like?
• interiors are often a quick 1-2 hour appointment (longer if we're doing a lot of rooms) • a fun, stress-free process – I'll work WITH you to create your custom color palette • exteriors are usually done in two visits: 1st appt to gather info, and the 2nd appt to show renderings of your home in 3 color palettes • exteriors can also be completed via phone/email
will my stuff go with the new paint colors?
No new furniture, window treatments, carpet, etc. will be needed. The new color palette will: • work with your existing furnishings • work with, and highlight the architectural style of your space
can "color stories" paints be "matched"?
Short answer: No.
Medium answer: It's impossible to match Color Stories paint colors because most paints are only 2 to 3 tints, but Color Stories paint colors are created with 5 to 7 tints not available in other paints.
Long answer: The only assurance of getting an authentic Benjamin Moore Color Stories color is by using Benjamin Moore paint, since the exclusive colorants and resins are proprietary and formulated with the company's own patented waterborne base technologies.
what are VOCs?
VOC stands for "Volatile Organic Compound" – shorthand for the chemicals in paint (and other household products) that turn into a vapor and "off-gas" into the air. Aura paint is under 50 grams per liter which meets California's strict air-quality standards.
Here's some info from the EPA on products in your home that off-gas VOCs: "VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions."
Information about low-VOC paints from Consumer Reports online: "Allowable levels of VOCs... for paints and products such as aerosol air fresheners, carpets, and furniture have been toughened because VOCs contribute to ozone and smog formation and are linked to respiratory illnesses and memory impairment.
Federal VOC limits are now set at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat paints and 380 g/l for others. Some states and regions have lowered the VOC levels for paints that can be legally sold in their areas. California's standards are stringent: 150 g/l for nonflat finishes and 100 g/l for flat. Even tougher is the 50 g/l level for all finishes set by California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), around Los Angeles." Aura paint is under 50 g/l.